We all know that Mitch Albom and Jeffrey Archer are world-renowned authors and storytellers. Mitch struck it rich with Tuesdays with Morrie and, many years earlier, Jeffrey Archer with Kane and Abel. But, like any author who has written a lot of books (31, in Archer's case), some are better than others. Let me take each one's latest separately.
I have read all of Mitch's books: Tuesdays with Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Have a Little Faith, For One More Day, and The Time Keeper. I've liked all of them, except The Time Keeper, a lot. The Time Keeper was just okay. This latest, The First Phone Call from Heaven, is definitely my favorite. Here is a very short synopsis from Goodreads:
The First Phone Call from Heaven tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out.
Let me mention a couple of features of this book, without giving anything away, that stood out for me:
1. There is quite a bit of history surrounding Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray (who?). I love history.
2. There is a scene a little over half way through in which one of the people receiving calls from heaven reacts in a very surprising way. My mouth dropped.
3. It's just flat-out well-written. I connected to the characters immediately which, as many (some? few? none?) of you know, is crucial to me.
This is a book that, I think, most everybody would enjoy (a candidate for FFTNFR VI, perhaps?).
There are Jeffrey Archer books that we all know and love - Kane and Able, The Prodigal Daughter, and A Prisoner of Birth, among many others. But I think that his current series, The Clifton Chronicles, is among his best work. I just read book 3, Best Kept Secret, which follows book 1, The Sins of the Father (review on 10/29/11 - a 3.0), and book 2, Only Time Will Tell (review 6/6/12 - a 3.5).