Edge of Eternity: Book summary and reviews of Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett

Edge of Eternity

Book Three of The Century Trilogy

by Ken Follett

Edge of Eternity
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2014
    1120 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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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 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 Dewar, the grandson of a senator, jumps at the chance to do some espionage for a cause he believes in, only to discover that the world is much more dangerous than he'd imagined... Dimka Dvorkin, a young aide to Khrushchev, becomes an agent for good and for ill as the Soviet Union and the United States 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.

These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as they add their personal stories and insight to the most defining events of the 20th century. From the opulent offices of the most powerful world leaders to the shabby apartments of those trying to begin a new empire, from the elite clubs of the wealthy and highborn to the passionate protests of a country's most marginalized citizens, this is truly a drama for the ages.

With the Century Trilogy, Follett has guided readers through an entire era of history with a master's touch. His unique ability to tell fascinating, brilliantly researched stories that captivate readers and keep them turning the pages is unparalleled. In this climactic and concluding saga, Follett brings us into a world we thought we knew, but now will never seem the same again.

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"Starred Review. Once again, Follett has written pitch-perfect popular fiction that readers will devour." - Library Journal

"Starred Review. This mesmerizing final installment is an exhaustive but rewarding reading experience dense in thematic heft, yet flowing with spicy, expertly paced melodrama, character-rich exploits, familial histrionics, and international intrigue." - Publishers Weekly

"Those eagerly awaiting volume three of Follett's ambitious Century Trilogy will not be disappointed... Follett does an outstanding job of interweaving and personalizing complicated narratives set on a multicultural stage. " - Booklist

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Edge of Eternity is Disappointment
Having read and enjoyed nearly all of Ken Follett’s novels, I was shocked and saddened to read Edge of Eternity, which focused on events in the United States, Germany, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union. I realize that this novel is classified as “historical fiction,” but it should be labeled as a “re-imagining.”

Mr. Follett concentrated on the bleakest aspects of the 1960’s and later, which were depressing reminders of those turbulent times that we endured…assassinations, segregation, civil unrest, communism, drugs, and “free love.” However, the Welsh author used his characters to promote his obvious political preference for socialism and liberalism. Examples included calling US presidential candidate Barry Goldwater a “racist,” denying President Reagan’s role in the collapse of the Soviet Union through economic and political pressure, plus no mention at all of Reagan’s and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s strengthening of their countries’ economies. The positives of space exploration were ignored, even though it involved both the USA and the USSR. The spin made me question the accuracy of the historical elements in previous two books of the Century Trilogy.

His biases were further exemplified in his characterizations. The liberal characters were written in a positive way, while the conservatives were invariable depicted as inept or unsavory. Although he rightly promoted racial equality, he implied that Condoleezza Rice was a war-monger. At least Mr. Follett was equal in his treatment of both types as far as sexuality, writing soap opera scenes of infidelity for all, including President John Kennedy and the communists.

I hope that Mr. Follett will return to writing suspenseful espionage.

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Ken Follett Author Biography

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Ken Follett is a Welsh author of thrillers and historical novels. He has sold more than 130 million copies of his works. Many of his books have reached the number 1 ranking on the New York Times best-seller list.

He was born on June 5, 1949, in Cardiff, Wales, the son of a tax inspector. He was educated at state schools and graduated from University College, London, with an Honours degree in philosophy (he was made a Fellow of the college in 1995).

He became a reporter, first with his home-town newspaper the South Wales Echo and later with the London Evening News. While working on the Evening News he wrote his first novel, which was published but did not become a bestseller. He then went to work for a small London publishing house, Everest Books, eventually becoming Deputy Managing ...

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