by Jeffrey Archer
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Pub Date 26 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 17 Oct 2023
Harper 360, HarperCollins
THE TOWER OF LONDON…
Impenetrable. Well protected. Secure. Home to the most valuable jewels on earth. But once a year, when the Queen attends the State Opening of Parliament, the Metropolitan Police must execute the most secret operation in their armory as they transport the Crown Jewels across London.
For decades, the elite squad at Scotland Yard have been in charge of the operation. And for decades, it’s run like clockwork.
But this year, everything is about to change. Because a master criminal has set his sights on pulling off the most outrageous theft in history—and with a man on the inside, the odds are in his favor.
Unless the team can stop him before it’s too late…An unputdownable new thriller from the master storyteller
”Only someone like Jeffrey Archer . . . could have written a compelling story like this.”—David Baldacci
“Archer is a master entertainer.”—Time
“One of the top ten storytellers in the world.”—Los Angeles Times
“A storyteller in the class of Alexandre Dumas.”—The Washington Post
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This was another good book in the Werick I have like all the books in this series thanks to NetGalley for the chance to review this book
This is book six in the series. This takes place about five years after the ending of the last book, which I will review separately. I only mention it because one thing that puzzles me is that the last book deals with DI Hogan being assigned as her personal Royal Protection Officer and it ends with DI Hogan leaving her in Cornwall where a Scottish officer will be taking his place. Doesn't indicate that this is temporary or permanent. Yet the sixth book starts with a reference in a discussion between Faulkner and BW where it is stated that Hogan was removed from Princess Diana's protection detail because he was becoming too familiar with her. Hopefully in the final edition that matter has been clarified.
I really enjoy this series. There are so many main characters and the interactions, and reactions, between them is remarkably complex yet very detailed. I keep waiting for there to be repercussions to the bad behavior but no one really faces any real consequences. For example, a subplot to the main storyline of "stealing" the Crown Jewels is that in a previous book Faulkner donated an original painting to the gallery that Beth Warwick worked at in order to get a reduction in his sentence. It turns out he donated a fake while keeping the original in his New York apartment. Without giving away any spoilers, I felt the entire storyline while very well written somewhat of a letdown in the ending.
Faulkner is revenge plot against Warwick, Hogan and Hawksby is also elaborate with a lot of people involved. And very interesting having to trust someone that has betrayed them in the past with such an important plot as trying to steal the Crown Jewels.
But my favorite storyline has to be the report that the Warwick twins are writing about Captain Blood. What a fascinating person. I was vaguely aware of him but now I need to read more about his life. Love history.
I really loved this book and look forward to reading it again when it has been released in October. And then the wait begins for book seven.
I received an ARC from NetGalley to read. My review is voluntary an honest. I love this series.
A great day for me is when I wake up and discover that a new Jeffrey Archer book is available. This is the latest installment with William, Beth, Miles, Booth and the rest of the cast who have appeared earlier.
True to his style there are many stories within stories of revenge and twists and turns from page 1 until the final page which beg you for more. My favorite author who never disappoints with classics like Kane and Abel, As the crow flies and virtually everything he has written.
Warwick and Hawk are at it again; this time in a race against the clock to prevent the theft of the Crown Jewels.
Absolutely riveting story with Archer's signature attention to every single detail that puts you right there, in the midst of the action. The descriptive details are enthralling.
In a parallel story, Beth Warwick is once again thrown into the thick of forgeries and deceit by Faulkner and, his ex wife, Christina, is right in the thick of it.
Once again, Mikes Faulkner, their returning nemesis, is mixed up from start to finish.
Great story, great action and great character and setting descriptions.
Ready to roll with them again.
Jeffrey Archer is a favorite author of mine. This is a great series. The character development and interaction is splendid. The plot is suspenseful and entertaining. How will they get out of this one. Can’t wait for the next book.
The master story teller has crafted another entertaining tale. Miles Faulkner is back as protagonist Warwick’s nemesis, seeking revenge against several characters. The Warwick twins, meanwhile, are researching Colonel Blood of English folklore. His story parallels much of what is happening when the Crown Jewels become the focus of Faulkner’s plot. Lots of action, betrayals, and last-minute escapes.
Nobody does this sort of stuff like Jeffrey Archer.
Yes, it's a bit formulistic. Yes, some of the narrative doesn't make much sense if you stop to think about it. Yes, it's a little padded out here and there. But don't worry about any of that.
