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Edge of Eternity

(The Century Trilogy #3)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  89,228 ratings  ·  6,691 reviews
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:
Hardcover, First Edition, 1098 pages
Published September 16th 2014 by Dutton Adult
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Bevan Lewis Follett has a left wing perspective. I think you have to have some perspective to make historic fiction interesting, otherwise it ends up being a text…moreFollett has a left wing perspective. I think you have to have some perspective to make historic fiction interesting, otherwise it ends up being a textbook. Is he inaccurate? Is it 'revisionist' whatever that means (presumably falsely changing the historic record?)?
I would answer no. More 'liberal' figures like Kennedy are shown with their flaws, hesitations and their pragmatic political decisions which often are contrary to what you might argue is the morally right thing to do. His hesitation at taking action over segregation is well portrayed.
Equally Nixon's positive actions (recognition of China etc) are pointed out, as is his deception and corruption. Reagan is not such a central 'character' in the story but the hawkish arms buildup, and Bush's failure to act strategically as communism crumbled (aiding the Soviet hawks by threatening to build up weapons) are all factual.
I think we need to hear some examples of falsity, or relevant facts that disprove his perspective.(less)
Jen I agree with Sarah, I think it's quite well known that he really did have a number of affairs. I believe Maria's story is loosely based on the true st…moreI agree with Sarah, I think it's quite well known that he really did have a number of affairs. I believe Maria's story is loosely based on the true story of Mimi Alford, a White House intern who had an affair with JFK.

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Oct 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
The characters in this book unlike characters in his previous books (that I really enjoyed) are caricatures. Follett lets his liberal politics come though with no subtlety - all the blacks are good all whites are evil and bad-intentioned.

I'm sorry to have wasted my time reading this left-wing drivel.

Very disappointing given the talented storyteller Follett can be.
Sep 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Sadly not nearly as well written as the previous books in this trilogy. The first third was as we're used to, descriptive and captivating. The rest seemed like he was in a hurry to finish, and is rushed and padded with a lot of clumsy sex. Very sad, I was so excited for the at installment and was left wanting better. ...more
Dana Ilie
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ken Follett believes in the power of a good story. And he harbors no doubt about attention spans in an era when people avert their eyes to smartphone screens approximately every 1.2 seconds.
Ken Follett again tackles great chucks of history in Edge of Eternity, the final installment in his Century Trilogy, which covers 1961 through 1989, and includes such epic events as Vietnam, Kennedy’s assassination, the Civil Rights movement, the Cold War and the fall of Communism. Follett also takes on two p
May 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
Bleh... I hated this book! What a load of liberal revisionist history.

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
Oct 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Review contains SPOILERS. Don't read further if you don't want some plot details spoiled.

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
Sep 15, 2014 rated it liked it
First off, I cannot review this book without spoilers, so please, please read at your own risk.


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
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
very strong first part covering roughly 1961 - 1963 (Berlin wall, fight for Civil Rights, the Cuban missile crisis), but then the novel starts scattering and after a while becomes almost an encyclopedia like recital of what happens as it follows the diverse group of characters until 1989

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
cindy stenzel
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
so many world events took place during the time period of this book that it felt like the characters were forced into the story rather than the story being built around the characters.
Gary Branson
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
It pains me to give a Follett a low rating; however, this just wasn't good. Stock characters against the political background of the last half of the 20th century just made this story too long. And where was England in all of this turmoil? Not one single mention of Margaret Thatcher. Seemed to be forcing a particular political agenda also... As I said about the second book in the trilogy, too broad a canvas to be effective. ...more
Kelly Hubbard
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I can't wait to read this book! Fall of Giants and Winter of the World were so good I could hardly put them down. ...more
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read an advance copy of the third in the Century Trilogy Follett who is probably best know for his thrillers is also a great writer of historical fiction--Pillars of the Earth may be the best piece of historical fiction I ever read. Edge of Eternity is not far behind. It is the monumental (1100 pages in my copy) of a monumental time --1961 to 1989. The book was like reading a movie ( I mean that in a good way), story flowed, the characters flowed, it just worked. Granted lots of literary licen ...more
Lovemybooks2020 Cindy Ward
Long, long long and boooooring. I would say the first of this trilogy was the best...the second was only ok, and this one was not very good. I just didn't care about the characters, what happened, etc. It was not suspenseful or engaging. Sorry Ken Follett, I love you but not this book! ...more
Oct 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
After reading well over 3,000 pages of feel totally invested in a story. At least this writer does that for me. I cared deeply about these characters. It's funny....when I read a Follett novel......I dream about the characters while I sleep at night, as if they are real people. That's how powerful this trilogy was for me. And out of the 3 this one I could most relate to, because I was born in 1959,and the things happening in it up to 2008, I saw on the news. I lived it, I experie ...more
Terry Fazio
Oct 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
Thought it was adolescent. I have read other books of Follet's and this one read as if someone else wrote it. Perhaps it is because I lived through this era, that there was a knowing of the linear plot, but I just don't think it was well written. Sorry. No recommendations here. ...more
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

