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Night Over Water

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  15,108 Ratings  ·  729 Reviews
On a bright September morning in 1939, two days after Britain declares war on Germany, a group of privileged but desperate people gather in Southhampton to board the largest, most luxurious airliner ever built - the Pan American Clipper - bound for New York.

The passengers include a fascist English aristocrat fleeing with his family and a fortune in jewels; a German scienti
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Published November 25th 2004 by Brilliance Audio (first published September 28th 1991)
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Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars to Ken Follett's Night Over Water. Someone else I know was reading this one and thought it was amazing. I decided to give it a chance. It WAS amazing. I couldn't put it down. All the characters work so well together and I decided I like Ken Follett a lot! This is a definite read if you like suspense and thriller combined with some light romance and a bit of history!

The number of stories that interweave, and the possible connections. And who is actually going to win whose heart. I am ram
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
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
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, romance, ken-follett
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
Noni Wardani
Dec 28, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When I finished reading it, I couldn't help but think to myself: What the...? I enjoyed the first half of the book (it would probably be 4/5 if it continued in a similar fashion) and then with almost every chapter gradually started lowering my rating. I wanted to read a simple, but good thriller, not some trashy porn! Why so many sex scenes? And why the hell do they have to be so tasteless?
The plot sounded interesting at first, but it turned out to be very unconvincing. Most of the charaters and
When I started Night Over Water I wasn't really sure what to expect other than another book about the WWII. So, I was completely surprised to love it almost from the beginning. One of the reasons was because this book reminds soooo much of the Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (that by now you should know I absolutely loooove) - well, the parts that narrate the passengers on the Clipper with no way out reminds me of Christie's novel. The atmosphere is the same, the tension, the mys ...more
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this book, fairly fast read, with lots of different characters and their own agendas. Mr. Follett certainly did his research on the "Clipper" and worked it very well into the story line.

A few twists and turns and a red herring to boot! What got my attention to read this book is that it has a New Brunswick flare to it - later in the book, the events take place in Shediac (of all places) and then the Bay of Fundy, around Grand Manan!

Who are the bad guys - the gangster, the wealthy fascist
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.
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
Christian, Kelanth, Scala
Notte sull'acqua, in originale "Night Over Water" è un romanzo storico thriller del 1991 di Ken Follett, la storia si svolge all'interno dello Yankee Clipper, un gigantesco idrovolante e uno dei primi aerei transoceanici della storia, in grado di trasportare i passeggeri dall'Europa all'America in poche ore. Considerato l'aereo più lussuoso e romantico mai costruito, fu sospeso in seguito allo scoppio della seconda guerra mondiale.

Il romanzo è ambientato nel settembre del 1939, a partire dal gio
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
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: requisitados
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
Christine Blachford
Another Ken Follett classic, I really enjoyed this one. Telling the tale of the one final flight of the Boeing Clipper, crossing the Atlantic from Southampton to New York in various stages and getting more and more dramatic as each stint unfolds.

Firstly you are introduced to all the various characters, and as always it doesn't feel like they could possibly have anything to do with each other. But once onboard the plane and as a dastardly plot starts to unfold, they intertwine in fascinating and
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good thriller with mucho plot twists! Kept me reading most of the day.
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The only good thing about the book were the descriptions of the clipper. It's a shame none of these planes survived.
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Night Over Water by Ken Follett.

Just when I was convinced that I will be giving a negative review about a Ken Follett novel for the first time, he delivers such a block buster ending and an interesting bit of trivia in the afterword(refer pic), that I can't help but love this novel too.
Okay, let me give the bad parts first. This novel is drastically over stretched. It could easily have been at least 150-200 pages shorter. Now, when I read his century trilogy with each novel hovering around the
Cathy Wacksman
I thought this book must have been written by a teenager writing his first book. It was not up to Ken Follett's usual standards. I read over 500 pages in 4 days which tells me it was too easy. He did do his usual great research on the Clipper water airplane.
Julie - Open Books_Open Doors
Loved it the first time...loved it the second. Follett is one of my favorite suspense writers/storytellers.
Toni Cairns
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this book from start to finish. Great, diverse, characters and a plot that had me absorbed from the off. Something of a cliche ending but nothing to stop me saying this has been my favourite book of the year so far.
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was really hard to put this book down, kept you going right to the end. I wanted to be on the Clipper with everybody. Good read!
I don't understand all the negative reviews. At all.

This book was absolutely amazing. Maybe it's just exactly my kind of thing but...I loved it. My favourite characters were probably Harry, Eddie, and Mervyn, even though I didn't like him at all to start with haha. I'm definitely going to be reading more of this author.
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a thriller from Mr. Follett, regarding an overnight flight from England to the United States in 1939, when international tensions are at a flash point and Hitler has begun to actuate his invasion plans. The plane is a gargantuan luxury flying boat, the Boeing 314, also known as the “American Clipper” (more about that later). This is the fictional last flight of this plane, as long concrete runways accommodating larger commercial and military planes will soon make these flying boats obsol ...more
Giovani Bp
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El libro en general me ha gustado y quiero agradecer a la persona que me lo recomendó, hace tiempo que quería leer algo de Ken Follett pero no me animaba xD
Gran Bretaña ha declarado la guerra a Alemania y provoca la migración de cientos de personas, las más afortunadas de las cuales logran hacerlo a bordo un enorme y lujoso hidroavión. A partir de aquí las historias de los personajes se entremezclan y desembocan en un final que, para mi gusto, fue falto de intensidad.
Los personajes tienen person
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
Aug 25, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wwii, fiction
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
Eric Wright
Feb 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: local-library
It’s September, 1939 during the final flight of the legendary Pan-Am clipper. War is breaking out in Europe. 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 debutante longing for freedom from her Nazi-loving and domineering father; a thief with an eye for jewe ...more
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Ken Follett is one of the world’s most successful authors. Over 160 million copies of the 31 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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