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Here you will find selected letters you have written (earlier ones over the years are here), and a quick quiz.

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I received these letters recently, and thought you would enjoy them as much as I did…


From: Chloe Isaksen
Sent: Wednesday 1 October, 2014

Mr. Follett,

Thank you, thank you, thank you for so many years of masterful stories and unrelenting entertainment. In my short 18 years, I’ve read everything of yours I’m able to find, and have enjoyed every single page.

I want to thank you especially for the Century trilogy. This series has held my unwavering attention for four years, and I proudly admit I read nothing else between ‘Winter of the World’ and ‘Edge of Eternity’; this series has been so close to my heart that no other stories can hope to interest me.

I only have one question: what happened to Eric von Ulrich? He was one of my favorite characters of the series – his viewpoint was invaluable in ‘Winter of the World’ – but there was no mention of him in ‘Edge of Eternity’. Did I miss it, or was he really just not a part of the final installment?

Thank you again for everything you do. I anxiously await your next story!
Chloe
United States


From: Alan French
Sent: Thursday 2 October, 2014

Thank you. I’ve just finished ‘Edge of Eternity’. Wow! As a child of the sixties it meant so much and I not only enjoyed it, I lived it. Wonderful to get a background to the events as well.
Thanks once again.
Alan
United Kingdom


From: Serge
Sent: Thursday 2 October, 2014

I have just finished reading ‘World Without End’, the first novel that I have read in English. I should explain that I am French and not really fluent in English but, for me, the book was a challenge especially as it is rather thick! However, I managed to understand most of this very interesting story and I think your books should be recommended to all English learners. I look forward to reading another of your books very soon (in English of course).

Serge
France


From: Berndt Axelsson
Sent: Friday 3 October, 2014

Dear Mr. Follett,
I just finished reading ‘Edge of Eternity’ and I just want to thank you for my pleasure in reading the trilogy about the last century. It was both exciting and educational and I learned a lot from reading it.

Greetings from a big fan in Stockholm, Sweden.

Berndt
Sweden


From: Ferdy Baglo
Sent: Friday 3 October, 2014

I have just finished reading the first two of your Century Trilogy and would like to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed those remarkable volumes.
I am a retired Lutheran pastor, age 87, so much of the content appealed to my memory of many of those years. Thank you so much for your brilliant writing!

Ferdy
United States


From: Talbert Fox
Sent: Saturday 4 October, 2014

An avid reader, I just finished ‘Edge of Eternity’, and want to tell how much I enjoyed it! A great book!!

Talbert
United States


From: Stephanie McMurray
Sent: Saturday 4 October, 2014

I have been reading your novels ever since ‘Eye of the Needle’. Loved all and could hardly wait for your next one to be published. These last three are amazing. I hated to have each one end. Keep it up, please!

Stephanie
Canada


From: Maggie Knoester
Sent: Monday 6 October, 2014

Just to say I finished ‘Edge of Eternity’ just now. What a fabulous book; I will miss it!

Wonder what new book will be coming along!

Can’t really decide which books I enjoyed most!

Kind regards,
Maggie
Netherlands


From: Elayne Rogers
Sent: Wednesday 8 October, 2014

Dr. Mr. Follett,

I’ve just started reading ‘Edge of Eternity’. I am so excited. My genuine challenge is to enjoy the book without thinking of the end. I tell myself I’ll read slowly and take my time and I simply can’t. I fly through it. Surely you’ve heard from others that feel the same. However, I prefer to believe I love it more than anyone else. For me finishing this book will feel like the end of a love affair. Literally. I may just take a breather from the books and start reading them all over again. Thank you – for writing this trilogy. It’s brilliant.

Elayne
United States


From: Buck Buchanan
Sent: Wednesday 8 October, 2014

Just wanted you to know I absolutely loved ‘Edge of Eternity’. It is the best of three wonderful books in this trilogy. Can’t you do a fourth??

Buck
United States


From: Alessandra Ghidini
Sent: Thursday 9 October, 2014

You are the best author in the world!!! You’re novels are interesting,they capture the reader!
Thanks for all the emotion.
Good work!!

Alessandra
Italy


From: Janice Lloyd
Sent: Thursday 9 October, 2014

I realize you find this to be an old message but I just have to say you are excellent… Reading everything you have written is on my bucket list.

Janice
United States


From: Debra Harrison
Sent: Thursday 9 October, 2014

I just finished ‘Edge of Eternity’ this morning and found myself (much to my surprise) in tears. Your book moved me. I lived through all those events and felt deeply about many of them. The thing is… I am not a big laugher or cryer at movies or books. I can’t think of another book that has moved me to tears, as a matter of fact. Your book was so well written and, obviously, so well researched that I felt I knew those folks. In my mind… I was there when the Berlin Wall came down in your book (as I was glued to my television when it actually did come down). I grew up in the South and remember ‘Whites Only’ restrooms. I remember images of ‘negros’ hanging from trees. I remember the shame I felt when Orvil Faubus (our governor) prevented those ‘black’ children from going to school in Little Rock. I just felt compelled to write to you and let you know how deeply your book touched me. I have read the entire Trilogy. ‘Edge of Eternity’ is on my short list of books I will find as a signed first edition for my book collection. I tend to collect only authors who have truly touched me – Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, William Styron…

Thank you for a fantastic book!

