Lie Down with Lions

Lie Down with Lions

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by Ken Follett
     
 

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A riveting tale of international intrigue-and a dangerous old War love triangle-set in Afghanistan. See more details below

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A riveting tale of international intrigue-and a dangerous old War love triangle-set in Afghanistan.

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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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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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451182920
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/1994
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
1.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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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
 
 

 

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