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Night Over Water

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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  11,109 ratings  ·  547 reviews
September 1939. England is at war with Nazi Germany. In Southampton, the world's most luxurious airliner--the legendary Pan Am clipper--takes off for its final flight to neutral America. Aboard are the cream of society and the dregs of humanity, all fleeing the war for reasons of their own...shadowed by a danger they do not know exists...and heading straight into a storm o ...more
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Published April 1st 2004 by Signet Book (first published January 1st 1987)
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William Galaini
Night over Water is an amazingly well paced suspense novel with a traditional noir feel. It is loaded with well-timed action, typical intrigue, and indulgent sex scenes with every woman desperate for a man and every man reluctant, but passionate, toward a woman.

Honestly, that is the predominant crime here. It feels and moves very predictably and along all the expected tenants without deviation. It is not a brave book, and the author's choices feel too safe to deliver any depth or surprises. This
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Noni Wardani
I always enjoy reading Ken's books.However, I have to admit that this book is not as spectacular as his other books. The plot is set at the out break of World War II between England and Germany on a flying boat " The Pan American Clipper". For those who's interested in aircraft or engineering, might find this book interesting, because Follet did excellent research on the Clipper.For those who is not, the story might seem a bit slow in the beginning, because he starts the book with different stor ...more
Dee Toomey
This was an exciting story with a great plot. Follett takes his time to develop the characters in such a way that before long you feel you know them intimately. Some you like...some you dispise. Some surprise you in the end.

I would give this book 4 stars easily, except that Follett, like so many authors, decided he needed to include several instances of sexual rendezvous, all of which, in my humble opinion, were really unnessarily explicit, which added nothing to the story but was just written g
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Maria
Mais um romance fantástico de Ken Follett. Quanto mais leio deste autor, mais fico rendida aos seus livros. Desta vez, e ainda sobre um clima de guerra, Follett leva-nos a sobrevoar o atlântico nas asas de um Boeing 314, um luxuoso hidroavião, que faria a viagem entre Inglaterra e os Estados Unidos e a quem as pessoas com grandes possibilidades era permitido viajar.
No entanto, ter dinheiro não significa ter escrúpulos e no mesmo local vão estar reunidos, durante 29 horas, pessoas de várias estir
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Rene
Did not like this book at all. Felt so much time was spent describing sexual indiscretions that the characters weren't fully developed. Also found female characters in this time period unrealistically feeble, written more like men would want them to be, but probably not how they are. Plot was thorough, but a little far fetched. Felt like this was a fantasy rather than a real story. However, he obviously did his research and was very thorough with descriptions of the plane, etc. so I had to give ...more
Benjamin Thomas
This novel takes place in 1939 just after England has entered World War II. It's told from multiple points of view, all from people who will take a flight aboard a Pan-Am Clipper (a truly luxurious (and historically accurate) airplane in the second 2/3rds of the book. This is sort of like a "Murder on the Orient Express" set-up although more thriller than who-dunnit mystery. Passengers include business people, aritocratic families, a debutante, a film star, a petty thief, etc. They all have reas ...more
Daniel Pereira
Gostei bastante do livro, visto ter grande interesse por histórias passadas em aviões, apesar de nunca ter viajado num. Follett, como em "Os Pilares da Terra", tem uma forma muito interessante de dividir os capítulos, fazendo-os por personagens, a cada uma delas corresponde um capítulo. Não esperava a introdução da história tão passada fora do avião como foi, mas acabou por ser importante para a contextualização do enredo dentro do mesmo.
Com fins de capítulo espectaculares, que entrelaçam todas
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Patrícia
RATING: 3 stars.

Ken Follett é um autor muito aclamado tanto a nível nacional e internacional e alguns dos seus livros foram adaptados à televisão. "Noite sobre as Águas" foi comparado ao "Crime no Expresso do Oriente" de Agatha Christie (mas num avião) e os comentários na capa do livro prometem um crescendo de suspense.

