Edge of Eternity Book Reviews

Ken Follett

Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett Book Summary

Ken Follett's extraordinary historical epic, the Century Trilogy, reaches its sweeping, passionate conclusion.

In Fall of Giants and Winter of the World, Ken Follett followed the fortunes of five international families—American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh—as they made their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: 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 Hoffmann 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 of not only 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 an 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, Tanya, carves out a role that will take her from Moscow to Cuba to Prague to Warsaw—and into history.

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Book Name Edge of Eternity
Genre Historical
Language English
E-Book Size 5.64 MB

Edge of Eternity (Ken Follett) Book Reviews 2023

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Excellent!. Follett is remarkable. Learning about 20th Century history through the eyes of multigenerational families from all over the world is a profound experience. If you've loved his previous works, you will love this even more because you lived through some of this history. The negative reviews that I read prior to this purchase were alarming and in the end unfounded. Excellent. Brilliant.

Edge of eternity. Great read

Trilogy. One word...Excellent!

Disappointing. I loved the first two installments of this trilogy but this one reads like little more than a love letter to liberal philosophies, a caricaturization of any politician to the right of far-left, and an absolutely ludicrous depiction of Ronald Reagan as little more than a war criminal without any acknowledgement of his role in the fall of the USSR. Follett' was a little too obvious in this one.

How did an editor signed off on this?. 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.

Straw men abound. Unlike the Pillars of the Earth trilogy, The Century trilogy was written to a very narrow audience with a complete socialist bias, especially the American narrative. The British storyline was only marginally better. The first book was decently written, but it became an international soap opera thereafter. The only cogent explanation in books 2-3 was the downfall from within of Communism, and even that was selectively written. All American Democrats are good or at least well meaning, and all Republicans were racists and mass murderers. I know there is an ignorant minority on both sides that espouse such black and white views, but I expected better from Follett and was sorely disappointed.

Century Trilogy. An extraordinary series with exquisite detail to history and to characters. Sad to see it come to an end.

Epic In Every Aspect. One of the best reads I have ever encountered. A master stroke of fiction interspersed with history. Or quite possibly, the other way around. The flow from start to finish throughout the entire trilogy is done near flawlessly. Every character is connected in a very easy to follow, yet wonderfully complex storyline. You will not find a dull moment in this entire three book collection. A must read for fiction lovers and history buffs alike. Just simply great writing.

Irrelevant. Follett should have stopped at WWII. No attempt at objectivity here. And that diminishes his earlier works in my mind. Too bad

Edge of Eternity. Follet is a great story teller mixing in history with fictional characters. He took the baby killing too far in Vietnam as heroes fought in and sacrificed there lives, limbs and minds. He did not try to conceal his hatred of Reagan. Reagan is a hero to many Americans. He bucked his constituents in taking on Gorbachev while setting the table for the eventual take down of the Berlin Wall. His economic policy in cutting taxes also set the table for recovering the economy after Carter allowed ungodly interest rates and inflation with his policies. Follet’s hero, Obama, took our nation backwards with racism back to the 1950’s. If you’re into romance novels you will love this book as he could make some romance novelists blush. As usual, he championed strong women, which is great but he also championed gay rights which was unnecessary. I give his writing ability a 5, and his content a 2, thus an overall 3.5.

I remember.... I am a baby boomer, born in the great State of Maine. My memories of presidents and elections and conflicts, truly began with the election of John Fitzgerald Kennedy in 1960. This was a real big deal for me; he was young, handsome, articulate and made me feel confident and secure in my world. JFK's murder devastated me. My belief in Kennedy, the U.S.A. and the future was affected even unto this day as I write. Nikita Khrushchev was a scary person. Pounding on a table with his shoe, was darkly comedic. Martin Luther King and the entire civil rights problems were unknown in Maine. I think there was one black family in our town. Vietnam, Germany, and the USSR, were strange far away places that were meaningless to me. Ken Follett has taught me much about the world I was living in and about the people that shared that world. The historical events, the people who were news makers, the people who died, have become real to me. I am very thankful to Follett for helping me understand my life. The 20th Century Trilogy is remarkable and teaches in an entertains way. I particularly loved this final installment because it was my time. What a wonderful experience for future generations to have this series to understand why they are living the way they are living.

