A Column of Fire

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4 out of 5 stars
By Charles Atkinson on 10-11-17

Follett is a Master Storyteller

A Column of Fire is set in Kingsbridge shortly after the death of Henry III. His daughter Mary is queen and England's alliance with the Roman Catolic Church has been restored. Thus, the tensions between Protestant and Catholic faiths are seething. Unlike Pillars of the Earth, where few of us if any knew the history of earliest England, there is little mystery or revelation surrounding the actual events of the times. Yet it is Follett's skill at weaving extradorniary characters and stories with historical events that make this book a worthy sequel.

Within moments, he introduces us to a string villains and heroes we are immediately attracted too. There are impending conflicts, the dread of loss and the hope of true love.

Creating characters with religious motivations is remarkably difficult. One has to assume the subject's degree of education, upbringing, sincerity and moral character to make it believable. Follett is great at this. And even today, it is clear that many sincere people of faith often believe, live, teach and manipulate others in direct conflict with their own religion. However, having studied the history of Catholicism in Europe, I do take issue with Folllet's view of Catholicism (and really all of Christianity) history. His disdain for the Catholic faith is impossible to hide.

I bring that up, because even though I personally took issue with his prejudice, A Column of Fire grabbed me from the beginning and kept me riveted till the end.

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29 of 30 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Derrick J. Robinson on 09-30-17

A great epic by a master storyteller

This is a richly detailed historical novel. The narration is excellent. The story is compelling and reveals the brutal depths of the religious conflict in Europe during the 1540’s to the 1600’s. If you are a fan of Ken Follett you will not be disappointed.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By James on 09-15-17

Just like the first two...

I have no idea how this ended up with such a low score here. It gets a 4.29 on Goodreads right now, and I cannot imagine the low score is John Lee's fault!

If you loved the other two then you will love this one.

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38 of 41 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Tracy Bisbee on 09-22-17

My favorite author !

A marvelous trilogy but I must admit pillars of the earth is still my all-time favorite! I hope there is a book four that follows Jack to the New World !
( hint hint Mr.Follett ) lol

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Barbara J. Hansen on 10-11-17

What a let down!

I 've read the rest of the series and really enjoyed them. This one definitely missed the mark.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By M. Raymond Walter on 10-03-17

Great Sequel in the Pillars line

A captivating sweep of 16-17 century English Channel history, told in the terms of a single heroic lifespan.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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