Archive for August 2008

Jefferey Archer's - A Prisoner of Birth

What a Book ....
Though u know the plot, what is going to happen, who is going to get caught.. it still takes the skill of a master story teller such as JA to have you at the edge of your seat (literally !!!) while reading this story...

Plot is nothing new....
If you've read the Count of Monte Cristo, then here are the variations....

Mercedes does not marry, she waits from Dante to come ....
Dante does escape from the Chateau 'd If, but in a totally different and incredible fashion ...
There is no Abbe Faria, but some characters do resemble traces of Abbe in them ...
Dante's impersonates as someone's heir to get a fortune, with which he plots the downfall of his foes ...
There is the final court scene, albeit, a little dramatic ....

Lets get down to the finer details ...

Danny, Beth and her brother Bernie, get involved in a bar fight, leading to one of the 'villains' killing Bernie and stabbing Danny in Leg and get away with it..
Danny is accused of the murder of his fiancee's brother and so is sentenced to a 23 year jail. In the Belmarsh prison, he makes friends with his two cell mates, Nicholas Moncrieff and Big Al.
Danny's villains plot to kill Danny in prison, but kill Nicholas unknowingly... As a result, Danny gets a chance to impersonate Nicholas and goes on to attend his own funeral ...
Finally when Danny (errr.. I mean Danny alias Nicholas) is released from Prison, he makes the maximum use of Nicholas' name and heirloom to his advantage, with the help of Big Al and wrecks havoc on his enemies...

How he does that, is of course typical JA style....

Some more characters of note ....
The Jail warden PASCOE,
The family lawyer, MUNRO (Man .. this guy was amazing.... especially in the last scene of the story... )
GENE HUNSACKER as the eagle eyed, collector of artifacts.
ALEX REDMAYNE ... (Simply superb portrayal of a lawyer there... Though when i read the story for the first time.. i was feeling as if i was reading a John Grisham, rather than a JA :) )
Sir MATHEW (Alex's father... )
He comes in the ultimate scene of the novel, as a junior to his Son, and literally steals the thunder... Man.. what a scene was that, when he questions Spencer Craig. ...
Of course, Pearson was just as good....

Plenty of Court scenes in this book...
Each one is rivetting in its own sense. ...
Man ...
The final encounter between Craig and Sir Mathew is worth reading ....

And of course, there are the other characters,
The Father of the church and the Headmistress of the school and their small conversation.. which shows that humans are prone to make errors ...

Overall .... Superb Book....
Worth reading... in every sense of the word ....

Thursday, August 28, 2008 by Hari
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