Edge of Eternity
By Ken Follett
Ken Follett's extraordinary historical epic, the Century Trilogy, reaches its sweeping, passionate conclusion.
In Fall of Giants and Winter of the World, Ken Follett followed the fortunes of five international families—American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh—as they made their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements, and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution—and rock and roll.
East German teacher Rebecca Hoffmann 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 of not only 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 an 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, Tanya, carves out a role that will take her from Moscow to Cuba to Prague to Warsaw—and into history.
Look out for Ken's newest book, A Column of Fire, available now.
Straw men abound2By Steely1954Unlike the Pillars of the Earth trilogy, The Century trilogy was written to a very narrow audience with a complete socialist bias, especially the American narrative. The British storyline was only marginally better. The first book was decently written, but it became an international soap opera thereafter. The only cogent explanation in books 2-3 was the downfall from within of Communism, and even that was selectively written. All American Democrats are good or at least well meaning, and all Republicans were racists and mass murderers. I know there is an ignorant minority on both sides that espouse such black and white views, but I expected better from Follett and was sorely disappointed.
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Ken Follett Trilogy5By MrjamestxJust this moment finished the third. Truly a great read. Not sure there is anything that can equal this piece of work.
Edge of Eternity5By EffgummThoroughly researched and beautifully crafted story. Covering majorhistorical events seen through the eyes of believable protagonists kept me up many nights. One quibble: the Iran hostage crisis of 1979 to me represents a major turning point in Middle East-US relations. The scene with the botched assassination attempt had more shock value to the reader, but while horrible, is not on the same level in terms of global impact as the other events in the trilogy.
Trilogy of ken follett3By A n P mammaThe books were interesting however too many characters too many switching of characters. Too much background not essential
How did an editor signed off on this?1By TicoreaderFollet fails both as a historian and as a novelist with this piece. Blunt characters, sanctimonious if leftist, right out creeps or criminals if right-leaning, the subplots are predictable, unexciting and inconclusive. Worst, he engages in historical revisionism strictly following ideology lines. This was actually announced in Winter of the World, where we saw a total minimization of Churchill's role in WWII. But he takes this to the edge of reason in this volume. Reagan is portrayed exclusively as a mass murderer, and surprisingly is even made fun of for the suggestion that he took undue credit for his role on the fall of the Berlin Wall. Fall of communism had nothing to do with the West's pressure, it was entirely an internal process (and we are fools to believe otherwise). Mr Follet, who had done a much nicer job when setting his stories in the distant past, was not able to take a step back when writing contemporary history. He did it at his own peril: he lost our respect as a novelist and as a historian. A sad result for a writer who specializes in historical fiction.
Masterful5By SkornedThe best tellers of history are the perspectives of people who lived it. Today, more than ever, separating fact from fiction has become more about persuasion than argument. The interwoven stories of families builds understanding and empathy. A masterful series
Edge of Eternity1By Ojeda1234567This was by far the sappiest piece of trash that I've ever read. That this usually entertaining author would stoop to use his reputation to foist upon the paying public his own political views dressed up as a novel reveals him to be a craven and greedy fraud. An honest writer would have presented his politics in his own voice as commentary in the many available venues. Not by tricking readers as has been done here. As a result every character suffers from a total lack of any aura of authenticity. Shame on the publishers as well for breaking the bond of trust with the reading public. Don't waste your money or time on this rubbish of writing.
Hit job on Reagan and Bush2By Former fan 7757Stop reading after the second book unless you enjoy liberal fantasy pretending to be historical fiction. RIP Ronald Reagan. Shame on you kenny f. Very small of you and sad for your former fans.
Edge of eternity5By A7-XGreat read