Heads You Win

Heads You Win

Book - 2018
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When Alex's father is assassinated by the KGB, he and his mother flip a coin to decide whether to flee to America, or Great Britain. This epic tale spans thirty years, as we follow Alex's struggle to conquer his new world as an immigrant, and his eventual decision to face the past in Russia.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, ©2018.
ISBN: 9781250172501
Characteristics: 437 pages ;,25 cm.

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writermala
Jan 14, 2019

When Jeffrey Archer writes a new book, you know it will be good. This one is exceptional. The story starts out in Leningrad with an honest man's murder and his wife and son's escape. So far so good. What happens next is that we're led to believe the mother and son will escape to either England or America based on which crate they will be smuggled out in on the toss of a coin. After this excitement starts in two strands one in New York and one in London. The success stories in these two Metros make for gripping reading and head for a climax which is as good as it is unexpected. I won't say more since I don't want to be a spoiler.

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nelll
Dec 26, 2018

A fantastic book. You may get a bit confused at the beginning but then you will catch on quickly. This book shows how we all wonder if our lives had gone on in another direction. I strongly suggest that you read this book.

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geniegu859
Dec 18, 2018

I don't know about you, but many times I have wondered how my life would have played out if I had made different choices at several critical times in my life. With that, I have even invented an alternate reality in my head from time to time. So, it was extremely interesting that Jeffrey Archer wrote this remarkable novel with a dual scenario for one man. It was a tad confusing at the start until I caught on to what was going on but once I did it was a mystery to learn how Alex and Sasha's life would eventually intersect.
After Alexander’s father was murdered in Leningrad, Russia in 1968, he and his mother must escape the country with hope to survive. With the aide of her brother, they must chose between a container ship bound for America or Great Britain. With the toss of a coin, Alexander (Alex) and his mother go to New York while in the other scenario, Sasha and his mother go to London. They both are destined to become leaders, excel in their field, marry, have one child and overcome the many pitfalls and challenges that occur. The story switches from one to another throughout the next thirty years until one common reality forces both to return to Russia at the same time!
I could not put the book down due to the gripping story line for each man and reach the end to reveal the mystery. This appears to be a stand alone novel but the surprise ending leaves the reader in typical Jeffrey Archer style with a cliffhanger. Highly recommend, great writing!

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USAF1969
Dec 11, 2018

HEADS YOU WIN is another great book by Jeffrey Archer. Great story line and character development; which I am happy to see span several decades. Book One (chapters 1-3) grabs your attention. Chapter 4 starts Book Two, and the minute I saw it I thought I had missed something important and had to go back to chapters 1-3. I didn't miss anything, but I will say that this was a very unusual and interesting twist that Archer then carries throughout the book. I don't do spoilers, so you have to see/read for yourself. I suspect you will be entertained and surprised.

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cambridgedon
Nov 20, 2018

Archer employs the trope used in Sliding Doors (the 1998 Gwyneth Paltrow movie) to spin this charming yarn in two parallel stories covering Archer's favourite interests: politics, art and business. While the movie is comedic, the novel is dramatic and the novel would have earned more than four stars if Archer could have figured out a better ending. Still a highly entertaining and recommended read.

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