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Triple [Mass Market Paperback]

Ken Follett
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April 10 2007

The world's balance of power is about to shift dangerously as the ultimate weapon nears completion in a secret facility in the heart of the desert. Across the globe, operatives from the great nations set a deadly game in motion, covertly maneuvering pawns and kings to achieve a frightening advantage—while terrorists and their hunters prepare for the contest's final bloody moves. And one man—a razor-sharp master of disguise, deceit, and triple-cross—must somehow do the impossible: steal 200 tons of uranium without any of the other players discovering the theft.

The clock is ticking. And the price of failure is Apocalypse.

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Ken Follett's career as a bestselling author has spanned more than three decades. He is the author of numerous immensely popular books, including Eye of the Needle, Triple, The Key to Rebecca, The Man From St. Petersburg, On Wings of Eagles, Lie Down With Lions, The Pillars of the Earth, A Dangerous Fortune, The Third Twin, The Hammer of Eden, and World Without End. He lives in England with his wife, Barbara Follett, a British M.P.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great page-turning spy thriller May 5 2003
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One of Follett's first spy-thrillers - Triple - is a typical cat and mouse spy novel, which is characterized by many dynamic characters all of which play a big and even role in the plot. From all ends of the political and religious spectrum - Follett introduces various characters right in the beginning of the novel with an unlikely meeting of future foes. The story begins at Oxford University in London England, where a group of students participate in political discussions. What they don't know is that their political differences will some day become more than just political differences. Eventually they'll all be at different ends of the race for nuclear weapons in the mid-East.
I enjoyed the novel profoundly. It was a very good weekend page-turner, and I would suggest it to anyone who admires Follett's work. The reason I'm giving it 4 stars is because I've read more recent work of his including the Key to Rebecca, the Pillars of the Earth, and A Dangerous Fortune - All three much deserving of 5 stars. Although a great novel, I still must limit Triple to 4 stars because it's not quite on the level of entertainment as those aforementioned. The writing style of Follett is unique and he produces great stories with awesome skill. If you have not read those three novels I've mentioned, please take time to read them. You'll be incredibly entertained if you were to read any of them - with my personal favorite being The Pillars of the Earth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the ending makes the book worthit Dec 9 2003
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I'm usually not big into spy novels...but I'm a big fan of follett so I gave this book a try. At some times I found it a little hard to follow. There's several names and factions from different countries going back and forth. But the ending is as good as any slam bang ending from a spy/action novel as you'll get. Great action once again.
Follett has a talent for weaving fictional characters and stories around real life events and places. This book is no exception. While not my favorite of Follett's various works, this is definetly a solid read that's worth a look.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Follet is constistently good March 1 2004
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Triple is a spy novel set in the mid-60s when Israel is rushing to beat the Arabs in a race to build an atomic bomb. This book as all the action, suspense and romance you'd expect from Follet. His research is excellent and this book is very believable. As one of Follet's earlier novels, it definitely stands the test of time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Espionage and romance, Follett style May 5 2003
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Ken Follett once again writes an incredibly compelling novel. "Triple" begins at protagonist Nat Dickstein's release from the concentration camps, and goes ahead to 1968. Of three groups - Dickstein representing Israel, as well as spies from the KGB and Egypt - who will ultimately wind up with the uranium to build a nuclear weapon?
The way Follett recreates history, the book COULD be true. He does a marvelous job, even when the point of view goes from one spy to another. This is NOT a "light read" but it's intriguing... captivating... and worth your time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A First-Rate Political Suspense Thriller! Aug. 20 2002
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So far as captivating page-turners go, few writers of popular fiction can top Ken Follett when he is at his best, and though I've not read all his novels, I definitely consider Triple (a political thriller) to be one of the best of those I've read. (Other favourites of mine are A Dangerous Fortune and The Third Twin--and I am eager to read The Pillars of the Earth).
Briefly (and without giving anything away), the plot centres around three secret agents--one from Israel's Mossad, one from Russia's KGB, and one from Egypt's Intelligence Agency. It involves the arms race between the Israelis and the Arabs and takes place in 1968. I really can say no more other than to mention that one of these groups has an idea for ensuring that it remains a competitor in that race, and the method the agent has for bringing that idea to fruition (and this is what the novel is all about) is complex and really quite ingenious.
Stripped to its most basic level, this could be said to be something of a cat and mouse story. However, there is so very much more to it than that, for Follett is a master storyteller who not only excels in deftly handling relationships between individuals (no mean feat in itself!) but is simply brilliant at creating characters that the reader cares about and hence in writing novels that one hates to reach the end of.
Though not a light read, this novel is certainly enlightening. I, for one, learned a fair bit about Middle Eastern politics and something about nuclear weaponry. Further, I felt Follett did a splendid job of conveying the political situation from the points of view of both the Israelis and the Palestinians in a manner that simultaneously evoked both sympathy for and censure of both sides.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A TRIPLE RACE FOR AN ATOMIC BOMB March 1 2002
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Making an atomic bomb is easy to do if you have a nuclear plant and the raw material (yellowcake) to make the uranium needed. Egypt has been successful in building the plant but now they need the yellowcake. Israel also has a plant and is in dire need of the same raw material.The Russians are backing the Arabs in this race so we have the agents from the Mossad, the KBG, and the Arabs and a double agent thrown in for an advantage to which nation? Ken Follett is a great writer of suspense and keeps you guessing thru the entire book as to who is going to steal and keep the stolen goods. Schoolmates from Oxford and one of their professors from ten years ago seek to favor one country over the other. We know the prof favors one country but who does his daughter favor? Who comes up with a reasonable way to transport thethousands of tons of yellowcake and who figures out a way to steal it from them? You won't want to put this book down until the end so plan on loosing some sleep. After you finish this book you may want to catch your breath before you start another of Follett's books, "Eye of the Needle" which is another suspensful spy story of WW II vintage. Both deserve more than a five star rating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Probably one of the best by Ken Follett.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Let his words create your view.
Let yourself relax and enter the book like you would a chalet on the side of a mountain, and take Ken's words as the scenery and live it with him.

Bill R.
Published 4 months ago by Bill
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping !
Well researched story line with well defined characters. Suitable for history buffs as well as those who just enjoy a good story.
Published 15 months ago by Foxglovefen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Another page tuner. Ken follett is an excellent story teller. He does an excellent job of combining romance and espionage.
Published 19 months ago by Evangeline Studney
5.0 out of 5 stars Triple Action
The story took half the book to get all the pieces together. I had to have a side sheet listing the names of the players to keep it all straight. Read more
Published on June 12 2011 by Gordon R. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars In my defence
For the first time in my life I actually screwed up so bad that I actually bought a book which I already had, and have already read. Triple is actually an excellent book. Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2010 by wayner
1.0 out of 5 stars Are you kidding me?
This has got to be the worst book Ken Follett ever wrote.
The story is ridiculous. Would the KGB, at the height of the cold war, really let some English woman on one of their... Read more
Published on March 16 2004 by J. Alexander
4.0 out of 5 stars Follett post 9/11
I read this book looking for some post 9/11 escapism focused on the middle east. This is a fast moving action story that maintains its pace through all 340 pages. Read more
Published on June 7 2002 by Stephen P. Smith
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