Apples Carstairs Books In Publication Order
- The Big Black (1974)
- The Big Needle (1975)
- The Big Hit (1975)
Piers Roper Books In Publication Order
- Shakeout (1975)
- The Bear Raid (1982)
Kingsbridge Books In Publication Order
- The Pillars of the Earth (1989)
- World Without End (2007)
- A Column of Fire (2017)
- The Evening and the Morning (2020)
Century Trilogy Books In Publication Order
- Fall of Giants (2010)
- Winter of the World (2012)
- Edge of Eternity (2014)
Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- Amok (As: Bernard L. Ross) (1976)
- The Modigliani Scandal (1976)
- The Mystery Hideout (1976)
- The Power Twins (1976)
- Paper Money (1977)
- Capricorn One (As: Bernard L. Ross) (1978)
- Eye of the Needle / Storm Island (1978)
- Triple (1979)
- The Key to Rebecca (1980)
- The Man from St. Petersburg (1982)
- Lie Down with Lions (1986)
- Night Over Water (1991)
- A Dangerous Fortune (1993)
- A Place Called Freedom (1995)
- The Third Twin (1996)
- The Hammer of Eden (1998)
- Code to Zero (2000)
- Jackdaws (2001)
- Hornet Flight (2002)
- Whiteout (2004)
- Never (2021)
Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order
- Under the Streets of Nice: Heist of the Century (With: Rene L. Maurice) (1978)
- The Gentlemen of 16 July (With: F-stop Fitzgerald) (1978)
- On Wings of Eagles (1984)
- Bad Faith (2017)
- Notre-Dame (2019)
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Ken Follett Books Overview
Successful, pleasure loving Chad Carstairs risks his fortune, his future, and his life to seek revenge on the powerful members of the world’s deadliest criminal conspiracy. Reissue. NYT.
Ken Follett is known worldwide as the master of split second suspense, but his most beloved and bestselling book tells the magnificent tale of a twelfth century monk driven to do the seemingly impossible: build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has ever known. Everything readers expect from Follett is here: intrigue, fast paced action, and passionate romance. But what makes The Pillars of the Earth extraordinary is the time the twelfth century; the place feudal England; and the subject the building of a glorious cathedral. Follett has re created the crude, flamboyant England of the Middle Ages in every detail. The vast forests, the walled towns, the castles, and the monasteries become a familiar landscape. Against this richly imagined and intricately interwoven backdrop, filled with the ravages of war and the rhythms of daily life, the master storyteller draws the reader irresistibly into the intertwined lives of his characters into their dreams, their labors, and their loves: Tom, the master builder; Aliena, the ravishingly beautiful noblewoman; Philip, the prior of Kingsbridge; Jack, the artist in stone; and Ellen, the woman of the forest who casts a terrifying curse. From humble stonemason to imperious monarch, each character is brought vividly to life. The building of the cathedral, with the almost eerie artistry of the unschooled stonemasons, is the center of the drama. Around the site of the construction, Follett weaves a story of betrayal, revenge, and love, which begins with the public hanging of an innocent man and ends with the humiliation of a king. At once a sensuous and endearing love story and an epic that shines with the fierce spirit of a passionate age, The Pillars of the Earth is without a doubt Ken Follett’s masterpiece.
On the day after Halloween, in the year 1327, four children slip away from the cathedral city of Kingsbridge. They are a thief, a bully, a boy genius and a girl who wants to be a doctor. In the forest they see two men killed. As adults, their lives will be braided together by ambition, love, greed and revenge. They will see prosperity and famine, plague and war. One boy will travel the world but come home in the end; the other will be a powerful, corrupt nobleman. One girl will defy the might of the medieval church; the other will pursue an impossible love. And always they will live under the long shadow of the unexplained killing they witnessed on that fateful childhood day. Ken Follett’s masterful epic ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ enchanted millions of readers with its compelling drama of war, passion and family conflict set around the building of a cathedral. Now ‘World Without End‘ takes the readers back to medieval Kingsbridge two centuries later, as the men, women and children of the city once again grapple with the devastating sweep of historical change. ‘Follett’s storytelling skills keep you compulsively turning the pages to the satisfactory ending of good triumphant over evil’ ‘Daily Mail’.
