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Ken Follett

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Kenneth Martin Follett, (born 5 June 1949) is a Welsh-born author of thrillers and historical novels who has sold more than 160 million copies of his works. Many of his books have achieved high ranking on best seller lists. For example, in the US, many reached the number 1 position on the New York Times Best Seller list, including Edge of Eternity, Fall of Giants, A Dangerous Fortune, The Key to Rebecca, Lie Down with Lions, Triple, Winter of the World, and World Without End. Early life and education Follett was born on 5 June 1949 in Cardiff, Wales. He was the first child of Martin Follett, a tax inspector, and Lavinia (Veenie) Follett, who went on to have two more children, Hannah and James. Barred from watching films and television by his Plymouth Brethren parents, he developed an early interest in reading but remained an indifferent student until he entered his teens. His family moved to London when he was ten years old, and he began applying himself to his studies at Harrow Weald Grammar School and Poole Technical College. He won admission in 1967 to University College London, where he studied philosophy and became involved in centre-left politics. He married Mary, in 1968, and their son Emanuele was born in the same year. After graduation in the autumn of 1970, Follett took a three-month post-graduate course in journalism and went to work as a trainee reporter in Cardiff on the South Wales Echo. In 1973 a daughter, Marie-Claire, was born. Career After three years in Cardiff, he returned to London as a general-assignment reporter for the Evening News. Finding the work unchallenging, he eventually left journalism for publishing and became, by the late 1970s, deputy managing director of the small London publisher Everest Books. He began writing fiction during evenings and weekends as a hobby. Later, he said, he began writing books when he needed extra money to fix his car, and the publishers' advance a fellow journalist had been paid for a thriller was the sum required for the repairs. Further successes Success came gradually at first, but the 1978 publication of Eye of the Needle, which became an international bestseller and sold over 10 million copies, made him both wealthy and internationally famous.Each of Follett's subsequent novels has become a best-seller, ranking high on the New York Times Best Seller list; a number have been adapted for the screen. As of January 2018, he had published 44 books. The first five best sellers were spy thrillers: Eye of the Needle (1978), Triple (1979), The Key to Rebecca (1980), The Man from St. Petersburg (1982) and Lie Down with Lions (1986). On Wings of Eagles (1983) was the true story of how two of Ross Perot's employees were rescued from Iran during the revolution of 1979. 1 The next three novels, Night Over Water (1991), A Dangerous Fortune (1993) and A Place Called Freedom (1995) were more historical than thriller, but he returned to the thriller genre with The Third Twin (1996) which in the Publishing Trends annual survey of international fiction best-sellers for 1997 was ranked no. 2 worldwide, after John Grisham's The Partner. His next work, The Hammer of Eden (1998), was another contemporary suspense story followed by a Cold War thriller, Code to Zero (2000). Follett returned to the Second World War era with his next two novels, Jackdaws (2001), a thriller about a group of women parachuted into France to destroy a vital telephone exchange – which won the Corine Literature Prize for 2003 – and Hornet Flight (2002), about a daring young Danish couple who escape to Britain from occupied Denmark in a rebuilt Hornet Moth biplane with vital information about German radar. Whiteout (2004) is a contemporary thriller about the theft of a deadly virus from a research lab. Kingsbridge series Follett surprised his readers with his first non-spy thriller, The Pillars of the Earth (1989), a novel about building a cathedral in a small English village during the Anarchy in the 12th century. The novel was highly successful, received positive reviews and was on the New York Times Best Seller list for 18 weeks. It topped best-seller lists in Canada, Britain and Italy, and was on the German best-seller list for six years. It has sold 26 million copies so far. On 16 August 2017, it was published as a computer game adaptation by German developer and publisher Daedalic Entertainment.Its much-later sequel, World Without End (2007), returns to Kingsbridge 157 years later, and features the descendants of the characters in Pillars. It focuses on the destinies of a handful of people as their lives are devastated by the Black Death, the plague that swept Europe from the middle of the 14th century. The next novel in the series, A Column of Fire, was published in September 2017. Beginning in 1558, the story follows the romance between Ned Willard and Margery Fitzgerald over half a century. It commences at a time when Europe turns against Elizabethan England, and the queen finds herself beset by plots to dethrone her.A fourth novel, The Evening and the Morning (2020), is a prequel to The Pillars of the Earth. Set in the decade around 1000 AD – in the so-called Dark Ages – the story "concerns the gradual creation of the town of Kingsbridge and of the many people — priests, nobles, peasants, the enslaved — who played significant roles." As such, the book provides "a solid underpinning to the later installments of the Kingsbridge series."The series has been described as being "as comprehensive an account of the building of a civilization — with its laws, structures, customs and beliefs — as you are likely to encounter anywhere in popular fiction." Century trilogy Follett's novels, Fall of Giants, Winter of the World and Edge of Eternity, make up the Century Trilogy. Fall of Giants (2010) followed the fates of five interrelated families – American, German, Russian, English and Welsh – as they moved through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution and the struggle for women's suffrage. Fall of Giants, published simultaneously in 14 countries, was internationally popular and topped several best-seller lists.Winter of the World (2012) picks up where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, to the explosions of the American and Soviet atom bombs and the beginning of the long Cold War. The final novel in the 'Century' trilogy, Edge of Eternity, which follows those families