Book Review: A Prisoner Of Birth by Jeffrey Archer

I have read many books in last 2 months and there are at least three Book Review posts(incomplete) in my drafts. Anyway, this review is gonna very short. ๐Ÿ˜€ Guess what, I wasn’t at all surprised by twists and turns typical to Jefferey Archer.

Summary on back cover says:

The fiction starts with Daniel Arthur Cartwright(Danny) & his girlfriend Elizabeth Wilson(Beth) meeting up at a bar โ€˜Dunlop Armsโ€™ on invitation of his girlfriendโ€™s brother & his best chap in life,ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย  Bernard Henry Wilson(Bernie). Bernie gets over an heated argument centered on Beth with 4 strangers i.e, a barrister, a popular actor, an aristocrat & the youngest partner in an established construction company which eventually leads to murder of Bernie. Guess whoโ€™s accused as the murderer-Danny instead of the 4 protagonists.

Thus begins Jeffrey Archerโ€™s most powerful novel since โ€˜Kane & Abelโ€™ with the trial in which Danny is sentenced to 22yrs in Belmarsh prison- the highest security jail in England, because whoโ€™s gonna believe the truth lying with Danny & Beth when 4 powerful protagonists stand in the witness box.

Most powerful??? Certainly not. I am no lawyer, but still I was able to think of points the Defense Lawyer failed to notice. And what a surprise, it turned out to be *turning point* of our Hero’s life.

*************Spoilers below this line***************

A man(novels Hero) and his girlfriend, celebrate with her bro in a bar. A person acompained by 3 more people passes some bad comments on her. Brother get angry. They fight. Our Hero gets injured by a knife in left leg above knee. The bro gets stabbed in chest and dies. The blame comes on the Hero (name Danney).

20080331_jeffreysNow Danney gets a lawyer and fights against these four people who are well known legends in their field. I was wondering all through the case why there isn’t a single mention of Danney’s injury?

And in the meantime, Danney is sent to prison where he gets nice cellmates one of whom is a court marshaled army officer. He teaches hime reading, writing and manners, language etc. Danney and Nick(the court marshaled officer) look same. The same voice(?), style, looks, hair(thats possible) etc etc. So when somehow this Nick dies, Danney gets out of prison in his place faking his own death.

Fine. I buy this much. But after getting out of prison, Danney seamlessly operates and takes place of Nick. He becomes expert in Stocks, Property, and takes many decisions which makes him millionaire.

He executes his plans of revenge on the four culprits. And somehow one of them realizes its not Nick butย  dear old Danney taking revenge. Soย  they trap him, get in custody and again case in court.

Now, this is the part I liked best. I like the court proceedings (but I don’t have any wish of having some experience of it ๐Ÿ˜€ ). So this part is full of bombs and landmines ๐Ÿ˜€ย  The key point, the turning point, a small thing that saves Danney life is his Leg injury during the fight in which his friend died. WoW. Thas really amazing Jeffrey!! I am still unable think how a lawyer can miss to mention such a crucial point? may be that happens only in novels.

*************Spoilers End***************

I have tried to lessen the spoilers but I can’t help it. Book is nice read if you don’t try to think everything logically or you are not a lawyer. Good as fiction and will certainly make a good Bollywood movie. But I am sure if someone makes a Bollywood movie on this book, the main killer will be caught in his own words in court and will start crying and shout suddenly,” YES, I KILLED HIM *SOB* *SOB*, I WAS DRUNK AND I DIDN’T KNOW…. blah blah blah…..”ย  ๐Ÿ˜€

My Rating: Read if you have plenty of time. Rating 2.5/5

I know 2.5 is little more, but he has certainly written some good parts.


(P.S> This is my first book review. So there are mistakes. Kindly ignore them ๐Ÿ™‚ .
Coming soon book reviews: The Kite Runner, Life of PI, Next, The Third Girl….
I know these are old books and had been reviewed by many bloggers, but I read them recently!!
Sorryย  but Confessions Revisited 2 is still in Progress as I am out of ideas.)

13 thoughts on “Book Review: A Prisoner Of Birth by Jeffrey Archer

  1. I have heard its a good book but as I havent read it I cant give my opinion. U should read Not a penny more not a penny less and A twist in the tale by Archer.

    Thanks for suggestion. I read it for sure. If you have it, send me by courier please ๐Ÿ™‚ -Suda

  2. yeah, not a penny more and not a penny less is a good one! ๐Ÿ™‚

    And i didn’t read the spoiler… ๐Ÿ˜›

    have happy reading more books and happy reviewing! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚ Good you didn’t read it. Because I have put in Whole Story in it ๐Ÿ˜€ -Suda

  3. Hey Suda, I read the book and I was toooo disappointed – 1.5 or so ๐Ÿ˜› Your review is pretty good! I haven’t read “the 3rd girl”, so that would be interesting.

    You will soon see review The third Girl here, I can’t say exactly when though. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ -Suda

  4. I liked the review !! I’ve read all of Archer’s books !! He is the best (only after Sheldon though!)
    My friends have got their books autographed by him when he’d been to Blore!!

  5. Ugh! What a horrible book to start your book reviewing career with! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Hehe! You could’ve reviewed my book, instead!! It’s definitely a 5/5 material! ๐Ÿ˜€
    And dude, what’s happening? Are you alive? Has someone kidnapped you?

  6. Its a good book…
    But I thought it didn’t complete do justice to the ‘Archer’ tag…

    My friend lent me the copy which she got autographed by Archer himself!! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Gave it the kicks!! ๐Ÿ˜›

    I too suggest Not a penny more not a penny less!

    Don’t read False impressions…. Its one of the boring books written by Archer!

    And you want to know about any Archer books… Just ping me! I’ve read most of his works! The good ones.. ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Have you read “The Count of Monte Cristo” ? Now that is a brilliant one and this book takes a lot of inspiration from that one.
    Once upon a time I was totally hooked on to Jeffrey Archer, but have now progressed to other authors. I have to admit though that his books are un-put-downable and no matter how predictable the twists and turns, you do feel compelled to go on reading to the finish.

  8. Hi dude…i jus started reading the book and read ur spoilers alert too ๐Ÿ˜ฆ nice review but i find a lot of mistakes in ur language and i ignored them ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hey Maruthi, welcome!!
      and thanks for the comment. I know I make mistakes but believe me, I have improved myself and still working on it. Have you read my recent posts? They have very less mistakes as compared to this post.

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