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Contagem Decrescente

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  10,815 Ratings  ·  635 Reviews
1958: A Guerra Fria está no auge, os Soviéticos ultrapassam os Americanos nos primeiros passos da corrida para a conquista do espaço. Claude Lucas acorda, uma manhã, na Union State de Washington. Vestido com roupas de vagabundo, está afectado por uma amnésia que o impede de se recordar, entre outras coisas, do seu estatuto profissional. Acontece que ele é uma personagem ce ...more
Paperback, 484 pages
Published 2011 by Casa das Letras (first published November 30th 2000)
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Maria Espadinha
Oct 18, 2016 Maria Espadinha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Tombado ao comprido no chão duma casa de banho publica, Luke não sabe quem é nem como fôra ali parar.
Dir-se-ia que nascera ali, naquele instante, sobre aquele chão húmido, e com um gosto a ressaca de uísque a amargar-lhe a boca!
Não tem um chavo. Para comer depende da bondade alheia que não raras vezes se converte em pontapés no traseiro!

Vá onde vá duas sombras o seguem: o Chapéu de Feltro e a Gabardina colam-se a todos os passos que dá! ... Porquê? Para quê?
E o Júpiter C? Os cientistas? A CIA? E
I'm a big fan of Follett's works so I was surprised that this turned out to be one of his lesser materials. The idea is interesting enough and the opening scene holds promise but I found it to be a lackluster presentation and after about 80 pages or so I gave up on the novel.

It felt like a dumbed down novel in characters and plot demonstrations. Hard to go into more details without giving spoilers.

If you want to see Follet at his height read PILLARS OF THE EARTH or THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE or THE
Jul 16, 2009 Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it. When I was about 60% through with the book, I thought it was going to be one of my favorite books. The ending was a little disappointing and didn't have a marvelous ending, but I thought the story-line was great. I really enjoyed the fact that the plot was unpredictable for such a long time. Normally, as the book winds down the ending becomes more and more predictable as was the case with this book, but it took so long for that to happen, that I had to keep re-guessing how it would e ...more
Mikheil Samkharadze
რამდენიმე დღის წინ პატივი მხვდა, რადიო პალიტრის ეთერში წარმედგინა ეს ძალიან კარგი წიგნი. იმის გამო, რომ რადიოს პირდაპირ ეთერში პირველად ვიჯექი და დროშიც საკმაოდ ვიყავით შეზღუდულები (თან აშკარად ვნერვიულობდი), ბევრი ვერაფერი ვთქვი. რამდენიმე წუთი სრულიად არასაკმარისია ამ წიგნზე სასაუბროდ. ამ პოსტში კი ვეცდები უფრო ვრცლად ვისაუბრო.

კენ ფოლეტის “უკუათვლა” (Code To Zero) მოგვითხრობს 1950-იანი წლების პერიოდზე, როდესაც ორი ზესახელმწიფო – ამერიკის შეერთებული შტატები და საბჭოთა კავშირი – კოსმოსურ შეჯიბრე
This story seemed a little dated to me, and I was surprised to see that it was published in 2000; the storyline action took place in the late 1950s with a lot of flashback chapters to 1941 and 1945 (and a final leaping ahead to 1969), and it actually felt that old! On top of that, there were a couple key points to the plot that I simply could not accept as realistic—thinking “Nonsense, he (or she) would not have behaved that way.” Despite that fact, I read it in one day, staying up until 3:40 a. ...more
Sep 17, 2009 Tania rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book exceedingly entertaining. In most spy thriller books you know from the beginning the good guy, the bad guy, and the basic construction of the final confrontation scene. In this book because of the main character's amnesia, I spend almost the entire book wondering is he good? Or is this a Bourne Identity (movie not book) situation? The same applied to the ancillary characters. Who is the Russian spy? Was anybody an actual spy? Were the people pursuing the hero doing so because t ...more
Sean Randall
Sep 14, 2011 Sean Randall rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sean by: steve
"We lie more to our loved ones, because we care about them so damn much. Why do you think we tell the truth to priests, and shrinks, and total strangers we meet on trains? It's because we don't love them, so we don't care what they think."

