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The saga that has enthralled the millions of fans of The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End now continues with Ken Follett's magnificent, gripping A Column of Fire.

Christmas 1558, and young Ned Willard returns home to Kingsbridge to find his world has changed.

The ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn by religious hatred. Europe is in turmoil as high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty and love, and Ned soon finds himself on the opposite side from the girl he longs to marry, Margery Fitzgerald.

Then Elizabeth Tudor becomes queen, and all of Europe turns against England. The shrewd, determined young monarch immediately sets up the country's first secret service to give her early warning of assassination plots, rebellions and invasion plans.

Elizabeth knows that alluring, headstrong Mary Queen of Scots lies in wait in Paris. Part of a brutally ambitious French family, Mary has been proclaimed the rightful ruler of England, with her own supporters scheming to get rid of the new queen.

Over a turbulent half century, the love between Ned and Margery seems doomed, as extremism sparks violence from Edinburgh to Geneva. With Elizabeth clinging precariously to her throne and her principles, protected by a small, dedicated group of resourceful spies and courageous secret agents, it becomes clear that the real enemies - then as now - are not the rival religions.

The true battle pitches those who believe in tolerance and compromise against the tyrants who would impose their ideas on everyone else - no matter the cost.

©2017 Ken Follett (P)2017 Penguin Random House LLC

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A Column of Fire ....

An enjoyable story which for me was frustrated by the narration. I felt the narrator was guilty of continuously missing important punctuation which affected the flow of sentences. He also has an annoying way of dropping his tone on the last word of a sentence which again limits the flow and affects the presentation of the tale.

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  • 11-10-17

FANTASTIC

Ken has done it again! A great way to remember history I so enjoyed it. While listening I used google maps to look at Cadiz, Seville and other places mentioned, and loosed at images. All made the history come to life. Thank you Mr Follett.