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Eye of the Needle (1978)

by Ken Follett

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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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“The Needle” an enemy spy, aristocrat, and ruthless assassin. One person standing in his way. A lonely Englishwoman on an isolated Scottish Island who falls in love with him. Another Follett masterpiece. Full of suspense, intrigue, and adventure. Best WWII spy novel. Atmospheric and thrilling. A must read. I‘ve been reading Follett‘s books. Love them all! ( )
  EadieB | Jan 15, 2020 |
First read about 10 years ago and really enjoyed. Picked at the library and tried to re-read recently but it didn't hold up. Once you know how the story goes the characters are too flat and the writing not strong enough to hold my attention. ( )
  JessMahler | Jan 9, 2020 |
A bit of a slow build up to a very exciting end. A really good war time drama ( )
  karenshann | Dec 31, 2019 |
One of my favorite books and the best of Ken Follett; also made into a good movie with Donald Sutherland as the bad guy which kept me on the edge of my seat even though I had read the book before. ( )
  Claudia.Anderson | Jun 7, 2019 |
This is a classic World War II spy suspense story first published in 1978. Set in the UK, German spy Henry Faber (the Needle) is really a super spy and what he discovers about British plans to invade Europe will determine who wins the war - the Allies or the Nazis. Faber is brilliant and ruthless but turns out to be no match for a beautiful, lonely English housewife and mother named Lucy. This book is much better written than the average spy story. ( )
  C.J.Shane | Feb 25, 2019 |
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Ken Follettprimary authorall editionscalculated
Calzeroni, RiccardoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Häilä, ArtoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Illmer, VictoriaCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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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.
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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.

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