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August’s brilliant instalment of The Year of Short Stories is Don’t Drink the Water. Released as one of a limited number of digital shorts released to celebrate the publication of Jeffrey Archer’s magnificent seventh short-story collection, Tell Tale. Taken from Cat O’ Nine Tales, Jeffrey Archer's fifth collection of short stories, Don’t Drink the Water is a captivating, w August’s brilliant instalment of The Year of Short Stories is Don’t Drink the Water. Released as one of a limited number of digital shorts released to celebrate the publication of Jeffrey Archer’s magnificent seventh short-story collection, Tell Tale. Taken from Cat O’ Nine Tales, Jeffrey Archer's fifth collection of short stories, Don’t Drink the Water is a captivating, witty and ingenious short read.Richard Barnsley is in St Petersburg to close a pipeline deal that will make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. Having spent years bribing the Energy Minister, Anatol Chenkov, the deal should go through smoothly. However, the president of Russia wants preside over the signing ceremony which means he needs to finalise the contract in a matter of weeks. But then Richard’s home life unravels when he finds a letter from a divorce lawyer intended for his wife. He suspects she is waiting for the deal to be signed before divorcing him, which leads Richard to take drastic action . . .


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August’s brilliant instalment of The Year of Short Stories is Don’t Drink the Water. Released as one of a limited number of digital shorts released to celebrate the publication of Jeffrey Archer’s magnificent seventh short-story collection, Tell Tale. Taken from Cat O’ Nine Tales, Jeffrey Archer's fifth collection of short stories, Don’t Drink the Water is a captivating, w August’s brilliant instalment of The Year of Short Stories is Don’t Drink the Water. Released as one of a limited number of digital shorts released to celebrate the publication of Jeffrey Archer’s magnificent seventh short-story collection, Tell Tale. Taken from Cat O’ Nine Tales, Jeffrey Archer's fifth collection of short stories, Don’t Drink the Water is a captivating, witty and ingenious short read.Richard Barnsley is in St Petersburg to close a pipeline deal that will make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. Having spent years bribing the Energy Minister, Anatol Chenkov, the deal should go through smoothly. However, the president of Russia wants preside over the signing ceremony which means he needs to finalise the contract in a matter of weeks. But then Richard’s home life unravels when he finds a letter from a divorce lawyer intended for his wife. He suspects she is waiting for the deal to be signed before divorcing him, which leads Richard to take drastic action . . .

30 review for Don't Drink the Water: The Year of Short Stories – August

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nadia

    This was quick but enjoyable read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    A very well written short story by author Jeffrey Archer. A short story that has plenty of suspense and is full of humour, twists and turns and intrigue. Far more than you would expect from a short story. When Richard Barnsley discovers a letter from a divorce lawyer intended for his wife he feels he needs to take drastic action. With a very important business deal about to be finalised in St Petersburg that will make him extremely rich, he knows that he must act quickly if he is to stop his soon A very well written short story by author Jeffrey Archer. A short story that has plenty of suspense and is full of humour, twists and turns and intrigue. Far more than you would expect from a short story. When Richard Barnsley discovers a letter from a divorce lawyer intended for his wife he feels he needs to take drastic action. With a very important business deal about to be finalised in St Petersburg that will make him extremely rich, he knows that he must act quickly if he is to stop his soon to be ex wife having a share of his new found wealth. Very good short story with a decent twist.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Master storyteller Lord Jeffrey Archer has chosen to please his fans with a new venture; a short story released each month. Those familiar with Archer’s work will know that he can not only spin long and involved pieces, but also the short story that compacts adventure into a handful of pages. I recently received my August story and could not wait to get started. Richard Barnsley is an astute businessman with strong ties in Russia. When the chance to solidify a major deal crosses his path, Richar Master storyteller Lord Jeffrey Archer has chosen to please his fans with a new venture; a short story released each month. Those familiar with Archer’s work will know that he can not only spin long and involved pieces, but also the short story that compacts adventure into a handful of pages. I recently received my August story and could not wait to get started. Richard Barnsley is an astute businessman with strong ties in Russia. When the chance to solidify a major deal crosses his path, Richard is not about to let it slip through his fingers, with a senior member of the Cabinet and the Russian President prepared to attend the signing ceremony. Back in England, Barnsley discovers that his wife of many years has apparently decided to file for divorce, thought she has not come out to tell him. Worried about the entire situation, Barnsley agrees to take his wife on his business trip to Russia. He purposely fails to let her know that the local water is not potable and that she need only consume the bottled variety on offer. Barnsley also concocts an elaborate scheme to ensure her bottled water is always replaced with that which flows from the tap, thereby ensuring her demise. While sightseeing, Richard’s wife comes down with something, leaving her achy and feverish. Might this be the ultimate act to ensure no division of assets at divorce? Only time will tell, as long as no one drinks the water! Archer pens yet another wonderful story, keeping the reader thinking and the story flowing through to its final zinger. Recommended for those who love a good Archer short story or any reader who needs something to fill a little time in their day! Lord Jeffrey Archer’s work is always full of unique perspectives, be they complete novels or shorter story such as this one. I am so pleased to have come across this collection and have reviewed each story based on its own merits. Now I await each instalment on a monthly basis, I can hope to find gems amidst all the reading I undertake each year. This was definitely one of the more exciting pieces I have read of late, pitting a man who refuses to lose anything against an unsuspecting wife who wants nothing more than to enjoy herself on holiday. Told in an interesting way that prefaces the piece with a version of events that makes Archer the story’s actual narrator, the reader is treated to something quite intriguing through to the very end of this story. The characters proves interesting and the story flowed well, as Archer is prone to ensure it does in his shorter pieces. Archer is able to impress and entertain in equal measure, something that is rare in the pieces I have come across over the last number of years. I have enjoyed all these stories and am eager for the next turn of the calendar, when I can be assured yet another gem. Kudos, Lord Archer, for a masterful new story collection. How you find so many effective ideas that produce high quality publications I will never know. Love/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/ A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shabana Mukhtar

