I read this book years ago, and then loaned it out, never to be seen again. So I had to re-purchase it on Kindle when I saw it available on Amazon. I have just re-read this classic novel and enjoyed it as much the second time around.
Typical Jeffrey Archer, it had mystery, drama, war, revenge, love, tragedy and a little evil. ‘Kane & Abel’ is an epic tale following the lives of William Kane and Abel Rosnovski. Both main characters are introduced to us at birth and we are taken on the journey of their lives which spans 60 years.
The two men were born on the same day in 1906 into drastically different situations - Kane into Bostonian wealth and Abel into Polish poverty. The reader is in for a real journey as they grow into young prodigies and they both display an incredible will to succeed. What also makes this such a rich read is that the timeframe for this book includes two World Wars, the Great Depression, McCarthyism, and the election of John Kennedy so it is fascinating and rich with context.
What makes it such a page turner that has stood the test of time is that that the plot is NOT predictable. The characters are real and act in ways that real people act. They are not too evil and not too good. The good do bad things and the bad do good things, which makes it so much more believable.
In the end, this is a moving tale of struggle, revenge and pride. We see the terrible cost financially and emotionally that each man pays as they refuse to budge on their positions, and the impact this has on them as human beings and their families.
Highly entertaining, compelling and a classic.