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These four short stories from a master storyteller are packed full of twists and turns.In Stuck on You, Jeremy finds out exactly the best way to steal the perfect ring for his fiancée.Albert celebrates his 100th birthday, and is pleased to be sent The Queen's Birthday Telegram. He is, however, confused . . .In Russia, businessman Richard plots the ideal way to murder his wThese four short stories from a master storyteller are packed full of twists and turns.In Stuck on You, Jeremy finds out exactly the best way to steal the perfect ring for his fiancée.Albert celebrates his 100th birthday, and is pleased to be sent The Queen's Birthday Telegram. He is, however, confused . . .In Russia, businessman Richard plots the ideal way to murder his wife. He begins to have a clever idea when his hotel warns him: Don't Drink the Water from the taps.And as Diana, a busy single mother, drives to have dinner with friends, she realises that a black van is following her. Soon terrified for her life, she does whatever it takes to stick to the warning given to drivers: Never Stop on the Motorway . . .Every reader will have their favourite story – some will make you laugh, others will bring you to tears. And, as always, every one of them will keep you spellbound.Quick Reads is a World Book Day initiative....

Title : Four Warned
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ISBN : 9781447252481
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 112 Pages
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Four Warned Reviews

  • Lindsay
    2019-04-12 01:57

    I downloaded this from Amazon for my World Book Night reading challenge for the bargain price of 89p! At the time of writing this post it's 59p! Grab yourself a bargain my book friends.The four short stories included in this quick read are Never Stop on the Motorway, The Queen's Birthday Telegram, Stuck On You and Don't Drink the Water and from the first few pages I was gripped and really enjoyed all four.However, my favourite two were Never Stop on the Motorway and Don't Drink the Water as these both created a huge amount of tension in such a short space of time that continued beginning to end. I guessed what was happening in Don't Stop and it felt very familiar. I know I haven't read this story before so maybe something similar has been used in TV or film somewhere (read and let me know if you think the same) bu that didn't stop the sweaty palm situation as I was reading!They are very different stories with very different themes but what they do have in common is that they're all well paced and all have a really good twist at the end. I would definitely recommend and would like to read more from Jeffrey Archer.

  • Rick
    2019-04-10 00:02

    Four short stories all with a nice little sting in the tale!Writing short stories is a particular art and not one that all novelists can get to grips with; but Jeffrey Archer manages it particularly well. The art of the short story lies in keeping it short, obviously, but still keeping the reader informed and expectant all at the same time. Archer is, first and foremost, a storyteller and it's that ability that's at the forefront here. None of these stores is predictable and they all hold your attention with clever little twists and turns It's an easy read and one that can easily be achieved at a single sitting for the avid reader - so not a book for holidays or long journeys but a good one to curl up with by the fire, knowing you can make a good dent in it before calling it a night.I enjoyed it so much it's my chosen book for this year's World Book Night.

  • Paul
    2019-03-29 03:04

    A small collection of short stories collected from other short stories book from Jeffrey Archer. I gave it 4/5 star because I had already read three of the stories.

  • Stella
    2019-03-27 01:55

    Four short stories make up the contents of this quickread book that the Preschool Parents Bookclub will be reading from May 23rd 2014. Will review after our book club meeting on June 20th.

  • Natalee
    2019-04-15 22:14

    I loved this book. The short stories were really well written and a brilliant picture painted in such few pages. I particularly enjoyed 'Never stop on the motorway' and 'Don't drink the water'. I really raced through these stories wanting to eagerly get to the conclusion. I will definitely add Archer to my authors to read list following this intro.

