A Prisoner of Birth

A Prisoner of Birth

Audiobook CD - 2008
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A man framed for the murder of his best friend seeks revenge against the four men who put him in Belmarsh prison, the highest-security jail in the land, from where no inmate has ever escaped.
Publisher: New York : Macmillan Audio, [2008]
Edition: Unabridged.
Copyright Date: ℗2008
ISBN: 9781427202833
Branch Call Number: ARC
Characteristics: 13 sound discs (16.5 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Allam, Roger

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jackkrista
Jul 07, 2017

This is an enjoyable read, another Archer. After a bit, you can see what's coming, but how it will resolve itself is the real mystery. The premise? A young couple go out for drinks to celebrate one of life's happy occasions. Her brother tags along and then fate takes over. One of them ends up dead. It's got it all, mistaken identity, upper class arrogance, undying love, the problems of cold cases, the meaning of long-standing friendship, and much more. I am looking for more Archer.

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maipenrai
Jun 11, 2013

*** 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.

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nitetraino
Jan 12, 2013

Lots of outragiousness around plots and too much courtroom dialogue until the last word. 5 of 10 stars

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c210flyer
Jul 23, 2011

Yes, it was a bit far fetched, but I loved it anyway. 9 of 10 for me.

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