KEN FOLLETT'S INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
"FOLLETT IS A MASTER." --Washington Post Book World
#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 captures the daring and desperation of ordinary people caught in extraordinary circumstances--in prose as compelling as history itself.
September 1939. England is at war with Nazi Germany. In Southampton, the world's most luxurious airliner--the legendary Pan Am clipper--takes off for its final flight to neutral America. Aboard are the cream of society and the dregs of humanity, all fleeing the war for reasons of their own...shadowed by a danger they do not know exists...and heading straight into a storm of violence, intrigue, and betrayal...
The opulent interior of the first airliner, the Pan American Clipper, on a transatlantic flight from Southampton, England, to New York in war-darkened 1939, is the setting for Follett's high-flying caper, guaranteed to hold the reader in his seat. Recalling a time when air travel was an exotic adventure, master of epic suspense Follett ( Pillars of the Earth ) spins an excruciatingly taut drama on the aerial equivalent of the Orient Express. Persons unknown kidnap the wife of Clipper engineer Eddie Deakin from their home in Maine in order to force Deakin to maneuver an emergency landing in the choppy waters off Bangor. Apparently the shadowy conspirators plan to remove one of the passengers, an intriguing group who include an FBI agent transporting an extradited mafioso; a Russian princess; a British industrialist chasing his wife and her lover; an American movie star; an Oswald Mosely-like aristocrat turned fascist, his daughter and her lover, a young jewel thief. Details of early aviation firmly establish the cast in their era and a tantalizing mosaic of subplots whisks the reader through a whirlwind of romance and intrigue. Follet soars to a thoroughly satisfying ending with aeronautical precision. This is his best since The Eye of the Needle. Author tour.
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1 . Follettt Character Development Continues to be excellent
Posted January 29, 2011 by Doug , Moncton, NBGood book. I found a slow read and agree with other reviews regarding the description of The Clipper - just like Follett's amazing character development, you can definitely imagine being inside The Clipper.
Characters come to life - which I think is what Follett is so amazing at.
2 . Stories Galore!
Posted February 25, 2010 by SBonner , AlbuquerqueI have become such a lover of Ken Follett books, this one is a must to read and the ending is a real surprise! Typical Ken Follett! I'll read every book he's written.
3 . Gangsters, Spies, Family-revolt, Humor and Romance
Posted January 01, 2010 by John Potega , Syracuse, New YorkI only wish I was around to fly the Trans-Atlantic Clippers......spacious, with all the amenities of a fine, albeit "flying" hotel, this plane is the setting for gangster escapes, MI-5 and Scotland Yard, Englishmen that are Pro-Nazi and the effect on their families,some side humor and surprising romance between people you would never imagine! Pay attention to the ending; it made me laugh out loud. So much happens in a time frame that seems long compared to today's travel, but nothing today could come close to the experience of traveling on the "Big Clippers"........I read the book 4 times and enjoyed taking that step back in time with every read!!!
April 05, 2004
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