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World Without End

world without endWorld Without End is the second in the two-part series by Ken Follett and takes us back to Kingsbridge a hundred or so years after the end of the first in the series, Pillars of The Earth.  We meet the main characters, Merthin and Caris, who are the primary guides through the novel.  Merthin is from a family of a “bankrupt” landowner who has to rely on the priory for survival.  He is too small to be picked as a knight’s squire so has to forge his way through the trades.  Caris is the bright daughter of a wealthy wool trader.

Night Over Water

night over waterAs the war breaks out across Europe in advance of the Nazi horde Pan American Airlines has a luxury seaplane that astonishingly can get passengers across to American in little more than 24 hours.  As a luxury plane it is filled with rather fortunate souls…some escaping, some running away…some trying to get home in time to stop tragedy.  In Night over Water author Ken Follett gives the glimpse of lives thrust together in the confines of a large and opulent airliner.  Though rather large and roomy the intrigue and inter action between and among the passengers makes for some interesting reading.

Pillars Of The Earth

pillars of the earthSet in twelfth century feudal England, The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett takes us to a time when life was hard for the “regular” people as rivals fight for the rule of England.  The story is told mostly through the lives of three families; Brother Philip, a simple man of God who has a modest soul, but high aspirations and a cunning mind; Tom Builder who, as a master stone mason, wants to build a cathedral; and Aliena the high-born daughter of a once powerful earl.  This era in history is brutal as might is always right and rulers care more about how their decisions benefit them rather than justice and religious men often accept that the ends justify the means.