Search Results: "Ken Follett"


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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 >

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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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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 >

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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 >

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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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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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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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FALL OF GIANTS by Ken Follett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"With an announced million-copy initial printing and a national author tour, this is sure to be one of the season's inevitable and unavoidable blockbusters—and not undeservedly."
A massive, cat-squashing, multigenerational and multifamilial saga, the first volume of what Follett (World Without End, 2007, etc.) promises as a trilogy devoted to the awful 20th century. Read full book review >

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EDGE OF ETERNITY by Ken Follett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A well-written entertainment, best suited to those who measure their novels in reams instead of signatures."
Another sprawling, multigenerational, continent-spanning saga from long-practiced pop-fiction writer Follett (Winter of the World, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE KEY TO REBECCA by Ken Follett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 22, 1980

"Top-notch entertainment—shrewdly paced, cannily crafted."
If they liked it once, they'll love it twice. Read full book review >

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THE MODIGLIANI SCANDAL by Ken Follett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 30, 1985

"Donald E. Westlake fans, perhaps, than for Follett's usual readership."
Early Follett, originally published (UK only) under a pseudonym in 1977: an unlikely but agreeably busy and lighthearted crime-caper—with overlapping art-world plots involving a treasure-hunt, a heist, and a forgery seam. Read full book review >

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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 >