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A prisoner of birth
Jeffrey Archer
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Karen said:
An excellant read, so to speak. It was hard to take time away from it.
posted Jun 26, 2008 at 7:16AM
Avatar for Laura P. Laura P. said:
Incredibly far-fetched plot but entertaining anyway.
posted Nov 26, 2008 at 1:01PM
MysteryMan said:
Yes, it was a bit far fetched, but I loved it anyway. 9 of 10 for me.
posted Jul 23, 2011 at 1:10PM
Avatar for nitetrain nitetrain said:
Lots of outragiousness around plots and too much courtroom dialogue until the last word. 5 of 10 stars
posted Jan 12, 2013 at 10:51AM
bookwoman_cat said:
*** 1/2 stars This mystery is a contemporary retelling of Dumas's The Count of Monte Cristo. After proposing to his childhood sweetheart Beth Wilson, Danny Cartwright takes her brother Bernie and her to celebrate at a nearby pub. In the pub, they are accosted by four people. Danny, Beth and Bernie attempt to leave the pub without getting involved in a fracas, but Spencer Craig, one of the four that confronted them, follows them out of the pub along with his friends. A fight breaks out; Bernie is stabbed and dies. Danny is blamed for his murder in a well-orchestrated plot by Spencer and his friends. Danny is arrested and convicted. Sentenced to 22 years in Belmarsh prison. His cell mates are Albert Crann, known as "Big Al," and Sir Nicholas Moncrieff. Meanwhile, outside the prison, Beth is pregnant with Danny's daughter. Sir Nicholas slowly teaches Danny to read and to write. Their friendship grows closer, and Danny decides to dress like his friend in the hope that it will help his upcoming appeal. Danny begins to gather evidence for his appeal with the help of a young lawyer, Alex Redmayne, but unable to present the new evidence, Danny's appeal is denied, and he must serve his complete sentence in Belmarsh prison. Danny resigns himself to his sentence and cuts off contact with Beth, hoping she will find a new life without him. Then a series of events finds Danny outside the prison walls and plotting his revenge on the men who participated in the murder of his friend and framed him. How does Danny escape from the prison? Does he find justice? The reader must at times accept the plot twists without analyzing their plausibility too closely, but the characters are well drawn and the book is definitely a page-turner. Recommend.
posted Jun 11, 2013 at 2:15PM
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main characters Danny Cartwright
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Illiterate
Charged with the murder of his best friend; framed by four Cambridge University students; sentenced to 22-years in prison; determined to seek revenge on the college boys; learned to read and write in prison; escaped prison by disguising himself as another inmate.



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