Edge of Eternity

Edge of Eternity

By Ken Follett

  • Release Date: 2014-09-16
  • Genre: Historical
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EDGE OF ETERNITY is the sweeping, passionate conclusion to Ken Follett’s extraordinary historical epic, The Century Trilogy.

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 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 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.

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.

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  • Ken Follett Trilogy

    5
    By Mrjamestx
    Just this moment finished the third. Truly a great read. Not sure there is anything that can equal this piece of work.
  • Edge of Eternity

    5
    By Effgumm
    Thoroughly 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 follett

    3
    By A n P mamma
    The 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?

    1
    By Ticoreader
    Follet 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.
  • Masterful

    5
    By Skorned
    The 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 Eternity

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    By Ojeda1234567
    This 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 Bush

    2
    By Former fan 7757
    Stop 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 eternity

    5
    By A7-X
    Great read
  • Revisionist in part

    4
    By annaleu
    Powerful writing but definitely slanted to favor a political viewpoint instead of historical perspective. I Wonder if this author also had a thrill up his leg and if he now feels duped as so many of us do.

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