Ken Follett’s World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep, beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh as they move through the world shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women’s suffrage. Thirteen year old Billy Williams enters a man’s world in the Welsh mining pits…
Gus Dewar, an American law student rejected in love, finds a surprising new career in Woodrow Wilson’s White House…
two orphaned Russian brothers, Grigori and Lev Peshkov, embark on radically different paths half a world apart when their plan to emigrate to America falls afoul of war, conscription, and revolution…
Billy’s sister, Ethel, a housekeeper for the aristocratic Fitzherberts, takes a fateful step above her station, while Lady Maud Fitzherbert herself crosses deep into forbidden territory when she falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German embassy in London…
These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as, in a saga of unfolding drama and intriguing complexity, Fall of Giants moves seamlessly from Washington to St. Petersburg, from the dirt and danger of a coal mine to the glittering chandeliers of a palace, from the corridors of power to the bedrooms of the mighty. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion. It is destined to be a new classic. In future volumes of The Century Trilogy, subsequent generations of the same families will travel through the great events of the rest of the twentieth century, changing themselves and the century itself. With passion and the hand of a master, Follett brings us into a world we thought we knew, but now will never seem the same again.
Modigliani. Unarguably one of the greatest artists who ever lived. Modigliani’s women. Those elongated, haunting figures, as eternally provocative as the Mona Lisa. Adn Modigliani’s missing masterpiece. A priceless lost treasure or a chillingly dangerous game? Up and coming artist Peter Usher has still to exhibit anywhere, still to make even the most modest mark on the London art scene. But as rumour turns to reality, Usher finds himself caught up in a race to uncover the shadowy figures behind a breathtaking scam. Will art genius ever be rewarded? Will the brush prove more deadly than the gun?
Crime, high finance and journalism all are interconnected in this early thriller by the author of On Wings of Eagles, Lie Down with Lions and The Key to Rebecca. In one suspenseful, action packed day, fortunes change hands as the Evening Post’s ambitious young reporter scrambles to crack the story. A suicidal junior minister, an avaricious tycoon, and a seasoned criminal with his team of tough ‘lads’ all play their parts in a scheme that moves ‘Paper Money‘ around at a dizzying pace.
His weapon is the stiletto, his codename: The Needle. He is Hitler’s prize undercover agent a cold and professional killer. It is 1944 and weeks before D Day. The Allies are disguising their invasion plans with a phoney armada of ships and planes. Their plan would be ruined if an enemy agent found out…
and then The Needle does just that. Hunted by MI5, he leads a murderous trail across Britain to a waiting U Boat. But he hasn’t planned for a storm battered island, and the remarkable young woman who lives there. ‘Eye of the Needle’, an international bestseller, is a heart racingly exciting tale about the fate of the war resting in the hands of a master spy, his opponent and a brave woman. ‘An absolutely terrific thriller, so pulse pounding, so ingenious in its plotting and so frighteningly realistic that you simply cannot stop reading’ ‘Publishers Weekly’. ‘A tense, marvellously detailed suspense thriller based on a solid foundation of fact’ ‘Sunday Times’.
EGYPT where, hidden deep in the desert, a top secret project to build a nuclear plant that will give the Arabs the bomb nears completion…
ISRAEL where the Mossad’s top agent, Nat Dickstein, a master of disguise and deceit, is given an impossible mission: to beat the Arabs in the arms race by finding and stealing 200 tons of uranium without any other nation discovering the theft…
RUSSIA where top KGB officials have decided to tip the atomic balance in Egypt’s favor…
ENGLAND where Dickstein makes what could be the fatal mistake of his career by falling under the seductive spell of Suzie Ashford, the dazzling, dark haired beauty who may be his dearest ally or his deadliest enemy…
THE HIGH SEAS where the Mossad, KGB, Egyptians, and Fedayeen terrorists play out the final violent, bloody moves in a devastating game where the price of failure is nuclear holocaust…
Set in North Africa, summer 1942, during Rommel’s campaign against the British. This is the story of Alex Wolff, master spy, who treks across the Sahara and covertly enters the plot ridden streets of wartime Cairo. And of Major Vandam, the British officer who is on Wolff’s trail, sworn to destroy him. Wolff’s mission is to steal British military plans and send them to Rommel, using a code whose key is buried in the pages of Daphne du Maurier’s novel Rebecca. As Rommel’s troops come closer to victory, Vandam edges closer to Wolff and the crucial key. There are incredible chase scenes: a motorcycle hurtling through blacked out Cairo; the flash of a knife, a gush of hot blood, and the fleeting shadow of an escaping assassin; a harrowing race against death and a speeding train. Follett builds tension and suspense to a screaming pitch as he follows the adversaries across the internal desert to a confrontation as startling as it is explosive.