Kind regards,
Debra
United States


From: Ian Brown
Sent: Friday 10 October, 2014

Hi,
Got ‘Edge of Eternity’ on publication day, read it, and then reread the entire trilogy. I can’t recall any other books which have so entranced me. My grandfather was a South Wales coal miner in the late 1800s, early 1900s, and his oldest son was killed in the last days of WWI. My mother left Wales to go into service as a housekeeper in Buckinghamshire. My father was a Royal Marine in WWI, so I feel some relationship to your wonderful books. Thank you, I am an elderly bloke, living in Australia, and I thank you for such a wonderful read.
Ian
Australia


From: Lori Fellows
Sent: Saturday 11 October, 2014

I love ‘Edge of Eternity’. I am 3/4 through it and I only put it down when I absolutely have to or it’s 3 am and I fell asleep and the book hit me in the face! :) I have been reading your books since I was 12 years old. My grandfather used to give me boxes of books to take to the bookstore so I could get credits to buy books that I wanted; one day I kept a book from the box – ‘The Key to Rebecca’. I then started using credits for other books you wrote and I have been buying your books ever since – nearly 30 years later! Keep up the great work! I can’t wait for your next masterpiece!! Have a great day!!

Lori
Canada


From: Gregg Davies
Sent: Monday 13 October, 2014

Dear Ken,
Just finished ‘Edge of Eternity’. Wonderful book that is so full of history. Also born in 1949 with German and English ancestors, the trilogy really is a great remembrance of people, places and life.

Thank you so much for many hours of enjoyment.

Gregg
United States


From: James Laird
Sent: Monday 13 October, 2014

‘Edge of Eternity’ leaves me wanting much more – I hope you are working on a sequel to the trilogy. You are brilliant – I have read everything you have published, I think. The ending to ‘Edge’ left me emotional and in tears. Thank you for sharing with all of us.

James
United States


From: Kym Angrave
Sent: Monday 13 October, 2014

Hi Ken,

Just finished your latest book, ‘Edge of Eternity’, absolutely loved it, sad that the trilogy is over now, look forward to your new book.

Kym
Australia


From: Carolyn Stanziale
Sent: Tuesday 14 October, 2014

Thank you, thank you, I have just finished ‘Edge of Eternity’ and did not want it to end. I read ‘Fall of Giants’ three times and ‘Winter of the World’ twice before reading ‘Edge of Eternity’. Thank you for the valuable history lessons and the amazing families. Most of all thank you for your brilliance in writing these three extraordinary novels.

Carolyn
United States


From: John Young
Sent: Tuesday 14 October, 2014

I hope you keep writing. I enjoy your stories very much. The characters are so vivid, they almost become family. As I get closer to the end of each of your books, I begin to slow down, just because I don’t want to end my relationships with your characters. Well done! And please keep writing.

John
United States


From: Dorothy Boucher
Sent: Thursday 16 October, 2014

I have just finished ‘Edge of Eternity’. Outstanding!!!! I love accurate historical fiction and this was a masterful piece. As the time period covered most of my adult life, I came to understand many of the nuances of the history I have experienced. Thank you!!!!!

Dorothy
Canada


From: Gerald Schrag
Sent: Monday 20 October, 2014

Ken,
Your books of the Trilogy have amazed me in the detail depth, and historical description. You have an amazing ability to transfer imagery from the written word to the mind of the reader. I am still unable to grasp the amount of research that you must accomplish to complete this amazing read.

Thank you for your literary contributions that have provided untold hours of enjoyment to myself and many others.

Gerald
United States


From: Brenda Dykhouse
Sent: Wednesday 22 October, 2014

W0W!! Another fantastic book. I started with the ‘Eye of the Needle’ years ago and have read everything you have written since. Hated for the books to end in the Century trilogy. The characters are like friends that you hate to lose. Can’t wait to see what’s next. Thank you for such enjoyable reading.

Brenda
United States


From: Miroslava
Sent: Wednesday 22 October, 2014

Dear Mr. Follett,

I want to thank you for the wonderful reading experience thank to your XXth Century Trilogy. I have just finished the third part which means a lot to me because I am Czech and was born in 1959. So I have lived for quite some time in socialistic regime. It was a rather painful reading for me – recalling the reality I used to live in. At the same time I highly appreciate your accuracy in historic events. Shortly I have enjoyed reading all those three parts of Trilogy very much and look forward to your next novels. I wish you all the best in your life.

Yours sincerely
Miroslava
Czech Republic


From: Patricia Salch
Sent: Wednesday 22 October, 2014

Just finished ‘Edge of Eternity’! Spectacular! I have read all of your books. As a 65 year old, it was exciting to read and remember, vividly, all that you presented so thoughtfully and accurately! Thank you so very much.
Very sincerely,

Patricia
United States


From: Jeanine
Sent: Thursday 23 October, 2014

Your last trilogy, ‘Edge of Eternity’ really rocked me back to events that were so spectacular but events that I had not thought about for years! What a fantastic trip back in time! Thank you!

Jeanine
United States


From: Trevor Oliver
Sent: Thursday 23 October, 2014

I have just finished reading ‘Edge of Eternity’ and thought it was amazing. Having grown up through that era I enjoyed it more than the preceding two books. Having said that I loved the trilogy immensely.
Now waiting eagerly for your next book.
Trevor
United Kingdom


From: Martina Maculan
Sent: Friday 24 October, 2014

Dear Ken, you’re my favorite author!! Where did you get the inspiration to create such beautiful stories and characters? I just started ‘Edge of Eternity’, I thank you in advance (sorry for my English). I hope YOU read this message.

Martina
Italy


I look forward to your letters. Please write to me via the Contact page, and do see earlier letters

If you’ve read several of my books, you might enjoy matching the first line with the title, or guessing the working title