The Pillars of the Earth (Kingsbridge, #1)

The Pillars of the Earth (Kingsbridge, #1) Description:

b Ken Follett is known worldwide as the master of split second suspense but his most beloved and bestselling book tells the magnificent tale of a twelfth century monk driven to do the seemingly impossible build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has ever known b br br Everything readers expect from Follett is here intrigue fast paced action and passionate romance But what makes i The Pillars of the Earth i extraordinary is the time the twelfth century the place feudal England and the subject the building of a glorious cathedral Follett has re created the crude flamboyant England of the Middle Ages in every detail The vast forests the walled towns the castles and the monasteries become a familiar landscape Against this richly imagined and intricately interwoven backdrop filled with the ravages of war and the rhythms of daily life the master storyteller draws the reader irresistibly into the intertwined lives of his characters into their dreams their labors and their loves Tom the master builder Aliena the ravishingly beautiful noblewoman Philip the prior of Kingsbridge Jack the artist in stone and Ellen the woman of the forest who casts a terrifying curse From humble stonemason to imperious monarch each character is brought vividly to life br br The building of the cathedral with the almost eerie artistry of the unschooled stonemasons is the center of the drama Around the site of the construction Follett weaves a story of betrayal revenge and love which begins with the public hanging of an innocent man and ends with the humiliation of a king br br i For the Movie tie in edition with the same ISBN go to this a href https www goodreads com book show the pillars of the earth rel nofollow Alternate Cover Edition a i br

Rating: 3.69 out of 5

Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy, #1)

Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy, #1) Description:

b blockquote This is an epic of love hatred war and revolution This is a huge novel that follows five families through the world shaking dramas of the First World War the Russian Revolution and the struggle for votes for women blockquote b It is The Coronation Day of King George V The Williams a Welsh coal mining family is linked by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts aristocratic coal mine owners Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich a spy at the German Embassy in London Their destiny is entangled with that of an ambitious young aide to U S President Woodrow Wilson and to two orphaned Russian brothers whose plans to emigrate to America fall foul of war conscription and revolution In a plot of unfolding drama and intriguing complexity Fall Of Giants moves seamlessly from Washington to St Petersburg from the dirt and danger of a coal mine to the glittering chandeliers of a palace from the corridors of power to the bedrooms of the mighty

Rating: 3.57 out of 5

World Without End (Kingsbridge, #2)

World Without End (Kingsbridge, #2) Description:

b The i New York Times i bestseller from the author of i The Pillars of the Earth i and i A Column of Fire i coming September b br br In Ken Follett astonished the literary world with i The Pillars of the Earth i a sweeping epic novel set in twelfth century England centered on the building of a cathedral and many of the hundreds of lives it affected Critics were overwhelmed and readers everywhere hoped for a sequel br br i World Without End i takes place in the same town of Kingsbridge two centuries after the townspeople finished building the exquisite Gothic cathedral that was at the heart of i The Pillars of the Earth i The cathedral and the priory are again at the center of a web of love and hate greed and pride ambition and revenge but this sequel stands on its own This time the men and women of an extraordinary cast of characters find themselves at a crossroads of new ideas about medicine commerce architecture and justice In a world where proponents of the old ways fiercely battle those with progressive minds the intrigue and tension quickly reach a boiling point against the devastating backdrop of the greatest natural disaster ever to strike the human race the Black Death br br i World Without End i breathes new life into the epic historical novel and once again shows that Ken Follett is a masterful author writing at the top of his craft

Rating: 3.37 out of 5

Eye of the Needle

Eye of the Needle Description:

p One enemy spy knows the secret to the Allies greatest deception a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin code name The Needle who holds the key to ultimate Nazi victory p p Only one person stands in his way a lonely Englishwoman on an isolated island who is beginning to love the killer who has mysteriously entered her life p p All will come to a terrifying conclusion in Ken Follett s unsurpassed and unforgettable masterwork of suspense intrigue and the dangerous machinations of the human heart p

Rating: 3.57 out of 5

Winter of the World (The Century Trilogy #2)

Winter of the World (The Century Trilogy #2) Description:

Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off as its five interrelated families American German Russian English Welsh enter a time of enormous social political and economic turmoil beginning with the rise of the Third Reich through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs p Carla von Ulrich born of German and English parents finds her life engulfed by the Nazi tide until she commits a deed of great courage and heartbreak American brothers Woody and Chuck Dewar each with a secret take separate paths to momentous events one in Washington the other in the bloody jungles of the Pacific English student Lloyd Williams discovers in the crucible of the Spanish Civil War that he must fight Communism just as hard as Fascism Daisy Peshkov a driven American social climber cares only for popularity and the fast set until the war transforms her life not just once but twice while her cousin Volodya carves out a position in Soviet intelligence that will affect not only this war but the war to come p p These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as their experiences illuminate the cataclysms that marked the century From the drawing rooms of the rich to the blood and smoke of battle their lives intertwine propelling the reader into dramas of ever increasing complexity p

Rating: 3.58 out of 5

Edge of Eternity (The Century Trilogy, #3)

Edge of Eternity (The Century Trilogy, #3) Description:

b blockquote i Edge of Eternity i is the sweeping passionate conclusion to Ken Follett s extraordinary historical epic The Century Trilogy blockquote b blockquote Throughout these books Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families American German Russian English and Welsh as they make their way through the twentieth century Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all the enormous social political and economic turmoil of the s through the s from civil rights assassinations mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall the Cuban Missile Crisis presidential impeachment revolution and rock and roll blockquote East German teacher Rebecca Hoffman discovers she s been spied on by the Stasi for years and commits an impulsive act that will affect her family for the rest of their lives George Jakes the child of a mixed race couple bypasses a corporate law career to join Robert F Kennedy s Justice Department and finds himself in the middle not only of the seminal events of the civil rights battle but a much more personal battle of his own Cameron Dewar the grandson of a senator jumps at the chance to do some official and unofficial espionage for a cause he believes in only to discover that the world is a much more dangerous place than he d imagined Dimka Dvorkin a young aide to Nikita Khrushchev becomes a prime agent both for good and for ill as the United States and the Soviet Union race to the brink of nuclear war while his twin sister Tania carves out a role that will take her from Moscow to Cuba to Prague to Warsaw and into history p As always with Follett the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered the action fast moving the characters rich in nuance and emotion With the hand of a master he brings us into a world we thought we knew but now will never seem the same again p

Rating: 3.52 out of 5

A Dangerous Fortune

A Dangerous Fortune Description:

In tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School A young student drowns in a mysterious accident involving a small circle of boys The drowning and its aftermath initiates a spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many loves From the exclusive men s club and brothels that cater to every dark desire of London s upper classes to the dazzling ballrooms and mahogany paneled suites of the manipulators of the world s wealth Ken Follett conjures up a stunning array of contrasts This breathtaking novel portrays a family splintered by lust bound by a shared legacy men and women swept toward a perilous climax where greed fed by the shocking truth of a boy s death must be stopped or not just one man s dreams but those of a nation will die

Rating: 3.68 out of 5

Jackdaws

Jackdaws Description:

In his own bestselling tradition of b Eye of the Needle b and b The Key to Rebecca b Ken Follett once again strikes Nazi pay dirt as a gang of all female saboteurs go behind German lines

Rating: 3.47 out of 5

Whiteout

Whiteout Description:

i Like no other suspense author in his genre Follett reinvents the thriller with each new novel But nothing matches the intricate knife edge drama of i Whiteout br br A lab technician bleeding from the eyes Twelve missing samples of a deadly virus Toni Gallo the security director of a Scottish medical research firm knows she has problems but she has no idea of the nightmare to come br br As a Christmas Eve blizzard whips out of the north several people Toni among them converge on a remote family house All have something to gain or lose from the drug developed to fight the virus As the storm worsens the emotional sparks jealousies distrust sexual attraction rivalries crackle desperate secrets are revealed hidden traitors and unexpected heroes emerge FIlled with startling twists at every turn i Whiteout i rockets Follett into a class by himself

Rating: 3.57 out of 5

The Key to Rebecca

The Key to Rebecca Description:

Ken Follett s b The Key to Rebecca b took readers and critics by storm when first published more than fifteen years ago Today it remains one of the best espionage novels ever written br br A brilliant and ruthless Nazi master agent is on the loose in Cairo His mission is to send Rommel s advancing army the secrets that will unlock the city s doors In all of Cairo only two people can stop him One is a down on his luck English officer no one will listen to The other is a vulnerable young Jewish girl br br

Rating: 3.66 out of 5