When I was twelve years old I read a small collection of short stories by Jeffrey Archer, and ever since then, I have always thought of myself as a fan of his writing. (Fun Fact, I don’t believe I ever actually finished the book.) You might find it strange, then, that I hadn’t read any other of his books until June this year when I read, and subsequently fell in love with, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less. My interest renewed, I followed this with Kane & Abel.
William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski, one the son of a Boston millionaire, the other a penniless Polish immigrant. Two men, born on the same day, on opposite sides of the world, their paths destined to cross in their ruthless struggle to build a fortune.
An unputdownable story, spanning sixty years, of two powerful men linked by an all-consuming hatred, brought together by fate to save—and finally destroy—each other.
Now, going into the book I had no idea what it was about. None. I decided simply to start reading and see where I ended up, and I’ll tell you, I was hooked from page one. I loved watching the characters grow up, and the pacing was fantastic. All I wanted as I read on (and on, and on… reading the book on my Kindle, I had no idea just how large the book is.) was for the two characters to meet, because, given the opportunity, I’m sure they would get along famously. I now realise that that is the whole point of the book. Read to the end. Just do it. Things aren’t always as they appear.
The story is just – wow! It’s intense and the actions in one section are mirrored in the events of the next, an effect that I personally really enjoyed. I love amazing driven characters, whether in fiction or on film, and Kane & Abel gives you that. I felt all of the good things and all of the bad that the two characters experienced, and I don’t know if I could pick a favourite. When I read Kane’s sections I loved him and when I read Abel’s, I loved him, too. All I wanted for them both was a happy ending, and while I didn’t agree with the way the story ended, I appreciated it all the same. The book made such an impact on me, that I have to say it’s cemented its place on my list of all time favourite books; I look forward to reading the sequel.