Follet’s sensational bestseller is set just before the outbreak of World War I, when Britain must enlist the aid of Russia. Czar Nicholas’ nephew is to visit London for secret naval talks with Lord Walden, who has lived in Russia and has a Russian wife, Lydia. But there are other people who are interested in the arrival of Prince Alexei: the Waldens’ only daughter, Charlotte wilful, idealistic, and with an awakening social conscience; Basil Thomson, head of the Special Branch; and, above all, Feliks Kschessinsky, the ruthless Russian anarchist. But little did anyone suspect that Lydia should recognise Feliks, or that she might put her own daughter’s life at risk for his sake. As the secret negotiations progress, the destinies of these characters become ineluctably enmeshed. And, as Europe prepares for the catastrophe of war, the final private tragedy which will shatter the complacency of the Waldens is acted out.
Ellis, the American. Jean Pierre, the Frenchman. They were two men on opposite sides of the cold war, with a woman torn between them. Together, they formed a triangle of passion and deception, racing from terrorist bombs in Paris to the violence and intrigue of Afghanistan to the moment of truth and deadly decision for all of them ‘A deadly romantic triangle, a clandestine mission with global stakes, an exotic location, a plot as gripping and ingenious as Eye of the Needle…
engineered to perfection with breathless acceleration. I couldn’t put it down!’ Los Angeles Times ‘Masterful…
plot and counterplot, treachery, cunning and killing…
keep you on edge every moment’ Associated Press
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 scientist escaping from the Na*zis; a murderer under FBI escort; a beautiful young woman heading for a new life; and a handsome, charming, unscrupulous thief.
They will be in the air for thirty hours, soothed by the carpeted lounges, the curtained beds, the gourmet dining room, and the endless champagne. But once inside the flying palace there is no escape. Over the Atlantic, the Clipper’s passengers are gripped by mounting fear and tension as their journey reaches the point of no return.
In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student’s circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh’s older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives. From the exclusive men’s clubs that cater to every dark desire of England’s upper clas*ses to the luxurious ballrooms of the manipulators of the world’s wealth, Follett conjures up a stunning panorama of intrigue. A Dangerous Fortune brings us characters swept toward a perilous climax where greed, fed by the shocking truth of a young man’s death, must be stopped or the dreams of a nation will die.
A Place Called Freedom begins in the infernal coal mines of the Jamisson family, in the Scottish highlands, where twenty one year old Mack McAsh spends most of his waking hours. Bound to his employer for life, Mack burns with an insatiable desire to escape. He finds an unlikely ally in Lizzie Hallim, the beautiful, willful young aristocratic woman who yearns for independence in a male dominated society. Mack’s hunger for freedom brings him into conflict again and again with the harsh rulers of eighteenth century Britain. Accused of riot a capital crime Mack becomes one of the thousands of convicts who are shipped to the American colonies, to work as slaves for seven long years. With its vivid, fascinating portrayal of the colorful streets of London and the endless landscapes of the New World, plus an unforgettable cast of heroes and villains, lovers, and rebels, hypocrites, hell raisers, and who*res, A Place Called Freedom is a magnificent epic of love, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
The study of twins and the genetics of aggression totally consumes research scientist Jeannie Ferrami. An accomplished and headstrong researcher, Jeannie has developed a sophisticated software program to identify identical twins reared apart. But Jeannie’s breakthrough project is threatened by the appearance of a sudden impossibility identical twins born weeks apart to different mothers at separate locations. When Jeannie’s research assistant, Lisa, is raped, Steve Logan, a young law student who is one of Jeannie’s research subjects, is identified in a police lineup as Lisa’s attacker. Logan’s genetic tests reveal no violent behavior patterns. Then Jeannie stumbles upon the beginnings of a stunning revelation. Logan is unaware of the existence of a criminal twin brother in jail. Jeannie is convinced of Steve’s innocence, yet her judgment may be clouded by her growing emotional attachment to him. By now Jeannie’s problems are mounting. Berrington Jones, Jeannie’s arrogant and intimidating boss, is a world renowned authority on biotechnical engineering. He and his partners are involved in devious but lucrative negotiations to sell Genetco, their biogenetic research company. Jeannie’s research poses a major threat to their impending millions. Jones arranges to have Jeannie fired. Stunned and feeling helpless, Jeannie doesn’t understand why this has happened to her. With Steve and his brother in jail, who is committing these sex crimes? While acting on a hunch that might solve the mystery surrounding Steve and his brother’s birth, Jeannie is violently attacked by yet another twin who looks exactly like Steve. Determined to protect her research program and convinced her former boss has something important to hide, a terrified Jeannie has no other choice but to find out why Jones and his partners will stop at nothing to discredit her work.
