Ken Follett

Ken Follett is a bestselling Welsh author known for his historical novels and thrillers. He gained fame with his book 'Eye of the Needle' (1978), which won the Edgar Award. His notable works include 'The Pillars of the Earth' (1989) and its subsequent series, as well as the 'Century Trilogy', which chronicles the major events of the 20th century through interconnected families. Follett's writing is characterized by well-researched historical details, intricate plots, and strong character development.


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  1. 1. The Pillars Of The Earth

    Set in the 12th century, the novel is a sweeping epic of good and evil, treachery and intrigue, violence and beauty. It revolves around the construction of a cathedral in the fictional town of Kingsbridge, England. The story is centered on the lives of three main characters: a master builder, a monk, and a noblewoman, whose destinies are intertwined with the building of the cathedral and the tumultuous events of the time, including war, religious strife, and power struggles.

  2. 2. Eye Of The Needle

    Set during World War II, the novel revolves around a ruthless German spy known as 'The Needle' due to his preference for a stiletto as his killing tool. His mission is to uncover the Allies' invasion plans and relay them to Hitler, potentially changing the course of the war. However, his plans are threatened when he becomes stranded on an isolated island with a young, lonely woman and her disabled husband, leading to a tense game of cat and mouse.

  3. 3. The Key To Rebecca

    The novel is a gripping World War II espionage thriller set in North Africa, where an elusive German spy, armed with a powerful secret code named after a classic novel, is transmitting critical information to Rommel's Afrika Korps in their campaign against the British. The British intelligence is in a desperate race against time to intercept and decode the messages, and they deploy a resourceful and determined young officer to track down the spy. Amidst the backdrop of war-torn cities and treacherous desert landscapes, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues, with the fate of the North African campaign hanging in the balance.