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“Highly imaginative…fascinating.” —The Washington Post
“A sizzling narrative…Follett is a master.”—Time
“A literally earth-shaking confrontation.”—The New York Times
“Masterful…first class…a grand slam home run.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books (March 6, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330352288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330352284
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (376 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ken Follett was only twenty-seven when he wrote the award-winning EYE OF THE NEEDLE, which became an international bestseller. His celebrated PILLARS OF THE EARTH was voted into the top 100 of Britain's best-loved books in the BBC's the Big Read and the sequel, WORLD WITHOUT END, will be published in Autumn 2007. He has since written several equally successful novels including, most recently, WHITEOUT. He is also the author of non-fiction bestseller ON WINGS OF EAGLES. He lives with his family in London and Hertfordshire.

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It has very interesting characters and a great story.
Charles Beymer
This book was certainly riveting and entertaining, but it was a bit too formulaic for my taste, and the characters either too predictable or too shallow.
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They keep my interest on every page and I find them hard to put down.

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197 of 200 people found the following review helpful By Tiggah on August 20, 2002
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So far as captivating page-turners go, few writers of popular fiction can top Ken Follett when he is at his best, and though I've not read all his novels, I definitely consider Triple (a political thriller) to be one of the best of those I've read. (Other favourites of mine are A Dangerous Fortune and The Third Twin--and I am eager to read The Pillars of the Earth).
Briefly (and without giving anything away), the plot centres around three secret agents--one from Israel's Mossad, one from Russia's KGB, and one from Egypt's Intelligence Agency. It involves the arms race between the Israelis and the Arabs and takes place in 1968. I really can say no more other than to mention that one of these groups has an idea for ensuring that it remains a competitor in that race, and the method the agent has for bringing that idea to fruition (and this is what the novel is all about) is complex and really quite ingenious.
Stripped to its most basic level, this could be said to be something of a cat and mouse story. However, there is so very much more to it than that, for Follett is a master storyteller who not only excels in deftly handling relationships between individuals (no mean feat in itself!) but is simply brilliant at creating characters that the reader cares about and hence in writing novels that one hates to reach the end of.
Though not a light read, this novel is certainly enlightening. I, for one, learned a fair bit about Middle Eastern politics and something about nuclear weaponry. Further, I felt Follett did a splendid job of conveying the political situation from the points of view of both the Israelis and the Palestinians in a manner that simultaneously evoked both sympathy for and censure of both sides.
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61 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Robert Schlenker on December 21, 2008
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Follett takes a set of not quite believable characters and blends them together into a story that flows smoothly. If you like espionage, intrigue and sex mixed in with a little Mafia, a touch of academia, a smidgen of nuclear threat, and the high seas, you'll probably like this book. As in so many modern American novels, the firm porn (midway between soft and hard) is a little monotonous unless you happen to have a bit of the peeping Tom in you. Like so much in this fantastic story it is contrived but folded smoothly into the storyline. When I began skipping over the heavy breathing and anatomical explorations the story improved measurably.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 15, 2001
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Ken Follett is one of the best "bestseller" authors around. And he's versatile--check out Pillars of the Earth, which couldn't be more different than this book, Triple.
Triple centers on Nat Dickstein, who is working for the Israelis with the seemingly impossible task of stealing a sizable amount of uranium. Dickstein's exceedingly clever plan keeps you turning the pages, as do the counter-efforts of the Russians and Arab agents who want to derail his plan. The main characters are well-developed and multi-sided--and the "bad guys" are not just cookie-cutter heavies--they have their sympathetic side as well. Which, I think, is what kept me from putting the book down until I finished it. Great reading for a vacation, trip or just relaxation.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Robert N. Schroeter on May 5, 2003
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One of Follett's first spy-thrillers - Triple - is a typical cat and mouse spy novel, which is characterized by many dynamic characters all of which play a big and even role in the plot. From all ends of the political and religious spectrum - Follett introduces various characters right in the beginning of the novel with an unlikely meeting of future foes. The story begins at Oxford University in London England, where a group of students participate in political discussions. What they don't know is that their political differences will some day become more than just political differences. Eventually they'll all be at different ends of the race for nuclear weapons in the mid-East.
I enjoyed the novel profoundly. It was a very good weekend page-turner, and I would suggest it to anyone who admires Follett's work. The reason I'm giving it 4 stars is because I've read more recent work of his including the Key to Rebecca, the Pillars of the Earth, and A Dangerous Fortune - All three much deserving of 5 stars. Although a great novel, I still must limit Triple to 4 stars because it's not quite on the level of entertainment as those aforementioned. The writing style of Follett is unique and he produces great stories with awesome skill. If you have not read those three novels I've mentioned, please take time to read them. You'll be incredibly entertained if you were to read any of them - with my personal favorite being The Pillars of the Earth.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Claudio Di Gregorio on May 25, 2008
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An Israeli agent is ordered by his government to obtain radioactive materials so Israel could build its own bomb. The bosses don't know where and how to get them. The agent should figure it out by himself. To make matters worse, he should steal the stuff in a way no one would ever suspect Israel has the materials.
Of course, the bad guys and the Americans are also around, to complicate the plot even more.
An extremely intelligent premise: a mission against all odds.
A digression: I rate this Follett's book second only to Pillars of The Earth or The Eye of the Needle, and side by side with The Man from St. Petersburg.
In addition to being (in my view) his best plots, each of these four books inaugurated a formula, later somehow repeated by Follett in other books. (For example, The Key to Rebecca or Lie Down with Lions follow the steps of The Eye of the Needle). In this sense, Triple, although a spy story like The Eye... it is also very original.
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