Search Results: "Ken Follett"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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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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WHITEOUT by Ken Follett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"Follett's trademark tension and breakneck pace manage (just barely) to overshadow the YA prose."
With an assist from a beautiful former cop, a more or less dysfunctional Scottish family defends home and hearth against superevil Londoners. 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 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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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 >

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A DANGEROUS FORTUNE by Ken Follett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 1993

"Interesting financial tips and a sprinkling of naughty bits, but the rest is minor Masterpiece Theatre."
Follett (Night Over Water, 1991; The Pillars of The Earth, 1989, etc.) peeks into the naughty world of late Victorian merchant bankers. 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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LIE DOWN WITH LIONS by Ken Follett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 31, 1985

"Petersburg—is likely to do just as well as its uneven predecessors."
Follett returns once again to his Eye of the Needle triangle-formula—a passionate woman is torn between two lovers who happen to be rival spies—and once again produces only a serviceable, contrived replica of his original blockbuster. 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 >

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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 >