This was recommended to me as a good read and I'll admit the start, and indeed the whole idea, is a gripping one. Luke's race to solve his personal mystery could have been engaging and the space race is fascinating material with which to work. The trouble is, a
Sabrina Marielle
To tell you the truth, I never knew Ken Follett until the day my office mate told me about him.. She specifically told me that I will love his works because he was an exceptional author. And here I was telling you guys how much i love his story. I am a huge fan of books in which the main setting is NASA, NSA, CIA and CERN. This all started because of Dan Brown's books. Psh. He gave me all these dreams I have in mind. One of those is working for the NSA that's why I keep on pursuing my studies as ...more
Wendy Carlyle
So I need to know what happened to the spaghetti and tomato sauce? At one point the hero Luke is stirring it in the kitchen when he is called to the bathroom to remove some soap from the eye of the very attractive Elspeth and we all know where that leads! Did the pan boil dry and set fire to the kitchen?

Also, why didn't Anthony just shoot Luke on the first page......ah because then we wouldn't have a story!

Finally, if thousands were turning up to watch the Jupiter space rocket take off at Canav
Joe Mossa

i don t know if im becoming a reading snob or what but these types of books seem so fake to me after reading great writers. the sex scenes seem to be sprinkled in as obligatory requirements from the publisher. he tried to make his story authentic by putting scientific details in ala tom clancy. i got the feeling he was reading from rocketry manuals while typing this information. it reminded me of those scary days of the cold war which i am old enough to remember.
Shahjahan Shourov
Apr 17, 2016 Shahjahan Shourov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
পাঠ-পরতিকরিয়াঃ কোড টু জিরো
রচনাঃ কেন ফলেট (KEN FOLLETT)
অনুবাদঃ মানিক চনদর দাস
পরচছদঃ মশিউর রহমান (মূল পরচছদ অবলমবনে)
পরকাশনীঃ অনবেষা
১ম পরকাশঃ একুশে গরনথমেলা ২০১৬

কমপলিট পযাকেজ। পরিপূরণ তৃপত হবার মতো একটা গলপ। হযাঁ জনরার বিচারে “কোড টু জিরো” থৃলার তবে যথাযথ পরিমাণে এতে সব পাবেন। বনধুতব, পরেম, বিশবাসঘাতকতা, ভালবাসা খুঁজে নেয়া-খুঁজে পাওয়া, সূকষন ছোঁয়ায় হিউমর, দয রাইট ওয়ান পেয়ে হারানো আর না পেয়ে খোঁজার অভিবযকতি, সব আছে এতে এবং সুষম মাতরায়।

লযুক নামের এক লোক, নিজেকে আবিষকার করে সমৃতি
Mara Quinta
Sep 30, 2016 Mara Quinta rated it liked it
Natacha Martins
Sep 18, 2011 Natacha Martins rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011
Bem, por muito que gostasse de dizer o contrário, a verdade é que, infelizmente não há muito a dizer acerca deste livro... A desilusão só não é enorme, porque a minha incapacidade de vibrar com policiais desculpa, em parte, a fraca qualidade do livro e, por isso a minha vontade de ler Os Pilares da Terra não foi muito afectada. Pode ser que Ken Follett seja bem melhor nos romances marcadamente históricos.

Ora bem... Este é um livro cuja acção decorre em 1958, em plena Guerra Fria, nas horas que a
Aug 15, 2008 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: thrillers
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Apr 10, 2011 Jerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
We typically enjoy Follett’s work, and got hooked early in “Code” on the premise that “Luke”, who awakes in a train station as a homeless man with significant amnesia, soon and cleverly determines not only his identity but the how and why of what happened to him. In so doing, the author traces the man’s back story, about two couples who went to Harvard/Radcliffe, and eventually both married, but to the opposite partners from when they dated. We found that thread of the story quite entertaining, ...more
Thom Swennes
Nov 13, 2011 Thom Swennes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most authors specialize in one particular genre. Ken Follett has the extraordinary talent to write anything. My first introduction to him was Pillars of the Earth. This spurred me on to its sequel World Without End and I was hooked. On Wings of Eagles proved him a master of both fiction and non-fiction. Code to Zero is set in the post WWII Cold War Era. The Soviet Union is winning the space race and the United States is desperate to catch up. Claude Lucas, a rocket scientist, wakes up in a publi ...more
Jorge Vilarinho
Jan 15, 2014 Jorge Vilarinho rated it liked it
Vou tentar ser justo a falar deste livro. Comecei com grandes expectativas porque sabia que Ken Follett é um grande escritor e já lançou grandes obras. Mas acho que não apanhei uma delas. Começou bastante interessante mas havia algo muito superficial que não deixava entrar a 100% na historia. A escrita e alguns pontos da história sao realmente bons, mas sem twists rapidamente se tornou algo um pouco banal que conseguia puxar para ler. Comparei a Dan Brown durante toda a leitura e posso dizer que ...more
Greg Bascom
May 19, 2012 Greg Bascom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Around five in the morning, on January 29, 1958, a man wakes up in the men's room at Union Station, Washington D.C. He cries out in shock at his reflection in the mirror. He sees an unshaven hobo in filthy rags, and he has no recollection, none whatsoever. He shouts, "Who am I." Another bundle of rags on the floor replies, "You're a bum, Luke."

