Edge of Eternity (The Century Trilogy #3)

Edge of Eternity (The Century Trilogy #3)

by Ken Follett
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, this book is terrible. I love historical fiction and Follett usually does it well. This time, instead a  good story intertwined with what was occurring in real time, Follett allows the fictional characters to make history. The book is very poorly researched and is committed to preaching a political perspective at the expense of what really went on. All the interesting characters from the first two books contribute nothing and the new characters are not very interesting. If, as I did, you want to finish all three, wait until it goes on sale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I rarely take the time to rate a book, but thought I may be able to save some people the time of reading this 1,000 page disappointment.  I have read 5 Ken Follett books and he is one of my favorite authors. That being said, this book fell short of the standard I have come to expect.   The story line seemed forced and in an attempt to cover too many historical events character development was thrown out the window.  Despite all that, about 1/10 of the book seemed dedicated to cheating, affairs, “free love”, and undercover husbands.  Ken Follett’s books always have this to some degree, but I had no idea I was sitting down to read a soap opera.  I think almost every single character was involved in some sort of sex scandal, making this book predictable, repetitive, and completely ridiculous.  Very disappointed.  Despite this fluke of a book, I strongly recommend other Ken Follett books.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disappointed. Follett's political leanings are very obvious. I was really looking forward to this book after enjoying the first two books. Do not buy this book!
JoyfulEagle More than 1 year ago
Rarely have I been so disappointed in an author's book as I am with Ken Follett's new release.  I have read many of his books and have enjoyed most of them.  Unfortunately, this newest offering goes to the bottom of the list.   First, writing style:  Did Mr. Follett actually write everything in this book?  If so, his style has deteriorated badly.  It is much below previous works in its almost sophomoric use of adverbs, short sentences and repetitive situations for the fictional characters.  His verbal usage is significantly below standard of a mature writer, relying all too often on trite phrasing.  This alone is enough reason for a "poor" rating.   Secondly, character development: There is little variety in Mr. Follett's male characters and not much more in most of the female characters.   Most of them are little more than stick figures of the various human characteristics they portray only fleetingly.   Rebecca is one exception, although there is room for more depth.  Walli is a sad cartoon of a rock star, drugs and all.  The historical figures themselves are wooden, two-dimensional pictures of people who all had far more personality and layers than what is written in this book.   Thirdly: historical presentation:  I believe one of the biggest difficulties in trying to write a book of this scope is that there is far too much material to present and to treat with any depth and understanding.  What worked so well in the first of the trilogy has become an unwieldy behemoth where nothing more than the barest facts can be included.  Unfortunately,  there is virtually nothing of the historical events themselves included beyond what is readily available online or through other readily available sources, all produced for mass regurgitation without critical considerations.  Since one of my career positions was as a research writer for a museum of historical documents, I have some basis for knowing how and where to look  "behind the scenes" at what various historical figures were writing, along with the circumstances surrounding the events about which they have written, to whom and why.  That kind of writing takes painstaking research, going beyond the fluff we usually see and/or hear otherwise.  There was nothing new in Mr. Follett's presentation of post-World War II history and much was glossed over.  Indeed, any depth would have made this book 2000 pages long.   I was ready to stop reading long before I reached the halfway point in the book but persevered, hoping for improvement and more variety in the characterizations.   At least, by reading to the end, I was able to enjoy the one high point of the ponderous, poorly written tome - the fictional characters present at the destruction of the Berlin Wall.  THAT was Ken Follett writing as he can write so well.  At least it ended on a high note.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Follet usually deals with history very well, but this book is nothing other than a leftist propaganda treatise. The nuances of history are ignored by making the liberals the good guys and the conservatives the bad guys.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've always ben a big fan of Ken Follet. However I can't quite swallow his personal version of 20th century history, where all the bad guys happen to be conservative and all the heros and underdogs are liberal. He lost me on this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed all of Ken Follett's books, but Edge of Eternity was not one of them. I got to page 440 and stopped..  Why wast my time. I skimmed much too much. Some of the history was worth reading. I would not recommend  this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This could have been a very good book however, Mr. Follett decided to become political to describe his characters as good if you were a liberal and bad if you were a conservative. Up to this point in his writing, I have not seen this attitude. So Sad. Dave Denning
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Follett is one of my go to authors. I have read every book he has written. This is unfortunately his worst work. Character development was weak. Character situations were unbelievable and sophmoric. The preachy manner in which the author's personal politics came through was annoying. Not what I expected from Ken Follett. I finished the entire book. Not sure why. I dont know if I will be purchasing his next work.
