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Night over Water Paperback – Illustrated, April 6, 2004
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"Excruciatingly taut . . . his best since Eye of the Needle." —Publishers Weekly
"Follett is a master." —The Washington Post Book World
"Few authors deliver as consistently as Follett." —Pittsburgh Press
"Follett really knows how to tell a story." —The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
About the Author
Ken Follett is one of the world’s best-loved authors, selling more than 160 million copies of his thirty books. Follett’s first bestseller was Eye of the Needle, a spy story set in the Second World War.
In 1989 The Pillars of the Earth was published, and has since become the author’s most successful novel. It reached number one on bestseller lists around the world and was an Oprah’s Book Club pick.
Its sequels, World Without End and A Column of Fire, proved equally popular, and the Kingsbridge series has sold 38 million copies worldwide.
Follett lives in Hertfordshire, England, with his wife Barbara. Between them they have five children, six grandchildren, and three Labradors.
- Publisher : Penguin Books; Illustrated edition (April 6, 2004)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0451211472
- ISBN-13 : 978-0451211477
- Item Weight : 1.02 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.45 x 0.98 x 8.36 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #203,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I found the well researched details of this aeronautical aberration to be of great interest. The Clipper was enormous, a grand hotel with a staff to match. It was certainly a far cry from the cattle car conditions of today.
The most fun was following the plans of a hustling English jewel thief who had slipped out of town before being caught with a set of fine cuff links. On board the plane, far greater booty, a unique set of ruby and diamonds owned by the fascist’s wife. Naturally there are complications, in the form of the fascist’s younger daughter, a spunky but conflicted lass who represents everything the thief aspires to.
Add to this romantic dance a businesswoman trying to win control of the family company from her double-dealing brother and a wife fleeing with her lover from her dull husband, and you have a lot of action in a confined space.
Without giving any spoilers, the ending delighted me and is worth the whole long journey across the Atlantic.
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So this was my type of book and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. Ok perhaps the denouement was a little too obvious, and maybe in some ways it all feels a little too Murder on the Orient Expressy, but the Pan Am Clipper setting is great; the characters are a fascinating mix, the sort you only ever find between the pages of a novel; and the storyline is attention holding even if it lacks twists and turns. But all in all I thought it was great (and yes, as other reviewers have pointed out, there is a lot of sex).
Some sex scenes very graphic make this book for adult only readers that I think is a shame as the story could have been enjoyed by a younger range of readers as well.
Overall a good book , 4 stars instead of 5 because the end was a bit rushed and lacked a bit of a kick to make memorable on my opinion.
Fascist sympathisers, arrested mobsters, Rusian princesses, movie stars, escaped Jewish scientists, and runaway thieves share the flight, all offering potentialities of being involved in the finale, and while you will not be kept guessing throughout (some clues are stronger than others), they form a sufficiently eclectic set of characters to make the book easy and exciting to read.
Some aspects may be a bit dubious, with several of the passengers displaying personality traits much more modern than expected in the late 1930s, and most of them being fairly sexually adventurous. It also has some inaccuracies and not all the characters end up playing a role (so sticklers for detail may derive some less pleasure) but overall these issues do not sem to detract from the enjoyment too much in my opinion.
Overall a good summer read, with sufficient action, good pace and readable language - in fact so readable that one will get through the 640 pages in no time.