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
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
This book, Eye of the Needle is one of his earlier works (dating from the late 70s), and while less impressive than some of his other works, still provides an entertaining action story and quick read.
The action centers around a Nazi spy, code named Die Nadel (the Needle), who is attempting to learn the truth about the Allies D-Day Invasion. He needs to get...more
One enemy spy knows the secret of 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 English woman on an isolated island, who is beginning to the killer who has mysteriously entered her life.
My Review and Thoughts:
Ken Follett is a master at words and capturing those words in a brilliant story of suspense, deception, and...more
But first, I should like to tell you something about it. The title refers to a German spy who was working behind British lines during the second world war. His nickname is Die Nadel, or the needle, because he is about the only spy that the Germans have working for them who is not a complete amateur.
This seems hard to beli...more
1. It is remarkably similar to Daniel Silva's "The Unlikely Spy" (although "Needle" came out 20 years earlier), a book I loved. The plots are close but Silva's characters are more developed and nuan...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
The book, though, I enjoyed. I ha...more
Before he starte...more
Eye of the Needle
New York, Harper Collins, 2010
445 pp. $9.99
On June 6, 1944 on the beaches of Normandy, more than 160,000 Allied troops set foot upon the calm beaches of Normandy, a place where, by the end of the assault, would leave more than 4,400 Allies dead and countless more wounded or taken prisoner. The defending side, the Germans, lost between 4,000 and 9,000 of their own, the deaths of their men hurting both sides greatly. Now to think that the answer to chan...more
Will he get the information back to Berlin? In fact, we know he didn't, because it's all history. That's the vital...more
The backdrop is quite an interesting one with Germa...more
Eye of the Needle is the story that was set up in the period of second world war with the German Master Spy ‘Die Nadel’ (or ‘The Needle’), MI5 officers Godliman, Bloggs and a young lady Lucy...more
When i started this book my dad mentioned that i would find myself rooting for both sides, Faber and MI5. I was doubtful because Henr...more
This is a World War II based spy story, or at least there seems to be a spy story b...more
"The later years of the war had produced a different kind of RAF officer Bloggs thought, as he sat on a soft chair in the scramble room, close to the fire, listening to the rain drumming on the tin roof and intermittenltly dozing. The Battle of Britain pilots had seemed incorrigibly cheerful, with their undergraduate slang, their perpetual drinking, their tirelessness and their cavalier disregard...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
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