In the Afghan mountains lies the Valley of Five Lions, a place of ancient legend. To it come two young aid workers and an American who has a message for the legendary guerrilla leader, Masud, who is wanted dead or alive by the Russians. Below, in the valley, a woman stumbles upon a terrifying treachery, leading to a chase across impassable mountains and a confrontation that echoes all our nightmares.
I get a lot of letters about the love scene in this book. I suppose it is rather steamy. I worked for a year on a story, called Country Risk, that I never finished. It was about a group of Russians who take over a Western bank and attempt to manipulate a financial crisis. I did a lot of research and came up with a plot which my agent and my publishers liked.
As I began Chapter One, I started thinking about how people talk about Eye of the Needle and how they are on the edge of their seat, desperate to know what happens next. I realised nobody was ever going to feel that way about a what happens in a bank and I abandoned it. Instead, I came up with Lie Down with Lions, a story about two people escaping from Afghanistan over the Himalayas during the Afghan War. And as in Eye of the Needle, I put a woman at the centre of the story.
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- “A deadly romantic triangle, a clandestine mission with global stakes, an exotic location, a plot as gripping and ingenious as ‘Eye of the Needle’… engineered to perfection with breathless acceleration. I couldn’t put it down!” — Los Angeles Times
- “Masterful… plot and counterplot, treachery, cunning and killing… keep you on edge every moment” — Associated Press
Lie Down with Lions by Ken Follett, William Morrow, New York 1986.
- The United States and Canadian edition is published by Penguin Random House
- The British and Commonwealth edition is published by PanMacMillan
- The Brazilian edition, Na Toca do Leão, is published by Grupo Editorial Record
- The Danish edition, De fem løvers dal, is published by Cicero
- The Dutch edition, Sporen naar de dood, is published by Uitgeverij Unieboek
- The French edition, Les Lions du Panshir, is published by Robert Laffont
- The German edition, Die Löwen, is published by Lübbe
- The Hungarian edition, Kaland Afganisztánban, is published by Gabo
- The Italian edition, Un letto di leoni, is published by Mondadori
- The Norwegian edition, Løvenes kamp, is published by Cappelen Damm
- The Polish edition, Lwy Pansziru, is published by Wydawnictwo Albatros
- The Portuguese edition, O Vale dos Cinco Leões, is published by Editorial Presença
- The Romanian edition, Printre lei, is published by Rao Books
- The Russian edition, В логове львов, is published by AST
- The Spanish edition, El valle de los leones, is published by Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial
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