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This intriguing novel hinges on the courageous struggles of the hero, an indentured coal miner who declares, "I'll go anywhere that is not Scotland--anywhere a man can be free." Getting anywhere else is easier said than done, especially when he's caught up in an entanglement of familial responsibility, forbidden love, official deceit, trickery, and violence. Even though there are plenty of breathless moments when proper ladies are tempted by bare-chested hunks, this is much more than just another adventure-filled love story. It's also an intriguing journey into the social and political realities of the late 18th century, when the rising influence of the American colonies was first taking hold and the shining glory of the British Empire had begun its long, slow fade. (Running time: four hours, four cassettes) --George Laney --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
If there is one fault in the writings of Follett it is that the story ends. I am not sure that I am happy with an ending like this one. Read morePublished 8 months ago by W. VanB
This book did not fail my expectations. Another page turner, never wanted it to end .
Not much more to say. Loved it.
If you enjoyed Pillars of the Earth as much as I did, then you're going to enjoy this book as well. As with Pillars, the action starts from page one and keeps going - his focus on... Read morePublished on Aug. 30 2003
What an excellent book! I read this in less than a week. I couldn't seem to put it down. Ken Follett does such an excellent job with describing all of his characters and scenes. Read morePublished on July 14 2003
This is another good book by Follet. Though not in the league of "the pillars of the earth","night over water"etc....
it still holds you.A story from a bye gone era.. Read more
I have read several of Follett's works and generally cannot get enough of them. This one is historical in nature yet the story is not as compelling as some of Follett's other... Read morePublished on Oct. 8 2002 by Michael A. Newman
Well-plotted, well-written and evocative. Good characters. I promise you will be hooked. Brings to mind the film "Far and Away" with a dash of "The Patriot".Published on Aug. 17 2002
I read this book when i was 17 a little while ago.
I had never read his masterpieces, but i had a friend who raved about him, so i went to the book store, and found this one. Read more
It is a story to relax and read, is not the best of Ken Follet but is not a bad story, with this book you will learn how some people want their freedom at any price and some people... Read morePublished on May 15 2002 by Jorge Frid