Bem... não me pareceu assim muito misterioso, este livro. O mistério propriamente dito (se é que se pode considerar isto um mistério) só tem lugar nas últimas duzentas páginas do
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Rae
Set in WWII just after the declaration of war between Germany and England, the plot details the 36-hour flight of the Clipper, a large luxury sea plane. On board or otherwise involved are a former Nazi nuclear scientist, gangsters, Fascists, hijackers and escaping Nazi sympathizers. Follett's plots are always fun but he is also known for his obligatory smut scenes with too much gratuitous (and often silly) detail.
Kellie
Follet is a fantastic story teller. This one takes place at the beginning of WWII. Germany and England have just declared war. Many of the English are trying to get out of the country. Some are going to America. The Pan American Clipper was a luxury flight that flew from Southhampton to New York. This book is about some of the passengers that took the last flight over before the start of battle. I have read other books by Follet and what I like about his books is his thoroughness and his charact ...more
Christopher
This was a hand-me-down tag-sale purchase from my father. I think he picked it up since he is an aviation buff, and on that score the book comes through - plenty of loving descriptions of the Clipper and of a Tiger Moth used in an early chapter.

For plot and characterization, I kept feeling like I was more watching a local theatre play or even more like a LARP. A lot of time is spent in an enclosed space (the Clipper) exploring how the different characters interact with several different plot lin
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Andrew
On the eve of the Second World War, Pan American Airways provides luxury trans-Atlantic travel on its Boeing Flying Clipper, the largest passenger plane of its time. The plane shortens the trip from Southhampton, England, to New York City from the 5-6 days required by ocean-going vessels to a mere 30 hours. It also provides a sense of adventure for those who can afford the ticket.

Set aboard the Clipper, this book tells the stories of a disparate group of passengers making one of the last passage
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Eric Wright
It’s September, 1939 in the final flight of the legendary Pan-Am clipper. Although a little slow to get into the book, I was captivated by Follett’s description of the characters taking this final flight from England to America and by the intertwined their stories. From the very beginning their stories hint at intrigue, violence, and danger. We have a spoiled debuttante longing for freedom from her Nazi-loved and domineering father. A thief with an eye for jewels and a tongue that can mimic the ...more
Noel
I needed a good page turner for a very long, overnight flight and this book fit the bill perfectly. I thought it was a suspense-thriller type book, but it wound up having more romance than suspense. Weird but still enjoyable on a long flight. The setting is at the start of WWII, the characters include, a well-to-do Facist family, a couple of headstrong daughters, a thief, a flight engineer, a couple of disgruntled siblings, and? Who am I missing? The Pan American Clipper Sea Plane, which almost ...more
Robert Low
I really enjoyed this book. I have never read any Follett before and I was really impressed by his prose. It was incredibly smooth-flowing throughout, and he developed a mixture of characters at a pace which was thoroughly absorbing. It was really refreshing to read a book which had a continuously unfolding plot line, and for this reason, it had a very classic feel to it.

The plot itself never blew me out of the water, but I don't believe it makes this book any more commendable. Its praise lies
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Michael Llewellyn
Ken Follett’s 1991 thriller, Night over Water, proves why he is perennially on the bestseller list. This one involves a planeload, literally, of disparate folks fleeing England just days after war is declared on Germany. Each has a distinct agenda,some of which cleverly overlap, as they take off for America. The real star of the show is Pan Am’s fabulous Clipper, designed to provide the first trans-Atlantic passenger service and easily the most luxurious aircraft ever built. You might think thin ...more
Emanuela
Mi dispiace dare (nuovamente) un feedback negativo a un libro di Follett, peraltro autore di capolavori (a mio parere) come "I pilastri della terra" o "L'uomo di Pietroburgo". Ma, anche questa volta, pur essendo una trama molto avvincente, non ha saputo svilupparla al meglio, preferendo l'impostazione "erotic soap-opera" rispetto al thriller, con il risultato di un romanzo che si avvicina molto a un young adult invece che alle avventure mozzafiato che avrebbero dovuto essere il punto principale ...more
Procyon Lotor
Il Boeing 324 Come molti di voi sanno gi, ho una adolescenziale passione. Con Liala ci saremmo trovati d'accordo: a lei il volatore a me il velivolo. Scendendo al Marconi su un trabiccolo da cinquanta posti dell'Iberia oramai a meno di dieci metri dal suolo, il pilota corresse una sbandata da raffiche laterali fino a quaranta gradi (la punta dell'ala sfior il suolo a 250kmh) cos bene che nessuno se ne accorse. D'istinto non ho pensato "moriremo tutti" ma "che manico". Ora siete avvertiti. Lo Yan ...more
Simone
Great story! Interesting and suspenseful the entire way through.

It was hard for me to follow the various story lines at first since I have trouble keeping track of names, but that didn’t last long and I soon got swept up by the plot.

