Book: Ken Follett «Edge of Eternity: Book Three of The Century Trilogy»

Edge of Eternity: Book Three of The Century Trilogy

Ken Follett's Century Trilogy follows the fortunes of five intertwined families—American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh—as they make their way through the twentieth century. It has been called "potent, engrossing" (Publishers Weekly) and "truly epic" (Huffington Post). USA Today said, "You actually feel like you’re there." Edge of Eternity, the finale, covers one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the 1960s through the 1980s, encompassing civil rights, assassinations, Vietnam, 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 foryears and commits an impulsive act that will affect her family for generations… George Jakes, himself bi-racial, bypasses corporate law 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 also a much more personal battle… Cameron...

Издательство: "Dutton" (2014)

Формат: 170x245, 1120 стр.

ISBN: 978-0-525-95309-8

Купить за 1859.5 руб на Озоне

Другие книги автора:

КнигаОписаниеГодЦенаТип книги
The Pillars of the EarthSet in the turbulent times of twelfth-century England when civil war, famine, religious strife and battles over royal succession tore lives and families apart, "The Pillars of the Earth" tells the… — Pan Books, (формат: 110x180, 1114 стр.) Подробнее...2007769бумажная книга
The Pillars of the EarthA departure for the bestselling thriller writer, this historical epic-a twelfth-century tale of the building of a mighty Gothic cathedral-stunned readers and critics alike with its ambitious scope… — Penguin Group, - Подробнее...2002645бумажная книга
Triple"Triple" is the riveting story of the most successful espionage coup - and best-kept secret - of this century. It is 1968. Israeli intelligence has learned that Egypt, with Soviet help, will develop… — Macmillan Publishers, - Подробнее...1998674бумажная книга
World Without EndWORLD WITHOUT END is the№ 1 New York Times bestselling sequel to the international bestseller THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH. The cathedral and the priory are again at the center of a web of love and hate… — Penguin Group, - Подробнее...2008625бумажная книга
Fall of GiantsThis is an epic of love, hatred, war and revolution. This is a huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle… — Macmillan Publishers, - Подробнее...2011592бумажная книга
World Without EndIn 1989, Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, a sweeping epic novel, set in twelfth-century England, that centered on the building of a cathedral and the men… — Signet, (формат: 110x175, 1040 стр.) Подробнее...2008749бумажная книга
The Pillars of the EarthNew York Times bestselling author Ken Follett comes this spellbinding epic set in twelfth-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of the lives entwined in the building of the… — Signet, (формат: 110x175, 1024 стр.) Подробнее...2010639бумажная книга
Triple (изд. 1998 г. )`Triple`is the riveting story of the most successful espionage coup - and best-kept secret - of this century. It is 1968. Israeli intelligence has learned that Egypt, with Soviet help, will develop… — Macmillan Publishers, Подробнее...1998872бумажная книга
World Without Endn 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, a sweeping epic novel set in twelfth-century England centered on the building of a cathedral and many of the hundreds… — Signet, (формат: 110x175, 1200 стр.) Подробнее...2008808бумажная книга
The Man From St PetersburgThe Man From St Petersburg is a dark tale of family secrets and political consequences. Ken Follett`s masterful storytelling brings to life the danger of a world on the brink of war. It is just… — Pan Macmillan, (формат: 130x195, 464 стр.) Подробнее...20112060бумажная книга

Ken Follett

Infobox Writer
name = Ken Follett

caption =
birthdate = Birth date and age|1949|6|5|mf=y
birthplace = Cardiff, Wales
deathdate =
deathplace =
occupation = Novelist
genre = Thriller, Historical Fiction
movement =
notableworks =
influences =
influenced =
website =

Ken Follett (born June 5, 1949) is a British author of thrillers and historical novels. He has sold a total of 100 million copies.


Ken Follett, the son of Martin and Veenie Follett, was born in Cardiff, Wales on 5 July 1949. He lived there in a middle-class household until the family moved to London at the age of ten. Barred from watching movies and television by his devoutly Christian parents, he developed an early interest in reading but remained an indifferent student until he entered his teens. Applying himself to his studies at Harrow Weald Grammar School and Poole Technical College, he won admission in 1967 to University College London, where he studied philosophy and became involved in leftist politics. He married his first wife, Mary, in 1968.

After graduation, in the autumn of 1970 Follett took a three-month post-graduate course in journalism and went to work as a trainee reporter in Cardiff on the South Wales Echo. After three years in Cardiff, he returned to London as a general-assignment reporter for the "Evening Standard". Finding the work unchallenging, he eventually left journalism for publishing and became, by the late 1970s, deputy managing director of Everest Books. He also began writing fiction on evenings and weekends as a hobby. Success came gradually at first but the publication of "Eye of the Needle" in 1978 made him both wealthy and internationally famous. Each of Follett's subsequent novels has also become a best-seller, ranking highly on the "New York Times" best-seller and [] lists; a number have been adapted for the screen.

