Edge of Eternity is the sweeping, passionate conclusion to the Century trilogy.
Throughout the ‘Century Trilogy’, Ken has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families — American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh — as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all, the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Presidential impeachment, revolution — and rock and roll.
East German teacher Rebecca Hoffman discovers she’s been spied on by the Stasi for years and commits an impulsive act that will affect her family for the rest of their lives… George Jakes, the child of a mixed-race couple, bypasses a corporate law career to join Robert F. Kennedy’s Justice Department, and finds himself in the middle not only of the seminal events of the civil rights battle, but a much more personal battle of his own… Cameron Dewar, the grandson of a Senator, jumps at the chance to do some official and unofficial espionage for a cause he believes in, only to discover that the world is a much more dangerous place than he’d imagined… Dimka Dvorkin, a young aide to Nikita Khruschev, becomes a prime agent both for good and for ill as the U.S. and the Soviet Union race to the brink of nuclear war, while his twin sister Tania carves out a role that will take her from Moscow to Cuba to Prague to Warsaw – and into history.
As always with Ken, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion. With the hand of a master, he brings us into a world we thought we knew but now will never seem the same again.
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Timeline of major events
- What Follett has achieved in these novels is remarkable, juggling plots and characters and timelines while keeping the pages turning over the course of three long but very satisfying books. — Erik Spanberg in The Christian Science Monitor.
- He is able to create characters so vivid it is easy to keep them alive in our mind… What is most impressive about this book and the two that preceded it, is the fact Follett never forgets he is telling a story. The historical events are the backdrop but the characters are the focal point. Good storytellers know this and Follett is an excellent one. We can only anxiously anticipate what he will present to us next. — Jackie K Cooper in the Huffington Post
- This mesmerizing final installment is an exhaustive but rewarding reading experience dense in thematic heft, yet flowing with spicy, expertly paced melodrama, character-rich exploits, familial histrionics, and international intrigue. — Publishers Weekly, 23 June
Behind the scenes
Watch a series of videos where Ken discusses his research.
- On The Trail of History for Edge of Eternity, Part 1
- On The Trail of History for Edge of Eternity, Part 2
The struggle for civil rights in the United States — retracing the route of the Freedom Riders.
Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett, Dutton, New York, September 2014.
- The United States and Canadian edition is published by Penguin Random House
- The British and Commonwealth edition is published by PanMacMillan
- The Brazilian edition, Eternidade por um fio, is published by Editora Arqueiro
- The Danish edition, På kanten af evigheden, is published by Cicero
- The Dutch edition, Kou uit het oosten, is published by Boekerij
- The Italian edition, I giorni dell'eternità, is published by Mondadori
- The Finnish edition, Ikuisuuden ääri, is published by Werner Söderström
- The French edition, Aux portes de l'éternité, is published by Robert Laffont
- The German edition, Kinder der Freiheit, is published by Lübbe
- The Greek edition, Η Πύλη της Αιωνιότητας, is published by Bell
- The Hungarian edition, Az örökkévalóság küszöbén, is published by Gabo
- The Norwegian edition, På grensen til evigheten, is published by Cappelen Damm
- The Polish edition, Zima świata, is published by Wydawnictwo Albatros
- The Portuguese edition, No Limiar da Eternidade, is published by Editorial Presença
- The Romanian edition, Capatul vesniciei, is published by Rao
- The Russian edition, Граница вечности, is published by AST
- The Serbian edition, Na rubu večnosti, is published by Evro Book
- The Slovakian edition, Prah večnosti, is published by Vydavateľstvo Tatran
- The Spanish edition, El umbral de la eternidad, is published by Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial
- The Swedish edition, Evighetens rand, is published by Albert Bonniers Förlag