Heads You Win by Jeffrey Archer

Heads You Win

Leningrad, Russia, 1968. Alexander Karpenko is no ordinary child, and from an early age, it is clear he is destined to lead his countrymen. But when his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying the state, he and his mother will have to escape from Russia if they hope to survive. At the docks, they are confronted with an irreversible choice: should they board a container ship bound for America, or Great Britain? Alexander leaves that choice t...


Details Heads You Win

TitleHeads You Win
ISBN9781250172501
Author
Release DateNov 6th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction
Rating

Reviews Heads You Win

  • Maureen
    1970-01-01
    ** 4.5 Stars * Wow! The last sentence in ‘Heads You Win’ was akin to a slap across the face - a kind of “that’s what you get for not being perceptive enough to recognise what was right in front of you the whole time”!1968 Leningrad, Russia, and teenager Alexander Karpenko and his mother Elena are about to flee their homeland with the help of his uncle, who has bribed the Captain of a cargo ship. Alexander’s father has been assassinate...
  • Patrice Hoffman
    1970-01-01
    In the interest of full disclosure, I have been a fan of Jeffrey Archer's since I found Kane and Abel in the clearance bin at my local used book store. I was urged by my insanely smart brother to pick a book by its cover and so... that's what I chose. Suffice it to say, I was hooked to Archer's uncomplicated style of writing. His delivery can be described as hearing a story from that human fixture in your local bar or fellow commuter. He writes a...
  • Gary
    1970-01-01
    Another great piece of storytelling by top author Jeffrey Archer. Rarely disappointed by his books and this latest novel is another excellent story. The more I read of this novel the bigger my appetite to find out more. Well written, good characters and a plot expertly crafted for maximum enjoyment.Alexander Karpenko is a child in Leningrad, Russia, 1968 and he is easily identifiable as a leader in the making. But his future plans take a sudden t...
  • Lou
    1970-01-01
    Heads You Win is one of critically-acclaimed, bestselling author Jeffrey Archer's most imaginative novel to date and takes advantage of the sliding doors theme whereby the outcomes of two separate paths that a character could take are shown. Here, it manifests itself as a life-changing moment in which young Alexander Karpenko and his mother flip a coin on the docks to decide whether they board a boat and emigrate to Great Britain or the United St...
  • Paul
    1970-01-01
    Archer has other works that are definitely worth a read if you enjoy this genre, but Heads You Win is not one I would recommend.For my full review: https://paulspicks.blog/2018/10/10/he...For all my reviews: https://paulspicks.blog
  • Lisa
    1970-01-01
    Ok, WOWWWWW.Let me say first and foremost that I won an ARC of this book for my review from St. Martin’s Press~ THANK YOU!!!! Second, this is ONE of my favorite authors as he never disappoints in writing about good and evil in politics as in life in general.This book however, HEADS YOU WIN, is as it says on the cover...one man, two lives. And how is that? That is the question. Amazingly, Mr. Archer writes a little bit different from his past no...
  • Carolyn
    1970-01-01
    Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for this book which shows the author’s skill for great story telling. I found the structure of the book a little confusing at first. I have never been able to fathom the British Parliamentary system and I tried not to zone out during those sections. I really enjoyed the descriptions of the changes in Russia (and lack of them) over the years and the excursions into the art world. There were times whil...
  • Jane
    1970-01-01
    Thanks to St. Martin's Press for this ARC.I haven't read this author's books in 30+ years and wasn't sure if I would like this book since it's not a book I would read but I needed something different and this was it. I've read a lot of books in my lifetime and have never read a book like this and it's not your typical book. It was interesting between Alex/Sasha in London/New York/Russia and what it would be like if he went to London or New York i...
  • Laura Danks
    1970-01-01
    I really wanted to love this book because I loved The Clifton Chronicles Series, but unfortunately, I didn't enjoy as much as I hoped.To me, it felt as if the structure of The Clifton Chronicles had been copied and paste into Russian settings. I don't want to give away any spoilers, especially for readers who have not read Archer before but I found the whole thing a little too predictable following a formula that I've seen before.I think I would ...
  • Roy
    1970-01-01