Edge of Eternity. This is a leftist's fever dream, and it was actually embarrassing to read. Stilted dialogue from cartoonish characters, revisionist history, and Follett's agenda hitting you in the face every single page combine to make one the worst reading experiences I've ever had. I wish I could get my money back, because it is infuriating that my purchase is tacitly endorsing such a twisted interpretation of conservatism. Plus this was just a truly terrible, poorly written book.

Excellent finish. Another Follett triumph. Pullers of the Earth started and this finished. Amazing writer exploring history, facts and fiction intertwined to keep the reader wanting to read just one more page. Great read.

Another great book!. I enjoyed this book as much as the previous two books. I also learned more world history. The book brought back memories of where I was when history was in the making.

Very good book. Kind of like Forrest Gump, but with an ensemble cast. Traces European and American history through the 20th century, enlivening it with characters whose lives intersect in interesting ways. Very well written, I enjoyed all three books and looked forward to being able to read them.

VERY DISAPPOINTING!. After thoroughly enjoying the first two books in this excellent historical novel trilogy (I would highly recommend them), I naturally purchased the third, EDGE OF ETERNITY. It was a mistake. I’m ~130 pages into it, and so far it is mostly about adolescent sexual adventures, sex with JFK, and detailed multi-page accounts of sex & more sex. Frankly, I’m really not so sure that this last book in the series was written by the same author of the first two books. Very disappointing, as I have enjoyed so many of the works of Ken Follett over decades. Don’t waste your money.

Outstanding and moving historical fiction. I'm so happy an Italian friend mentioned finishing this trilogy and how moved he was by it which sparked my interest. The thread between the families and the continents was amazing and many thanks to Ken Follett for filling in the gaps that were missing in my US history books. Every American should read this engaging story of the 20th Century.

Edge of Eternity. 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.

Edge of Eternity. Started great but lapsed into a slanted rant against all things conservative or Republican. I cannot believe the cheap shot he took at Condoleeza Rice or his total denial of Ronald Reagan's contribution to the end of the Cold War. Mr. Follet is a very talented writer, but his ideology clouds his writings.

Love. One of my favorite!

Edge Of Eternity. Overall a good read. I was very disappointed as the story progressed into the Reagan Era. That is when the author showed his true liberal/progressive colors. To make the point at the end that Ronald Reagan had no influence on ending the Cold War is laughable. Dwelling on Iran-contra at the expense of Reagan's "tear down this wall" speech is lamentable. Good story teller overall but a lousy historian.

Edge of Eternity. Amazing! The Century Triliogy was a profound reading experience.

A great conclusion. I enjoyed all three books of the trilogy immensely. Having the viewpoint of the different families and having them intertwined now and then was a wonderful device onto which to weave the world's history. I found I could not put any of them down. Wishing there was a fourth book to read.....

Masterful. 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

The Trilogy is Over!. There were times where is was a little slow but others where I could not wait to get to the next chapter! I will miss these characters!

Off the deep end. Clap trap

This Era. I enjoyed the first two books much more. I think that has to with the fact that I lived the third book and there was nothing I didn't know. If you don't know much about the civil rights movement and the Berlin Wall this would be a very worthwhile read.

Proud to be an American. As I sit here with tears streaming down my face from finishing this book, I am overwhelmed with the fact that I am grateful to not only be an American but to have been born in 1974 so that I have witnessed so many of the great things that have occurred within the scope of this book. It is particularly poignant to me, as I live in the area where Jacky Jakes lives. All of the details of the DC area are something I experience on a daily basis. This has been a great series of books. I am sad to see them end.

Edge of Eternity. This is book three of the trilogy. Very powerful story. I couldn’t put it down.

Revisionist in part. 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.

Slanted history. Boring stories, complicated families and way too many pages of useless verbiage. This is not up to his usual high standard. Complete waste of time.

Edge of Eternity. My least favorite of Follett's series, not because of the historical content, but more so the awkwardness with which the extent of interpersonal relationships and characters developed (or not) throughout the story. Therefore, the story seems to concentrate on the negative conflict of the more prominent events of the 60's through 80's without capturing the unique cultural revolution of the times.

