Night over Water

Night over Water

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by Ken Follett
     
 

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It is September 1939-the eve of WWII. As England and Germany engage in battle, the world's most luxurious airliner takes off for a flight to neutral America-traveling toward an explosive climax readers will never forget...  See more details below

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It is September 1939-the eve of WWII. As England and Germany engage in battle, the world's most luxurious airliner takes off for a flight to neutral America-traveling toward an explosive climax readers will never forget...

Editorial Reviews

Washington Post Book World
Follett is a master.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The opulent interior of the first airliner, the Pan American Clipper, on a transatlantic flight from Southampton, England, to New York in war-darkened 1939, is the setting for Follett's high-flying caper, guaranteed to hold the reader in his seat. Recalling a time when air travel was an exotic adventure, master of epic suspense Follett (Pillars of the Earth) spins an excruciatingly taut drama on the aerial equivalent of the Orient Express. Persons unknown kidnap the wife of Clipper engineer Eddie Deakin from their home in Maine in order to force Deakin to maneuver an emergency landing in the choppy waters off Bangor. Apparently the shadowy conspirators plan to remove one of the passengers, an intriguing group who include an FBI agent transporting an extradited mafioso; a Russian princess; a British industrialist chasing his wife and her lover; an American movie star; an Oswald Mosely-like aristocrat turned fascist, his daughter and her lover, a young jewel thief. Details of early aviation firmly establish the cast in their era and a tantalizing mosaic of subplots whisks the reader through a whirlwind of romance and intrigue. Follet soars to a thoroughly satisfying ending with aeronautical precision. This is his best since The Eye of the Needle.
Kirkus Reviews
With the Dark Ages (The Pillars of the Earth, 1989) out of his system, Ken Follett returns to the spies, sex, and Nazis that did so well for him in Eye of the Needle. Fascinated by the huge flying boats launched by Pan Am in the late 1930's to fly the north Atlantic route, Follett has cooked up a sort of Airship of Fools or Flying Grand Hotel about a Clipper load of rich folks and lowlifes fleeing England after the declaration of war. The passengers include a fascist marquess and his family—so much like the Mitfords as to include a Nazi daughter and her socialist sister; a cuckolded industrialist chasing his pretty wife; an aging movie star; a Jewish refugee physicist; a suspected mafioso; a rich, powerful, but unloved American widow; the widow's weak, treacherous brother; and the handsome young jewel-thief without whom no such epic is complete. The danger that hangs over all these worthies is sabotage of the flight plan by an otherwise trustworthy flight engineer whose wife is being held captive in Maine by nameless rotten scoundrels. The merciless kidnappers want the plane set down early in order to remove a nameless someone before it reaches New York. Since the plane flies rather slowly and since there are three refueling stops, and since the beds make up into comfortable little berths, there is plenty of time for the passengers to search for the marchioness's priceless rubies, counterplot against the bad guys, stretch the legs in Irish pubs, quarrel, have reconciliations and indulge in a fair amount of good, healthy sex. No technothrills. No psychodrama. No fine writing. Hours of good storytelling. (Book-of-the-Month Split Main Selection for November)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451173133
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/15/1992
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
180,104
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 4.12(h) x 1.45(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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Night over Water 4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 113 reviews.
Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
Ken Follett always does such an amazing job of blending history into a fantastic fiction piece this time involving one of the last sea planes to cross the Atlantic at the start of World War II. The book really shines with the many cast members all being fleshed out and becoming individuals. This was a great drama with personal relationships thrown into a war time action novel. Great stuff!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Follett's character development was stunning, really pulling you into the story. The premise, all characters are passengers from different walks of life on the air ship on its last trans-Atlantic flight, was unique; the time setting, just as WWII is declared in England, is a truly dramatic setting. When the story ended, I wanted to know what happened to the characters subsequently.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm reading this book for the second time; the first time I read it was just after it was written in the early nineties. It reminds me of watching an old black-and-white movie. The characters, their surroundings and the way they talk and act are perfectly in tune with the period in which the story is set. Just as gripping the second time round, I think this is a wonderful read. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Follett. Of all the books I have read this one was a bit weak though enjoyable. This doesn't discourage me from reading more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really dull and pointless
roving-joyously More than 1 year ago
Superb mystery with pre-wwII historic backdrop. The characters were well-defined but at times it was a bit difficult keeping up with the point of view switches. Overall, an interesting concept with the villain well-concealed in the mass of characters. Recommended for mystery readers.
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Ken Follet is a fantastic author. Sometimes gets very involved in the descriptions of sex. I loved this book and really liked the ending.
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Very engaging, strong historical footing.
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AlexisJ More than 1 year ago
This was another amazing work by Ken Follett.  The story was so intense I lost major amounts of sleep wantig to see what would happen next.  The ending really blew me away.  A FANTASTIC read!!!!!
CMB-from-Hurst More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Never did drag and never a dull moment. I highly recommend it. Clarice Bostick
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ken Follett is one of the best! A book that is hard to put down.
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This is the kind of book I love! No over the top, unbelievable storyline. Mr. Follet's ability to describe in such detail the way the interior of the plane was laid out and all it's amenities was amazing. You really could get into the story. I could not put this book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author does a great job of bring the history of the plane into the story line. You can actually picture what he is describing and feel as though you are flying on the plane yourself.
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