When we tally up the guilty pleasures of life, a whole of us are going to have Jeffrey Archer's latest novel on our list right up there with consuming a pile of Cadbury chocolate eggs. There may not be any nutrition in either, but they're both a lot of fun. So just lighten up and read for the pure pleasure of it.
Thank you to Net Galley for providing an early copy of Traitors Gate by Jeffrey Archer
This latest chronicle of William Warwick and his never-ending confrontations with antagonist Miles Faulkner is action-packed with a conclusion that offers a minute-by-minute, down-to-the-wire action.
Chief Superintendent William Warwick and his assistants are charged with delivering the crown jewels to Queen Elizabeth on the only designated day she is to give a speech. Someone within the detail, disgruntled and soon to retire,, forms a plan for the stealing of the jewels and presents the idea to Miles Faulkner, now out of jail and bent on revenge against Warwick, Hogan and Hacksby.
Beth Warwick is named the director of the Fitzmolean Art Museum and Christina Faulkner, always looking out for number one, aids Beth, William and others in the return of an original painting wrongly held by Miles.
A parallel to the plan to steal the crown jewels is the research done by the Warwick children, Peter and Artemisia, as they enter a writing contest and choose to investigate Captain Blood, the only person in history attempting to steal the crown.
Ross Hogan again faces false charges---this time for allegedly coercing a juror. Lawyers Sir Julian, along with his daughter Grace and colleague Clare will do what they do best in the courtroom.
One may feel that there are too many players involved in the stealing of the jewels and that with so many bad guys attempting to pull this off, something or someone would fail.
I was delighted to get the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book, since I'm a longtime fan of Jeffrey Archer's books. This book is the 6th in his William Warwick series, and I think it may be the best so far. Although it could be read as a stand-alone book, I would recommend reading the books in order to understand the backgrounds and motivations of the characters. I stayed up reading until after 2 AM because I couldn't put it down. It was more satisfying than some of the previous books because it didn't end with a big cliffhanger, although it doesn't seem to be the end of the series. The book was particularly entertaining, as part of it was plotting a heist, and part of it was from the police's point of view trying to prevent and solve the heist. As always, this book was an exciting and intense read, and it was fun to see how the characters have evolved. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this great read. I can't wait for the next installment. I highly recommend this book.
If heist novels are favorites, you might want to pick up Jeffrey Archer’s latest William Warwick novel, Traitors Gate. I’ll admit it’s easier to jump into it, though, if you’re following the series. The series began with Nothing Ventured. Next in Line was the fifth book, the last before Traitors Gate. The series follows the career of William Warwick, who began as a constable on the beat in London. By now, he’s Chief Superintendent at Scotland Yard. Throughout his career, he’s tangled with a master criminal, Miles Faulkner.
In Traitors Gate, Faulkner tries again to take down the men who have bested him; Warwick, Commissioner Hawksby, and Inspector Ross Hogan. Once a year, Scotland Yard is responsible for ensuring the safety of the Crown Jewels as they’re removed from the Tower of London for the Queen to wear at the State Opening of Parliament. One insider provides Faulkner with just the opportunity he wants. What if he can steal the Crown Jewels?
Of course, this is not the only storyline. Faulkner’s ex-wife, Christine, plays both sides. Although she’s a friend and partner of Warwick’s wife, Beth, if Christine sees a way to make money, she’ll negotiate with Miles. She plays games several times. Beth is one of the candidates for the position of director of the Fitzmoleon museum, and Christine sits on the board. Then, there’s that painting Miles donated to the museum in exchange for a lighter prison sentence. Beth and Warwick always wondered if it was the real painting, or a masterful forgery.
Hand-in-hand, though, with the story of Miles Faulkner’s planned heist is the story of Colonel Blood. Warwick’s children are writing a school essay about Blood’s attempt to steal the Crown Jewels in 1671. Their essay is drawn out, timed perfectly to fit Faulkner’s plans.
Archer’s riveting page-turner is timed minute by minute, with no time to waste for the heist, or for Warwick’s plans to save the Crown Jewels. Anyone interested in a clever story, with every twist carefully thought out, might want to try Traitors Gate.
Pub Date: Sept. 26, 2023
Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
Book #6 in the William Warwick series met my expectations. Archer is a master storyteller. His characters were fascinating. I loved this complex and clever storyline. Please read the series in order. You won’t be sorry! If you like David Baldacci I think you would like this series.
