Mightier than the Sword opens with an IRA bomb exploding during the MV Buckingham's maiden voyage across the Atlantic - but how many passengers lose their lives?
When Harry Clifton visits his
publisher in New York, he learns that he has been elected as the new
president of English PEN, and immediately launches a campaign for the
release of a fellow author, Anatoly Babakov, who's imprisoned in
Siberia. Babakov's crime? Writing a book called Uncle Joe, a
devastating insight into what it was like to work for Stalin. So
determined is Harry to see Babakov released and the book published, that
he puts his own life in danger.
His wife Emma, chairman of Barrington Shipping, is facing the repercussions of the IRA attack on the Buckingham. Some board members feel she should resign, and Lady Virginia Fenwick will stop at nothing to cause Emma's downfall.
Sir Giles Barrington is now a
minister of the Crown, and looks set for even higher office, until an
official trip to Berlin does not end as a diplomatic success. Once
again, Giles's political career is thrown off balance by none other than
his old adversary, Major Alex Fisher, who once again stands against him
at the election. But who wins this time?
In London, Harry and Emma's son,
Sebastian, is quickly making a name for himself at Farthing's Bank in
London, and has proposed to the beautiful young American, Samantha. But
the despicable Adrian Sloane, a man interested only in his own
advancement and the ruin of Sebastian, will stop at nothing to remove
Jeffrey Archer's compelling
Clifton Chronicles continue in this, his most accomplished novel to
date. With all the trademark twists and turns that have made him one of
the world's most popular authors, the spellbinding story of the Clifton
and the Barrington families continues.