Read bestselling author Ken Follett in Large Print About Random House Large PrintAll Random House Large Print Editions are published in a 16 point typeface. Ken Follett hits the top of his form with The Hammer of Eden, a state of the art suspense thriller to rival his best. When controversial radio talk host John Truth broadcasts a terrorist threat of a man made earthquake, few people take it seriously. Crackerjack young FBI agent Judy Maddox is assigned to track down the elusive, sinister group called The Hammer of Eden. Judy’s boss, who has a grudge against her, thinks he has given her a waste of time assignment. But Judy’s research leads her to maverick seismologist Michael Quercus, who gives her the shocking news that it might just be possible for an earthquake to be deliberately triggered. And when a tremor in a remote California desert shows evidence of being machine generated, Judy knows the threat is terrifyingly real. Suddenly in charge of a life or death investigation, Judy must pinpoint the terrorists’ next target, with the help of the erratic but attractive Michael. Their compelling romantic drama is played out as they race to beat the terrorist deadline and prevent an unthinkable disaster. Unknown to them, Michael’s estranged wife, gorgeous but angry, has fallen under the spell of a clever, sexy cult leader called Priest and they have stolen from Michael’s computer the key data that enables The Hammer of Eden to carry out their cataclysmic threat. Worse still, Michael’s son is with his wife and under the control of Priest. All of them are in mortal jeopardy as Judy and Michael fight to save San Francisco from being brought down in ruins. Ken Follett became a best selling author in 1978 with the publication of Eye of the Needle, which won the Edgar award and became a major motion picture. He has since written numerous other best selling thrillers and historical novels, including The Third Twin, and A Place Called Freedom.
January, 1958: America’s best hope in the space race the Explorer I satellite sits on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral. And when a man wakes that morning only to discover his memory erased and his life in danger, the only way he can reclaim his own identity and find those responsible is to remember the terrible secret that they forced him to forget. A secret that could destroy the Explorer I and America’s future. ‘This spy thriller is Follett at his best…
‘ People ‘Gripping.’ The New York Times ‘Starts off fast and never slows down…
A rousing story that never flags.’ Chicago Tribune
D Day is approaching. They don’t know where or when, but the Germans know it’ll be soon, and for Felicity ‘Flick’ Clariet, the stakes have never been higher. A senior agent in the ranks of the Special Operations Executive SOE responsible for sabotage, Flick has survived to become oe of Britain’s most effective operatives in Northern France. She knows that the Germans’ ability to thwart the Allied attack depends upon their lines of communications, and in the days before the invasion no target is of greater strategic importance than the largest telephone exchange in Europe. But when Flick and her Resistance leader husband try a direct, head on assault that goes horribly wrong, her world turns upside down. Her group destroyed, her husband missing, her superiors unsure of her, her own confidence badly shaken, she has one last chance at the target, but the challenge, once daunting, is now near impossible. The new plan requires an all woman team, none of them professionals, to be assembled and trained within days. Code named the Jackdaws, they will attempt to infiltrate the exchange under the noses of the Germans but the Germans are waiting for them now and have plans of their own. There are secrets Flick does not know secrets within the German ranks, secrets among her hastily recruited team, secrets among those she trusts the most. And as the hours tick down to the point of no return, most daunting of all, there are secrets within herself…
. Filled with the powerful storytelling, unforgettable characters, and authentic detail that have become his hallmarks, Jackdaws is Ken Follett writing at the height of his powers.