    Every now and then I read a Jeffery Archer book and always ask myself why I dont read more by him. Hes the master of the plot and the well hidden details that throw you off the scent. An interesting tale of a character who flips a coin to determine their future. Archer goes on to tell the story from two POVs. The same character but lives determined from that fateful coin toss. Its two separate books in one but they have similarities. Its a simila...
  • Roma Sharma
    1970-01-01
    Jeffrey Archer is called a master story teller for a reason. His books are captivating and spellbinding. This one is no exception. I enjoy thrillers and I usually don’t like to read historical books or overly political books, but when it comes to Archer, the genre becomes irrelevant and the story is all that matters. I have devoured every novel and short story he’s ever published and never have I been disappointed. This book held my attention...
  • Annette
    1970-01-01
    It's Leningrad in 1968 Alexander Karpenko a twelve year old boy is living with his mother and father in a typical tenement block. His father is murdered by the KGB in a not too convincing accident on the docks, where he worked. They are devastated, Alexanders uncle fears for their safety and persuades them to escape to the west on a cargo vessel. He says that they must not tell anyone especially Alexanders best friend Vlademere. When they reach t...
  • Sharon
    1970-01-01
    My favourite author has to be Jeffrey Archer! The first book I ever read of his was Prisoner of Birth and since then I have sat and devoured my way through each and every one of them. When I saw this his new release Heads You Win was up on NetGalley for review I sent my wish and was overjoyed when it was granted! So, thank you NetGalley and the publishers, Pan MacMillan for making me very happy!You just know when you begin a book by this author t...
  • Gary
    1970-01-01
    Another great piece of storytelling by top author Jeffrey Archer. Rarely disappointed by his books and this latest novel is another excellent story. The more I read of this novel the bigger my appetite to find out more. Well written, good characters and a plot expertly crafted for maximum enjoyment.Alexander Karpenko is a child in Leningrad, Russia, 1968 and he is easily identifiable as a leader in the making. But his future plans take a sudden t...
  • Annette
    1970-01-01
    This isn’t my typical book to read but having read one other book by the author I thought this book sounded interesting. The chapters alternate from Sasha to Alex. It was very easy to follow and I was quickly engrossed in the story. It had some twists and turns and the ending took me by surprise!I really enjoyed it! Thank you St Martin’s press for the early copy!
  • Julia
    1970-01-01
    I really liked the first 200 pages or so of Jeffrey Archer's latest book. The last almost 300 pages had too much politics for me, which I've noticed is something that happens quite a bit in Archer novels. My full review is forthcoming with Historical Novel Society.
  • Ilene Harris
    1970-01-01
    In this book by Jeffrey Archer, I am reminded of a statement in another book, Richard Russo's 'Bridge of Sighs' where he states (and I am paraphrasing) "that no matter what path you choose in life, you will always wonder what would have happened if you had chosen an alternative route". In this book we actually find out. Alexander Karpenko and his mother Elena have to decide which ship to stow away on in their attempt to escape from Russia. It is ...
  • Nancy Price
    1970-01-01
    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.Jeffrey Archer always writes a good story, and in this book he has written two of them. Alexander Karpenko flees the Soviet Union as a teenager, accompanied by his mother. They escape by hiding in a crate set to be loaded into a container ship, but when they arrive at the docks, they are faced with a decision. There are two crates, one set to go to New York, the other to London, but they don'...
  • Angela Oatham
    1970-01-01
    Never let it be said that Jeffrey Archer doesn't tell a good story. This is another very readable novel from him, there's nothing new or groundbreaking and yes you will get slight deja vu if you've read all his previous novels but so what? Sometimes I just want to turn my brain off and delve into a good story. If I was Mr Archer I wouldn't be holidaying in Russia anytime soon though!
  • Pat Lott Berry
    1970-01-01
    “Heads You Win,” Jeffrey Archer, 2018, Fiction. Astonishingly shocking novel by Jeffrey Archer that utterly stuns you. You will remember reading this exciting tale for years to come. A gripping book that locks you in.Reviewed by Pat Lott Berry.Alexander Karpenko’s father is murdered by the KGB in 1968 in Leningrad, Russia, and this brilliant young man is thrust into adulthood at 17 years of age. Along with his mother, Alex’s only chance o...
