Edge of Eternity

Edge of Eternity

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Ken Follett's Century Trilogy follows the fortunes of five intertwined families-American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh-as they make their way through the twentieth century. It has been called "potent, engrossing" (Publishers Weekly) and "truly epic" (Huffington Post). USA Today said, "You actually feel like you're there." Edge of Eternity, the finale, covers one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the 1960s through the 1980s, encompassing civil rights, assassinations, Vietnam, the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution-and rock and roll. East German teacher Rebecca Hoffman discovers she's been spied on by the Stasi for years and commits an impulsive act that will affect her family for generations George Jakes, himself bi-racial, bypasses corporate law to join Robert F. Kennedy's Justice Department and finds himself in the middle of not only the seminal events of the civil rights battle, but also a much more personal battle Cameron Dewar, the grandson of a senator, jumps at the chance to do some espionage for a cause he believes in, only to discover that the world is much more dangerous than he'd imagined Dimka Dvorkin, a young aide to Khrushchev, becomes an agent for good and for ill as the Soviet Union and the United States race to the brink of nuclear war, while his twin sister, Tania, carves out a role that will take her from Moscow to Cuba to Prague to Warsaw-and into history. These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as they add their personal stories and insight to the most defining events of the 20th century. From the opulent offices of the most powerful world leaders to the shabby apartments of those trying to begin a new empire, from the elite clubs of the wealthy and highborn to the passionate protests of a country's most marginalized citizens, this is truly a drama for the ages. With the Century Trilogy, Follett has guided readers through an entire era of history with a master's touch. His unique ability to tell fascinating, brilliantly researched stories that captivate readers and keep them turning the pages is unparalleled. In this climactic and concluding saga, Follett brings us into a world we thought we knew, but now will never seem the same again.
Publisher: New York, New York : Dutton, 2014
ISBN: 9780698160576
0698160576
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David_M_Coufal
Jun 30, 2017

A sleazy, one-sided bore. George Wallace & Bull Connor are never ID's as democrats. Goldwater is an extremist, racist lumped in with Wallace among those responsible for murdering Martin Luther King. Reagan lumped in with Wallace encouraging police to beat up protestors. Then hit for defense spending, tax cuts, support for the Contras and labelled over and over as a mass murderer. Republicans are portrayed as opposing Civil Rights and are not credited for supplying a majority of the votes to pass the 60's Civil Rights Laws. One fictional republican character meets a Black woman lawyer and he's characterized as having "... difficulty with the concept of a black woman lawyer...first saw her as a secretary, then as a Negro. He was now regarding her as a pair of breasts." A red-neck on an airplane is a Nixon voter. George H.W. Bush is a cold warrior and a Reagan collaborator. The novel concludes with a two page, feel good epilogue about: the election of Barack Obama, of course. This novel is saturated with sex from cover to cover. Every time a male and female character are together, I thought here it comes again, and it gets really very tiresome. If I Never again read about pubic hair and oral sex I've had more than enough from this book. This novel is not worthy of an otherwise great novelist.

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trcookIIImddmd
Jan 29, 2017

More horn doggerel from an old degenerate--soft porn at best. He seems to have gotten hornier with each volume of the trilogy, and I'm sure he's worn all the hair off of his writing hand! Follett is a hard-wired liberal; his liberal arrogance is clear in his writing; he rewrites history to suit his liberal preferences which results in lies in standard liberal fashion. His plot development is fair and his character development is pretty good; pretty much he is a horny old male Danielle Steele disguised as a smug little Welsh rabbit.

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cr751
Feb 03, 2016

I would have to read at least 175 Pages or more ALL in one place at the start, and THEN, at a later time from the time I start reading, that's how much I had to read at least in ONE 24 HOUR PERIOD. That's to avoid overdues, and renewals.

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deanpatt999
Oct 03, 2015

Follet's excessive emphasis on sex depreciates the honor and unselfish efforts of the many who fought against the injustices prevailing in societies. The concurrent action of the civil rights movement and the resistance to communist excesses is a neat setting to bring out the depth of human search for dignity and justices but the author missed the deeper aspects

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Rosina
Oct 01, 2015

This is the third Book in the trilogy. The first book about the First world war was an education. It set the stage for several families in Britain, Russia, and the USA. The second book about the second world war upset me. It was as if Canada did not exist. I was glad my Father is no longer alive to read that everything was accomplished by the USA. This, the third book told me why. It brought back many memories of the times of my young years. And most pointedly outlined how Communism and Conservatism are so alike. In the end I enjoyed this book.

librarylizzard Aug 27, 2015

I loved this series, and its been a while since I've slogged through massive books with such enthusiasm. The depth into which Follett delves into history and creates a complex, engaging, and sophisticated backstory is admirable. My favorite characters from the first book are referenced decades (almost 100 years) later, and that connection gave me a fondness for their descendants' trials and tribulations. Though it's no solid history text, it makes me eager to read some hardcore history, especially about the East/West Berlin divide, on which he spends quite a lot of time and crafts much of the story around. Follett has a knack for getting you to care for his characters, and feel agonized as history throws nearly each and every one of them relentless curve balls. My empathy was wholly exploited, and I loved every minute of it!

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bendlady111
Jun 09, 2015

I loved the book, answered all my questions as to what happened after the last book ended. A great look into the life of people on the "other side" of the Berlin Wall! Great read.

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arlenebd
Apr 16, 2015

I am an avid reader and have read most of Mr. Folletts' books and I can say that this is an unbelievably fantastic story, with the research that has put this author on the forefront and given him the recognition he so richly deserves (I'm sure his wife is a huge contributor to his success and they are an awesome team!) Do not miss this book - I've just completed my second reading of it and enjoyed it even more. Read On!!!

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nannerl
Mar 24, 2015

While the size of the tome was intimidating, once I started reading it was hard to put down. It covers some of the major events of my lifetime and gives them a context I was unaware of, simply because of my age, or because I didn't realize the significance at the time. The fictional characters are interwoven with real characters almost seamlessly. I can't imagine the horrendous amount of research that must have been done to achieve this resulting novel. A top-notch job.

mikeelikestoread Mar 13, 2015

This book is in my estimation the best book of the trilogy. I'm about 200 pages in and it just keeps getting better and better. Follett delivers!

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APL_StaffPicks Sep 22, 2014

“I said I would write it in seven years and I wished I had said nine because it was a bit too short,” said Follett. “You can’t write any faster, so all you can do is work longer hours.
“Not that I really mind because it is completely absorbing,” he continued. “Enjoyable is too feeble a word. To say I enjoy my work isn’t adequate. I am completely absorbed in it.”
Patty Winsa/Toronto Star/Sept 23, 2014.

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