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By Jeffrey Archer

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The Eleventh Commandment
By Jeffrey Archer
Thorndike Press, (1998),
ISBN: 0786215925
Large print edition, font size: 16 point
Genre: Thriller

Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness - March 12, 2001

The eleventh commandment is simple, "Thou Shalt Not Be Caught..." For most people, this commandment has little meaning. However, when you are a CIA assassin, it is the most important commandment in your life.

Connor Fitzgerald has religiously followed this commandment throughout his 28-year career as a CIA operative. He has had too. As an NOC (nonofficial cover officer) Fitzgerald is not on the 'books' as a CIA agent. If he's caught, he's on his own.

Nearing retirement, Fitzgerald is sent on one last assassination mission by his boss, Helen Dexter. Dexter is a hard-nosed egomaniac who feels that she can operate outside the law with impunity. Feeling herself invincible, she uses the power she wields to shape history to her own liking. An expert at protecting her own back, Dexter adroitly manipulates Fitzgerald into being her fall guy when her actions are brought into question by the president. She orchestrates matters so well that Fitzgerald doesn't realize that she is his worst enemy!

In The Eleventh Commandment, Fitzgerald must struggle to survive Dexter's nefarious plans, and at the same time prevent war from breaking out between the U.S. and Russia.

Jeffrey Archer has created an interesting character in Fitzgerald. Although he is a ruthless assassin, Fitzgerald is an amazingly 'sweet' character who deeply loves his wife and daughter and who will go to any length to protect them. He is also a character that you cannot help but root for.

I found The Eleventh Commandment to be a very enjoyable and quick read. The story is enlivened by an intriguing cast of characters and by the tension that Archer creates. Throughout, the story flows well and you will be on the edge of your seat as you wait to find out Fitzgerald's fate.

Besides The Eleventh Commandment, Jeffrey Archer also has another book that is currently available in large print, it is called: Twelve Red Herrings.


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