  • Aimee Hyndman
    2019-03-27 05:06

    *This review may contain spoilers*A slightly different type of review from what you’re used to this time. Today I’ll be reviewing three books in one blog post! Why? These three books, as shown above, are ‘Quick Reads,’ – short books written by big name authors designed to be easy to read. The aim is to encourage more people into reading by giving them accessible books. The three books above come in at under 150 pages each and can be read in one sitting by people familiar with reading. Due to their brevity, I felt it better to review all three in one post rather than dedicate one post to each. There’s only so much you can say about such short reads!“Blackout” by Emily Barr focuses on a woman who wakes up in Paris with no memory of how she got there, no money or passport and no baby. Dark, riveting and suspenseful, for such a short read Emily Barr packs a lot in. Flashbacks into Sophie’s life before, with her husband and child, provide much-needed insight into her character. Sometimes hard to read, this story shows readers the strength of a mother’s love and even has a, somewhat, happy ending.“Hidden” by Barbara Taylor Bradford is the longest book of the three I’ve read. Concerning a woman being abused by her husband and the plan her friends come up with to help her escape this book is thrilling; an ‘edge of your seat’ read. The story moves very quickly, to be expected from such a compact read, and keeps a fast pace throughout. The ending, however, felt anti-climatic and predictable, which let this book down, in my opinion.“Four Warned” by Jeffrey Archer is a collection of four short stories in one short book. The first tells the story of a woman chased down on the motorway by a man in a black van; chilling and horrifying to read with a really shocking twist at the end that made me gasp out loud. The second focuses on a couple approaching their one hundreth birthdays. When the husband’s telegram arrives from the queen and his wife’s doesn’t he sets about to find out why; slightly boring to read until the ending, which is chuckle-worthy; very amusing. The third is about a jewelery robbery and is intriguing, clever and fast-paced throughout; another ending that’s chuckle-worthy as you marvel at the couple’s audacity and the sheer genius of the plan. The fourth, and final, one involves a murder in Russia. Again, this story was slightly humorous as the ending really did show that what goes around, comes around.“Blackout” warranted a 4 out of 5 star rating. “Hidden” garnered a 4 out of 5 star rating, bordering on 5 but for the ending. “Four Warned” gained a 3 star out of 5 rating for the slow-pace and lack of drama/action that many of the short stories possessed. Overall, though, these were all enjoyable reads that I’m glad I picked up. Especially as each book only costs a pound, even less on Kindle I believe.Please visit the ‘Quick Reads’ website to find out more about the scheme and where to purchase these, and other, books yourself; http://www.quickreads.org.uk/

  • Hannah Brown
    2019-04-06 23:05

    Four stories from a master storyteller all packed full of twists and turns. So this was a short, neat thriller I picked up and thought I’d try. I really quite enjoyed it, but I only gave it 3 stars. If you read on… I’ll tell you why.In Never Stop on the Motorway, Diana is driving home when she sees a big, black van behind her, its headlights dazzling and clearly not slowing down. There’ve been stories about murders on the motorway before, and this is a hair-raising short story. By the end of it, I realised I’d read it before and it’ll make you glance over your shoulder afterwards. I liked this one, it was definitely my favourite of the four, and I thought the twist at the end was great. (view spoiler)[ But, I mean, how did Diana not notice the guy get in behind her? Like, you’d’ve thought she’d notice… Idk, that bit didn’t seem as realistic to me, but I mean I’ve heard it before. Maybe I’m just odd in that I always lock my car? Wouldn’t you have heard him get in? GRR.(hide spoiler)]3 years after Albert celebrates his 100th birthday in The Queen’s Birthday Telegram, he is confused when his wife – who turns 100 – doesn’t receive on either. This story, I felt, was very intriguing but overall had an unsatisfactory ending. In fact, the ending didn’t really seem to be an ending, and I felt like there was more to it. I still enjoyed it, but was unsatisfied overall.Jeremy finds the perfect way to steal a ring for his fiancée in Stuck on You, and I really liked this one – TWO plot twists, neither of which I saw coming (that’s a half-lie; I accidentally skipped forwards and half-knew one of them). It didn’t have a shock factor like Never Stop on the Motorway, but it was still a good short story with a good mystery.In Russia, Richard is wanting to murder his wife, and when the hotel warns him Don’t Drink the Water, he has the perfect plan. This one had an odd beginning, of a criminal telling a friend of this story – but they don’t appear at the end. So that was weird. But the actual story of this was brilliant, and I loved the twist ending so much! I wasn’t expecting it at all. Richard, to me, was a bit of a dickwad (just divorce her for goodness’ sakes, you don’t have to murder her!) but I really enjoyed it yes.Overall therefore, I give Four Warned 3/5 and I’d recommend it for mystery, crime and thriller lovers. I’m confused as to if these were extracts, as some of them seemed a bit inconclusive, but I’ll definitely be reading more of Archer in the future!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Abbey
    2019-04-02 23:57

    I wasn't sure I enjoyed Archer's writing style when I started, it seemed a little clunky, but the pace of the first story soon sped up and I forgot all about it. I liked these stories; although I was expecting something a little more "thriller". I'm not sure if I'll read anything by Archer again, but I liked the premise of these.

  • Sam Wilkinson
    2019-03-24 02:58

    Firstly, the book itself. This is a Quick Reads book, of four individual short stories. In the first, Diana is being followed by a black van.In the second, Albert celebrates his hundredth birthday.The third sees Jeremy steal the perfect engagement ring for his affianced.And the fourth story is from a book the author famously wrote whilst serving time in prison, and is written as a story told to him by a fellow inmate.Personally, I found three of the stories to be highly predictable, and one was most unsatisfactory to my tastes.The writing itself is good, it's just that I wasn't too keen on the plots. So don't let me put you off, it just wasn't to my taste.