Ken Follett the master of suspense follows his bestsellers Jackdaws and Code to Zero with an extraordinary novel of the early days of World War II. It is June 1941 and the war is not going well for England. Somehow, the Germans are anticipating the RAF’s flight paths, and shooting down British bombers with impunity. Hermia Mount, an intelligence analyst with MI6, wonders if the Germans could have perfected a radar system like the one the British themselves are struggling to achieve but that notion itself is shot down, by her own bosses. Preposterous, she is told; stick with what she knows. But, still, she wonders. Across the North Sea, eighteen year old Harald Olufsen takes a shortcut across the German occupied Danish island of Fano on his homemade motorcycle, and comes across an astonishing sight. He doesn’t know what it is, but he knows he must tell someone. In Copenhagen, police detective and collaborator Peter Flemming searches his list of known troublemakers. The Germans are determined to discover who is smuggling information, and an idea has just come to him. This could even mean a promotion…
. In the weeks to come, their lives and the lives of those close to them will intertwine, and for Harald in particular, it will be a time of trial. For when he finally learns the truth, it will all fall upon him to deliver the word to England except that he has no way to get there. He has only an old derelict Hornet Moth biplane rusting away in the nave of a ruined church: a plane so decrepit that it is unlikely ever to get off the ground…
even if Harald knew how to fly it. Filled with knife edge suspense and rich, tantalizing characters, this is Ken Follett writing at the top of his form unforgettable storytelling from an unforgettable writer.
Like no other suspense author in his genre, Follett reinvents the thriller with each new storyline. But nothing matches the intricate, knife edge drama of Whiteout.
A missing canister of a deadly virus. A lab technician bleeding from the eyes. Toni Gallo, the security director of a Scottish medical research firm, knows she has problems, but she has no idea of the nightmare to come.
As a Christmas Eve blizzard whips out of the north, several people converge on a remote family house. Stanley Oxenford, the research company’s director, has everything riding on the drug he is developing to fight the virus but he isn t the only one: His grown children, who have come to spend Christmas, have their eyes on the money it will bring; Toni Gallo, forced to resign from the police department in disgrace, is betting her career on keeping the drug safe; a local television reporter, determined to move up, has sniffed the story, even if he has to bend the facts to tell it; and a violent trio of thugs is on its way to steal it for a client already waiting though what the client really has in mind is something that will shock them all.
As the storm worsens, the emotional sparks jealousies, distrust, sexual attraction, rivalries crackle; desperate secrets are revealed; hidden traitors and unexpected heroes emerge. Filled with startling twists at every turn, Whiteout rockets Follett to a class by himself.
In 1976, Albert Spaggiari robbed a bank in Nice by digging a tunnel from the city sewer system into the bank. He and his gang cleared out $8 10 million in gold, jewelry, gems and cash reserves. Spaggieri, after escaping from the French police, retired to a ranch in Argentina. In 1989, Spaggiari again made the international headlines when he died mysteriously, never revealing the location of the loot. Follett and Maurice deliver the breathtakingly compelling story of Spaggiari and the most outrageous theft of the century. 4 cassettes.
‘Here is the gripping, astonishing story of the most remarkable bank thief and his coup heard ’round the world. He is Europe’s enigmatic modern Robin Hood, a most cavalier and stylish and successful bank robber, Albert Spaggiari. Rene Louis Maurice is the pseudonym of three French journalists, Ken Follett is the author of the bestselling novels ‘Eye of the Needle’ and ‘Triple’.’
When two of his American employees were held hostage in a heavily guarded prison fortress in Iran, one man took matters into his own hands: American businessman H. Ross Perot. His team consisted of a group of volunteers from the executive ranks of his corporation, hand picked and trained by a retired Green Beret officer. To free the imprisoned Americans, they would face incalculable odds on a mission that only true heroes would have dared
Superb Ken Follett’s fans may be reluctant to see him return to fiction. The New York Times Book Review
A marvelous, rare, terrific read as exciting as a novel. USA Today