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5.0 out of 5 stars Deceit Abounds
For those just getting around to this novel keep in mind that it was published in 1978. So the story and plot devices may not seem fresh because you will have probably read similar works. But those similar works are a result of Follett providing the template. So it is for that reason that the book gets five stars. The brilliant sleeper agent, earnest pursuers and an...
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's Brilliant! It's Absurd!
How can a book that starts out so brilliantly collapse so completely halfway through? That's when the title character, The Needle, a WWII German spy who has thus far thwarted the best efforts of several nations to stop him, is forced into a showdown with -- get this -- a beautiful young Englishwoman. And of course the fate of the free world hangs in the balance, etc.,...
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's Brilliant! It's Absurd!, Dec 4 2000
How can a book that starts out so brilliantly collapse so completely halfway through? That's when the title character, The Needle, a WWII German spy who has thus far thwarted the best efforts of several nations to stop him, is forced into a showdown with -- get this -- a beautiful young Englishwoman. And of course the fate of the free world hangs in the balance, etc., etc.
Now in any sort of plausible universe, our hero would dispatch this broad faster than you could say "Heil Hitler." So why are there still 150 pages left in the book? Let me just say this: Prepare to have your patience and credulity stretched to really painful dimensions.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Over all, not a bad book, Jan. 9 2012
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I am used to his epics Pillars of the Earth (which I read twice) and World without end, and do enjoy his work overall. This started as a page turner and suspenseful, but was a bit disappointed with the "love story within a suspense" style book, and its sappy ending that I felt it ended up being like a Harlequin Romance. He may be hopelessly romantic, but espionage is espionage and if you are looking for a silly, over the top romantic book, you can buy Danielle Steele or Harlequin. Or you can watch an old cheesy 007 movie with Sean Connery. Silly romance and happy endings have no place in espionage!
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4.0 out of 5 stars recommend, March 5 2014
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I liked the way the story tied everything together. Fast paced. Enjoyed reading this novel Would definitely recommend for reading. Anyone who enjoys reading spy novels will like this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deceit Abounds, Sept. 26 2013
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Jeffrey Swystun (Toronto & Mont Tremblant) - See all my reviews
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For those just getting around to this novel keep in mind that it was published in 1978. So the story and plot devices may not seem fresh because you will have probably read similar works. But those similar works are a result of Follett providing the template. So it is for that reason that the book gets five stars. The brilliant sleeper agent, earnest pursuers and an unanticipated wrench in the plan now seem familiar but was freshly executed by the author.

The pace is fantastic as is the wide cast of characters including real historic figures. The book is all about deception from a German agent to a fake army to a ruinous marriage, deceit abounds. It was also a bit racy with a graphic coupling I had largely forgotten from my first pass years ago. This is a great beach or fireside read. Enjoy!

***Spoiler Alert***
In the film The Iron Lady is a scene in which the retired Margaret Thatcher is shown reading Eye of the Needle while her husband Denis Thatcher remarks "In the end she kills him, you know."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book!!!, July 20 2013
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One of his best books.I would recommend it to everyone.
His stories are historical fiction. This one certainly held my attention.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eye of the Needle, May 11 2013
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This is one of the best of the books from Ken Follett. An amazing story that is full of surprises and intrigue. The ending was so good!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, May 3 2013
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Love Follett novels and this one didn't disappoint. Bonus is that it's less than hi usual thousand pages. Highly recommend
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4.0 out of 5 stars The eye of the needle, Feb. 11 2013
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I have read it years ago.Dated now of course but still a good read interesting to compare those times to todays world
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eye of the Needle, Feb. 7 2013
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It was a great story and an excellent book; I found it hard to put down! I have recommended it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You Saw My Face, Nov. 9 2003
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Lydia (Madison, OH USA) - See all my reviews
Ken Follet's Eye of the Needle was an extraordinary book about a German spy named Faber, who knows the greatest secret of the Allies. If he gets the information to Hitler than the war is most likely to be won by the Nazis.

It is a race between Faber and many intelligent Allies. Two of them, Godliman and Bloggs have traced back many murders and crimes to Faber and are always close to catching him but somehow he always finds a way to escape. They both know that The Needle, Faber's codename, is very important and close to Hitler because he ends his letters with , Regards to Willi.
Which most spies would never be that casual with their leaders.
Follet also tells the story of two of the important people following Faber. Godliman was a professor before the war started and throughout the search for Faber he remembers seeing him somewhere when he was younger. Bloggs is young and has just lost his wife in a bombing. He blames every Nazi for this and will doing anything to find and kill Faber.
Follet also tells of a young couple who are living their lives on a small cozy island with their son while all of this is going on. David, the husband, was going to fly a plane for the allies but got in a car accident and lost his legs. They both act happy when visitors come but Lucy, David's wife, knows there is something missing between them.

The Needle ruthlessly kills anyone that gets in between him and the Fuehrer. He even kills people on his own side. That is the reason, though, that thousands of people are looking for him but no one can find him. Follett adds an interesting pattern at the ends of the chapters that The Needle kills someone end with the phrase "You saw my face."
You do find out he has a heart, though, at the end of his mission when he crashes on a lonely island. For once, he hesitates to kill someone.
This book is definitely a page-turner and has a very intense plot filled with adventure, suspense, and romance. It keeps you interested from the very first page to the very last.
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