Lie Down with Lions

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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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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451163509
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/1986
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 149,536
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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.

Biography

As a young boy growing up in Cardiff, Wales, Ken Follett's love for all things literary began early on. The son of devoutly religious parents who didn't allow their children to watch television or even listen to the radio, Follett found himself drawn to the library. It soon became his favorite place -- its shelves full of stories providing his escape, and ultimately, his inspiration.

Follett's more formal education took place years later at London's University College, where he studied philosophy -- a choice that, as he explains on his official Web site, he believes guided his career as an author. "There is a real connection between philosophy and fiction," Follet explains. "In philosophy you deal with questions like: ‘We're sitting at this table, but is the table real?' A daft question, but in studying philosophy, you need to take that sort of thing seriously and have an off-the-wall imagination. Writing fiction is the same."

After graduating in 1970, a journalism class touched off Follett's career as a writer. He started out covering beats for the South Wales Echo, and later wrote a column for London's Evening News. Becoming more and more interested in writing fiction on evenings and weekends, however, Follett soon realized that books were his true business, and in 1974 he went to work for Everest Books, a humble London publishing house.

After releasing a few of his own novels to less than thunderous acclaim --including The Shakeout (1975) and Paper Money (1977) -- Follett finally hit it big with 1978's Eye of the Needle. The taut, edgy thriller with more than a dash of sex appeal flew off the shelves, winning the Edgar award and allowing Follett to quit his job and get to work on his next book, Triple. Showing no signs of a sophomore slump, Triple went on to spark a string of bestselling spy thrillers, including The Key to Rebecca (1980), The Man from St. Petersburg (1982), and Lie Down with Lions (1986). 1983's On Wings of Eagles was an interesting departure -- a nonfiction account of how two of Ross Perot's employees were rescued from Iran in 1979.

Follett changed direction even more sharply in 1989, surprising fans with The Pillars of the Earth -- a novel set in the Middle Ages many critics considered his crowning achievement. "A novel of majesty and power," said The Chicago Sun-Times of Follett's epic story. "It will hold you, fascinate you, surround you."

Follett's next three books were a trio considered to be more suspenseful than thrill-filled -- Night Over Water (1991), A Dangerous Fortune (1993) and A Place Called Freedom (1995), but The Third Twin (1996) and The Hammer of Eden (1998) marked a return to Follett's trademark capers. The wartime novels Code to Zero (2000) and Jackdaws (2001) showcased Follett's "unique ability to tell stories of international conflict and tell them well," according to Larry King in USA Today.

Follett "hits the mark again" (Publishers Weekly) with his latest story of international intrigue, Hornet Flight (2002) -- the WWII story of a young couple trying to escape occupied Denmark in a rebuilt Hornet Moth biplane who become unwitting carriers of top-secret information.

In a way, Follett's smash-hit success has allowed him to give back to the library of Cardiff, Wales -- by filling its shelves with his own transporting tales.

Good To Know

Eye of the Needle was made into a major motion picture, and four of Follett's books have been made into television mini-series: The Key to Rebecca, Lie Down with Lions, On Wings of Eagles and The Third Twin -- the rights for which were sold to CBS for the record sum of $1,400,000.

A very civic-minded soul, Follett is quite involved in his Hertfordshire community, serving as President of the Dyslexia Institute, Council Member of the National Literacy Trust, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Chair of Governors of the Roebuck Primary School & Nursery, Patron of Stevenage Home-Start, director of the Stevenage Leisure Ltd. and Vice-President of the Stevenage Borough Football club.

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

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    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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Really liked it.

    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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2009

    Lie Down With Lions

    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.<BR/> 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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    Great Reading

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2012

    A great read

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2014

    Terrible Audio Book

    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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  • Posted September 11, 2011

    one of the best!

    You wont be disappointed!

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  • Posted November 30, 2010

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    Too much "romance" & not enough intrigue!

    I have enjoyed many of Ken Follett's novels in the past as he was always able to balance action, romance, and intrigue so well. Sadly, here it reads more like a romance novel set in a potentially intriguingly location. The female lead was incredibly hard to like and the ending was absolutely impossible not to see coming. I would still recommend Follett highly just not this piece.

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  • Posted July 17, 2009

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    FOLLETT IS ONE OF THE GREATS

    THIS IS MY FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME WITH ACTION SOME SUSPENSE AND A CRAZY SEX SCENE ( LIKE WOW I HAD TO PUT THE BOOK DOWN AND FIND MY HUSBAND! ) THIS IS A GREAT BOOK IF U HAVENT READ IT THEN WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR !! GO GO GO BUY IT NOW!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2004

    Great

    Great Book of thrill and some passion

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2000

    great thriller

    When an undercover agent falls in love he can expect complications. When the woman he loves marries the man he is pursuing he can expect disaster. The setting is Afghanistan. There, Jean-Pierre, the husband, a doctor, with Jane his new wife appear to be caring for the rebel tribesmen fighting the Russians. Unfortunately Jean-Pierre is not what he seems but an agent for the KGB. The American agent, Ellis, is Jane's former lover. He is tying to unite the tribesman to fight the invaders instead of each other.

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