Follett became involved, during the late 1970s, in the activities of Britain's Labour Party. In the course of his political activities, he met the former Barbara Broer, a Labour official, who became his second wife in 1984. She was elected a Member of Parliament in 1997, representing Stevenage. She was re-elected both in 2001 and in 2005. Follett himself remains a prominent Labour supporter and fundraiser.


Follett is widely perceived as a talented historical/thriller author of fiction, with a long series of international best-sellers to his name.

Leaving aside a series of competent but undistinguished paperback originals written under various pseudonyms, of which "The Modigliani Scandal" and "Paper Money" are perhaps the best known, Follett's literary career has gone through four distinct phases.

The first, and most distinguished, phase comprises "Eye of the Needle" and the five books (four fiction and one non-fiction) that followed it. All are variations of the classic espionage thriller, pitting one or two daring, resourceful agents against a numerous and well-equipped enemy. The settings are both geographically and chronologically diverse, ranging from World War I Europe in "The Man from St. Petersburg" to (then) present-day Israel, Iran and Afghanistan in "Triple," "On Wings of Eagles" and "Lie Down with Lions". Like the early works of Frederick Forsyth, another journalist-turned-novelist, Follett's early thrillers devote much attention to "how" things are done. "The Key To Rebecca", for example, hinges on the workings of a particular type of secret code, the hero of "Triple" is a master of disguise, and clandestine radio transmitters play a major role in "Eye of the Needle". All six books—including "On Wings of Eagles", the non-fictional story of the successful attempt to rescue two American employees of Ross Perot's company EDS from Iran after the 1979 Revolution—follow the basic conventions of the thriller genre. All six, however, use those conventions in unconventional ways: making the protagonist of "Eye of the Needle" a German agent, for example.

The second phase of Follett's career was a conscious departure from the first: a series of four historical novels written in the late 1980s and early 1990s. "The Pillars of the Earth", the first of the four, set the pattern for the three that followed. Unlike Follett's earlier thrillers, it featured a large cast, multiple plotlines, occasional outbursts of violence, and extensive use of historical background. "Pillars," set mostly in medieval England, followed the building of a cathedral. "Night Over Water" was a "Grand Hotel"-style tale that took place aboard a transatlantic seaplane flying from Southampton to New York on the eve of World War II. "A Dangerous Fortune" revolved around family and business intrigue in a large family of financiers in Victorian-era London, and "A Place Called Freedom" took place in Britain's North American colonies around the time of the American Revolution.

Follett changed literary gears a third time in the late 1990s, with a pair of books set firmly in the present and using high technology as a plot device. "The Hammer of Eden" focused on the potential use of earthquakes as a terrorist weapon, and "The Third Twin" on the darker aspects of biotechnology. The two novels—seemingly an attempt to mine the same fictional vein as Michael Crichton—were comparatively unsuccessful. Reviewers, as well as many readers, found the characters shallow and the effort required to suspend disbelief too great.

Follett returned to conventional low-tech thrillers in "Code to Zero," an espionage story pitting Soviet and American agents on the eve of America's first satellite launch. The World War II adventures "Jackdaws" and "Hornet Flight" put Follett firmly back where he began: writing about daring agents operating undercover behind enemy lines, charged with a mission that could change the course of the war. Some critics and readers hailed them as a welcome and long-overdue return by Follett to the kind of story he writes best. Others regarded them as old wine in new bottles: rehashings of themes and situations he had treated more interestingly in his earlier work. Barring another radical shift in his literary output, Follett's reputation is likely to rest on his early thrillers (especially "Eye of the Needle" and "The Key to Rebecca") and on "The Pillars of the Earth", which he himself is said to regard as his finest work.

His most recent novel is "World Without End", a sequel to "The Pillars of the Earth", released in October 2007. He was inspired to write this novel in the cathedral of the Spanish town of Vitoria-Gasteiz, which is why Vitoria has honored him with a sculpture in his likeness.

He received an Honorary LLD (Doctor of Laws) from Exeter University on 11 July 2008.


