Storm Island

Storm Island Originally published as Storm Island It is and weeks before D Day The Allies are disguising their invasion plans with a phoney armada of ships and planes Their plan would be scuppered if an enemy

  • Title: Storm Island
  • Author: Ken Follett
  • ISBN: 9780354042789
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Originally published as Storm Island.It is 1944 and weeks before D Day The Allies are disguising their invasion plans with a phoney armada of ships and planes Their plan would be scuppered if an enemy agent found out and then, Hitler s prize agent, The Needle, does just that Hunted by MI5, he leads a murderous trail across Britain to a waiting U Boat But he hasn tOriginally published as Storm Island.It is 1944 and weeks before D Day The Allies are disguising their invasion plans with a phoney armada of ships and planes Their plan would be scuppered if an enemy agent found out and then, Hitler s prize agent, The Needle, does just that Hunted by MI5, he leads a murderous trail across Britain to a waiting U Boat But he hasn t planned for a storm battered island, and the remarkable young woman who lives there.

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  • Ken Follett

    Ken Follett is one of the world s most successful authors Over 160 million copies of the 31 books he has written have been sold in over 80 countries and in 33 languages.Born on June 5, 1949, in Cardiff, Wales, the son of a tax inspector, Ken was educated at state schools and went on to graduate from University College, London, with an Honours degree in philosophy He was made a fellow of the college in 1995.He started his career as a reporter, first with his hometown newspaper, the South Wales Echo, and then with the London Evening News Subsequently, he worked for a small London publishing house, Everest Books, eventually becoming the deputy managing director.Ken s last project, the Century Trilogy, has sold 19.5 million copies worldwide The three books tell the story of the twentieth century through five generations on three continents Ken s first major success came with the publication of Eye of the Needle in 1978 A World War II thriller set in England, this book earned him the 1979 Edgar Award for Best Novel from the Mystery Writers of America It remains one of his most popular books.In 1989, Ken s epic novel about the building of a medieval cathedral, The Pillars of the Earth, was published It reached number one on bestseller lists everywhere and was turned into a major television series produced by Ridley Scott, which aired in 2010 The next book in the Kingsbridge series, World Without End, the sequel to The Pillars of the Earth, proved equally popular when it was published in 2007 The Kingsbridge series has sold 38 million copies worldwide.Ken has been active in numerous literacy charities and was the president of Dyslexia Action for ten years He was the chair of the National Year of Reading, a joint initiative between government and businesses He is also active in many Stevenage charities and is the president of the Stevenage Community Trust Ken also set up The Follett Trust, which awards single donations to the arts and in cases of social deprivation and education.Ken, who loves music almost as much as he loves books, is an enthusiastic bass guitar player in two bands He lives in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England, with his wife, Barbara, the former Labour member of Parliament for Stevenage Between them they have five children, six grandchildren, and three Labradors.

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  • This was the novel that gave Follet star quality status in publishing circles. Not only was it a best seller but it also was adapted into a movie, starring Donald Sutherland. Here are some reasons to read THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE: (1) PRECISION: you like reading about cool, precise heroes or anti-heroes or villains who are painfully precise in their plans, the best at what they do and are totally "stone cold.";(2) WWII BUFF: you love to read about the "big thrills" of WWII; this has it since the Ge [...]


  • Today, most people know Ken Follett as the author of mammoth works of historical fiction. I mean, we’re talking novels that would make War and Peace turn and run like Napoleon’s troops from Moscow. (See what I did there?) It’s a known fact that you can construct a home able to withstand an F5 tornado solely from copies of Pillars of the Earth, World Without End and Fall of Giants. (Note: this house will not have doors, windows, a roof, or the ability to withstand an F5 tornado). Before he [...]



  • Eye of the Needle, a sharply-written WWII era thriller, is miles away in style and length from the mammoth, medieval epics Follett would later create. Though not a mindbendingly difficult read, the quality of the writing was already present at this early stage. Extra kudos must be given to any author who can switch gears and dabble in different genres. Working outside your comfortable corner can not be the easiest thing to do.


  • Carl Sandburg said (in another context) "it pays to have a good forgettery." In this case, a good forgettery allowed me to reread Ken Follett's EYE OF THE NEEDLE (British title, STORM ISLAND) with every bit as much enjoyment as when I first read it 30 years ago. Also, having recently reread THE DAY OF THE JACKAL, it was fun to compare these two similar, but different, thrillers.Both books feature multiple points of view -- quite a few of them in Follett's case -- and on both sides of the good gu [...]


