September 15, 2009
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Jeffrey Archer, the acclaimed author of Kane and Abel, Paths of Glory and numerous other international bestsellers, and member of Britain's House of Lords, has endorsed The Third Man Factor, calling the book,
"A fascinating concept that has to be taken seriously as too many people have claimed this experience. Certainly makes you think."
Lord Archer's own latest book, Paths of Glory, is a novel based on the true story of George Mallory, the British climber who died on Mount Everest in 1924. In a recent interview, Lord Archer said he had originally planned to include a last meeting between Mallory and his wife, Ruth, as the climber lay dying on Everest and she remained behind in England. "He is lying in the snow, and Ruth is walking towards him. I thought it was very romantic and very believable," he said. In the early draft of the novel, however, this 'Third Man'-like experience was not enough to save Mallory's life. In the end, the passage was cut from the book before publication.