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Harry’s workaholic banker son Sebastian is involved in a sub-plot straight out of Bollywood, when his parents don’t let him marry the beautiful Indian girl he wishes to, whose name ironically is Priya.

Written by Shantanu David | Updated: March 19, 2016 12:57 am
 As usual, the Cliftons and their family by marriage find themselves embroiled in trouble. As usual, the Cliftons and their family by marriage find themselves embroiled in trouble.

Book: Cometh The Hour

Author: Jeffrey Archer

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Pages: 420

Price: Rs 599

Harry Clifton, World War II hero, and the rest of his family return in the penultimate novel of the seven-part Clifton Chronicles, the bestselling series by that bestseller-generator, Jeffrey Archer. As usual, the Cliftons and their family by marriage find themselves embroiled in trouble.

The novel opens with a suicide note. Harry’s workaholic banker son Sebastian is involved in a sub-plot straight out of Bollywood, when his parents don’t let him marry the beautiful Indian girl he wishes to, whose name ironically is Priya. Naturally he’s also facing a coup within his country.

Meanwhile, his uncle, Harry’s brother-in-law is lovelorn as well, as he must decide between politics and the woman he loves, who may or may not be a Soviet spy. Harry himself, not to be left behind, is meddling in international affairs by trying to free his friend Anatoly Babakov from a Siberian gulag. And thus is the stage set.

What’s remarkable is Archer’s ability to weave out cohesion from such a tangled web, but as the man has been writing for decades it would be a shame if he couldn’t. All in all, Cometh the Hour is the latest in a long career of producing readable prose; nothing to write home about.

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