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Night Over Water by Ken Follett
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Night Over Water (1991)

by Ken Follett

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It's always fun to read the disparate reviewers of Ken Follett here on Goodreads. Either you like his potboilers,with their elaborate plots and overstated characters, or you find it all too unconvincing and puerile.

Me, I like the guy, and found Night Over Water one of his best.

I enjoy big books with lots of interwoven plotlines, and Follett just has a way of making me sympathize with his characters. I found plenty of suspense and narrative drive to keep me turning the pages. And, while the people occasionally act a little over the top (particularly throwing themselves into sex at odd moments)-- and while the plot seemed to all tie up a little too quickly and neatly -- Well heck, it sure was fun taking the ride.

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  JackMassa | Jan 24, 2019 |
Underwhelming is a perfect word to describe this one. Some potentially decent story lines surround the various passengers on a Pan Am clipper flight from England to the States at the outbreak of war in Europe, but Follett seems to prefer a soap opera here as opposed to a serious thriller, and he seems especially committed to treating all of the female characters as being fickle, dependent, and not particularly bright. Even the smartest of the female bunch here eventually becomes yet another bimbo. And with that soap opera feel to things, readers who like plenty of sex in their fiction will be happy, although even that seems to have been written by a high school English composition student whose Friday nights are all free. If it hadn't been for a few nice twists at the end (the most significant of which was pretty obvious, although I had a bit of it wrong), it would have been a complete disappointment, but those twists upgraded it to underwhelming status. ( )
  jimgysin | Jun 19, 2017 |
The ending saved the book. Much too detailed about some of the characters the ending was a bit of a surprise. Follet is a good writer and he was developing his chops when he wrote this. ( )
  JBreedlove | Aug 8, 2016 |
Could be also known as "airplane of fools," this book is one of several strands all coming together in an effort to construct a tightly-knit story. It only partly succeeds. Follett does better in his longer historical novels (_Pillars of the Earth_), but I still enjoyed it. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Pan Am clipper last flight before war - good *

September 1939. England is at war with Nazi Germany. In Southampton, the world’s most luxurious airliner—the legendary Pan Am clipper—takes off for its final flight to neutral America. Aboard are the cream of society and the dregs of humanity, all fleeing the war for reasons of their own…shadowed by a danger they do not know exists…and heading straight into a storm of violence, intrigue, and betrayal….
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  christinejoseph | Dec 31, 2015 |
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September 1939. England is at war with Nazi Germany. In Southampton, the world’s most luxurious airliner—the legendary Pan Am clipper—takes off for its final flight to neutral America. Aboard are the cream of society and the dregs of humanity, all fleeing the war for reasons of their own…shadowed by a danger they do not know exists…and heading straight into a storm of violence, intrigue, and betrayal….

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As England and Germany engage in battle in 1939, the world's most luxurious airline takes off for its final flight to neutral America, but two ruthless passengers are determined to prevent the plane from reaching its destination.

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