* "The Big Needle" (1974) (as Simon Myles) (apa "The Big Apple" - U.S.)Apples Carstairs series]
* "The Big Black" (1974) (as Simon Myles)
* "The Big Hit" (1975) (as Simon Myles)
* "The Shakeout" (1975)Piers Roper series]
* "The Bear Raid" (1976)
* "Amok: King of Legend" (1976) (as Bernard L. Ross)
* "The Modigliani Scandal" (1976) (as Zachary Stone)
* "The Mystery Hideout" (1976) (as Martin Martinsen) (apa "The Secret of Kellerman's Studio")
* "The Power Twins" (1976) (as Martin Martinsen)
* "Paper Money" (1977) (as Zachary Stone)
* "Capricorn One" (1978) (as Bernard L. Ross) (based on screenplay by Peter Hyams)
* "Eye of the Needle" (1978) (apa "Storm Island") (Edgar Award, 1979, Best Novel)
* "Heist of the Century" (1978) (with Rene Louis Maurice, others) (apa "The Gentleman of 16 July" - U.S.) (apa "Under the Streets of Nice") (apa "Robbery Under the Streets of Nice") [Follett rewrote this book after two translators had failed to produce a publishable version of the original French work. Follett has tried to keep it from being published under his name and disowns it entirely, entreating readers not to buy it. [] ] [Translation from original French version.]
* "Triple" (1979)
* "The Key to Rebecca" (1980)
* "The Man from St. Petersburg" (1982)
* "On Wings of Eagles" (1983) ISBN 0-451-16353-2
* "Lie Down with Lions" (1986)
* "The Pillars of the Earth" (1989)
* "Night Over Water" (1991)
* "A Dangerous Fortune" (1993)
* "A Place Called Freedom" (1995)
* "The Third Twin" (1996)
* "The Hammer of Eden" (1998)
* "Code to Zero" (2000)
* "Jackdaws" (2001)
* "Hornet Flight" (2002)
* "Whiteout" (2004)
* "World Without End" (2007)


External links

* [ Ken Follett's Website]
* [ Interview with Ken Follett] in which he discusses his role as an amateur medieval historian for the last thirty years, news of "The Pillar of the Earth" being chosen as an Oprah Book Club book, and the release of "World Without End" with Kelly Hewitt for [ Loaded Questions.]
* [ Ken Follett Dutch fansite with covers]


NAME= Follet, Ken
DATE OF BIRTH= June 5, 1949
PLACE OF BIRTH= Cardiff, Wales

Источник: Ken Follett

Look at other dictionaries:

  • The KLF — Infobox musical artist Name = The KLF Img capt = Img size = Landscape = Background = group or band Alias = The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, The JAMs, The Timelords Origin = London, England Years active = 1987–1992, 1995, 1997 Label = KLF, Arista …   Wikipedia

  • The Domination — For other uses, see Domination (disambiguation). The Domination of Draka is a dystopian alternate history series by S. M. Stirling. It comprises a main trilogy of novels as well as one crossover novel set after the original and a book of short… …   Wikipedia

  • List of science fiction novels — This page lists a broad variety of science fiction novels (and novel series) some old, some new; some famous, some obscure; some well written, some ill written and so may be considered a representative slice of the field. The books appear in… …   Wikipedia

  • Foundation series — The Foundation Series is an epic science fiction series written over a span of forty four years by Isaac Asimov. It consists of seven volumes that are closely linked to each other, although they can be read separately. The term Foundation Series… …   Wikipedia

  • JERUSALEM — The entry is arranged according to the following outline: history name protohistory the bronze age david and first temple period second temple period the roman period byzantine jerusalem arab period crusader period mamluk period …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • List of Doctor Who serials by setting — The majority of the stories in the long running television series Doctor Who and its spin offs include an element of time travel, with the settings taking place on dates across a wide span of time in the fictional universe of Doctor Who – the… …   Wikipedia

  • performing arts — arts or skills that require public performance, as acting, singing, or dancing. [1945 50] * * * ▪ 2009 Introduction Music Classical.       The last vestiges of the Cold War seemed to thaw for a moment on Feb. 26, 2008, when the unfamiliar strains …   Universalium

  • literature — /lit euhr euh cheuhr, choor , li treuh /, n. 1. writings in which expression and form, in connection with ideas of permanent and universal interest, are characteristic or essential features, as poetry, novels, history, biography, and essays. 2.… …   Universalium

  • Список телесериалов по наименованию — Содержание 1 Русскоязычные 2 На других языках 3 0 9 4 Латиница …   Википедия

  • Isaac Asimov — Asimov in 1965 Born Isaak Yudovich Ozimov Between October 4, 1919 and January 2, 1920[1] Petrovichi, Russian SFSR …   Wikipedia

  • English literature — Introduction       the body of written works produced in the English language by inhabitants of the British Isles (including Ireland) from the 7th century to the present day. The major literatures written in English outside the British Isles are… …   Universalium