  • Patricia Revzin
    1970-01-01
    Many of us have had to make a decision between two choices, often wondering afterwards what would our lives have been like if we had picked the other choice. In Heads You Win, the plots begins in 1968 and spans three decades in the life of Alexander Karpenko, a teenager who, with his mother, must flee from Leningrad after his father is assassinated by the KGB. Their plan is to escape on one of two outgoing container ships, one bound for America, ...
  • Gayle
    1970-01-01
    (I received an advance copy for this review.)Much like Jeffrey Archer other books, this story will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotion, tension and twists. Alexander Karpenko and his mother escape Leningrad after the death of father and husband. Through the help of Elena’s brother, they flip a coin to see what container ship they will take to escape the communist regime. The story takes us on a journey to New York or London depending o...
  • Bobbi Foster
    1970-01-01
    #HeadsYouWinUS @StMartinsPress I received an advanced copy of this book, and I love the way this book was written, with so many twists and turns, it was hard to put down. I would have finished it sooner if I didn't have to go to work. It begins with the life of teenager Alexander and his family. His father is killed by the KGB because he tried to start a union at the docks where he worked. His mother, Erica, worked in the officers' kitchen at the...
  • Cortney Sparks
    1970-01-01
    Let me start off by saying that i won this book from St. Martin's for my honest review.I'll be honest I've never read a single book of his and that this isn't a normal book that I would read on my own. And honestly I had to go and do some research on the KGB. With all that being said, I am so glad that I gave this book a chance. I absolutely loved it! The way Jeffery Archer chose to write it was brilliant! And the ending still has my mind on over...
  • David Morgan
    1970-01-01
    I won an ARC from St Martin's Press.I don't know what to say about this novel. I thought I knew what was happening/going to happen but then IT happened. I'm writing this immediately after finishing the book and may need a little time to digest and understand what I just read. Right now I'm left, well, kinda resolved to think some choices in life don't really matter, you end up where you're supposed to be... But I know, why don't you read it and t...
  • Diane
    1970-01-01
    3.5 ⭐ I was excited to read, I have enjoyed his books. The ending was just not quite what I expected. The story is about a man and his mother escaping the Soviet union and had to choose to get in a crate bound for new york, or a crate bound for London. So the book follows two story lines of Alexander's life. The concept is pretty cool. And I really enjoyed till the last few pages. I can say it kept me totally engaged.
  • Margaret Yelton
    1970-01-01
    I won and ARC of this book from St. Martin's Press, in exchange for a honest review. This was a new author for me, and a different type of book than I would normally read. Having said that I was really surprise that I enjoyed the book as much as I did. The book was well written, easy to read and get involved with the characters in the storyline. I am not a huge fan of the format used in the book, but in this book it works. I plan on reading more ...
  • Dannianni
    1970-01-01
    I received a free advanced reader’s edition of this book. Written by one of my favorite authors, Heads You Win, did not disappoint. Alexander and his mother Elena flee communist Russia and with a coin toss decide which crate and ship will take them to their future—New York or London. From the first page to the last I was engrossed with the characters and their lives over a thirty year span. While entertaining, it was also thought provoking—...
  • Elly Carney
    1970-01-01
    Alexander Karpenko and his mother must escape Russia and the KGB after his father is assassinated. Faced with the choice of where to go, London or New York, Alexander leaves the decision to chance with the flip of a coin. From there the story diverges to follow Alexander's life in each location. The reader follows him through 30 years of academia, first loves, failures, and successes until he returns to his homeland to follow his destiny. Jeffrey...
  • Michele R
    1970-01-01
    Received this ARC in a giveaway by St. Martin’s Press. I’m a big Jeffrey Archer fan and immediately got hooked by this ‘Sliding Doors’ type tale of Alexander and the two possible paths his escape from Russia had taken. Each scenario was well crafted and had me hooked waiting for the promised twist at the end. The ending did not satisfy as much as hoped but a great read nevertheless.