Edge of Eternity

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Five families. Three decades. One extraordinary era.

As the decisions made in the corridors of power bring the world to the brink of oblivion, five families from across the globe are brought together in an unforgettable tale of passion and conflict during the Cold War.

When Rebecca Hoffmann, a teacher in East Germany, finds herself pursued by the secret police, she discovers that she has been living a lie. Her younger brother, Walli, longs to escape across the Berlin Wall to Britain to become part of the burgeoning music scene.

In the United States, George Jakes, a bright young lawyer in the Kennedy administration, is a fierce supporter of the Civil Rights movement - as is the woman he is in love with, Verena, who works for Martin Luther King, Jr. Boarding a Greyhound bus in Washington to protest against segregation, they begin a fateful journey together.

Russian activist, Tania Dvorkin, narrowly evades capture for producing an illegal news sheet. Her actions are made all the more perilous as her brother, Dimka, is a rising star in the heart of the Communist Party in the Kremlin.

From the deep south of America to the vast expanses of Siberia, from the shores of Cuba to the swinging streets of Sixties' London, Ken Follett's Edge of Eternity is a sweeping tale of the fight for individual freedom in a world gripped by the mightiest clash of superpowers anyone has ever known.

*Includes family tree*

In the ambitious, commanding capstone to his multigenerational Century trilogy (after Winter of the World), Follett expertly chronicles the pivotal events of the closing decades of the 20th century through the eyes of a vast array of deftly-drawn characters . . . This mesmerizing final installment is an exhaustive but rewarding reading experience dense in thematic heft, yet flowing with spicy, expertly paced melodrama, character-rich exploits, familial histrionics, and international intrigue
Publishers Weekly

About Ken Follett

Ken Follett was twenty-seven when he wrote Eye of the Needle, an award-winning thriller that became an international bestseller. He then surprised everyone with The Pillars of the Earth, about the building of a cathedral in the Middle Ages, which continues to captivate millions of readers all over the world and its long-awaited sequel, World Without End, was a number one bestseller in the US, UK and Europe. Fall of Giants and Winter of the World are the first two bestselling novels in the Century trilogy.

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Books by Ken Follett

The Hammer of Eden
The Hammer of Eden
Whiteout
Whiteout
On Wings of Eagles
On Wings of Eagles
Lie Down With Lions
Lie Down With Lions
The Third Twin
The Third Twin
The Modigliani Scandal
The Modigliani Scandal
Paper Money
Paper Money
Triple
Triple
Winter of the World
Winter of the World
World Without End
World Without End
Night Over Water
Night Over Water
Code to Zero
Code to Zero
The Key to Rebecca
The Key to Rebecca
Fall of Giants
Fall of Giants
A Dangerous Fortune
A Dangerous Fortune
The Man From St Petersburg
The Man From St Petersburg
Jackdaws
Jackdaws
Hornet Flight
Hornet Flight
Eye of the Needle
Eye of the Needle
The Pillars of the Earth
The Pillars of the Earth
A Place Called Freedom
A Place Called Freedom

Books in the Series

Winter of the World
Winter of the World
Fall of Giants
Fall of Giants

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Ken Follett shares his memory of the assassination of JFK

Ken Follett shares his memory of the assassination of JFK

26 February 2015

By Pan Macmillan

We've launched an exciting memory-sharing project around Edge of Eternity, and we want to know what YOU were doing when events such the fall of the Berlin Wall, Watergate and the inauguration of President Obama took place. Share your memory at wherewereyouthen.com.

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Listen to John Lee read from Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett

Listen to John Lee read from Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett

29 July 2014

By Pan Macmillan

As the decisions made in the corridors of power bring the world to the brink of oblivion, five families from across the globe are brought together in an unforgettable tale of passion and conflict during the Cold War. 

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