Edge of Eternity

bookshelves: autumn-2014, published-2014, cold-war, series, fraudio, games-people-play, families, eye-scorcher, racism

Read from October 05 to 30, 2014

36 hrs and 55 mins Read by John Lee

Description: 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.

If you have got through to this last book then there is no point in me bringing the flaws to the fore, they are understood. Edge of Eternity is another eye-scorching brick from Follett and it immersed me in the Bay of Pigs, the Berlin Wall, racial injustice. If you ever wondered just how close the world came to annihilation under the sword rattlers of the Cold War era, this is an enjoyable way to find out.

Right up front I can tell you that I found the Kennedy sections unlikeable but entirely readable. In Follett’s inimitable bull-in-a-china-shop style, he does bring this ugly period to life. It is, for me, 3.5* upped to reflect how much I enjoyed the series overall.

All-in-all a good end to a blistering trilogy. Curl up in your afghan, grab your thermos and cookies, turn your clocks to the wall, and dive in.

4* The Pillars of the Earth (The Pillars of the Earth, #1)
3* World Without End (The Pillars of the Earth, #2)

4.5* Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy, #1)
4* Winter of the World (The Century Trilogy #2)
3.5* Edge of Eternity (The Century Trilogy, #3)

3* Eye of the Needle
3* Jackdaws

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