Never by Ken Follett Book Summary
New York Times Bestseller
The new must-read epic from master storyteller Ken Follett: more than a thriller, it’s an action-packed, globe-spanning drama set in the present day.
“A compelling story, and only too realistic.” —Lawrence H. Summers, former U.S. Treasury Secretary
“Every catastrophe begins with a little problem that doesn’t get fixed.” So says Pauline Green, president of the United States, in Follett’s nerve-racking drama of international tension.
A shrinking oasis in the Sahara Desert; a stolen US Army drone; an uninhabited Japanese island; and one country’s secret stash of deadly chemical poisons: all these play roles in a relentlessly escalating crisis.
Struggling to prevent the outbreak of world war are a young woman intelligence officer; a spy working undercover with jihadists; a brilliant Chinese spymaster; and Pauline herself, beleaguered by a populist rival for the next president election.
Never is an extraordinary novel, full of heroines and villains, false prophets and elite warriors, jaded politicians and opportunistic revolutionaries. It brims with cautionary wisdom for our times, and delivers a visceral, heart-pounding read that transports readers to the brink of the unimaginable.
Never (Ken Follett) Book Reviews
Way too over playedThis was a long tedious journey with no tension leading to an inevitable conclusion. Characters were all unsympathetic and stereotypic. Follett has written some great books, unfortunately this isn’t one of them. I always read books to the end, this was one of the few I almost didn’t..Jenesaisquoi1Score: 1/5
Can I get a refund?￼I am about halfway through the book and just not looking forward to finishing it. Minimal research and insights. Follett should stick to historical fiction, those are the books I can’t stop reading. Not even sure he actually wrote this one. Suspect an understudy did most of the work..TheGreatManginiScore: 1/5
NeverDisappointing and predictable. Not a book I would recommend..Joy's JotsScore: 3/5
Terrific & terrifying book. Couldn’t put it down. Hopefully Our World Leaders will take pause!!!!See headline..Ilovethis bookScore: 5/5
Not his bestPlot was all over the place and somewhat trite in places - a disappointment..Glenview readerScore: 2/5
Excellent book, easy read depressing because of the real possibilityEveryone should read this book. It may help people understand the possibility of what faces us in the near future..DanmatrasScore: 5/5
OMGOnce you start reading Never, put every other activity aside, perhaps except for sleep, but that will not come easily. It will take my pulse rate a couple of days to return to normal!.Pw!642Score: 5/5
NeverA little slow starting out but then the paced quickened. It is not beyond the realm of possibility that this novel could someday become reality. So sad that would be..AzherrfunScore: 4/5
NeverI have always loved his books. Well written. But just a horrid subject. All the more reason for less women in government..ZoesampoochieScore: 1/5
Talented messenger… too much agendaKen Follet is definitely in the running for the Joesph Goebbels Memorial post as propaganda minister for the extreme left. For whatever reason, he has abandoned his story telling talent so he be a pitch man for his progressive message. Sadly…some dont realize, the progressive agenda is socialism. Hitler claimed he was a socialist as well..Kaz90$!Score: 1/5
Excellent Book - TWWInteresting start to finish!.Tony w. W. W.Score: 5/5
Chill of nuclear winterThe book provided a depth of thought that I haven’t experienced since growing up understanding what nuclear winter meant. The various storylines and characters never seemed to quite connect, perhaps thats for future volumes..Lepard86Score: 3/5
WowWhat a great book. Hopefully the world learns from it..Rich&BigScore: 5/5
“Never” indeed…Needs an editor. And drop the progressive slant. Speaking of never, never shall I read another Follett book..Rbmurphy66Score: 1/5
NeverWell written but didn’t really end.MarshallScotScore: 5/5
TerribleNot only are the characters all tropes and one dimensional, everyone is so incredibly naive. I honestly do not know why I read the whole book. Please, do not waste your time. Follet’s earlier books were great, but his most recent offerings have been formulaic with poorly developed characters..EshDCScore: 1/5
NeverProbably the worst of all Follett’s books. And I’ve read them all. Great disappointment..NepolitanoScore: 2/5
The Ending Was RushedWas very surprised that the book ended so abruptly and disappointedly. Maybe this is why it was so cheap to buy?.Ala Mode76Score: 2/5
NeverNot worth reading. So absurd ! So unrealistic!.Wiseton montgomeryScore: 1/5
Startlingly provocative.This could happen. That makes it more real and more frightening than any ghost stories..RiccoVScore: 5/5
Exciting but DisjointedThe book seemed to be two or three completely separate narratives in one. While it offered an exciting collection of plots and subplots, they never get tied together leaving the reader to feel the stories lacked cohesion or a common purpose..MarcnatxScore: 3/5
