“You do not catch a poacher by feeding him rabbit stew.” 

Genre: Thriller 

Pages: 368

Rate: 2.5 ????

Goodreads Synopsis:

It seems innocent enough. A disgraced British colonel bequeaths a mysterious letter to his only son. But the moment Adam Scott opens the yellowing envelope, he sets into motion a deadly chain of events that threatens to shake the very foundations of the free world.

Within days, Adam’s lover is brutally murdered and he’s running for his life through the great cities of Europe, pursued not only by the KGB, but by the CIA and his own countrymen as well. Their common intent is to kill him before the truth comes out. While powerful men in smoke-filled rooms plot ever more ingenious means of destroying him, Adam finds himself betrayed and abandoned even by those he holds most dear.

When at last he comes to understand what he is in possession of, he’s even more determined to protect it, for it’s more than a matter of life and death-it’s a matter of honor. 

My Take 

What I liked about the book is that there’s so much history to learn from it. Set in the 1960s it explores the Soviets, Capitalism and Communism. The writing is great and easy to understand, and the characters are relatable. 

What I didn’t like: The plot dragged on and it stopped being interesting halfway through, and the ending felt rushed. I found the book bland as it lacked the wow factor the blurb promised.

Honestly, I felt disappointed by A Matter of Honor, and it put me in a reading slump after finishing it. I guess I had high hopes and the book didn’t meet my expectations.

“Fair exchange is no robbery.”  

This was my first Jeffrey Archer and I’ll probably give him another try before I completely give up on him.