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This was my first Jeffrey Archer book and I was pleasantly surprised by his work. I shall be reading more of his books in the future.
I found Heads You Win to be an puzzling but exciting read. Archer is a great story teller and the ending left me 'gob smacked' as I hadn't expected it. He has the ability to keep the reader intrigued and to keep wanting to turn to the next page.
The ending ruined the whole book. I actually read the Sasha parts first and then the Alexander parts. I enjoyed the book reading it that way but when the ending came and I couldn't figure out who was on the plane that crashed, it ruined the whole book for me.
A bit difficult to get into the plot. Interesting middle bits but really short changed us with the ending.
Idiotic plot with a predictable ending. Mr Archer is well past his sell by date.
I was never a fan of English authors until my first Jeffrey Archer book. I wasn't sure of what to make of Heads You Win when I first started it, but it didn't take me long to stop caring because it is THAT GOOD.
I found the ending a bit confusing even knowing that the book chapters alternated between the outcomes that could/would have been when that coin was tossed and I was a bit disappointed after the inside cover flap claim of
With a final twist that will shock even most ardent fans.
in as much as anyone with a modicum of interest in current events could and would have figured that out.
I enjoyed the references to The Clifton Chronicles and although I hope this would be the start of a new series, but because of the fact that it, like The Clifton Chronicles is historically based, I believe that history might be much too current to have too many more books to follow Heads You Win.
Note: I was only able to finish Heads You Win in a day because we were stuck in a 34 hour power outage!
Loved the ending - the whole book was amazing!
Alexander and his mother Elena escape communist Russia hidden in a case of vodka smuggled into the hold of one of two ships sailing out of Leningrad. One ship heads to England while the other ship heads to America.
The story splits into two parallel lives: Sasha & Elena arrive in London while Alex & Elena arrive in New York City. Each of their lives over the next thirty years are told of the milestones in their lives as the chapters change between Sasha & Alex.
I won't spoil the plot by saying any more about this wonderfully ingenious plot.
I read this book, every page in a day and a half. Thoroughly enjoyed it, the twist at the end certainly surprised me, another triumph for Jeffrey Archer. I have read almost all of his previous books and never been disappointed.
This book is a total waste of time! I was looking forward to a new book by this author then I started reading it and thought wait a minute, this is ridiculous!
He basically wrote two short stories, the same people in each one except one takes place in England and the other New York. And the supposed surprise twist ending about as surprising as “duh... did you not notice the name at the beginning of the novel and the aspiration”. So disappointed.
My 1/2 star is actually generous considering what a stupid book this was.
When Jeffrey Archer writes a new book, you know it will be good. This one is exceptional. The story starts out in Leningrad with an honest man's murder and his wife and son's escape. So far so good. What happens next is that we're led to believe the mother and son will escape to either England or America based on which crate they will be smuggled out in on the toss of a coin. After this excitement starts in two strands one in New York and one in London. The success stories in these two Metros make for gripping reading and head for a climax which is as good as it is unexpected. I won't say more since I don't want to be a spoiler.
A fantastic book. You may get a bit confused at the beginning but then you will catch on quickly. This book shows how we all wonder if our lives had gone on in another direction. I strongly suggest that you read this book.
I don't know about you, but many times I have wondered how my life would have played out if I had made different choices at several critical times in my life. With that, I have even invented an alternate reality in my head from time to time. So, it was extremely interesting that Jeffrey Archer wrote this remarkable novel with a dual scenario for one man. It was a tad confusing at the start until I caught on to what was going on but once I did it was a mystery to learn how Alex and Sasha's life would eventually intersect.
After Alexander’s father was murdered in Leningrad, Russia in 1968, he and his mother must escape the country with hope to survive. With the aide of her brother, they must chose between a container ship bound for America or Great Britain. With the toss of a coin, Alexander (Alex) and his mother go to New York while in the other scenario, Sasha and his mother go to London. They both are destined to become leaders, excel in their field, marry, have one child and overcome the many pitfalls and challenges that occur. The story switches from one to another throughout the next thirty years until one common reality forces both to return to Russia at the same time!
I could not put the book down due to the gripping story line for each man and reach the end to reveal the mystery. This appears to be a stand alone novel but the surprise ending leaves the reader in typical Jeffrey Archer style with a cliffhanger. Highly recommend, great writing!
HEADS YOU WIN is another great book by Jeffrey Archer. Great story line and character development; which I am happy to see span several decades. Book One (chapters 1-3) grabs your attention. Chapter 4 starts Book Two, and the minute I saw it I thought I had missed something important and had to go back to chapters 1-3. I didn't miss anything, but I will say that this was a very unusual and interesting twist that Archer then carries throughout the book. I don't do spoilers, so you have to see/read for yourself. I suspect you will be entertained and surprised.
Archer employs the trope used in Sliding Doors (the 1998 Gwyneth Paltrow movie) to spin this charming yarn in two parallel stories covering Archer's favourite interests: politics, art and business. While the movie is comedic, the novel is dramatic and the novel would have earned more than four stars if Archer could have figured out a better ending. Still a highly entertaining and recommended read.