Alan6365 More than 1 year ago
The first few chapters were interesting, but it then turned into the Liberal Democrat revisionist history of the last 50 years. All of the Democratic presidents were portrayed as heroic, while all the Republican presidents were portrayed as criminals. The fall of the Berlin Wall was a key event in the book, and the only mention of Reagan's "tear down this wall" speech was after the wall had fallen, and even then the importance of the speech was downplayed. Being a white, Southern, Republican, it was also disappointing that every single white Southerner in the book was an evil racist. Every single black person was a saint, but that doesn't bother me. As another reviewer stated, life is more nuanced than that. There are good and bad people on all sides.
StoopidGy More than 1 year ago
I believe I've read all of Ken Follett's books, some more than once. He's one of the great historical fiction writers out there. I truly enjoyed the first two in the Century Trilogy but this one was nothing more than a thousand page thinly veiled political rant. Apparently the liberals only flaw is that they can't keep it in their pants but conservatives are all flat out evil. Follett then has a deeply skewed view of history regarding the Civil Rights era, the Vietnam War, and the fall of Communism. An exchange between a couple of the characters at the end of the book discussing who deserves credit for the Berlin Wall coming down is literally a laugh out loud moment that has you disbelieving Follett actually went that far and wasn't even subtle about it. I look forward to his next book, which will be a follow up to the Pillars of the Earth story line, but I'll be waiting on reviews before picking up his next historical fiction novel. VERY disappointing read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the genre, but this conclusion of the trilogy was wooden and not well developed. Dialogue was at times awkward, and the author was compelled to frequently remind the reader what happened just a few hundred pages earlier. The topics highlighted during each presidency and the "fictional" dialogue of the characters also overloaded the author's political bias and distorted what could have been good historical fiction, had it been accurate and even handed.
none ya More than 1 year ago
This was the worst writing I've read from the author. I read directly from book.two to book three, and was amazed by the lack of character depth as from the other novels. I am so spurned by this book. Follett rushed through the second half of the century omitting much between Kennedy and Regan. Vietnam started, but never ended. Follett's horrid rendering of the strength and skills of the American politburo is retching. He wrote America as bumbling and irrelevant with an unabashed extreme liberal bias that is inexcusable. I'll finish the Kingsbridge series, maybe, but I'll never read another publication of his again for fear of blatant bias. Here democrats and staff are golden while Republicans need hand jobs from prostitutes. Sadly the book is garbage.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a disappointment this book turned out to be. I was half afraid this would happen when the characters in the second fo the trilogy started to become unbelievable. By this third book they were totally so. Because it was history the plot was apparent of course, but in this case it was amateurish. I did enjoy the first book a lot and the second almost as much, but save your money and your time unless you don't know your history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For an historical fiction ,99%of the sexual scenes were trashy and added nothing to the book. I was truely dissappointed. Follett trivialized what could have been a great historical novel with all the sex garbage!! What a waste.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very disappointing--no where near as good as the previous two novels
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Over the years I have thoroughly enjoyed Follett's first two books in this series and I was looking forward to this last of the trilogy. Unfortunately, it was disappointing. I found the characters to be shallow, and the story thin. I lived through many of the events covered in the book: President Kennedy's death, Viet Nam, Martin Luther King, Bobby Kennedy, etc. The portrayal of each of these events was even thinner than the character development. Maybe having been part of the events gave me more insight than Follett was able to put into the book without over inflating the final size. I have to also say, that after a while the sex got boring. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy sex as much as any other guy, but after a while I got tired of the repetitive bedroom scenes. A truly great writer does not need to resort to this tactic to keep his/her readers interested. More attention should have been paid to the historical events and character development. This could have been a terrific book. It is not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recidivist history of the US by a socialist. Reads like a cheap romance.
