1120 pages, 9.6 × 6.5 × 2 in
September 16, 2014
Penguin Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0525953094
ISBN - 13: 9780525953098
Read from the Book
***This excerpt is from an advance uncorrected proof***Copyright © 2014 Ken FollettCHAPTER ONERebecca Hoffmann was summoned by the secret police on a rainy Monday in 1961.It began as an ordinary morning. Her husband drove her to work in his tan Trabant 500. The graceful old streets ofcentral Berlin still had gaps from wartime bombing, except where new concrete buildings stood up like ill-matched false teeth. Hans was thinking about his job as he drove. “The courts serve the judges, the lawyers, the police, the government—everyone except the victims of crime,” he said. “This is to be expected in Western capitalist countries, but under Communism the courts ought surely to serve the people. My colleagues don’t seem to realize that.” Hans worked for the Ministry of Justice.“We’ve been married almost a year, and I’ve known you for two, butI’ve never met one of your colleagues,” Rebecca said.“They would bore you,” he said immediately. “They’re all lawyers.” “Any women among them?”“No. Not in my section, anyway.” Hans’s job was administration:appointing judges, scheduling trials, managing courthouses. “I’d like to meet them, all the same.”Hans was a strong man who had learned to rein himself in. Watching him, Rebecca saw in his eyes a familiar flash of anger at her insistence. He controlled it by an effort of will. “I’ll arrange something,” he said. “Perhaps we’ll all go to a bar one evening.”Hans had been the first man Rebecca met who matched up to her father. He was confident and
From the Publisher
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.
About the Author
KEN FOLLETT burst into the book world with Eye of the Needle, an award-winning thriller and international bestseller. After several more successful thrillers, he surprised everyone with The Pillars of the Earth and its long-awaited sequel, World Without End, a national and international bestseller. Follett's new, magnificent historical epic, The Century Trilogy, opened with Fall of Giants, followed by Winter of the World, both #1 New York Times bestsellers. He lives in England with his wife, Barbara.
Praise for Edge of Eternity “Edge of Eternity is as compulsively readable a mighty page-turner as its two predecessors."–The Seattle Times “Hugely ambitious, the trilogy serves as a massive history lesson as well as an example of good, old-fashioned storytelling.”–The New York Daily News“The historical events are the backdrop but the characters are the focal point. Good storytellers know this and Follett is an excellent one.”–The Huffington Post“Mesmerizing....flowing with spicy, expertly paced melodrama, character-rich exploits, familial histrionics, and international intrigue.”– Publishers Weekly (starred review)"Worth the wait"– Library Journal (starred review)"A fascinating, sprawling, epic conclusion to Ken Follett's Century Trilogy."-- The Minneapolis Star Tribune "A glorious conclusion to a remarkable trilogy that is wonderful, exhilarating reading for all ages. Fine, fine historical fiction."– Historical Novel Society "Follett does an outstanding job of interweaving and personalizing complicated narratives set on a multicultural stage."– BooklistPraise for Winter of the World“Even after all his novels — some 20 in all — the reader remains amazed Follett can research a book so thoroughly that you actually feel like you're there, even smelling the smells.”—USA Today This second installment of Follett’s epic Century trilogy is just as potent, engrossing, and prolix as the opening opus, Fall of Giants.... Rife with plot lines, interpersonal intrigue, sweeping historical f