Lie Down with Lions

Lie Down with Lions

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by Ken Follett
     
 

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Ellis, the American. Jean-Pierre, the Frenchman. They were two men on opposite sides of the cold war, with a woman torn between them. Together, they formed a triangle of passion and deception, racing from terrorist bombs in Paris to the violence and intrigue of Afghanistan—to the moment of truth and deadly decision for all of them…

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Ellis, the American. Jean-Pierre, the Frenchman. They were two men on opposite sides of the cold war, with a woman torn between them. Together, they formed a triangle of passion and deception, racing from terrorist bombs in Paris to the violence and intrigue of Afghanistan—to the moment of truth and deadly decision for all of them…

Editorial Reviews

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A BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH CLUB SELECTION

“A deadly romantic triangle, a clandestine mission with global stakes, an exotic location, a plot as gripping and ingenious as Eye of the Needle…engineered to perfection with breathless acceleration…I couldn’t put it down.”—Los Angeles Times

“Vintage Follett…This is his most ambitious novel and it succeeds admirably…tense, vivid, exciting…balances physical action with internal drama…satisfies on deep levels.”—USA Today

“May be Ken Follett’s finest yet…The suspense mounts as swiftly as Afghan villagers running to escape Russian guns—and the pages will turn just as fast.”—Cosmopolitan

“An exciting and complex tale.”—Philadelphia Inquirer

“Masterful…plot and counterplot, treachery, cunning and killing…keep you on edge every moment.”—Associated Press

“Combines modern warfare, international espionage, and a love story while also, in typical Follett fashion, playing out the fate of his characters amid thrilling escapes and shattering revelations.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

“A gripping thriller and love story…Follett builds the tension until it is as taut as a cable across the Khyber Pass…There is an incredible sex scene and desperate trek across ice-covered mountains…an exotic setting, a strong, courageous heroine, a strong, courageous hero, good guys, bad guys and a supporting cast of thousands…A roaring good read.”—Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Solid suspense fiction…romance, adventure, exotic settings with a healthy dash of intrigue…when it comes to reliable entertainment, few authors deliver as consistently as Follett.”—Pittsburgh Press

“Follett’s great strength is his female characters—they are smart, strong, independent, and when they love a man, by golly, he knows the game is up.”—People

“Harrowing escapes…larger-than-life characters performing larger-than-life deeds…it shouldn’t work but it does.”—Booklist

“Beautiful in conception and execution…full of adventure and love blended as only a master such as Follett can do…a most provocative tale.”—Ocala Star Banner

“Ken Follett scores again…an enthralling web of suspense…a well-crafted love story…unrelieved page-to-page tension…a wonderfully clean and simple writing style…holds constant interest.”—The Anniston Star

“Exciting…romance, adventure, intrigue…Ken Follett can hold his own with the best.”—Indianapolis News

Lions roars…highly entertaining, quickly paced…skillfully crafted…and a nicely detailed quartet of characters that make the novel click.”—Los Angeles Herald Examiner

“Deftly-built tension…the thrills of a chase…well-developed characters and atmosphere…keep the action going and have the credibility of a true tale.”—The Orlando Sentinel

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Follett's new thriller (after Eye of the Needle, The Key to Rebecca) involves cut-throat treachery and mixed-up romances. Jane and Ellis, Americans in Paris, are lovers, but she breaks with him when she learns he's a CIA agent, informing on terrorists. Ellis goes back to the U.S.; Jane marries Jean-Pierre Debout, a French physician, and goes with him to Afghanistan to care for rebel families holding out against the Russian army. Here is where the novel's real action, and its knife-edge tension, begin. After the birth of her baby, Jane discovers that Jean-Pierre is himself spying for the Russians and has caused a massacre of guerrilla fighters who were trapped at the foot of the mountains. Then Ellis reappears, bearing offers of American aid for Afghan leader Masud if the latter can unite his country's quarreling tribes. While Jean-Pierre is conspiring with the S oviet intruders to kill Masud, Ellis, Jane and even the infant girl, the story races to an explosive climax.
Library Journal
In his newest thriller, Follett updates the elements of his popular Eye of the Needle a spy fleeing desperately across a hostile landscape; a woman who must decide between her husband and her lover, opponents in a deadly struggleto contemporary Afghanistan. Jane Lambert discovers that her French doctor husband is really a KGB agent plotting to entrap a rebel leader. Ellis Thaler, spurned by Jane when she learned he was a CIA operative, arrives to conclude a treaty with that same leader. Soon Ellis, Jane, and her infant daughter are fleeing for their lives through treacherous mountain terrain, closely pursued by Russian patrols. As with Eye of the Needle , the implausibilities, the factual errors, and the sometimes trite writing do not slow the forward propulsion of the story. A page-turning escapist adventure that is sure to be a success. BOMC main selection. Charles Michaud, Turner Free Lib., Randolph, Mass.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451163509
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/1986
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
241,316
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
A BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH CLUB SELECTION
 