I also loved learning about the Pan Am Clipper!! I knew nothing about it prior to this book; a fascinating little bit of history.
Alasandra Alawine
The world’s most luxurious airliner—the legendary Pan Am clipper—takes off for its final flight to neutral America. On board Eddie the Engineer agonizes over Tom Luther's demands that he force the plane to land prematurely. Luther's associates have kidnapped Eddie's wife (Carol-Ann), so he feels he has no choice but determines to find a way to thwart Luther's plot if possible.

The Fascist Lord Oxenford flees England, with his families fortune hidden in the suitcases.

Diana Lovesey having left her
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J.M. Slowik
Let me begin by saying that this is a perfectly effective and empty thriller, a page-turner, etc. There's a steadily-rising level of suspense throughout, and one good plot twist. However, the rest of it is painfully predictable and soap-opera melodramatic. For long stretches it feels more like an awkward, rushed and frankly boring romance than the thriller I'd been led to expect. And believe me, the gratuitous sex scenes are uniformly tepid. You'll probably feel like you could do a much better j ...more
Dick
I like Ken Follett's works. I like em. I don't love em. My favorite so far has to have been Eye of the Needle. I've read six or seven of his novels, and still that's the best of the bunch. I keep picking up his novels hoping that this will be the one that leaves them all in the dust, and I am continually dismayed. I enjoy the book, but I'm dismayed in the quest for something of his better than Eye of the Needle.

Night Over Water was good. The characters were fun, the plot was mildly engaging and
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Lynette
I took this book out of my dad’s collection – because it was Ken Follett and I had just finished Pillars of the Earth – but I really didn’t expect to like it. The premise reminded me too much of Alfred Hitchcock’s Lifeboat – which is a gruesomely tedious, horribly over-acted film… but I was (happily) wrong – and I really enjoyed this!! I like the characters – and I like that the decisions they faced weren’t cut and dried. There was not an easy clear choice for any of these people. It was also no ...more
Krista
As I was introduced to Ken Follett, like many were, through Pillars of the Earth and the Fall of Giants (Century Trilogy - worth a read), he has quickly made a fan of me. While not for everyone, I love his writing style, and all the books I've read by him don't ever make reason for me to believe the author is bad. This was no different.

I read it a while ago, and have reread it multiple times. It could be my naturally sentimental self - this was the first thriller by Follett that I read, and als
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Travis Tucker
Exactly what I expect out of a Ken Follett book, especially one of his earlier ones - Lots of characters and backstories brought together with engaging storytelling. Being Ken Follett, there's the obvious England setting and characters, under the backdrop of WWII. As always, I learned some things I didn't know before and an interesting backdrop for the story. Don't expect nuanced writing, just great storytelling and action. Go in with your expectations calibrated (I only recommend it if you like ...more
Gina Schwartz
Well written with lots of keenly researched details about the Clipper. The novel highlights many of the uncertainties of this time right after the initial declaration of war and before much of the actual fighting had started. It is fascinating to read about each of the characters and the specific reason they are aboard the Clipper. Each of them it seems is in transition and has some serious decisions to make about how the rest of his life will pan out once the plane lands in America and the love ...more
Joe
It’s an ocean-voyage, Orient-Express sort of tale. Not totally disappointing — but not up to most of Follett’s other books. Character development is pretty good as a passel of odd characters find themselves aboard the pioneering Pan Am Clipper hydroaeroplane flying from Europe to America, but the plot twists seemed artificial and stretched credulity a bit much. Yes, it’s entertaining and provided a couple of night’s amusement especially the bits about the plane and its technicalities if you’re a ...more
Lori
Oct 21, 2014 Lori rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone wanting good WW2 era novel about Pan American Clipper
I really enjoyed this book after i got past the first 45 min of it. Ken Follett, author of many books, including “Eye of the Needle” one of the best books ever for curling-up-with-a-good-book-in-front-of-the-fireplace-on-a-cold-night, wrote "Night Over Water" early in his career. It weaves a clever tale of passengers on one of the last flights of the the Pan American Clipper in 1939, 2 days after Britain declares war on Germany. Its a fun listen brings to light another era lost to time and leave ...more
Susan
Good thriller with mucho plot twists! Kept me reading most of the day.
Bill Tillman
Wonderful read, the detail of the Pan Am Clipper was fantastic.
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