through the events of the second half of the 20th century, was published on 16 September 2014. Like the previous two books, it chronicles the lives of five families through the Cold War and civil-rights movements.A major element of the first two volumes, Fall of Giants and Winter of the World, is the increasing political assertiveness of the British working class and the rise of the British Labour Party - exemplified by the Williams Family, Welsh coal miners, of which several viewpoint characters end up as Members of the British Parliament and one of becomes a cabinet minister in Clement Attlee's post-WWII Labour government. However, the theme of British politics is nearly absent from the third part Edge of Eternity, which concentrates on the Cold War on the one hand and the US Civil Rights Movement on the other; for example, though the novel continues until 1989, it makes no reference at all to the rise of Margaret Thatcher in 1979. Adaptations Follett has had a number of novels made into films and television mini series: Eye of the Needle was made into an acclaimed film, starring Donald Sutherland, and six novels have been made into television mini-series: The Key to Rebecca, Lie Down with Lions, On Wings of Eagles (1986), The Third Twin – the rights for which were sold to CBS for $US1,400,000, a record price at the time – and The Pillars of the Earth (2010) and World Without End (2012). A video game adaptation titled Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth, developed and published by German studio Daedalic Entertainment, was released in three parts from 2017 to 2018. Follett had cameo roles as the valet in The Third Twin and later as a merchant in The Pillars of the Earth. In 2016, A Dangerous Fortune was also adapted.1 Public life Follett is a member of various organisations that promote literacy and writing, and is actively involved in various organisations in his home town of Stevenage. Chair of the National Year of Reading 1998–99, a British government initiative to raise literacy levels. Fellow of University College, London (1994) Fellow of Yr Academi Gymreig – the Welsh Academy (2011) Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts President, Dyslexia Action (1998-2009) Patron, Schools Radio (2007-) Chair of the Advisory Committee, Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) UK (2003-) Board Member, National Academy of Writing (2003-) Trustee, National Literacy Trust (1996-)He is active in numerous Stevenage charities and was a governor of Roebuck Primary School for ten years, serving as the Chair of Governors for four of those years. On 15 September 2010, Follett, along with 54 other public figures, signed an open letter published in The Guardian stating their opposition to Pope Benedict XVI's state visit to the UK.He has also donated £25,000 to the Yvette Cooper campaign in the 2015 Labour Party (UK) leadership election, as well as another £25,000 from his wife Barbara FollettFollett's archival papers are housed at the Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan, United States. They include outlines, first drafts, notes and correspondence, original manuscripts, and copies of early books now out of print. Awards 2018 - Made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2018 Birthday Honours for services to literature. 2013 - Made a Grand Master at the Edgar Awards in New York. 2012 - Winter of the World won the Qué Leer Prize for Best Translated Book of that year in Spain. 2010 - Fall of Giants won the Libri Golden Book Award for Best Fiction Title in Hungary that year. 2010 - Made a Grand Master at Thrillerfest V in New York. 2008 - Won the Olaguibel Prize for contributing to the promotion and awareness of architecture. 2008 - Made an Honorary Doctor of Literature by the University of Exeter. 2007 - Made an Honorary Doctor of Literature by the University of Glamorgan. 2007 - Made an Honorary Doctor of Literature by Saginaw Valley State University. 2003 - Jackdaws won the Corine Literature Prize in Bavaria. 1999 - Hammer of Eden won the Premio Bancarella literary prize in Italy. 1979 - Eye of the Needle won the Edgar Best Novel Award from the Mystery Writers of America.Personal life Follett became involved, during the late 1970s, in the activities of Britain's Labour Party. In the course of his political activities, he met Barbara Broer, a Labour Party official, who became his second wife in 1984. She was elected as a Member of Parliament in 1997, representing Stevenage. She was re-elected in both 2001 and 2005, but did not stand in the 2010 general election. Follett himself remains a prominent Labour supporter and fundraiser as well as a prominent Blairite. He is an amateur musician playing bass guitar for Damn Right I Got the Blues, and appears occasionally with the folk group Clog Iron playing a bass balalaika.Follett now lives in Hertfordshire, England. Bibliography Apples Carstairs series (as Simon Myles) The Big Needle (1974) (a.k.a. The Big Apple – U.S.) The Big Black (1974) The Big Hit (1975)Piers Roper series The Shakeout (1975) The Bear Raid (1976)Kingsbridge series The Pillars of the Earth (1989) World Without End (2007) A Column of Fire (2017) The Evening and the Morning (2020)The Century Trilogy Fall of Giants (2010) Winter of the World (2012) Edge of Eternity (2014)Standalone novels Amok: King of Legend (1976) (as Bernard L. Ross) The Modigliani Scandal (1976) (as Zachary Stone) The Mystery Hideout (1976) (as Martin Martinsen) (a.k.a. The Secret of Kellerman's Studio) The Power Twins (1976) (as Martin Martinsen) Paper Money (1977) (as Zachary Stone) Capricorn One (1978) (as Bernard L. Ross) (based on screenplay by Peter Hyams) Eye of the Needle (1978) (a.k.a. Storm Island) (Edgar Award, 1979, Best Novel) Triple (1979) The Key to Rebecca (1980) The Man from St. Petersburg (1982) On Wings of Eagles (1983)[NONFICTION] Lie Down with Lions (1985) 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 The Heist of the Century (1978) (with René Louis Maurice, others) (a.k.a. The Gentleman of 16 July (U.S.), Under the Stars of Nice, Robbery Under the Streets of Nice, and Cinq Milliards au bout de l'égout (1977)References Further reading Ken Follett: The Transformation of a Writer (ISBN 978-0879727987), written by Carlos Ramet. Popular Press, November 1990. Ken Follett and the Triumph of Suspense (ISBN 978-0786495986), written by Carlos Ramet. McFarland & Company, Inc., January 2015.External links Official website Ken Follett at IMDb Example Article Directory Schools Radio