“A deadly romantic triangle, a clandestine mission with global stakes, an exotic location, a plot as gripping and ingenious as Eye of the Needle…engineered to perfection with breathless acceleration…I couldn’t put it down.”—Los Angeles Times
 
“Vintage Follett…This is his most ambitious novel and it succeeds admirably…tense, vivid, exciting…balances physical action with internal drama…satisfies on deep levels.”—USA Today
 
“May be Ken Follett’s finest yet…The suspense mounts as swiftly as Afghan villagers running to escape Russian guns—and the pages will turn just as fast.”—Cosmopolitan
 
“An exciting and complex tale.”—Philadelphia Inquirer
 
“Masterful…plot and counterplot, treachery, cunning and killing…keep you on edge every moment.”—Associated Press
 
“Combines modern warfare, international espionage, and a love story while also, in typical Follett fashion, playing out the fate of his characters amid thrilling escapes and shattering revelations.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
 
“A gripping thriller and love story…Follett builds the tension until it is as taut as a cable across the Khyber Pass…There is an incredible sex scene and desperate trek across ice-covered mountains…an exotic setting, a strong, courageous heroine, a strong, courageous hero, good guys, bad guys and a supporting cast of thousands…A roaring good read.”—Atlanta Journal-Constitution
 
“Solid suspense fiction…romance, adventure, exotic settings with a healthy dash of intrigue…when it comes to reliable entertainment, few authors deliver as consistently as Follett.”—Pittsburgh Press
 
“Follett’s great strength is his female characters—they are smart, strong, independent, and when they love a man, by golly, he knows the game is up.”—People
 
“Harrowing escapes…larger-than-life characters performing larger-than-life deeds…it shouldn’t work but it does.”—Booklist
 
“Beautiful in conception and execution…full of adventure and love blended as only a master such as Follett can do…a most provocative tale.”—Ocala Star Banner
 
“Ken Follett scores again…an enthralling web of suspense…a well-crafted love story…unrelieved page-to-page tension…a wonderfully clean and simple writing style…holds constant interest.”—The Anniston Star
 
“Exciting…romance, adventure, intrigue…Ken Follett can hold his own with the best.”—Indianapolis News
 
Lions roars…highly entertaining, quickly paced…skillfully crafted…and a nicely detailed quartet of characters that make the novel click.”—Los Angeles Herald Examiner
 
“Deftly-built tension…the thrills of a chase…well-developed characters and atmosphere…keep the action going and have the credibility of a true tale.”—The Orlando Sentinel
 
 

 

Meet the Author

Ken Follett is the author of numerous international bestsellers, including Jackdaws, Hornet Flight, Code to Zero, Triple, Eye of the Needle, Pillars of the Earth, and A Dangerous Fortune. He lives in England.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Hertfordshire, England
Date of Birth:
June 5, 1949
Place of Birth:
Cardiff, Wales
Education:
B.A. in Philosophy, University College, London, 1970

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Lie Down with Lions 3.7 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 47 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Branching out to the hills of Pakistan, this fiction novel produced by Ken Follett is a riveting tale of betrayal, renewed love, and heartbreaks. Providing medical aid to a small village in Pakistan, two Peace Core operatives, husband and wife, were living peacefully. *Little did the wife know that her husband was an undercover KGB agent finding information about the local armies/militias (who are fighting with the KGB). Just after the wife became pregnant a man, whom she had once been madly in love with, came as a reconnaissance agent for America (America was siding with Pakistan). In the coming weeks, old flames would be rekindled, lives are put on the line, and bonds of love are stretched to the brink.
This is a truly inspirational tale; Ken Follett at his best. He has really done his research on the local cultures of Pakistan and the overall layout of the country. The literature of this book is classic Follett, with intense action scenes to heartfelt moments that reach deep into your mind. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read a book by Ken Follett that I didn't like. Some better than others, but they have all been a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everything that I wanted to say about this book was said in pages 3 & 4. I will add one more comment, this is one of the best written books I have read in a long time. Towards the latter part of the book, I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat, turning every page with a mixture of fear, dread, and a lot of anticipation that Ellis, Jane, and baby Chantel would finally reach their destination alive. To the author, my thanks is giving your book praise, a recommended read, and a five star rating.
Bevrausch More than 1 year ago
This was a very good story. Hard to believe what life is like over there in the 2013s. It is like another world and Ken Follette seems to know how to explain it and still write a great story. I would highly recommend it. Iwould also recommend it for discussions at Book Clubs.
foxtrotoscar More than 1 year ago
This book is another in the long list of superlative stories by a master story teller. Follett has the unique ability of making a somewhat ordinary tale into a gripping novel--one that makes it tough to put the book down. The ability of his main characters to get out of extremely perilous situations strains the imagination at times, but he pulls it off beautifully. I'm already looking forward to another Follett novel.
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CatManDo More than 1 year ago
I read this book many years ago and enjoyed it very much. So I ordered it as an audiobook. It is the worst audiobook I have ever listened to, and I listen to 15 to 20 or more a year. The reader reads at breakneck speed with little inflection to his voice. I gave up listening midway through the second CD.
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