    Oh so predictable I guess I am getting the really acquainted with how author would weave in the story, having read almost all the short stories in his 'The year of short stories' series. This one, in particular was very predictable. However, the little diversions created in the story regarding divorce, was still interesting. And hence one additional 🌟. Oh so predictable I guess I am getting the really acquainted with how author would weave in the story, having read almost all the short stories in his 'The year of short stories' series. This one, in particular was very predictable. However, the little diversions created in the story regarding divorce, was still interesting. And hence one additional 🌟.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bibi

    I love it when karma takes its due!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sarabjeet Singh

    Big Flaw in the story... How can you die from a siberian disease(probably a plague) without any symptom :)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shunya M

    The story in this book is shared between two prisoners in England prison. An international businessman tries to kill his wife (due to his doubt of divorce petition to be filled by his wife) using infected water of Saint Petersburg. The next day ends up killing both sure to the infection being contagious. Rating : 3.8/5

  8. 5 out of 5

    Megha Chakraborty

    Jeffrey Archer never ceases to surprise me with all his twists and turns, this is a short story about a married couple who are visiting Russia. Rarely you find a thriller book in which you can't predict the ending, this is one of those. His books never fail to deliver and you can never put down until the end. A quick and on the go short story. a must read! Highly recommended! Happy Reading! Jeffrey Archer never ceases to surprise me with all his twists and turns, this is a short story about a married couple who are visiting Russia. Rarely you find a thriller book in which you can't predict the ending, this is one of those. His books never fail to deliver and you can never put down until the end. A quick and on the go short story. a must read! Highly recommended! Happy Reading!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jane Hopkinson

    Don't buy it The 'short story' is certainly not a misnomer, in fact the story only takes up 41% of the book. The remaining 59% is given over to a shameless marketing ploy for Mr Archer's latest novel. Not worth the money, don't bother. Don't buy it The 'short story' is certainly not a misnomer, in fact the story only takes up 41% of the book. The remaining 59% is given over to a shameless marketing ploy for Mr Archer's latest novel. Not worth the money, don't bother.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dr.J.G.

    ................................................................................................ ................................................................................................ Don't Drink the Water: The Year of Short Stories, – August, by Jeffrey Archer. ................................................................................................ ................................................................................................ Beautiful descriptions of St Petersbu ................................................................................................ ................................................................................................ Don't Drink the Water: The Year of Short Stories, – August, by Jeffrey Archer. ................................................................................................ ................................................................................................ Beautiful descriptions of St Petersburg and it's attractions interspersed in a tale that begins in Belmarsh where the author was for a while (for being sympathetic to late Princess of Wales?), told him by a fellow prisoner who happened to be a professional assassin from Russia, about an English businessman who discovered to his surprise that his wife was consulting a divorce lawyer. Advised by his own lawyer to not indulge in his extra marital activities until the matter is settled, he's surprised by his wife asking him to take her with him on his next business trip to St Petersburg. How quickly it turns into a horror tale, with a surprise twist into a fair end, is this author's own special and usual treat expected by his readers. ................................................................................................ ................................................................................................ ................................................ ................................................ July 19, 2021 - July 19, 2021. ................................................ ................................................ ................................................................................................ ................................................................................................

