This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett

Eye of the Needle (1978)

by Ken Follett

Other authors: See the other authors section.

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
4,056771,847 (3.94)102

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 102 mentions

English (67)  Spanish (3)  German (3)  Norwegian (1)  Italian (1)  Portuguese (Portugal) (1)  French (1)  All languages (77)
Showing 1-5 of 67 (next | show all)
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 |
A great fast paced read from Kenn Follett. His books are typical and full of actiona and adventure. One of Follett's better known works, this book is is a spy story set during the world war II .

For a detailed review please click on the link below or paste it on the browser:
http://onerightword.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/eye-of-needle-ken-follet.html ( )
  ashkrishwrites | Aug 29, 2018 |
The novel was published in 1978 and way back in 1981 this book was turned into a movie with Donald Sutherland and Kate Nelligan. Although I have not seen the film in quite a long time I thought it excellent when I first saw it and re-watched it on cable more than once. After first seeing the film I picked up the novel and liked it every bit as much as the film and probably more. Film and novel are both excellent. The story is told about about several characters with three focal points so to speak, but the story is about a German agent embedded in England who has been told to discover if there is a false show being put on by the allies to confuse Germany about where the D-Day invasion will be. It was an elaborate scheme of deception. Equally important is a young (and tragic) married couple living on an island in the North Sea. British MI hunts down the needle before he can discover and relay the truth. The story is tightly woven and the novel is truly a suspense filled thriller with several heart racing scenes. Each character is well written and I was very glad to read it again. A real page turner at times after a very good buildup.

Terrific book. Highly recommended. This certainly holds up 40 years after first publication. ( )
  RBeffa | Jul 11, 2018 |
First book of the year was a real page turner! I really enjoyed this spy-thriller set in the time of World War II England. This book is basically told from three points of view. First, from that of a German spy and his actions in England. Second, from the point of view of the British MI-5 man tasked with tracking him down. And third, from the point of view of a young married couple at the time. There are also a few random chapters that share the story of others (including Rommel and Hitler), but those are done to move the plot along.

While I found the ending to be fairly predictable (not the actual action, but the result), I think this was a fantastic short novel. Each of the characters were interesting and true to themselves, and I found myself rooting for the good guys and against the bad guys. This was my second Ken Follett book and I will be sure to read more. ( )
  msaucier818 | Apr 9, 2018 |
Showing 1-5 of 67 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (22 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ken Follettprimary authorall editionscalculated
Calzeroni, RiccardoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
The Germans were almost completely deceived - only Hitler guessed right, and he hesitated to back his hunch...
A. J. P. Taylor 
English history 1914 - 1945
My thanks to Malcolm Hulke for invaluable help, generously given.
First words
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)
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language
Information from the German Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
Haiku summary

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)

(see all 7 descriptions)

"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)

» see all 17 descriptions

Quick Links

Popular covers


Average: (3.94)
1 8
1.5 3
2 40
2.5 11
3 238
3.5 61
4 456
4.5 43
5 303

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 135,715,501 books! | Top bar: Always visible