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Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett
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Eye of the Needle (1978)

by Ken Follett

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After a bit of a leisurely start, 'Eye of the Needle' accelerates relentlessly to a sustained and thrilling climax. The characters are starkly, even harshly drawn and the intensity is palpable.

Follett's novels exemplify the term "page-turner," and at times this one borders on cheesy. The villain's ruthlessness and superhuman efficiency, and the heroine's honor and pulchritude, are stressed quite more than necessary. Nor did I need so many scenes with real World War II figures -- Churchill, Hitler, Rommell (where was Eisenhower?) -- telling each other portentiously that the 'whole war depends on this one spy.' All a little forced and unconvincing.

But the bulk of the story, focused on the main characters and their spy hunting, pursuit, wars of nerves, and games of cat and mouse, was excellent. ( )
  JackMassa | Nov 23, 2016 |
Good suspense could be a movie ( )
  BryceV | Nov 12, 2016 |
4.5 / 5 ( )
  Amanda105 | Sep 5, 2016 |
A great plot marred by an incredible heroine. It is hard to suspend disbelief at a heroine who knows how to make a petrol bomb, comes up with all sorts of incredible brainwaves usually headlined by "she had an idea", and uses her fingers to disrupt the electricity to the radio. A good read nonetheless. ( )
  siok | Aug 27, 2016 |
Completely fantastic spy novel- he is amazing! ( )
  ltfitch1 | Jun 5, 2016 |
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The Germans were almost completely deceived - only Hitler guessed right, and he hesitated to back his hunch...
A. J. P. Taylor 
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My thanks to Malcolm Hulke for invaluable help, generously given.
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It was the coldest winter for forty-five years.
Early in 1944, German intelligence was piecing together evidence of a huge army in southeastern England. (Preface)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 006074815X, Paperback)

One enemy spy knows the secret to the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin -- code name: "The Needle" -- who holds the key to ultimate Nazi victory.

Only one person stands in his way: a lonely Englishwoman on an isolated island, who is beginning to love the killer who has mysteriously entered her life.

All will come to a terrifying conclusion in Ken Follett's unsurpassed and unforgettable masterwork of suspense, intrigue, and the dangerous machinations of the human heart.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:02:13 -0400)

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"One enemy spy knows the secret of the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin-code name: The Needle-who holds the key to the ultimate Nazi victory. Only one person stands in his way: a lonely Englishwoman on an isolated island, who is coming to love the killer who has mysteriously entered her life"-- Cover verso.… (more)

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