El umbral de la eternidad

El umbral de la eternidad

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El umbral de la eternidad cierra esta gran trilogía y la crónica de un siglo turbulento. En ella vivimos la historia íntima y personal de tres generaciones de cinco familias cuyas vidas ...

The Modigliani Scandal

The Modigliani Scandal

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A high-speed, high-stakes thriller from Ken Follett, the grand master of international action and suspense. A fabulous "lost masterpiece" becomes the ultimate prize—for ...

En la boca del dragón

En la boca del dragón

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Ken Follett, uno de los autores más leídos de nuestros días, apasiona de nuevo con una novela que es un prodigio de dinamismo y de intriga.Un terremoto de poca intensi...

El misterio de los estudios Kellerman

El misterio de los estudios Kellerman

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Una aventura detectivesca juvenil de Ken Follett.La Banda del Disfraz, un hábil grupo de atracadores de bancos, ha vuelto a hacer de las suyas. Mick Williams, un joven r...

Never

Never

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New York Times BestsellerThe new must-read epic from master storyteller Ken Follett: more than a thriller, it’s an action-packed, globe-spanning drama set in the pres...

La isla de las tormentas

La isla de las tormentas

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Un apasionante thriller bélico de Ken Follett ambientado en la Segunda Guerra Mundial.En el año 1944 los aliados preparan en secreto una de las mayores operacion...

The Evening and the Morning

The Evening and the Morning

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#1 New York Times BestsellerAn Amazon Best Book of 2020A thrilling and addictive new novel--a prequel to The Pillars of the Earth--set in England at the da...

A Dangerous Fortune

A Dangerous Fortune

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A breathtaking thriller featuring "political and amorous intrigues, cold-blooded murder, and financial crises" (San Francisco Chronicle), from the #1 New York Times bestsell...