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
Andrew Obrigewitsch
Not as good as the first two books. And not because I am irrationally offended when someone doesn't praise the all mighty Ronald Reagan.

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
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
WOW. Ken Follett continues to produce great novels. The third book in the Century Trilogy is bookended by the creation and destruction of the Berlin Wall, symbolizing the rise and fall of communism. But the book has so much more, covering the civil rights movement, concluding with the election of Barack Obama. Follett also integrates the key political figures, assassinations, protests, and strife of the past 50 years. But, what really makes the novel are the great characters he has created and t ...more
Oct 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
Worth the time to finish just to say I did it, but not even close to the quality of its precursors. I am a big fan of Follett's previous work. Pillars of the Earth is up there with the best books written in the last few decades. Sadly, though it gets off to a good start, Edge of Eternity fizzles fast, becoming repetitive and predictable. Characters patronizingly summarize and re-summarize their lives like a 6th grade history teacher trying to prep students for a test. Connections between real an ...more
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
What a sensational series to begin 2015 reading!!!

Follett ties up the Century Trilogy with the best novel yet, Edge of Eternity. Tackling the largest historical arc, Follett brings his characters to life at a time when the world saw epic change, continuing storylines from past novels and adding new layers with another generation of characters to push the trilogy ahead. Follett continues to follow five intertwined families through the major social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s thr
Robert Bilicki
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have read almost all of Ken Follett's books. They are great stories.

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.
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was ok

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.
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Edge of Eternity reads like a Young Adult fiction. Plot lines follow the same routine as the last two books. All love angles seem forced in awkwardly. Very disappointing.

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

Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 stars

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
Tom LA
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
This is the third and final - and worst - installation of the "Century Trilogy" by Ken Follett. I listened to the audiobook, read with too much pomp and too little warmth by the actor, sounding like an anchorman from the '50s.

I was liking the book until about half way through, but the second part turned into a YA novel and went seriously downhill.

Be warned: there is no real, 360 degrees history here. Most of it is over-simplified, cartoonish history, as seen through heavily left-leaning eyes.

Dana Kenedy (Dana and the Books)
In big multi POV stories you always have that one character who's chapters you can't stand and slog through just to get to the good characters. That dude was Dimka. Dimka sucked.

For me, George Jakes carried the book. He was definitely the strongest and most interesting character of the bunch.
Oct 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
Really awful. Who knew that Israel was responsible for the birth of Hezbollah? Who knew that Ronald Reagan and his policies had nothing to do with the fall of communism? The blacks are noble, and the white males are bad. The most racist comment in the book is when a black woman, and a major heroine of the book, refers to a young white man and a "white boy", and yet it is not even noted. The liberal tendentiousness is pervasive, but the writing itself is even worse. Improbable and awkward sex fil ...more
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Just finished Winter of the World, and I cannot wait for the next one!
Deborah Knight
Nov 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
SPOILER ALERT! DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW UNLESS YOU ARE RIGHT OF CENTER...AND DO NOT READ THE BOOK UNLESS YOU'RE LEFT OF KARL MARX. I loved the first two books in this series and waited impatiently for two years for this one to be released. What a huge disappointment. It became apparent very early on that Follett was heading in the wrong direction. Rather than create a thrilling story about the conflicts and triumphs of the five intriguing families we met in the previous books, he offers a left-wi ...more
I found the first book in the series completely enjoyable, by the second I felt like the end would never come. Curiosity kept me going with the third installment but I must say, walking away at the end of the first would have been most satisfying.
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Ken Follett is one of the world’s most successful authors. Over 170 million copies of the 36 books he has written have been sold in over 80 countries and in 33 languages.

Born on June 5th, 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 – later to be made a Fellow of t

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