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Book Review: Edge of Eternity

Edge of Eternity Ken Follett Pub: Pan p/b £8.99


It’s coming up to the month of Remembrance Day, so let’s look at some aspects of the past – Ken Follett does the job well.

One of Follett’s trademarks is having several stories intertwined from different aspects, different counties even. As usual, at over a thousand pages, yes, a thousand pages, there’s plenty of room too -most authors are more than happy with writing a third as much. And stamina is needed when discussing the intrigues and horrors of the Cold War; the nastiness of human actions encouraged by dictatorial regimes. It’s not a particularly nice period of history, and Follett gets right down to its very readable vivid description. He tells the story well, despite the subject matter. You can’t help feeling the pain, the emotions; shudder at the desperate plight of people caught up in East Germany, in Russia, and even colour-prejudiced America at war in Vietnam.

It’s a far cry from the, dare we say it, straight-forward wars of the past, thus this is undoubtedly a mammoth undertaking. His characters are drawn effectively, some likable, others less so. War tends to de-humanise and, alas, it’s becoming a commonplace feature of daily contemporary news bulletins, so it’s nice to find at least one girl survives to the end of the book. He must like Rebecca . . .

ISBN: 978-0-330-46061-3

Written by Bruce Edwards


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