A Column Of Fire by Ken FollettA Column Of Fire by Ken Follett

A Column Of Fire

byKen Follett

Hardcover | September 12, 2017

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“Absorbing . . . impossible to resist.” —The Washington Post

As Europe erupts, can one young spy protect his queen? International bestselling author Ken Follett takes us deep into the treacherous world of powerful monarchs, intrigue, murder, and treason with his magnificent new epic, A Column of Fire.

 
In 1558, the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, royalty and commoners clash, testing friendship, loyalty, and love. 
 
Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious conflict dividing the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England. The shrewd, determined young monarch sets up the country’s first secret service to give her early warning of assassination plots, rebellions, and invasion plans. Over a turbulent half century, the love between Ned and Margery seems doomed as extremism sparks violence from Edinburgh to Geneva. Elizabeth clings to her throne and her principles, protected by a small, dedicated group of resourceful spies and courageous secret agents.
 
The real enemies, then as now, are not the rival religions. The true battle pitches those who believe in tolerance and compromise against the tyrants who would impose their ideas on everyone else—no matter what the cost.
 
Set during one of the most turbulent and revolutionary times in history, A Column of Fire is one of Follett’s most exciting and ambitious works yet. It will delight longtime fans of the Kingsbridge series and is the perfect introduction for readers new to Ken Follett.
Ken Follett is one of the world’s best-loved authors, selling more than 160 million copies of his thirty books. Follett’s first bestseller was Eye of the Needle, a spy story set in the Second World War.   In 1989 The Pillars of the Earth was published and has since become Follett’s most popular novel. It reached number one on bestsell...
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Title:A Column Of FireFormat:HardcoverDimensions:928 pages, 9.56 × 6.5 × 1.73 inPublished:September 12, 2017Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Honest This book had a lot of hype around it, and i was really excited to read it but it was alright in the end. Didn't really want to keep reading it once I started but decided to just finish it. Ifyoure looking for something out of the ordinary this is for you!
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Can't wait for the next one.
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great Ken follett makes you miss characters once the book is finished ! he' s a true master. I have read 9 of his novels and this one is easily one of my favorites
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great Ken follett makes you miss characters once the book is finished ! he' s a true master. I have read 9 of his novels and this one is easily one of my favorites
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Thought it was pretty good but not spectacular
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I found the writing a bit boastful and dull at the same time.
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok a very good read.interesting storyline
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I expected Having read the two books preceding this one I found this book really had no connection. Despite the author's vain attempts to connect it, it never really took. Fout hundred years, or more, is too great a gap and virtually none of the story relates to the earlier books. This book should have been a stand-alone story by itself. While interesting and well written, it just doesn't connect with me the way the other two did. The love interests between the prime character and the two main women did not really come off being real as much as being a convenient part of the story. Worth reading? Yes, especially if your interested in the reign of Elizabeth I and the various religios factions of the time.
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Solid Story It was a little slower than his other books. Not my favorite of his, but still worth the read.
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Such a wonderful addition to any book collection. So beautifully written and inspiring!
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good Had me intrigued the entire time
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Good The plot was entertaining the entire time
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from just ok. I found the story a little to slow for me.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Found it somewhat dry at times.
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Enjoyed every moment reading this story
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Can't wait to read the others!
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from highly recommended by my mom can't wait to read... got to wait my turn (big family of readers).
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Potential but Meh It had a great beginning, but it was meh overall. Kinda disappointed
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from one of my mom's fave authors my mom loved this and so did some of my sisters. i haven't had a chance to read this.
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not his best Not his best work by a long shot. But it's worth the read if only to say you've done it.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from okay it was pretty good, although there were some problems with it.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from cool Very well written, superbly thought out...
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from eh Wasn't too thrilled but felt that it was a good start
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read Great plot and premise, fabulously written with solid characters.
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Well written. Live the way he writes..always keeps me interested and doesn't take 3 chapters to become interested.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Totally loved this book. Well written and keeps you interested
Date published: 2017-04-01

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PrologueWe hanged him in front of Kingsbridge Cathedral. It is the usual place for executions. After all, if you can’t kill a man in front of God’s face you probably shouldn’t kill him at all.The sheriff brought him up from the dungeon below the guildhall, hands tied behind his back. He walked upright, his pale face defiant, fearless. The crowd jeered at him and cursed him. He seemed not to see them. But he saw me. Our eyes met, and in that momentary exchange of looks there was a lifetime. I was responsible for his death, and he knew it. I had been hunting him for decades. He was a bomber who would have killed half the rulers of our country, including most of the royal family, all in one act of bloodthirsty savagery—if I had not stopped him. I have spent my life tracking such would‑be murderers, and a lot of them have been executed—not just hanged but drawn and quartered, the more terrible death reserved for the worst offenders. Yes, I have done this many times: watched a man die knowing that I, more than anyone else, had brought him to his just but dreadful punishment. I did it for my country, which is dear to me; for my sovereign, whom I serve; and for something else, a principle, the belief that a person has the right to make up his own mind about God.He was the last of many men I sent to hell, but he made me think of the first . . .

Editorial Reviews

Recommended reading by * The Washington Post * USA Today * New York Post * The Christian Science Monitor * The Philadelphia Inquirer *“Deeply researched . . . compelling . . . A Column of Fire is absorbing, painlessly educational, and a great deal of fun.” —The Washington Post  “Follett’s historical epics, including this one, evoke the Romantic adventures of Alexandre Dumas. Derring-do and double-crosses . . . A Column of Fire burns bright throughout.” —The Christian Science Monitor“English-history mavens will find much to savor in Follett’s third Kingsbridge novel.” —AARP The Magazine   “A fiery tale set in the latter half of the sixteenth century . . . As always, Follett excels in historical detailing, transporting readers back in time with another meaty historical blockbuster.” —Booklist   “An immersive journey through the tumultuous world of 16th century Europe and some of the bloodiest religious wars in history. Follett’s sprawling novel is a fine mix of heart-pounding drama and erudite historicism.” —Publishers Weekly