This post is a response to Day06 of the Book Review Challenge.
Today’s prompt is as follows:
Welcome to Day 06 of #BookReviewBlogChallenge. Today’s challenge is to review any book with 400+ pages.
For this challenge, I’m excited about adding Jeffrey Archer‘s masterpiece Prisoner of Birth.
I have read the physical book before but I laid hands on the Ebook version lately. So, I am totally savoring the different scenes and showdowns that the various characters have.
At the outset, let me make it clear. It is loosely based on The Count of Monte Christo.
But if you read the novel, you realize that the novel is not a copy. Not at all!
Similar, yes, but nowhere the same. I consider it a glorious tribute to the original. The basic plot is the same – but it’s been masterfully weaved with modern settings, characters and scenes.
What I really love about the book is that every character is splendidly well etched. Some of my favorite scenes involve tertiary characters who appear in less than a tenth of the total page count. Yep, seriously.
Examples I can cite without giving away the story or scenes –
- the priest to whom Beth confesses after the incident at St.Veronica’s
- The prison warden who Susses out Danny
- The housekeeper at The Boltons
- Mr.Gene from Texas
- Sandy the Scotsman
The best part is of course the third and last segment of the book Revenge!
All the courtroom scenes are exceptional.
I want to call out more but I’d give away spoiler so I can summarize thus-
Drama, intrigue, action, romance, humor: this book has it all.
So, if you have not read the book and like thrillers– make this your next. If you have , let me know what your favorite scenes and characters were.