Snore. I can't believe I wasted my time reading this. Not only was it boring, it was so politically biased that no one would ever see it as historical. Jimmy Carter is seen as a savior and Ronald Reagan is referred to as a mass murderer. I lived through all of this and I can't see how anyone could find this book interesting or believable.

Hit job on Reagan and Bush. 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. I've read all three books in the series, and found them all very readable. An author has a right to inject their political views into anything they write and in Follet's case his liberal perspective is obvious, especially in this final volume. If your politics are liberal you'll find every thing you need to support the liberal narrative, if your conservative, beware: you might find yourself throwing your phone at the wall out of frustration.(Little things like calling Ronald Reagan a mass murderer, etc.)

Loved it!. Not only is this a terrific story line, I enjoyed the historical detail. Book was total entertainment and enlightenment! Eager to read the next one!

Fun, completely wrongheaded, fictional account of the fall of militant communism. Follet will be a great spokesman for the non militant form of communism currently gaining steam in the US. The new propagandistic form of media will applaud this revisionist history.

Emotions. It made an old man cry

Well, I Read All Three. It was a bit tedious but I got through it.

Drivel. I enjoyed the first two books in the trilogy but got half way in this book and could not finish it. Racist, anti-American, anti-conservative, very liberal and just very uninteresting. Switching back and forth among so many different characters made for much confusion. I finally decided life is too short to waste time on this book. Sorry I spent the money.

Edge of Eternity. 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.

Edge of Eternity. I finished this book purely out of a sense of duty, but I couldn't wait to turn the last page and put it down. Way too preachy, historically inaccurate and wildly time after time, and the characters were flat, poorly developed, and tiresome.

Edge of Eternity. Liked his other books but his hate for any Republican leadership in the US and his strong bias made this difficult to read and take seriously.

Trilogy of ken follett. The books were interesting however too many characters too many switching of characters. Too much background not essential

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Liberal take on history. Obviously a very liberal take on history which is very disappointing given how much I have enjoyed his other books. Don’t think I’ll be giving him any more of my money if this liberal drivel is what I am going to be reading.

Amazing, captivating, incredible. Follett's finest work yet in the century trilogy.

Ken Follett Trilogy. Just this moment finished the third. Truly a great read. Not sure there is anything that can equal this piece of work.

Wonderfully written. As someone who enjoys historical fiction, this is one of the all time greats!! Bravo!

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The Edge Of Eternity. This is the third book in author Ken Follet's Century Trilogy. Follet chronicles the events of the 20th century through the lives of several families in Europe, England and the United States in a way that offers both wonderful reading and a living sense of the events of our recent past. The Wing of Eternity brings his trilogy to a satisfying end while inviting the reader into our 21 st century story with a greater understanding. All three volumes make fine reading combined with growing insight into events that have shaped our lives.

Simple question. When this masterpiece will be available in french? Thanks

Fantastic!. Sad to have the series end but was a fantastic read.

En français?. Pourquoi ce livre est-il disponible en français seulement dans la zone euro?

A great conclsuion!. Once again I had a diffuclt time putting down the book. While I didn’t find it as much of a page turner as the first two books in the trilogy I found myself unable to leave the book alone for any length of time. - The family histories introduced in “Fall of Giants” and “Winter of the World” provide continuity in context with world affairs during the Cold War. An excellent book for someone who came of age during that period of time. Thank you, Ken Follett for capturing my imagination and interest in world politics! Well written and so insightful.

Can't wait. So looking forward to this book , have read all of his books at least twice

Yeh. Hopes it's a dam good book or your career is over. Jk

Winter of the Worlds. I have patiently waited for each series of this trilogy to be published and was never disappointed. the history is riveting, the progression of each family's struggles, beliefs, and conviction kept me reading. I just finished reading the last book, Edge of Eternity with tears rolling down my face. Once I started reading the Fall of Giants - I could not put these books down!! Excellent read!

Amazing!. So well written and researched. A must have.

Not quite as good as first two. Good, but not as good as the first two books of the series. To much one aided political commentary in this book.

Definitely did not disappoint!. I'm a huge fan of Ken Follett and have absolutely loved everything I've read that he's written. The conclusion to this trilogy certainly didn't fall short of my expectations. Definitely worth reading!

Edge of Eternity. Perceptive and historically accurate. A very strong final volume to this trilogy.

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