Edge of Eternity

Edge of Eternity

Book - 2014
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East German teacher Rebecca Hoffmann discovers she's been spied on by the Stasi for years and commits an impulsive act that will affect her family for the rest of their lives. George Jakes, the child of a mixed-race couple, bypasses a corporate law career to join Robert F. Kennedy's Justice Department, and finds himself in the middle not only of the seminal events of the civil rights battle, but a much more personal battle of his own. Cameron Dewar, the grandson of a senator, jumps at the chance to do some official and unofficial espionage for a cause he believes in, only to discover that the world is a much more dangerous place than he'd imagined. Dimka Dvorkin, a young aide to Nikita Khrushchev, becomes a prime agent both for good and for ill as the United States and the Soviet Union race to the brink of nuclear war, while his twin sister, Tanya, carves out a role that will take her from Moscow to Cuba to Prague to Warsaw and into history.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Dutton,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780525953098
Characteristics: xiii, 1,098 pages : genealogical tables, maps ; 25 cm


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Mar 25, 2019

The first book in "The Century Trilogy" was great. The second as pretty good. This one, Edge of Eternity" was really a lecture on how liberal elite is creating a better world for the rest of the world --even it's not really how it turned out. Historical fiction, with a political basis.

Feb 15, 2018

Outsized emphasis on sex (too descriptive), liked the book overall however as it completes the series does, characters, events in Russia interested me more than characters in London for instance. Worth reading - if you have a lot of time that is.

Jun 30, 2017

A sleazy, one-sided bore. George Wallace & Bull Connor are never ID's as democrats. Goldwater is an extremist, racist lumped in with Wallace among those responsible for murdering Martin Luther King. Reagan lumped in with Wallace encouraging police to beat up protestors. Then hit for defense spending, tax cuts, support for the Contras and labelled over and over as a mass murderer. Republicans are portrayed as opposing Civil Rights and are not credited for supplying a majority of the votes to pass the 60's Civil Rights Laws. One fictional republican character meets a Black woman lawyer and he's characterized as having "... difficulty with the concept of a black woman lawyer...first saw her as a secretary, then as a Negro. He was now regarding her as a pair of breasts." A red-neck on an airplane is a Nixon voter. George H.W. Bush is a cold warrior and a Reagan collaborator. The novel concludes with a two page, feel good epilogue about: the election of Barack Obama, of course. This novel is saturated with sex from cover to cover. Every time a male and female character are together, I thought here it comes again, and it gets really very tiresome. If I Never again read about pubic hair and oral sex I've had more than enough from this book. This novel is not worthy of an otherwise great novelist.

Jan 29, 2017

More horn doggerel from an old degenerate--soft porn at best. He seems to have gotten hornier with each volume of the trilogy, and I'm sure he's worn all the hair off of his writing hand! Follett is a hard-wired liberal; his liberal arrogance is clear in his writing; he rewrites history to suit his liberal preferences which results in lies in standard liberal fashion. His plot development is fair and his character development is pretty good; pretty much he is a horny old male Danielle Steele disguised as a smug little Welsh rabbit.

Feb 03, 2016

I would have to read at least 175 Pages or more ALL in one place at the start, and THEN, at a later time from the time I start reading, that's how much I had to read at least in ONE 24 HOUR PERIOD. That's to avoid overdues, and renewals.

Oct 03, 2015

Follet's excessive emphasis on sex depreciates the honor and unselfish efforts of the many who fought against the injustices prevailing in societies. The concurrent action of the civil rights movement and the resistance to communist excesses is a neat setting to bring out the depth of human search for dignity and justices but the author missed the deeper aspects

Oct 01, 2015

This is the third Book in the trilogy. The first book about the First world war was an education. It set the stage for several families in Britain, Russia, and the USA. The second book about the second world war upset me. It was as if Canada did not exist. I was glad my Father is no longer alive to read that everything was accomplished by the USA. This, the third book told me why. It brought back many memories of the times of my young years. And most pointedly outlined how Communism and Conservatism are so alike. In the end I enjoyed this book.

Aug 27, 2015

I loved this series, and its been a while since I've slogged through massive books with such enthusiasm. The depth into which Follett delves into history and creates a complex, engaging, and sophisticated backstory is admirable. My favorite characters from the first book are referenced decades (almost 100 years) later, and that connection gave me a fondness for their descendants' trials and tribulations. Though it's no solid history text, it makes me eager to read some hardcore history, especially about the East/West Berlin divide, on which he spends quite a lot of time and crafts much of the story around. Follett has a knack for getting you to care for his characters, and feel agonized as history throws nearly each and every one of them relentless curve balls. My empathy was wholly exploited, and I loved every minute of it!

Jun 09, 2015

I loved the book, answered all my questions as to what happened after the last book ended. A great look into the life of people on the "other side" of the Berlin Wall! Great read.

Apr 16, 2015

I am an avid reader and have read most of Mr. Folletts' books and I can say that this is an unbelievably fantastic story, with the research that has put this author on the forefront and given him the recognition he so richly deserves (I'm sure his wife is a huge contributor to his success and they are an awesome team!) Do not miss this book - I've just completed my second reading of it and enjoyed it even more. Read On!!!

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APL_StaffPicks Sep 22, 2014

“I said I would write it in seven years and I wished I had said nine because it was a bit too short,” said Follett. “You can’t write any faster, so all you can do is work longer hours.
“Not that I really mind because it is completely absorbing,” he continued. “Enjoyable is too feeble a word. To say I enjoy my work isn’t adequate. I am completely absorbed in it.”
Patty Winsa/Toronto Star/Sept 23, 2014.


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