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BOOK REVIEW

PILLARS OF THE EARTH by Ken Follett
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 15, 2011

"Says Tom of the cathedral he plans to build, it's 'simple, inexpensive, graceful and perfectly proportioned.' This app really isn't any of those things, though Follett fans may find it a source of wonder. Now, a mash-up with the text and David Macaulay's book Cathedral (1973)—there would be a thing to behold."
Follett's 1,000-plus-page blockbuster, originally published in 1989, morphs into a sprawling (1.6 GB) iPad app, complete with text, videos and sound. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A PLACE CALLED FREEDOM by Ken Follett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"No surprises, but this TV-movie—bound summer read, despite its flaws, goes down like a glass of cold lemonade."
From the prolific, predictable, palatable Follett (A Dangerous Fortune, 1993, etc.), a not-unenjoyable mishmash of history, romance, and transatlantic adventure. Read full book review >

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CODE TO ZERO by Ken Follett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 4, 2000

"Full of misplaced Cold War nostalgia and dreary, threadbare characters. And really now, amnesia? In this day and age? With a straight face?"
From veteran spymeister Follett (The Hammer of Eden, 1998, etc.), the story of a the space race that never gets off the ground. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ON WINGS OF EAGLES by Ken Follett
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 20, 1983

"Still, for readers partial to macho sentiment, gung-ho theatrics, and can-do philosophy, this is solidly diverting action-entertainment—with the byline (if not the shapely melodrama) of a proven best-seller."
Based on interviews with nearly everyone involved (except the Iranians): a competent, not-too-novelized reconstruction of Texas entrepreneur Ross Perot's efforts to engineer the rescue of two unfairly jailed executives in Tehran. . . just as the Shah's regime was collapsing in 1979. Read full book review >

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THE MAN FROM ST. PETERSBURG by Ken Follett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 14, 1982

"Still, though this is Follett's weakest book by far, the big-name byline and the overall readability (plus a jolt or two of graphic sex) should ensure a sizeable readership—with historical-romantics more likely to be pleased than Follett's usual thriller fans."
Follett, whose thrillers have been impressively tough-minded, goes all soft now—with a pre-WW I suspense-romance that recycles the Eye of the Needle premise (woman adores assassin) but surrounds it with the soupy conventions of corny family-saga fiction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WINTER OF THE WORLD by Ken Follett
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"An entertaining historical soap opera."
Follett continues the trilogy begun with Fall of Giants (2010) with a novel that ranges across continents and family trees. Read full book review >

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HORNET FLIGHT by Ken Follett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 2, 2002

"Old fashioned derring-do done right."
Spunky Danes spy and fly beneath the radar of their Nazi occupiers. Read full book review >

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THE THIRD TWIN by Ken Follett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"A slow starter whose sly plotting and rousing melodrama are dulled by Follett's bleached, lackluster prose and, for all their contrived eccentricities, his bleached, lackluster characters."
Dependable British thriller-factory Follett (A Place Called Freedom, 1995, etc.) continues his infatuation with all things American, this time with a contemporary, Baltimore-based page-turner about cloned kids. Read full book review >

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PAPER MONEY by Ken Follett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 6, 1987

"So, though the cat's-cradle plot is a bit too contrived, this is crisp, cynically amusing, small-scale entertainment—without the passionate heroics (or the frequent lapses and longueurs) of Follett's later bestseller-style."
Like The Modigliani Scandal (US, 1985), this ironic caper-thriller, written under the Zachary Stone pseudonym in 1976, is appearing for the first time in US hardcover. Read full book review >

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EYE OF THE NEEDLE by Ken Follett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 31, 1978

"As it is, Eye of the Needle introduces a fresh if not especially distinctive voice in suspense—and is easily the best first novel in the espionage genre since The Day of the Jackal."
Graham Greene he's not. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A COLUMN OF FIRE by Ken Follett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"It's all a bit overwrought for what is, after all, a boy-loves-girl, boy-swashbuckles-to-win-girl yarn, but it's competently done. Follett's fans will know what to expect—and they won't be disappointed."
A flying buttress of a book, continuing the hefty Kingsbridge saga historical novelist Follett began with Pillars of the Earth (1989) and World Without End (2007). Read full book review >

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JACKDAWS by Ken Follett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 3, 2001

"Ersatz characters, featureless prose, departures from formula nil. But to the Follett faithful that's probably good news."
Another plumpish thriller from the Follett factory (Code Zero, 2000, etc.), this time featuring a sort of distaff dirty (half) dozen. Read full book review >