Edge of Eternity (The Century Trilogy #3)
EDGE OF ETERNITY is the sweeping, passionate conclusion to Ken Follett’s extraordinary historical epic, The Century Trilogy.
Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families – American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh – as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: t...more
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Sadly, many who did not live through those times will take this for a good approximation of what happened. Which no doubt was Follett's aim.(less)
I'm sorry to have wasted my time reading this left-wing drivel.
Very disappointing given the talented storyteller Follett can be.
Are you a self important baby boomer who leans left in your political views? Well buddy, are you going to have the biggest rager of a boner reading this book. Don't get me wrong, I devoured this book, and it starts off very strong. Most of the characters in the book start off likable. I realized pretty early on that at this point in the story, nearly all the characters are related by either blood or marriage ...more
there are strong moments here and there but they read more like snippets than like a novel, while the political biases of the author start becoming way too visible and detract from the book (there is a ton about ...more
I was disappointed by this book. Maybe as a standalone version it would have been better received, but as the third of what had been a superb trilogy I was let down.
Why drop so many characters we were invested in the first two books and which in the closing of the second made it look like we should look forward to what happens to them? The second books ends with Erik (Carla's broth ...more
I can summarize it for you this way: Liberals are brilliant, dashing, successful, all-knowing, always wise and prescient. Conservatives are stumbling, bumbling blockheads, who must visit prostitutes to get any action because who would want a conservative lover?
Want more? Jimmy Carter almost ended the cold war with his brilliant moves regarding Poland. Reagan gave a silly speech telling Gorbachev to "tear down this wall", whic ...more
Edge of Eternity is Follett's bookend to his globe-trotting Century trilogy that began with Fall of Giants followed by Winter of the World: a strikingly immense multi-generational saga featuring families from Germany, Russia, Wales, England and America, weaving historical world conflicts of the 20th century.
In this final installment, we see the grandchildren of the epic WWI story course through the remnants of WWII, the Cold War, and the civil rights movement of the 1960's. Follett's un ...more
Let me just say that if Ken Follet's new book is anything like his previous books, I believe it will be great. I have to admit that I have only read the outline of the story but, from the little I read Follet's new book will be interesting. Sorry I if I gave the impression that I had already read the whole story.
With the Viet Nam war, Kennedy's, Hippie movement, rock music, the USSR and so much else that happened post WWII to the present. This should have been a great story. However it literally felt like this book was written by another author, who basically wrote an encyclopedia that had sex scenes in it to make it interesting.
For example, I get that this book was a ...more
Follett knows how to make you turn the pages. He's a master story teller. But this was a rush job, to the point of being insulting. Would a character in the 1970s really say "yada, yada"? For some reason that annoyed me more than the repeated paragraph, the ponderous recaps,
one dimensional characters and mawkish, cliché ridden writing.
All the same I had to finish it - more fool me.
I so anticipated the 3rd in the Century Trilogy and I greedily devoured this as quickly as the first two. I was anxious to get back to the continuing saga of these 5 families whose lives intertwine as history unfolds. I am not sure I loved this one quite as much, as the time frame of the 1960's thru the 1980's were familiar to me as it is my history. Things were very familiar and I felt that I missed the "learning" part of his first two. That said, I am amazed at the amount of research ...more
Book Three of Ken Follett's Century Trilogy began as an UNPUTDOWNABLE 5 Star read for me, but soon lowered to a page-turning 4 Stars, then an interesting 3 Stars and even took a dive to 2 Stars in a few instances....hence the 3.5 Star rating.
EDGE OF ETERNITY covers the tumultuous 1960's thru 1980's encompassing the shameful Civil Rights era, the disheartening assassinations of JFK, MLK and RFK, the unbelievable horrors of Vietnam, the tyranny behind the Berlin Wall, the nerve-racking ti...more
O Século retratado nesta trilogia é para mim o mais rico em história, abrangendo duas Grandes Guerras e uma Guerra Fria que colocou em numa "guerra" as duas grandes super potências do mundo atual EUA e URSS.
Mais uma vez Follett junta as cinco famílias iniciais, juntamente com as gerações que lhes sucederam para r ...more
I liked the East Berlin and Russian plots more than the ...more
A political and cultural review of the 1960's. Follett places his characters in the immediacy of history (similar to John Jakes). The second half lost punch because one political leaning was emphasized. I think he padded an already long book with an overabundance of salacious scenes and showed definite gender bias. The book needed a good editor. My opinion is that the last in this series is the least compelling. What a shame. It was a far cry from The Pillars ...more
Much of the first half of the book centers around George Jakes (son of Jacky Jakes and Greg Peshkov) and his attempts ...more
The highlight of the book was the Cuban Missile Crisis and things just went downhill from there. I don't think that I actually cared about any of the characters, other than the ones from the previous books that he was killing off without much ado.
Also, the epilogue was bad in a very Harry-Potter-epilogue-esque way, totally unneces ...more
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He went on to write four more bestselling thrillers: Triple; The Key to Rebecca; The Man from St Petersburg; and Lie Down with Lions.
He also wrote On Wings of Eagles, the true story of ho ...more