NeverKen Follett has painted several characters in a fairly cartoonish manner making many of their actions and decisions illogical. Follett demonstrates an unexpectedly shallow understanding of American ideals, morality and politics. Because of its modern day setting and what we know of global politics and international relations, the story stretches our credulity to the breaking point. Despite this, there are some exciting segments of the novel, mostly those occurring on the North African continent, that will be informative and memorable for many readers..JmdamatoScore: 3/5
NeverSo plausible it’s chilling. Of course our county would never have an issue of transitioning from one presidential administration to another. Of course we’d never again use nuclear weapons….BpBonnieScore: 5/5
Not recommendedThere’s enough apocalypse in real world. I don’t want it in my fiction reading, too. First Follett book to disappoint me. Perhaps too realistic. I want happy ending in my fiction..CarocrossScore: 2/5
I expected betterWhile it is a page turner, Never runs a course of decision making and unfinished business that never fully connects the reader to the characters. Flaws are the stuff of reality but no one can truly believe the narratives that could have been far more effectively crafted. Two spies marrying while nuclear weapons are in the air? Sorry I don’t buy it.Error loverScore: 3/5
Thumbs downTerrible book. Didn’t like it at all..LadevineiiScore: 1/5
ExcellentWow! I mean Wow! That was an excellent read and damned if that isn’t the stuff of our nightmares. Highly recommend anyone with an interest in geopolitics read this book..R2-412Score: 5/5
NeverSo well written and researched. A class act book from a class act author. Definitely a cut above the rest by far..Follett loverScore: 5/5
NeverKen Fillet’s best book in many years. A passionate warning about how the kind of events that produced World War One could repeat to produce an even worse world catastrophe..Exiled TexanScore: 5/5
Super boringNever got going. Way too much about the characters. Dropped it after 250 pages. Who calls a dress a party frock in 2021?.MarkWhiteLotusScore: 1/5
NeverVery real understanding about the way current political events can collide with tribal thinking to create catastrophic outcomes. I like that it rattles one’s thinking and pushes you through doors you’d rather pretend didn’t exist. Gives no pat ending because there isn’t one. It’s in the hands of many people in many places most of whom are not in positions of power because of their light handed approach to problem solving or scientific understanding. Usually we humans look for the wrong characteristics in our leaders and it shows in our political situations..CCK1825Score: 5/5
OKIt starts out like his more recent long character studies with large plot details, and then the last third is one of his usual spy novels. It doesn’t really work. Not bad, just not his best..ChiliSoulScore: 4/5
Should be required reading…This should be taught in schools and for all world leaders. Ken Follett is a master of his craft and this is an incredible outline of how things spiral..ErinEli28Score: 5/5
Good readWell written …plot was no surprise,but was well executed ,got my attention!.Fireball1966Score: 4/5
LazyReally lazy ending to a very complex book…. Too much packed into last 100 pages - where the first 100s were deliberate.ALOFMAHScore: 2/5
Impeccable Research and Gritty story.Very good read felt a little rushed at the end. Follet’s research is always top notch and pacing keeps every page rolling to the next..TrishKCEOScore: 4/5
Don’t waste your time reading this bookI didn’t care for this book. I had to force myself to finish it. I liked every Ken Follett book but this one..Barb,JimScore: 2/5
So disappointedI doubt that KF is writing anymore. This isn’t close to his earlier works. Sad really..ZweenamanScore: 1/5
NeverDeath by “a dozen” enormous cuts..654hjijbScore: 5/5
NeverStarts slowly; a bit fragmented but 2nd half picks up.YVR-ORDScore: 4/5
Very upsetting read2468Never is an interesting read , but the ending was dreadful!.Judi 65Score: 3/5
Could not put it downThe book starts slow, but halfway through you can’t put it down..Mike Walnut CreekScore: 5/5
Scary….We must hope that this never really happens……a stratifying and very scary view of an out of control world..Bahenry99Score: 5/5
Over cooked roast beefSeriously Ken this book is like my Mother’s Christmas roast. Not real good../ //Score: 1/5
Boy even close to his normal writing.Just not very good writing..Lone star RoeseScore: 2/5
NEVERPonderous - gripping for the first 500 or so pages, but Ken....wrap it up already..Foinwefof;jknScore: 2/5
DisappointedI looked forward to Ken Follet’s new book. I was quickly disappointed. It had too many characters and seemed to go on endlessly . I stopped reading it half way through. I hope he goes back to writing books like World Without End..Clrt51Score: 2/5
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When is the next bookGood read….Karen the epic nubbletScore: 5/5
Very disturbingMostly a great and captivating story. The ending was too disturbing to enjoy - I really wanted a happy ending…but no. I hope I don’t suffer nightmares!.Hofstater12333333Score: 4/5
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