  • Read for my lifetime challenge (1978).This is a fantastic page-turner that outshines most contemporary thrillers. I could hardly bear to put it down for the day and a half it took me to devour it!The story is set during WWII just before the allies invade at Normandy. This first offensive by British, US and allied forces could determine the entire war. The only chance they have is if they can land where the Germans aren't expecting them. Otherwise they'll be decimated as they try to get their arm [...]


  • This is my first Follett book I have read and he has a very enjoyable, concise and precise style of writing. The year is 1944, and a German spy (code-name: "the Needle") has photos that could damage the Allies' plans for D-Day. While trying to get the photos to a U-boat, he is shipwrecked on a remote island off the coast of Scotland, which is home to a loveless and amputee man, his lonely wife, and their three-year-old child. This is an enthralling wartime (WW2) thriller with a interesting plot [...]


  • A fast paced World War 2 thriller, set against the backdrop of D-Day plans secretly laid by the British. The story is very engrossing, making it a real turner and a thrilling experience, but I felt that there were a bit too many clichés. It started off pretty well, but by the end it felt like a Hollywood style spy-flick. The writing is quite good at times, while on some occasions the lines were overtly simplistic, the romantic intrigue was mostly about sex and nothing more. Throughout the readi [...]


  • I would have read this book in a day, but I had to work when I started it. However, I did manage to finish it coming home after drinking wine & finishing with Heradura- rather than pass out I managed to complete it. Well Done, Mr Follet, Well Done!!I loved this book so much, was reading on my nook and I was hooked after page 13. I gave it 5 stars, but I really would have given it 4.5 if I could, only because I would have preferred an alternate ending. Ken Follett is a genius. The whole time [...]


  • This is my first Ken Follett book (much to the disappointment of my wife) but I wanted to tackle something small before attempting on of his epics. Eye of the Needle tells the story of a German master spy ‘The Needle’ and his attempt to uncover the plans of the English army during World War 2 (a few weeks before D-Day). This book was a little light on the espionage and too much focused on the generic thriller formula. I also felt the feeling of World War 2 was missed; this book could have be [...]


  • Il primo Ken Follett e, secondo me, il migliore. Rapido, incisivo, appassionante. Appassionato, anche. Ma, soprattutto, genuino nell'invenzione. Prima che la notorietà gli consentisse stuoli di ricercatori, complessità meno fresche e una vaga supponenza.


  • Habitualmente tenho de pensar um pouco antes de escrever uma opinião. Desta vez, sei com exactidão porque tem 3 estrelas apenas.Esta foi a minha primeira experiência com Follet e não me apaixonei. Sei que lerei pelo menos Os Pilares da Terra, mas não é provável que volte a ler um (dele) deste género. A história é interessante, mas não me agarrou, como acho que uma história de espiões deve fazer. Há certos livros que podemos ir lendo e desfrutando, mas um deste género deve, para mi [...]


  • When Faber arrives at Storm Island near Aberdeen, he finds Lucy who lives with her crippled husband and is so very lonely,as her embittered husband has never touched her after marriage. Lucy then embarks on a relationship with Faber, although Faber really 'seems to come to love' someone for the very first time in his life. But in my opinion I do not think Faber is capable of "love" he is trained to look at people as objects and kill immediately when threatened. Both need release from pent up sex [...]


  • In an interview, Ken Follett said this was his first really successful novel (after having written about 10 previous ones that are now forgotten), and he thought the reason of its success was that for the first time he had put a lot of effort in building a great structure. This is pretty evident while reading this book: the best structure is the one you don't notice, because you are so drawn into the story. Eye of the needle is a brilliant spy thriller with a clever plot, an accurate historic ba [...]


  • Heinrich Faber is Jason Bourne before there was a Jason Bourne. He is a great ani-hero. The book is gritty and you have to keep in mind that you are in the world of the mid 1930s and 40s… to it can be painfully slow… It is not written in a “cool” American style with double back flips and “mind blowing” technology. It is more British, meaning there is a methodical story of detail. within the characters there are a lot of inner emotions. and the story tends to allow for a lot of compla [...]