Long time fan of Jeffrey Archer but this was the first time I have read the William Warwick series.This is the sixth book in the series and I had no problem jumping in cold.
William Warwick and his staff are to deliver the Crown Jewels to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth on the day of her speech.There are multiple plans to steal the jewels.
Lots of characters,lots of plots.
Was a good,fast read.
Thankyou Netgalley and Harper 360/Harper Collins for this ARC
Traitors Gate is part of an ongoing series but solid enough to read as a standalone. I’m a big Jeffrey Archer fan and always enjoy his complex, multi-plot thrillers. This one may be my favorite so far with an interesting, historical storyline threaded throughout this swiftly moving novel.
Thanks to NetGalley and Harper 360 for the opportunity to read this ARC.
This story continues the conflict between Warwick and Faulkner. Jeffrey Archer written another masterpiece, Faulkner tries to steal the Crown Jewels of England. The plot is fast paced and one gets to learn some of the history of the Crown and the Tower of London. I could not put the book down.
I recieved an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This is the sixth book in the William Warwick series, and I think I've read them all. I like the William Warwick character, nicknamed 'choir boy' for his staunch moral character and persistance in following protocol to the letter. He has had some great adventures but this one to be was one of the very best.
THE TOWER OF LONDON…
Impenetrable. Well protected. Secure. Home to the most valuable jewels on earth. But once a year, when the Queen attends the State Opening of Parliament, the Metropolitan Police must execute the most secret operation in their armory as they transport the Crown Jewels across London. SCOTLAND YARD…
For decades, the elite squad at Scotland Yard have been in charge of the operation. And for decades, it’s run like clockwork. THE HEIST…
But this year, everything is about to change. Because a master criminal has set his sights on pulling off the most outrageous theft in history―and with a man on the inside, the odds are in his favor. Unless the team can stop him before it’s too late...
Fast-paced and action-packed this one grabbed me at the first and didn't let up until the end. Master criminal Miles Faulkner is back and he's out for revenge against his enemies - especially William Warwick. He will stop at nothing to ruin him. The case involves an impossible to pull off theft of the Crown Jewls from the Tower of London. Warwick and his team must make sure those jewels are kept safe during the time when the Queen needs them to wear for the opening of Parliament until they are safely back at the Tower.
I loved the historical aspects of the Tower of London and the historical figures brough to life in the story - well-researched. This was a fun book to read with a complex plot that kept me flipping the pages. And, of dear, did William break his choir boy image?
Thanks to Harper 360 through Netgalley for an advance copy. This book will be published on September 26, 2023.
Great whodunit! As expected from a master like Archer, a suspenseful mystery that I really enjoyed reading!
Jeffrey Archer continues his phenomenal William Warwick series and once again he doesn’t disappoint. I always look forward to his yearly book and can’t wait to see edw hay he has in store for 2024!
In Traitors Gate, William Warwick returns. In this book he has 24 hours to deal with a crime involving the Crown Jewels in the Tower of a London. It is fast paced, well written, and very clever. I was glad to have William Warick back in the pages. A great read!
Jeffrey Archer has added a new book to the Warwick series. Always a fun read. Again, the cast of characters has been reassembled, including their nemesis, Miles Faulkner, who keeps reappearing.
This is a new caper about a grand theft that must be stopped by Warwick and Hawk. This is fast moving and always fun.
Thank you Netgalley for this new William Warwick novel.
If I could, I would give this book 10 stars.I really liked the way the heist was handled. And he integrated the kids into the story. I will never look at the crown the same way again. I have read all of the Jeffrey Archer fiction books.he is one of my favorites.
Rating of 4.5.
Bestselling author Jeffrey Archer returns with another exciting addition to his fun and compelling William Warwick series with Traitors Gate.
London, 1996. There is nothing more sacred nor valuable in the entire realm than the crown Jewels of England. Kept secure within the Tower of London, the jewels are only brought out once a year for the Queen to attend the State Opening of Parliament. Providing security for the transfer between the Tower and the palace is one of the most important jobs done by the Metropolitan Police, and this vital duty is now overseen by Chief Superintendent William Warwick and his crack team. Thanks to all the elaborate precautions around the transfer, the jewels are considered unstealable, but there is one audacious crook who is about to prove them wrong.
For years, William has sought to bring down notorious criminal mastermind Miles Faulkner, a gentleman thief and deadly rogue who has brought nothing but misery to William’s friends and family. But despite the best effort of William and the men under his command, Faulkner has always managed to elude justice as he continues to hatch his despicable plots and thefts.
