The epic final volume in the Century Trilogy.
As the decisions made in the corridors of power bring the world to the brink of oblivion, five families from across the globe are brought together in an unforgettable tale of passion and conflict during the Cold War.
When Rebecca Hoffmann, a teacher in East Germany, finds herself pursued by the secret police, she discovers that she has been living a lie. Her younger brother, Walli, longs to escape across the Berlin Wall to Britain to become part of the burgeoning music scene.
In the United States, George Jakes, a bright young lawyer in the Kennedy administration, is a fierce supporter of the Civil Rights movement - as is the woman he is in love with, Verena, who works for Martin Luther King, Jr. Boarding a Greyhound bus in Washington to protest against segregation, they begin a fateful journey together.
Russian activist, Tania Dvorkin, narrowly evades capture for producing an illegal news sheet. Her actions are made all the more perilous as her brother, Dimka, is a rising star in the heart of the Communist Party in the Kremlin.
From the deep south of America to the vast expanses of Siberia, from the shores of Cuba to the swinging streets of '60s London, Edge of Eternity is a sweeping tale of the fight for individual freedom in a world gripped by the mightiest clash of superpowers anyone has ever known.
"The true historical events are probably the most exciting bits to read, because Follett always gives his puppet eye-witnesses an excellent vantage point from which to recount them." (Private Eye)
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A great ending to the trilogy
History comes alive
The fact that everything is based on true events and has real characters intermixed with the fictional characters make everything real.
He has so many voices and accents to deal with that I had thought there was a few narrators. John Lee does a great job and his voice is historically realistic.
So many moments that were front page news, are part of this story. The story is the history of the whole world but is about families and individuals.
I have been waiting for this third instalment for years. So far it has lived up and beyond all my expectations.
good but downhill from the first one.
As part of the century trilogy the book continues to put the main characters in the midst of the most important events on the XX century, however the tone and the characters themselves are less alluring than the characters from book 1 or even book 2.
Hearing the context for Martin Luther King's I have a dream speech was awesome, I really enjoyed that part.
John Lee gives an amazing performance, be on the lookout for this and other works by him, his female characters are good enough but Fitz in his old age is amazing.
There are several, this is a must read book if you initiated the trilogy and it's a good enough standalone book.
It is somewhat sad to see beloved characters pass away from old age, the book could have been more emotional on those parts.