  • Sam
    2019-04-13 02:10

    Firstly, the book itself. This is a Quick Reads book, of four individual short stories. In the first, Diana is being followed by a black van.In the second, Albert celebrates his hundredth birthday.The third sees Jeremy steal the perfect engagement ring for his affianced.And the fourth story is from a book the author famously wrote whilst serving time in prison, and is written as a story told to him by a fellow inmate.Personally, I found three of the stories to be highly predictable, and one was most unsatisfactory to my tastes.The writing itself is good, it's just that I wasn't too keen on the plots. So don't let me put you off, it just wasn't to my taste.

  • Sam Arnold
    2019-03-29 22:53

    I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed these short storiesNever Stop on a Motorway - was an exciting thriller which had me on the edge of my seat. It is a story I will remember for a long time The Queen's Birthday Telegram - the weaker of the four stories to be honest this story didn't make a lot of sense and was poor compared to the others.Stuck on You - is a cleaver tale that leaves you guessing until the end with a nice twist Don't drink the water - Is a brilliant story which makes you both laugh and be amazed at the twist in the endOverall a quick read that is worth picking up.

  • Tanya Sehgal
    2019-03-24 00:11

    A must read for short story writers. Frederick Forsyth has always been the best for me when it comes to short stories. I adore him as a reader but when I came across Jeffrey Archer's Four Warned , something in me wanted to grab the book instinctively. I appreciate the clear dominance in his narration style. I have always admired his novels like a loyal reader but this one is an inspiration for writers. Loved all the four one's. A must read this summer :)

  • Andy Bird
    2019-04-03 06:15

    This is a very small book of 4 short stories. I'm not sure if I should include it in my Goodreads list, but it was a WBN book. It was a big disappointment for a WBN book, in fact it could almost be classed as a publicity stunt (not really what WBN is all about!). The stories are ok but nothing special. Not a 'book' I would recommend.

  • Den
    2019-04-15 02:56

    2016 - I remember reading at least the first story before ... but it's not been marked down here, which is strange.2016 - couldn't remember the other three stories so maybe I didn't read the whole book or I read the first story elsewhere!! Anyway it was a lovely collection of 4 short stories. Varied.

  • Martin
    2019-03-24 03:15

    Just what I expected it to be and what I hoped it would be! 4 lovely stories with the characteristic twists at the end. I really love the way this man can tell a story and he never stops to amaze me whith the last line of the story that always gives it an other ending then he made you believe. Only 100 pages, but really nice again...

  • Shweta Ramkumar
    2019-04-10 05:08

    A fabulous collection of 4 very thrilling short stories that make for an easy lazy afternoon read, simple language but really gripping plots and storylines in each of them, highly recommended to anyone !

  • Angela
    2019-04-17 01:14

    A great little set of four stories. The first was gripping and a bit scary, the second was sweet and funny, the third was my least favourite but intriguing, and the fourth had a surprising ending. I was given this book as part of The World Book Night promotion and I'm glad to have received it.

  • Karen
    2019-03-31 00:18

    Three of the 4 stories are good (I thought the Queens Birthday Telegram the weakest) - as long as you haven't read them before! Far from being a new collection of short stories as I expected, this is simply a rehash of stories featured in previous collections from 2004, 2007 and 2010.

  • Garrett
    2019-04-04 03:57

    This is 4 short stories the first 3 are very short and last is slightly longer. I like the last story as a good tail about a guy (view spoiler)[ planning to kill his wife as she going to divorce him (hide spoiler)]

  • Ottorino Belluzzi
    2019-04-18 22:21

    enjoyable as always but all published stuff, not declared in the presentation of the e-pub version

  • Kenechi Udogu
    2019-03-23 23:54

    Good quick read, nothing groundbreaking but they were interesting enough to make me gasp or laugh at the end of each story.

  • Lenny Koy
    2019-04-10 04:59

    Very light reading

  • Harish Karipottil
    2019-04-16 23:09

    worthy of a read...amazing story telling with unexpected twists in the end

  • Jo
    2019-04-16 02:12

    Very easy to read, group of short stories-poolside fodder

  • Ivor Sheehan
    2019-04-22 05:07

    Good bedtime readAlways a twist at the end with Jeffrey Archer. Informative about St Petersburg tourist attractions if one is thinking of visiting.

  • Dipesh Mehta
    2019-04-01 04:06

    A small cosy, nice quick read.

  • Bookworm with Kids .
    2019-04-10 03:55

    A good taster of a much maligned author!

  • Wilde Sky
    2019-04-12 01:14

    I didn’t find any of these short stories gripping or that original.

  • Kathy Chung
    2019-04-16 03:21

    like visiting old friends :)

  • Emily
    2019-04-15 22:22

    The Queen's Birthday story was so poor. I was waiting for a big twist and nothing happened!