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    Great read!

    I was really surprised at how taken in I was by this book from the very first few pages. The story begins in Leningrad where Konstantine Karpenko is murdered by the KBG. His wife Elena and son Alexander want to flee the country. Elena's brother works on the docks and has arranged for them to stowaway on one of the cargo ships. There are two, one going to America and the other to England. Elena's brother flips a coin and they begin their journey. The story parallels what would have happened if they had they gone to America versus had they gone to England and spans 30 years. There are lots of twists and turns in this riveting book and it was hard to put down. I would like to thank St. Martin's Press for the ARC of this fascinating book that I won in exchange for an honest review. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a fast paced, very interesting book.
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    Rich saga with explosive, stunning ending

    Heads You Win by Jeffrey Archer is a rich saga with strong, amazing characters and a stunning, explosive ending. It’s not often I read a book and sigh with such satisfaction at the end, glad I took the journey offered by the author. I hadn’t read anything by Jeffrey Archer in a while, so when I received a surprise copy of Heads You Win in the mail from the publisher I was thrilled with the win but not quite sure what I was in for. Well, what I was in for was a thrilling ride across exciting times in history and continents and cultures. Sasha and Alex settle in Britain and America but Russia is always a significant player in their lives. Alexander and Elena’s future looked bleak after Alexander’s father was killed. To be honest, their life seemed rather bleak even before that, but Alexander had such promise, such potential. What bravery it must have taken to decide to make that leap. I have to admit that it took me a couple of chapters to realize how the book was structured, that we would be jumping back and forth between Sasha and Alex now, but it brought a smile to my face knowing we would see the “What if’s” in the way only Jeffrey Archer can present them. In the beginning, especially, Alex and Sasha seemed very different. Were they shaped by their experiences on the boat and the way they were treated by each crew and those helping them to get settled in their new home? London was much gentler than New York; everyone seemed more authentic and less scheming, but there were challenges and rewards in both. And I couldn’t even begin to imagine how the two parts would come together. It wasn’t long, though, that I was so caught up in the story and the lives Sasha and Alex were leading that I forgot this was a What If and we didn’t know the result of the coin toss and instead just sat back and enjoyed the rolling tale of two lives. Heads You Win was a totally satisfying book with an ending I did not see coming. Alex/Sasha and Elena keep me engaged and wanting to know what would happen next and if their successes would continue or if darker forces would prevail. The supporting cast of characters – both good and evil – were well developed and believable. Thanks to St. Martin’s Press and Jeffrey Archer for providing many hours of enjoyment. I was not required to submit a review and all opinions are my own.
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    Another winner

    I love Jeffrey Archer and this one did not disappoint! In the beginning I was a little confused but soon realized there were two in England and one in America.
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    A very disappointing read

    I have enjoyed previous books by Jeffrey Archer and looked forward to reading this one. I found the story initially compelling and could not put it down, anxiously awaiting the culmination of what, as I got into the book, seemed to be a very bizarre tale. I was hoping that the dual story lines of Alex and Sasha would somehow be explained towards the end of the book. Sadly this was not the case, and the ending left me extremely disappointed.
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    I was blown away by the format of the story. I had never read a more interesting plot where even at the end I actually thought there was two Alex. I was absolutly entertained. I read Vladimir a number of times and never said Putin until the final word. Great writing for me.

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