  • WWII spy is on the run but closely followed. I kept switching loyalties throughout which was a good tactic by Follett. Who do I trust? The story moves between the spy and a newly married couple living on an island. Of course they'll eventually meet. This seemed too formulaic and cliche, but liked most of the writing. Very different from other sweeping Follett novels which I love. Probably better to have read than listened. Dramatic voice overs not appreciated.



  • 'She said: ‘Can I have a word with you?’ He seemed to hesitate, then said: ‘I’m undressed.’ ‘So am I,’ she giggled, and she opened the door with her duplicate key. He was standing in front of the radio with some kind of screwdriver in his hand. He wore his trousers and no singlet. His face was white and he looked scared to death. She stepped inside and closed the door behind her, not knowing what to say. Suddenly she remembered a line from an American film, and she said: ‘Would y [...]


  • Among the best thrillers ever. My comments about Follett's approach to the actual history in his historical novel "Eye of the Needle" can be found in my author blog lewweinsteinauthorblog/201Follett starts with a one page historical preface about the D-Day deception. He ends the preface “That much is history. What follows is fiction. Still and all, one suspects something like this must have happened.”The high stakes of blowing the deception plan are emphasized several times Godliman: “If [...]


  • "()Achei a escrita de Ken Follett fantástica! Simples, mas bastante atrativa. E achei brilhante o facto de me fazer "torcer" pelo espião, ou seja, pela pessoa que eu na realidade nunca quereria que tivesse sucesso. Mas a verdade é que quando estava a ler o livro (quase) queria que ele tivesse sucesso - na medida em que fosse ficção.Adorei completamente o livro, recomendo vivamente a toda a gente."(Opinião completa:encantodashistorias.p)


  • Very satisfying book. Reminded me of drinking a glass of chocolate milk -- like I just enjoyed it so much I couldn't take a break until it was gone, and when I finished I was like, "ah, that was good." But I suspected somewhere deep down that it's junk-foodyness outweighed its nutritional value.


  • A fun read! An added bonus if the reader is familiar with the details surrounding the infamous Operation Overlord of WWII. A great cat and mouse with historical context!


  • I like books about WWII.A don't quite know where this passion comes but it doesn't matter.I wanted to read Ken Follet for a very long time. Veeeery long time.But this bookThis book!!!It is read very easily, I was expecting this book to be hard to get through. But, no.It is fast-paced, full of action, secrets and, obviously, spies. And the endingWow.I won't be expecting it, believe me.


  • muy buen libro de espionaje, primer libro que leo de follet y como me ah gustado, unos personajes memorables y un misterio que no puede ser descubierto. Tiene un inicio que te atrapa, hostias de amor en gatos y sexo que no paran de sorprenderte, un muy buen thriller sobre la segunda guerra mundial que no dejará indiferente a nadie


  • When the radio packed up in my car and I got fed up of listening to music, I came up with the idea of trying an audio book. In all my years of reading, audio is one format I've never tried, so it was a new experience for me. And was I pleased I gave it a chance! My half hour journey to work (same one for 19 years!) was a real drag, but now I almost look forward to taking a steady drive to work while listening to the latest installment. Admittedly, I may have slightly overrated EotN because of my [...]


  • This is really sad. What I learned from this book was, when you clean a bookshelf in your bookstore and wind up handling 400 or so pulp thriller war novels, you automatically become interested in that genre for awhile. My husband and I spent the two snowstorm days of extra Christmas vacation cleaning our Westerns,War and Guys with Big Guns section and reshelving them so they can be seen - and thus purchased! Marketing is so simple. And then we packed a box of books and some wine and went down to [...]


  • Oh Ken Follett, you've fooled me again. You are so good at the spy cat-and-mouse game aspects of writing these great WWII spy novels. Generally the first 2/3 of your books have me waking up at night to finish reading a chapter or two. Such great and complex heroes and villians. But thenyou try to write sexy stuff. And honestly, you have no idea what women want or need. I'm sorry, but a housewife is not going to wander into the next room to ravage the stranger she just met and bandaged up from hi [...]


  • Can a book be sexy and enthralling ? Read this in my human days when I could feel and touch books, and it is still reverberating through me.What a yarn.What are you doing? Read it now.



  • As a big fan of Ken Follet, this isn't his most sophisticated writing. Before writing historical fiction Follet was a spy novels/thrillers writer. The Eye of the needle marks his transition.A fast pacing book (specially the second part) about a German spy during WW2


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