The reader learns that a woman in a motel near Cape Canaveral is worried about Luke, and that she met him during a panty raid at Radcliff in 1941. On page
May 18, 2014 Sandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Ken Follett books (on my list of top 5 authors) but this one was kind of lackluster. The idea is interesting enough and the opening scene holds promise but it didn't live up to expectations. It also seemed like a rip off of Bourne Identity as it was written in 2000. Characters were fair only. It seemed more like a churned out and slightly dated novel written to meet some publisher's deadline rather than the excellent stuff I expect from Follett.

Follett is awesome so instead of this read
Susan Clark-cook
Sep 23, 2014 Susan Clark-cook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I need to say right up front that I love Ken Follett's style of writing and have read most of his later works, the large novels that cover whole areas of time and life. I hadn't seen this book as it had been tucked away on my bookshelf for some time awaiting my reading. As I had run out of new books I picked this up and was very happy I did so. It catches your interest and is an engaging mystery that has a very page turning happiness to it. I didn't want it to come to conclusion but was satisfie ...more
Feb 28, 2013 Sabra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ken Follett is a good author. When you can completely change the style and story, you go down in my records as a good writer. Plus he also keeps my attention from the first page. I did judge this book by its cover but once I opened it, I was good to go. This is a great suspense/mystery that I read in 3 days.
May 29, 2015 Gayle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good story with lots of twists and turns, Follett keeps the pace going, and writes history with authority. I have found, in several of his books, that his writing from a woman's point of view is sometimes a bit cliched and hollow. A few of the plot turns stretched credulity. All in all, though, he captures the times with good detail.
meh. Very tropish and cliched, both in character and plot. I just didn't care for any of the characters. The protagonist is "too perfect", with his high moral code, etc. I love a lot of Follet's work but this and "Paper Money" are forgettable. Don't bother. If you want some good Follet, try Eye of the Needle, on wings of eagles, or pillars of the earth.
Sep 05, 2014 Rita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suspenso en su máxima expresión. Da gran cantidad de detalles sin arruinar el final. Fascinante que un país miniatura como Guatemala pudiera motivar a alguien a trabajar como espía y traicionar a su propio país.
Nov 26, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I borrowed a copy of this book from my neighbor's Little Free Library box. When I finished, I returned it along with a thank you note (good citizen that I am). For the page-burning Hollywood adventure novel, Follett is among the best. 3.5 stars

May 30, 2015 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent story that keeps you on the edge of your seat till the very end. It is very hard to stop reading it.
Diane Smoak
May 02, 2016 Diane Smoak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started off slow, gradually improved, needed more in depth character development, ending was somewhat predictable. Maybe I've read too many suspense novels.
Thomas Bailes
Jul 09, 2013 Thomas Bailes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy reading Ken Follett. Some, like Pillars of the Earth, provoke a lot of thought. Others, like Code Zero, are great entertainment.
Jan 18, 2012 Joanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced. Intriguing. Smart.
Oct 25, 2008 Tina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Read this for book club. Was not impressed.
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Ken Follett is one of the world’s most successful authors. Over 160 million copies of the 30 books he has written have been sold in over 80 countries and in 33 languages.

Born on June 5, 1949, in Cardiff, Wales, the son of a tax inspector, Ken was educated at state schools and went on to graduate from University College, London, with an Honours degree in philosophy. He was made a fellow of the coll
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“the war taught me that nothing counts as much as loyalty" "Bullshit. you still haven't learned that when humans are under pressure, we're all willing to lie" "even to the people we care?" "we lie more to our loved ones, because we care about them so damn much. why do you think we tell the truth to priests and shrinks and total strangers we meet on trains? it's because we don't love them, so we don't care what they think.” 1 likes
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