I pilastri della terra

I pilastri della terra

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Un mistery, una storia d'amore, una grande rievocazione storica: nella sua opera più ambiziosa e acclamata, Ken Follett tocca una dimensione epica, trasportandoci nell'Inghilterra medieva...

El universo de Ken Follett

El universo de Ken Follett

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eBook gratuito con material inédito sobre la trilogía de Ken Follet «The Century»Este eBook contiene material extra sobre la aclamada trilogía de Ken Follett «The C...

The Man from St. Petersburg

The Man from St. Petersburg

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"Ken Follett has done it once more . . . goes down with the ease and impact of a well-prepared martini." —New York Times Book ReviewHis name was Feliks. He came t...

Doble juego

Doble juego

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Un thriller sorprendente sobre la historia de un hombre que tiene 36 horas para ganar la carrera espacial.Un hombre se despierta aterrorizado: sufre una especie de...

Nunca

Nunca

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Ken Follett regresa al thriller con una vertiginosa novela que imagina lo inimaginable.En el desierto del Sáhara, dos agentes de inteligencia siguen la pista a un podero...

Code to Zero

Code to Zero

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In this classic Cold War thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Ken Follett puts his own electrifying twist on the space race between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. As the ...

Lie Down with Lions

Lie Down with Lions

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"Vintage Follett . . . This is his most ambitious novel and it succeeds admirably." —USA TodayEllis, the American. Jean-Pierre, the Frenchman. They were two men o...

Alto riesgo

Alto riesgo

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Una acción trepidante, una misión de alto riesgo protagonizada por seis valientes mujeres como agentes encubiertos durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial.El día D se acerca...

A Column of Fire

A Column of Fire

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER“Absorbing . . . impossible to resist.” —The Washington PostAs Europe erupts, can one young spy protect...

Winter der Welt

Winter der Welt

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KRIEG UND FRIEDEN IM 20. JAHRHUNDERT - Die große Familiensaga von Ken Follett, Autor der Bestseller DIE SÄULEN DER ERDE und DIE TORE DER WELT. 1933. Seit dem Ersten Weltkrieg ist eine...

Whiteout

Whiteout

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"Everyone likes a page-turner, and Follett is the best." —The Philadelphia Inquirer"A hell of a storyteller" (Entertainment Weekly), #1 New York Times b...

Triple

Triple

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A New York Times bestselling novel of international suspense and terror from the author of The Pillars of the Earth, World Without End, A Column of Fire, an...

Eye of the Needle

Eye of the Needle

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The worldwide phenomenon from the bestselling author of The Pillars of the Earth, World Without End, A Column of Fire, and The Evening and the Morning...

Hornet Flight

Hornet Flight

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Ken Follett and the intrigue of World War II—"a winning formula" (Entertainment Weekly) if ever there was one. With his riveting prose and unerring instinct for suspense, the #1 ...

Third Twin

Third Twin

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERUsing a restricted FBI database, genetic researcher Jeanie Ferrami has located identical twins born to different mothers. Frightened...

Fall of Giants

Fall of Giants

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Ken Follett’s magnificent historical epic begins as five interrelated families move through the momentous dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle fo...

Contagem regressiva

Contagem regressiva

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PUBLICADO ORIGINALMENTE NO BRASIL COMO CÓDIGO EXPLOSIVOCerta manhã, um homem acorda no chão de uma estação de trem, sem saber como foi parar ali. Não faz idei...

Die Säulen der Erde

Die Säulen der Erde

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England 1123-1173. Es ist eine Zeit blutiger Auseinandersetzungen zwischen Adel, Klerus und einfachem Volk, das unter Ausbeutung und Not leidet. Philip, ein junger Prior, dessen ...

Night over Water

Night over Water

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Ken Follett takes to the skies in this classic novel of international suspense. Set in the early days of World War II, Night over Water ...

On Wings of Eagles

On Wings of Eagles

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#1 bestselling author Ken Follett tells the inspiring true story of the Middle East hostage crisis that began in 1978, and of the unconventional means one American used to save his countr...

La caída de los gigantes (The Century 1)

La caída de los gigantes (The Century 1)

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Una gran novela que narra las vidas de cinco familias: una americana, una galesa, una inglesa, una alemana y una rusa, con el trasfondo de la Primera Guerra Mundial, la Revolución Rusa...

