A Column of Fire (Kingsbridge Series #3)

A Column of Fire (Kingsbridge Series #3)

by Ken Follett

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451477996
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/31/2018
Series: Kingsbridge Series , #3
Pages: 928
Sales rank: 5,017
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Ken Follett is one of the world’s best-loved authors, selling more than 160 million copies of his thirty books. Follett’s first bestseller was Eye of the Needle, a spy story set in the Second World War.
 
In 1989 The Pillars of the Earth was published and has since become Follett’s most popular novel. It reached number one on bestseller lists around the world and was an Oprah’s Book Club pick.
 
Its sequel, World Without End, proved equally popular and the Kingsbridge series has sold 38 million copies worldwide.
 
Follett lives in Hertfordshire, England, with his wife Barbara. Between them they have five children, six grandchildren, and three Labradors.

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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Prologue

We hanged him in front of Kingsbridge Cathedral. It is the usual place for executions. After all, if you can’t kill a man in front of God’s face you probably shouldn’t kill him at all.

The sheriff brought him up from the dungeon below the guildhall, hands tied behind his back. He walked upright, his pale face defiant, fearless.

The crowd jeered at him and cursed him. He seemed not to see them. But he saw me. Our eyes met, and in that momentary exchange of looks there was a lifetime.

I was responsible for his death, and he knew it.

I had been hunting him for decades. He was a bomber who would have killed half the rulers of our country, including most of the royal family, all in one act of bloodthirsty savagery—if I had not stopped him.

I have spent my life tracking such would‑be murderers, and a lot of them have been executed—not just hanged but drawn and quartered, the more terrible death reserved for the worst offenders.

Yes, I have done this many times: watched a man die knowing that I, more than anyone else, had brought him to his just but dreadful punishment. I did it for my country, which is dear to me; for my sovereign, whom I serve; and for something else, a principle, the belief that a person has the right to make up his own mind about God.

He was the last of many men I sent to hell, but he made me think of the first . . .

(Continues…)



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A Column of Fire 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 101 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intellegent,thoufhtful,well researched,,book.took me 4 days and nights to read.Did not want to put it down. He is an amazing writer . I've read all his books was never bored or thrown off by poor phrasing or inaccurate settings. This book is WONDERFUL.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Pillars of the Earth and World Without End was not as good, so it is with GREAT joy that I can honestly report that A Column of Fire is of the same caliber as Pillars. Magnificently fleshed out characters, a wonderful storyline based in part on actual history, all woven into a rich tapestry. Wow!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm already anticipating the next installment. I have read every book he has written, The Pillars of the Earth is by far my favorite book of all time and connecting with the "family" of Kingsbridge again has been a welcome reunion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful conclusion to a magnificent series told from a very different perspective......thoughtful reflection of a lifetime. As I have lately been prone to self introspection, I thank you Mr. Follett...to the last!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the running for my favorite book of all time and I have read thousands in my 70 years. Twisting, turning captivating plots and subplots. Very hard to put down. Typical, extremely good reading in Follet’s inimitable fashion!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keen Follett gives you everything you look for in an historic novel. Lots of action, plot complications, love interests, and insights into life in other times and places.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of those books that you hate to reach the final page
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed every book in this series. As with any great read, after a few months I will settle down an read it again. I hope the future brings another version of this amazing series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was riveted beyond anything as soon as I started reading this book. I learned more history by reading this wonderful adventure. Kingsbridge is forever in my mind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was hard to put down. Characters were well-defined. Really caught the spirit of the Elizabethan age.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the first two. This one seemed somewhat disjointed and overly long.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading the other books in this series, this was a grave disappointment. It was focused on two families, and their two young lovers. It was hard to keep so many different characters straight, you really needed an internal key for the names and what parts/religion they were. His other books were really full of history, surrounded by buildings, churches, that enhanced the characters. This was rather boring, and had a hard time forcing myself to continue to finish an almost 900 page book at page 400. I read most of the other reviews under large book retailers, and all I have to say is they are written to sell books, and quite far from what is really in the book. Very disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved, loved, loved this book. Follett demonstrates yet again what an artful writer he is. I have read all the Pillars of the Earth series and this is the best one yet. His descriptions and attention to historical detail take the reader back in time and immerse you in the era.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ken Follett has a way of weaving fiction with fact to tell a story. I learn so much about the history of Europe and the USA through his work. His research and attention to detail pull a reader into the context of the era. This latest installment is a very intriguing, if not harsh, glimpse into the 16th century. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The twists and turns in the fates of Knightsbridge fictional leading Catholics and Protestants are fascinatingly intertwined with the history of the violence and political upheaval of the religious intolerance of the 1500's Protestant Reformation. Not just a great read, this page turner provokes thoughtful consideration of religious intolerance of current events.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Follett classic! Great story line and finish to the saga.
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Anonymous 17 days ago
Always enjoy his books.
Anonymous 26 days ago
Great historical fiction. A very good read!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Interesting view of history as it might have unfolded behind the facts.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I’m not going to say this one was as good as Pillars or World, but it still has that bizarre sense of entertainment and draw that the other ones have. I felt so engaged with the characters and the story line was truly intriguing. I’d say it lacked the despicable villain that the two previous novels in the series had. I didn’t feel the hatred that I had felt for William Hamleigh and Brother Godwin. The Catholics were, more or less, set up to be the villains of the story, but they were fighting for what they saw as the eternal soul of the country in a very literal sense. Did he do bad things? Sure... for the right reasons? Perhaps... I guess I just had more empathy for him than I would have wanted... all in all, it’s a wonderful novel!
Anonymous 8 months ago
I have traveled to many of the places mentioned. It is fascinating history which touches my emotions.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I loved those earlier stories but I felt Columns of Fire told an historical tale without memorable characters.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Marvelous story.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Kingsbridge series #3 , A Column of Fire = excellent. Never knew when I read Pillers of the Earth, that I would become such a fan. Then I finally learned that ages ago, I read a story in a magazine titled Eye of the Needle - nothing to do with the Kingsbridge series, but an excellent story. So another favorite author added to my list I strongly recommend everything I have read by Ken Follett. JDL 8/8/18