SteveLB More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed many of the author's books in the past, from Eye of the Needle, Key to Rebecca and at least 20 more, including the first two books of the Century Trilogy. Hence, I waited patiently for the final volume, Edge of Eternity. In short, the last volume was disappointing. The book is fiction but does refer to historical figures, including Ronald Reagan. If you admire Reagan, for example for his famous speech "Tear down this wall Mr. Gorbachev, it is better to skip this book. If you think based on standard history, that actions by President Regan, helped end the Cold War, with out a shot being fired --don't waste your time or money on this book. With this book, the author has lost me as a fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not a hard core Follett follower, only becoming aware of his work when I was given Pillars of the Earth as a gift 2007. I thoroughly enjoyed that work and read the first two books of The Century Trilogy along with the sequel to Pillars. One of the key themes in each of the previous works was class warfare and it was clear to me in Fall of Giants that the author viewed liberal causes as the righteous path, and it is hard to disagree based upon the conditions and environment of that era. Perhaps it was the distance of time that separated those events that I have no personal knowledge of that allowed me to be sympathetic to the characters and their cause and accept them, fighting the good fight. But the third book failed miserably at this, and to steal a term from the television business, jumped the shark. In Edge of Eternity, the three establishment characters are outsized disappointments topped off by bumbling sexual frustration which no doubt represents failure in the area society and most judge an individual at the core level. Those fighting the establishment are brave and of course have passionate, fulfilling and satisfying sexual encounters representing success and vindication for their struggle. I tried to keep an open mind while reading the book, and realized he was using this as his vehicle along with rock and roll and youth’s desire for freedom as the force that brought down communism to convey his message, but I was not able to accept his view. Did those things have a role, probably so, but not as THE FORCE he gave them. I found it interesting that JFK still retains status as an idol, LBJ took some lumps, Nixon, well he was Nixon, but I do not recall Carter and his failed term even being mentioned before Reagan is taken to task. Follett could have done a much better job, perhaps maybe even made it less obvious with his points, but he didn’t. I am sure that my own personal view of the events he described in the third book created some of the conflict that I have with it. Having lived within the time he wrote about and having my own opinions is just part of it. Perhaps if I had lived at the turn of the last century I would have held a different view of the first book in the series? Even though it closes out the trilogy, I could not recommend this to anyone, I have simply said, you will be disappointed when asked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I used to enjoy KF books. This until he decided to fill in his book with his skewed political views. I got very upset since all those views are totally biased and not substantiated. At least when you read political books you have a large section of references where to check the information supporting points of view. I got so upset I never even finished the book and it is a very rare thing for me as when I do not like books I manage to finish. This time I cruised through the last 150 pages only to get more upset: I collected all KF books from my bookshelves and threw them in the trash.  Will never buy his books again and you shouldn't either.
Sally Moon More than 1 year ago
HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT! I asked for and got a B&N gift card for Christmas. I was so excited to get and read this book - I'd been waiting for months! Follett not only wrote a ridiculous diatribe of 1000+ pages against republicans/conservatives, he wrote a blame-America-First-and Always book. When writing about Bull Connor and Mayor Daley, no mention that they were both liberal democrats. When writing about the 1964 civil rights act, no mention that a higher percentage of republicans than democrats voted for it. And ridiculing President Reagan's demand to "tear down this wall" made me want to scream. I cannot believe I wasted my gift card for this tripe. I will never purchase another Follett book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with several other readers.  I loved the first book of the series.  The second was okay but not as good as the first.  The third book was awful! Why any author thinks he /she has the right to charge $24.99 to express their unwanted political opinion on an unsuspecting consumer is beyond me.  Follett's political ideology overshadowed his historical research.  He reached overly broad conclusions in order to make his political point.  I refuse to read any more of his works because of his overreaching political views.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Ken Follett's books and was looking forward to this one.  I have to say that that I was seriously disappointed.  The liberal slant was so obvious and really annoying.  I am not sure what  he was trying to prove with how he wrote these characters but his portrayal of all conservatives as evil rose to the point of comical.   His last two books had a liberal leaning but at least they were well written.  This  was just kind of sad and felt like a waste of my time.  If you are going to use your time to read this, at least get it from the library so you don't waste your money too.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stinko. Disapointef.