Paths of Glory

By Jeffrey Archer
Binding:Hardcover
Publisher:St. Martin's Press, (3/3/2009)
Language:English



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Some people have dreams that are so magnificent that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. Francis Drake, Robert Scott, Charles Lindbergh, Amy Johnson, Edmund Hilary, Neil Armstrong, and Lewis and Clark are among such individuals.

But what if one man had such a dream, and once he’d fulfilled it, there was no proof that he had achieved his ambition?

Jeffrey Archer’s latest book, Paths of Glory, is the story of such a man---George Mallory. Mallory once told an American reporter that he wanted to climb Mt. Everest, “because it’s there.” On his third attempt in 1924, at age thirty-seven, he was last seen six hundred feet from the top. His body was found in 1999, and it still remains a mystery whether he ever reached the summit.

But only after you’ve turned the last page of this extraordinary novel, inspired by a true story, will you be able to decide if George Mallory’s name should be added to the list of legends, in which case another name would have to be removed. Paths of Glory is truly a triumph.

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"Paths of Glory"
By Jeffrey Archer

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From Publishers Weekly
A real-life mountaineering mystery serves as the springboard for bestseller Archer's abysmal latest. The plot begins promisingly with the body of mountaineer George Mallory discovered on the slopes of Mt. Everest in 1999, possibly having been the first man to have reached the summit. But hopes of an adventurous yarn are soon dashed as the novel becomes a long flashback, offering stock vignettes of Mallory's childhood, Cambridge days and mountaineering adventures. These passages are hampered by phoned-in writing, clumsy attempts at verisimilitude and a notable lack of psychological depth. Along the way, Mallory marries, becomes a father, serves in WWI and finds himself pitted against Australian mountaineer George Finch as a potential leader of Britain's push to conquer Everest. Archer does eventually offer his opinion as to whether Mallory summited Everest, but by that point all but his most devoted fans will have fled the icy crags of this lifeless novel. (Mar.) 
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Praise for Jeffrey Archer:

“A dynamite commercial novel … Archer brings it off with panache.”
---The Washington Post on A Prisoner of Birth

“Bestseller Archer pays homage to Dumas’s The Count of Monte Cristo in this delicious updating of the adventure classic.… The author’s firsthand knowledge of prison life and legal maneuvers help make this a thoroughly enjoyable entertainment.”
---Publishers Weekly on A Prisoner of Birth

“Like other Archer thrillers, the book is compulsively readable.”
---Library Journal on A Prisoner of Birth

“A worthy successor to the still bestselling The Da Vinci Code.”
---Liz Smith, New York Post, on False Impression

“One of the top ten storytellers in the world.”
---Los Angeles Times

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Jeffrey Archer, whose novels and short stories include Not A Penny More, Not a Penny LessKane & Abel, and A Twist in the Tale, has topped the bestseller lists around the world, with sales of more than 135 million copies. A Prisoner of Birth, his most recent novel, was a global number-one bestseller in both hardcover and paperback, and remained on the UK bestseller charts for over two months. The author is married with two children, and lives in London and Cambridge.


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