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Follett's new thriller (after Eye of the Needle, The Key to Rebecca) involves cut-throat treachery and mixed-up romances. Jane and Ellis, Americans in Paris, are lovers, but she breaks with him when she learns he's a CIA agent, informing on terrorists. Ellis goes back to the U.S.; Jane marries Jean-Pierre Debout, a French physician, and goes with him to Afghanistan to care for rebel families holding out against the Russian army. Here is where the novel's real action, and its knife-edge tension, begin. After the birth of her baby, Jane discovers that Jean-Pierre is himself spying for the Russians and has caused a massacre of guerrilla fighters who were trapped at the foot of the mountains. Then Ellis reappears, bearing offers of American aid for Afghan leader Masud if the latter can unite his country's quarreling tribes. While Jean-Pierre is conspiring with the S oviet intruders to kill Masud, Ellis, Jane and even the infant girl, the story races to an explosive climax. 200,000 first printing; $200,000 ad/promo; BOMC main selection; author tour. Foreign rights: Writers House. January 31
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In his newest thriller, Follett updates the elements of his popular Eye of the Needle a spy fleeing desperately across a hostile landscape; a woman who must decide between her husband and her lover, opponents in a deadly struggleto contemporary Afghanistan. Jane Lambert discovers that her French doctor husband is really a KGB agent plotting to entrap a rebel leader. Ellis Thaler, spurned by Jane when she learned he was a CIA operative, arrives to conclude a treaty with that same leader. Soon Ellis, Jane, and her infant daughter are fleeing for their lives through treacherous mountain terrain, closely pursued by Russian patrols. As with Eye of the Needle , the implausibilities, the factual errors, and the sometimes trite writing do not slow the forward propulsion of the story. A page-turning escapist adventure that is sure to be a success.BOMC main selection. Charles Michaud, Turner Free Lib., Randolph, Mass.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Good book follett gets you into a story quick and keeps it moving along.Published 23 days ago by brian gunn
An interesting and tense story, interesting characters and the setting Afghanistan 80s during the conflict with the Soviet Union. I like it.Published 18 months ago by Luka Grzincic
Only deserved a high rating. Was enlightened about spy activity. Recommend to all.Must read to get the full impact.Exciting readPublished 19 months ago by Carol Green
This is the 15th novel by Ken Follett that I have read in the past year, so you might say that I'm a fan of his writing! Read morePublished on Sept. 14 2013 by Gary F. Dunn
I like Ken Follett's work (well, most of it), but this one was a huge disappointment. His best books are those that take place during WW2; that's when he's at his best. Read morePublished on June 27 2004 by Suzanne G. Bowles
Lie Down with Lions contains an excellent plot, employing an array of techniques that keeps the readers interest right from the start. Read morePublished on May 19 2004
That relates to world events now in 2004.A must read if you're into learning about Afghanistan and her people.A real page turner! See for yourself!Published on April 6 2004 by T. A Molina