El hombre de San Petersburgo

El hombre de San Petersburgo

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El hombre de San Petersburgo es una de las novelas más apasionantes del célebre autor de Los pilares de la Tierra.En 1914 el mundo estaba en vísperas de l...

Jackdaws

Jackdaws

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In his own bestselling tradition of Eye of the Needle and The Key to Rebecca, Ken Follett delivers a breathtaking novel of suspense set in the most dangerous days of World W...

The Hammer of Eden

The Hammer of Eden

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER   The FBI doesn’t believe it. The Governor wants the problem to disappear. But agent Judy Maddox knows the threat is real: An extre...

Vuelo final

Vuelo final

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Un relato de suspense magistral y con unos personajes carismáticos que vuelven a confirmar a Ken Follett como el maestro indiscutible del género.En junio de 1941, el cu...

Triple

Triple

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Una novela electrizante a partir de un suceso real. Una misión crucial: hacer desaparecer el barco que transporta el uranio que Egipto necesita para poseer la bomba a...

Winter of the World

Winter of the World

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"This book is truly epic. . . . The reader will probably wish there was a thousand more pages." —The Huffington PostPicking up where Fall of Giants, the fi...

Sturz der Titanen

Sturz der Titanen

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DREI LÄNDER. DREI FAMILIEN. EIN JAHRHUNDERT. Die große Familiensaga von Ken Follett, Autor der Bestseller DIE SÄULEN DER ERDE und DIE TORE DER WELT. 1914. In Europa herrscht Fr...

Place Called Freedom

Place Called Freedom

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER   Scotland, 1766. Sentenced to a life of misery in the brutal coal mines, twenty-one-year-old Mack McAsh hungers for escape. His only...

Una fortuna peligrosa

Una fortuna peligrosa

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Una fortuna peligrosa es un juego de pasiones encontradas llevado con brío y penetración, así como una aguda recreación de los esplendores y miserias de las altas finanzas. U...

La clave está en Rebeca

La clave está en Rebeca

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Una apasionante historia de espías entre el desierto de África y El Cairo durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial.Esta impactante novela nos lleva a las ardientes arenas de Á...

El tercer gemelo

El tercer gemelo

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¿Se pueden clonar los seres humanos?Ken Follett nos sorprende con un espectacular thriller científico.La joven científica Jeannie Ferrami est...

The Key to Rebecca

The Key to Rebecca

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Ken Follett’s The Key to Rebecca took readers and critics by storm when first published forty years ago. Today, it remains one of the best espionage novels ever written. 

Notre-Dame

Notre-Dame

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“The wonderful cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, one of the greatest achievements of European civilization, was on fire. The sight dazed and disturbed us profoundly. I was on the edge o...

Mundo sem fim

Mundo sem fim

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"Um maravilhoso épico sobre a Inglaterra medieval. Altamente estimulante." – The Washington Post "Um imenso elenco de personagens realmente memoráveis. Apesa...

Paper Money

Paper Money

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An explosive novel of high finance and underworld villainy from Ken Follett, the grand master of international action and suspense. Crime, high finances, and journalism ar...

Las tinieblas y el alba (La precuela de Los pilares de la Tierra)

Las tinieblas y el alba (La precuela de Los pilares de la Tierra)

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LA PRECUELA DEL ÉXITO MUNDIAL LOS PILARES DE LA TIERRAEn Las tinieblas y el alba, Ken Follett embarca al lector en un épico viaje que ter...

The Pillars of the Earth

The Pillars of the Earth

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#1 New York Times BestsellerOprah's Book Club SelectionThe “extraordinary . . . monumental masterpiece” (Booklist) that changed the course of Ken...

Edge of Eternity

Edge of Eternity

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Ken Follett's extraordinary historical epic, the Century Trilogy, reaches its sweeping, passionate conclusion.In Fall of Giants and Winter of the World, Ken ...

World Without End

World Without End

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#1 New York Times BestsellerIn 1989, Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, a sweeping epic novel set in twelfth...

Las alas del águila

Las alas del águila

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Basada en hechos reales, Las alas del águila es una novela que ofrece emociones a raudales: la penetración secreta en un país peligroso y convulsionado, la dramática fuga de ...

El valle de los leones

El valle de los leones

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Ken Follett, con su habitual maestría narrativa, ha conseguido una de sus novelas más impactantes.Rodeado de montañas salvajes, el Valle de los Leones es un lugar lege...