However, Faulkner also has a vengeful streak, and when William manages to finally get one over on his rival by recovering a stolen artwork, Faulkner decides it is time to get his final retribution against William and everyone close to him. Pulling together a team of rogues and villains, Faulkner sets in place his boldest plan yet: steal the Crown Jewels and ruin the career of William and the other police involved in its protection. Can William stop this plan before everything he loves is destroyed, or has Faulkner finally won their decades-long game of cat and mouse?
Archer continues to impress with his latest William Warwick book, which honestly had me hooked the entire way through. An intriguing continuation of his fun ongoing series, Traitors Gate was a great character-driven thriller that was fun from start to finish.
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I became a Jeffrey Archer fan after reading his seven-book series The Clifton Chronicles where the character of William Warwick was introduced. In this current series, Warwick is a star within the London Metropolitan Police Force. Traitors Gate is the sixth book featuring Warwick, his family, his cohorts and his enemies.
The series picks up in 1996. Warwick is Superintendent and second in command of the elite Royal Protection squad at Scotland Yard. William's wife Beth is working in the world of fine art and has to deal with a case of forgery. Warwick has to contend with his nemesis, Miles Faulkner, a millionaire art collector and thief. Faulkner is out of jail once again and seeks revenge on Warwick and all those who have wronged him. To ruin Warwick, he sets his sights on stealing Britain's Crown Jewels. Warwick puts together an impressive group of criminals who have the best chance of pulling off the caper since the jewels were stolen by Colonel Thomas Blood in 1671.
Archer has delivered another entertaining book with its thrilling race against time jewel heist. Warwick continues to be an appealing character and I love how smart and successful his wife Beth is. Their children are brilliant and are featured more than ever in this installment. Book #6 can be read as a standalone, but it would make the most sense to start from the beginning. It’s planned to be an eight-book series and I look forward to reading the next two. These books are so fast paced that it would be easy to catch up. Archer is regarded as one of the top storytellers out there. He writes so masterfully. What a pleasure.
This is a story trying to discredit Inspector Hogan, William and Hawks. Again Miles Faulkner is up to him old tricks. This is a great story about the Tower of London and the Crown Jewels. This was informative and entertaining!
In TRAITORS GATE, we return to our old friend William Warwick. It's the 6th book in this series but could easily be read as a stand alone. Chief Superintendant William Warwick and his Scotland Yard team is tasked to protect the Crown Jewels while being worn by the Queen during the opening of Parliment. Miles Faulkner considers Warwick his greatest foe. As a master criminal, he has tangled with Warwick on many occasions....see previous books.....and always come up the loser. Each man has an ironclad set of standards, whether law enforcement or criminal, and constantly find themselves on opposite sides of the same crime scene. But this year's plans maybe the first where Faulkner gets away with the goods. Jeffrey Archer is a prolific author of fiction, mystery, police procedurals and even nonfiction. His series are read by millions, including me. If you have not read any of his back library, I see many binge reads in your future. Pick any book and start, you won't be sorry.
A master criminal has set his sights on stealing the Crown Jewels. I have read all of the other books in the Detective William Warwick series. This is book #6 in the series by Jeffrey Archer. Archer is a master entertainer at telling stories. I love his books and look forward to reading the next book in the series. If you want to know if stealing the Crown Jewels is possible, then read this book. You will not be disappointed and will get a real enjoyment out of reading a story written by Jeffrey Archer.
Archer as usual has me on the edge of my seat or rather the page. From chapter one I was hooked, and loved every moment. Can’t wait for the next book.
Huge fan of Jeffrey Archer from his early days of Kane & Abel through the excellent Clifton Chronicles and now the entertaining William Warwick series. Traitors Gate does not disappoint! Thrilling plot, intriguing characters, great dialogue all come together for a great book. Every page is entertaining. I especially loved the British history sprinkled throughout.
Thanks NetGalley and Harper 360. All opinions are my own.
Traitors Gate is the sixth installment in the William Warwick series by Jeffrey Archer. If you love detective and family sagas with well-developed characters, this Jeffrey Archer series is very satisfying.
The series continues with a new assignment involving transporting the Crown Jewels. The story also continues to follow criminal activity and revenge related to the art world. Will someone be able to pull off the ultimate heist? This was a fast, entertaining read with a bit of history thrown in. I can't wait to see what William Warwick is up to next!
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.