Eye of the Needle
One enemy spy knows the secret to the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin -- code name: "The Needle" -- who holds the key to ultimate Nazi victory.
Only one person stands in his way: a lonely Englishwoman on an isolated island, who is beginning to love the killer who has mysteriously entered her life.
All will come to a terrifying concl...more
Here are some reasons to read THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE:
(1) PRECISION: you like reading about cool, precise heroes or anti-heroes or villains who are painfully precise in their plans, the best at what they do and are totally "stone cold.";
(2) WWII BUFF: you love to read about the "big thrills" of WWII; this has it since the Ge ...more
Before he starte ...more
Both books feature multiple points of view -- quite a few of them in Follett's case -- and on both sides of the good gu ...more
I loved this book so much, was reading on my nook and I was hooked after page 13. I gave it 5 stars, but I really would have given it 4.5 if I could, only because I would have preferred an alternate ending. Ken Follett is a genius. The whole time ...more
Eye of the needle is a brilliant spy thriller with a clever plot, an accurate historic ba ...more
Follett starts with a one page historical preface about the D-Day deception. He ends the preface … “That much is history. What follows is fiction. Still and all, one suspects something like this must have happened.”
The high stakes of blowing the deception plan are emphasized several times … ...more
The writing is quite good at times, while on some occasions the lines were overtly simplistic, the romantic intrigue was mostly about sex and nothing more.
Throughout the readin ...more
He seemed to hesitate, then said: ‘I’m undressed.’
‘So am I,’ she giggled, and she opened the door with her duplicate key. He was standing in front of the radio with some kind of screwdriver in his hand. He wore his trousers and no singlet. His face was white and he looked scared to death.
She stepped inside and closed the door behind her, not knowing what to say. Suddenly she remembered a line from an American film, and she said: ‘Would you buy a lonely ...more
O que mais gostei nesta narrativa foi o contexto histórico, que consegue ser razoavelmente envolvente. O foco está, claro, num determinado espião e numa determinada área geográfica - tudo o resto é história documentada, cujo final já todos sabemos.
Ken Follett é bom no suspense, e este thriller é bom exemplo, mas no entanto fica a faltar algo; algo mais profundo... talvez recursos est ...more
This book deals with Operation Fortitude, which was undertake by the Allies to fuel the German notion that the invasion was going to take place at Calais and not Normandy. One spy digs it all out. And he is the best they have. They have to stop him.
Of course, everyone knows who won WWII. So, there is no doubt as to the climax. But, the book se ...more
I learned so much from reading it, hearing for the first time of actual practices during WWII:
--the existence of a German message scrambler machine during WWII and the secret existence by the British of a machine that could unscramble it.
--decoding techniques whereas those who intercepted messages attempted to do so routinely from the same spies, sometimes getting to know their code "personality" so that they could detect a fake mess ...more
The book seemed to reach what I thought would have been its climax almost halfway through, leaving me questioning why the sub-plot with David, his poor wife and son were included. I was baffled that The Needle did not t ...more
Got into it last night and the report is good. Very smooth and enjoyable so far. Gotta love those English spy writers!
We're getting to the nitty gritty as the MI5 bloodhounds are pursuing Nadel and he's washed up on Storm island with the fetching Lucy and the snarling David. As far as I know it'll en ...more
Gostei da sua escrita. É rica, pormenorizada, descritiva e escorreita.
É muito agradável seguir este enredo, com episódios de uma certa violência mas sempre apropriados e bem enquadrados, embora por vezes se tornasse um pouco previsível.
Dado que se trata de um romance com um contexto histórico talvez o próprio enquadramento limitasse as opções do autor quanto ao que poderia utilizar como argumentos enriquecedores do enred ...more
I'm sorry, but a housewife is not going to wander into the next room to ravage the stranger she just met and bandaged up from ...more
O Estilete Assassino desenrola-se na base da espionagem da Segunda Grande Guerra. Um espião alemão é enviado para Londres a fim de tentar descobrir o desembarque militar dos Aliados. Calculista e bastante perspicaz, mata a sangue frio quem se atravessa pelo seu caminh ...more
“Eye of the Needle” by Ken Follett was a great book. I usually don't like mystery books but this was an exception. You follow three people, a lonely housewife, a spy, and a detective. This spy is trying to secure vital intel on the 1st US army group lead by Patton. As you can tell the detectives are trying to stop him. But, where does the housewife play in?
This all happened in Great Britain in the 1940’s, before D-day happened. The spy travels all across Great Britain trying to gain info on th ...more
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|What's The Name o...: SOLVED. Island, sleeping with the enemy, part of reader's digest collection [s]||7||114||May 10, 2014 05:02PM|
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|What's The Name o...: A woman lives in an island with his paraplegic husband, a Nazi spy comes and seduces her [s]||5||41||Sep 26, 2013 09:52PM|
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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