With over 130 million copies of his books sold worldwide, Welsh-born Ken Follett is one of the most well-known and well-loved novelists around the globe. Ken burst onto the scene in 1978 with Eye of the Needle - a tense and imaginative novel involving an unforgettable character as the leading female. The book won Ken the sought-after Edgar Award and it was adapted into a movie starring Donald Sutherland. Many of his books have taken the hot spot on the New York Times best-seller list, including Fall of the Giants, The Key to Rebecca and Winter of the World.
While his first five novels were spy thrillers, he switched lanes in 1989 and surprised fans with The Pillars of the Earth - a tale of building a cathedral in the Middle Ages. Despite the change in direction, it received rave reviews - topping the New York Times best-seller list again, as well as in Italy, Canada, Germany and the UK. His following three novels were described as more historical than thriller, but he returned to his roots with The Third Twin in 1996.
Edge of Eternity (The Century Trilogy 3)
Five families. Three decades. One extraordinary era. As the decisions made in the corridors of power bring the world to the brink of oblivion, five families from across the globe are brought together in an unforgettable tale of passion and conflict during the Cold War. When Rebecca Hoffmann, a teacher in East Germany, finds herself pursued by the secret police, she discovers that she has been living a lie. Her younger brother, Walli, longs to escape across the Berlin Wall to Britain to become part of the burgeoning music scene. In the United States, George Jakes, a bright young lawyer in the Kennedy administration, is a fierce supporter of the Civil Rights movement - as is the woman he is in love with, Verena, who works for Martin Luther King, Jr. Boarding a Greyhound bus in Washington to protest against segregation, they begin a fateful journey together. Russian activist, Tania Dvorkin, narrowly evades capture for producing an illegal news sheet. Her actions are made all the more perilous as her brother, Dimka, is a rising star in the heart of the Communist Party in the Kremlin. From the deep south of America to the vast expanses of Siberia, from the shores of Cuba to the swinging streets of Sixties' London, Ken Follett's Edge of Eternity is a sweeping tale of the fight for individual freedom in a world gripped by the mightiest clash of superpowers anyone has ever known.