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Nothing Ventured

Written by: Jeffrey Archer
Narrated by: George Blagden
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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This is not a detective story, this is a story about the making of a detective....

William Warwick has always wanted to be a detective, and decides, much to his father’s dismay, that rather than become a lawyer like his father, Sir Julian Warwick QC, and his sister, Grace, he will join London’s Metropolitan Police Force.

After graduating from university, William begins a career that will define his life: from his early months on the beat under the watchful eye of his first mentor, Constable Fred Yates, to his first high-stakes case as a fledgling detective in Scotland Yard’s arts and antiquities squad. Investigating the theft of a priceless Rembrandt painting from the Fitzmolean Museum, he meets Beth Rainsford, a research assistant at the gallery who he falls hopelessly in love with, even as Beth guards a secret of her own that she’s terrified will come to light.

While William follows the trail of the missing masterpiece, he comes up against suave art collector Miles Faulkner and his brilliant lawyer, Booth Watson QC, who are willing to bend the law to breaking point to stay one step ahead of William. Meanwhile, Miles Faulkner’s wife, Christina, befriends William, but whose side is she really on?

Nothing Ventured heralds the start of a brand new series in the style of Jeffrey Archer’s number one New York Times best-selling Clifton Chronicles: telling the story of the life of William Warwick - as a family man and a detective who will battle throughout his career against a powerful criminal nemesis. Through twists, triumph, and tragedy, this series will reveal that William Warwick is destined to become one of Jeffrey Archer’s most enduring legacies.

©2019 Jeffrey Archer (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Really enjoyed this.

The story is good with well structured characters that I suspect we do not know everything about yet. Really looking forward to the rest of the series.
The reader of this book was excellent. I appreciated the different voices/accents for each character. It made it much easier to keep everyone straight.

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  • Wayne
  • 2019-09-05

A very pleasant surprise!!

I had real doubts about starting another series by Jeffrey Archer for two reasons; The first reason is that Archer is 79 years old so the outlook for him completing a series is questionable (I'm 76 years old so I should be safe making that comment). The second reason concerns Archer's Clifton Chronicles series which was to be a trilogy but ended up being a seven book series released during 6 years. The first six novels in The Clifton Chronicles ended in life or death cliffhangers of one or more major characters.

The very pleasant surprise about Nothing Ventured, Book 1 in the William Warwick series, is that it is a very, very good standalone novel which does not end in a life or death cliffhanger. I'm very happy that I purchased and listened to it. The genre is modern detective and it also has elements of a legal thriller.

The narrator George Blagden who I had never heard of. He does a great job but he could be better with female voices.

I purchased Nothing Ventured because of Audible's book return policy because I expected not to like the novel because I feared a major cliffhanger. I will not be returning it!

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  • Richard A. Galen
  • 2019-09-14

Still a great Storyteller

I work from home so I don’t have as much time in the car as I used to to listen to Audible books. I found myself sitting in parking lots and driving the long way around, just to keep listening. Jeffery Archer is still one of the great storytellers of our time

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  • David
  • 2019-09-12

Another masterful archer book!

Jeffrey Archer is and always has been the greatest story writer. His new series is no exception. I cannot wait for the next installment!

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  • Robin
  • 2019-09-07

Another fun read by Jeffrey Archer

This book is not too heavy, not too dramatic ... just fun in a well written and well narrated package. Can’t go wrong with a Jeffrey Archer book!

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  • S Cienfugos
  • 2019-09-09

Nothing Ventured Indeed nothing gained.

I am an avid fan of Jeffrey Archer. I have read the entire Chilton Cronicals series. The series taught me a lot of history. I was excited to see that the author was staring a new series. The main character needed to be stronger in order to want to want to follow him to the next book. The performance was substandard. All the characters sounded the same. This might be an okay book for a beginner Archer reader but not for me.

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  • C. Johnson
  • 2019-09-19

A fantastic introduction to PC Warwick

We were introduced to William Warwick in the Clifton Chronicles. Jeffrey archer has translated that character into an extremely promising new series. The tales of multiple cases were very well intertwined and the cadence of presentation maintained my interest throughout the book. Please make this the first of many Wm. Warwick novels.

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  • Ellen
  • 2019-09-17

Thoroughly enjoyed the book

It was a great story with lots of twists until the very end. Very well written and performed. Can’t wait for Jeffrey Archer’s next book.

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  • Jill A. Cataldo
  • 2019-09-17

excellent

Another great one! Can't wait to see what William gets up to in the next book.

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  • Sandra S. Anderson
  • 2019-09-15

SO Happy For A New Series

Jeffrey Archer has been one of my favorites for years. You don't have to always have the deepest thoughts in every read. This is light and fun, and has a very nice twist at the end. However, I sort of predicted it in my mind. Looking forward to more in the series - SOON.