What’s That Book? A Prisoner of Birth by Jeffrey Archer

TitleA Prisoner of Birth

Author:  Jeffrey Archer

Genre:  Fiction, it’s categorized as a legal thriller but this is definitely NOT like John Grisham.


What’s it about?  A young man and his fiancée and her brother are out to dinner one night when a group of upper class guys start harassing the fiancée. The couple and the brother try to leave bu tend up cornered by the group of guys in a back alley. Despite all attempts to avoid a fight, the brother ends up murdered. The young man is convicted of the crime and the upper class guys go free (despite a clear cover up involving many people). The novel follows the young man into prison where he makes important connections and the efforts of his (very beginner) lawyer to clear his name.

How did you hear about it?  Having been a fan of Archer’s work in the past, I was thrilled to snag this as a used hardback copy at the local library’s annual book sale.

Closing comments:  Wow! Just wow. This is an amazing and clever reimagining of The Count of Monte Cristo. Unlike the original, this book (despite its length) never has a dull moment. Although you can kind of guess what might be coming next (especially if you’ve read The Count of Monte Cristo), Archer’s storytelling skills add an unexpected twist. Above all, you can’t help but cheer on the protagonist.

Contributor:  Tammie Painter – I turn wickedly strong tea into imaginative fiction – You can read about my adventures over at TammiePainter.com/blog

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21 thoughts on “What’s That Book? A Prisoner of Birth by Jeffrey Archer

    1. It does. Jeffrey Archer is someone I’ve seen around, but I’ve never read his books, so it’s nice to have Tammie’s review to share something different. Thanks for stopping by, Stephanie 🙂

  1. Barbara, I devoured many of Archer’s early books years ago until they all became a bit samey! I am taken by your reaction to his latest book and I will definitely check this one out! Your recommendations are always spot on! 😀

  2. Thanks for featuring my review, Barbara!! I should also note that I “read” this as an audiobook and the narrator did an EXCELLENT job. The only other books I’ve read of Archer’s are the first three books of his Clifton Chronicles, and I enjoyed those as well.

    1. I’ve been impressed by the audio versions of books. They are almost always highly professional productions. I meant to ask, is A Prisoner of Birth one of Archer’s new books? Thanks again for revieiwing it 🙂

      1. Glad to have done it! Looks like the book was published in 2008. I’m not exactly sure but I think Archer spent some time in jail, so he drew a little from his own experiences. Maybe that’s what makes it so rich.

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