  11. 5 out of 5

    Esperanza

    Choices have consequences. There are two stories on this piece, which both happened in Russia. The first is about a powerful businessman about to make the biggest deal of his life at the time when his wife decides to file for divorce. Who would outdo the other in their power play? In the second story, a leader and his colleagues are betrayed and murdered. Would his wife, son, and brother-in law get spared? We are all humans who could make wrong choices and actions that may have dire consequences. Choices have consequences. There are two stories on this piece, which both happened in Russia. The first is about a powerful businessman about to make the biggest deal of his life at the time when his wife decides to file for divorce. Who would outdo the other in their power play? In the second story, a leader and his colleagues are betrayed and murdered. Would his wife, son, and brother-in law get spared? We are all humans who could make wrong choices and actions that may have dire consequences. This is my third short book from the author, and his writing prowess still clearly shows as he weaves situations and circumstances that deeply explore such human realities in great detail. Short stories could tend to be either too rushed or too bland, but Jeffrey skilfully makes things work to his and his book's advantage. I still have qualms about some moral quandaries, but empathy for the protagonists' plights is not really an isolated case for this one.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chris Payne

    I don't do book reviews.... I don't do book reviews like you keep seeing, as I find that some give too much of the plot away and I personally hate that, as it makes the book not worth reading. I much prefer to take the authors back cover write up as a review as it can either intrigue you enough to read the book of provide you enough information to make you decide that the book is not for you. My review rules are: The more stars, the more I liked it. If there are too many typos or errors the less st I don't do book reviews.... I don't do book reviews like you keep seeing, as I find that some give too much of the plot away and I personally hate that, as it makes the book not worth reading. I much prefer to take the authors back cover write up as a review as it can either intrigue you enough to read the book of provide you enough information to make you decide that the book is not for you. My review rules are: The more stars, the more I liked it. If there are too many typos or errors the less stars I give If the storyline or plot is poor or contains too many errors, the characters are too weak, the ending lacking something, then the less stars I give. Simple, uncomplicated and to the point without giving anything away. Some of the books I read have been given to me by the author as a pre-release copy and this does not bias my reviews in any way

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dmitry Lytov

    Jeffrey Archer has a perfect sense of humor and I enjoy reading his short stories. There is just one flaw: whenever he writes something about Russia, it has nothing to do with reality. It's a Frankenstein - made up of some more or less real details from various periods of history and combined in a most strange and incredible way. He ended up producing a story that reminds me of North Korean propaganda movies about the US. Jeffrey Archer has a perfect sense of humor and I enjoy reading his short stories. There is just one flaw: whenever he writes something about Russia, it has nothing to do with reality. It's a Frankenstein - made up of some more or less real details from various periods of history and combined in a most strange and incredible way. He ended up producing a story that reminds me of North Korean propaganda movies about the US.

  14. 4 out of 5

    RAJESH BHATIA

    A good yarn with the mandatory unexpected twist Another masterful story from the master story teller. Keeps you turning the pages. You think you know what the ending would be but it's not what you are expecting. A good yarn with the mandatory unexpected twist Another masterful story from the master story teller. Keeps you turning the pages. You think you know what the ending would be but it's not what you are expecting.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tatiana

    Very clever! The story was very cleverly constructed, and the ending was quite surprising. I expected the prison from the beginning to play more of a roll, but the clever tie in of one of the characters was excellent!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mani Gobind

    What a plot twist!!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laura Turner

    All my reviews can found on my blog: https://pageturnersnook.wordpress.com All my reviews can found on my blog: https://pageturnersnook.wordpress.com

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gaurav Prabhu

    Interesting read. Lovely plot. The end will leave you surprised for sure.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mike Briley

    Brilliant! How can he keep everything to the last sentence or even the last word? A genius!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sreevidya

    Didn't see that ending coming Didn't see that ending coming

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tanzeel haider

    Okay Decent short read, seems like it will make a really good thriller movie. . . or is there a movie already!?

  22. 5 out of 5

    Garry Marlton

    Good story

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kristopher Cussans

    A very satisfying crime short. Jeffrey Archer writes interesting characters for his short stories which is just as necessary despite their fewer pages.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Donna Maguire

    This was a short story but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was well writen, the story flowed really well and I loved the ending! The main character was great and even tough it was a shorter read, the devlopment was excellent. I am really enjoying the "Year of Short Stories" This was a short story but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was well writen, the story flowed really well and I loved the ending! The main character was great and even tough it was a shorter read, the devlopment was excellent. I am really enjoying the "Year of Short Stories"

  25. 5 out of 5

    Christina Caulfield

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anjali

  27. 5 out of 5

    shefali sushil dash

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rob Drury

  29. 4 out of 5

    Anand varadarajan

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kunal

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