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The Pillars of the Earth

By Ken Follett
  • ISBN Code: : 1101442190
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 1008
  • Category : Fiction
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#1 New York Times Bestseller Oprah's Book Club Selection The “extraordinary . . . monumental masterpiece” (Booklist) that changed the course of Ken Follett’s already phenomenal career—and begins where its prequel, The Evening and the Morning, ended. “Follett risks all and comes out a clear winner,” extolled Publishers Weekly on the release of The Pillars of the Earth. A departure for the bestselling thriller writer, the historical epic stunned readers and critics alike with its ambitious scope and gripping humanity. Today, it stands as a testament to Follett’s unassailable command of the written word and to his universal appeal. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known . . . of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect—a man divided in his soul . . . of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame . . . and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state and brother against brother. A spellbinding epic tale of ambition, anarchy, and absolute power set against the sprawling medieval canvas of twelfth-century England, this is Ken Follett’s historical masterpiece.

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熱賣26,000,000冊 暢銷30年的大教堂傳奇! ►歐普拉強力推薦:這本書改變我對人生的看法。我會一輩子記得這個故事! l 全球熱賣26,000,000冊,翻譯成三十多國語言,改編遊戲、桌遊 l 西班牙30年來最受歡迎小說,德國連續6年高踞暢銷榜 l 出版18年後重登Amazon排行No1. l 改編影集由艾迪.瑞德曼(《愛的萬物論》、《丹麥女孩》)主演 12世紀的英格蘭,人民在王權與神權的激烈衝撞下掙扎求生。 一群平凡的人懷抱著不平凡的夢想, 矢志要在王橋蓋起英格蘭第一座哥德式大教堂, 在最黑暗的時代,成就了一項奇蹟,活出了一種激情。 張國立(作家)、詹宏志(作家) 好評推薦 ˙˙˙ u叛國陰謀,宗教紛爭,忠誠與背叛,希望和絕望,鋪寫出中世紀的史詩鉅著u 十二世紀的英格蘭,一個充滿內戰、飢荒、宗教紛爭的動盪年代。為了榮耀上帝、追求永恆生命,一種神祕而崇高的教堂建築正逐漸興起。但是創新的建築除了帶來超高難度的技藝挑戰,背後還牽扯到王權與教會的爭權奪利…… 在此時空背景下,一群人的生命歷程,與王橋大教堂的興建過程緊密相連:一心夢想參與修築教堂的建築匠湯姆、勇敢對抗殘酷命運的貴族少女艾蓮娜、周旋於野心家之間的修道院副院長菲力普,以及身世成謎的天才建築師傑克,他們在政治陰謀、宗教鬥爭和無情戰火的威脅下,為了捍衛各自的夢想而掙扎求生。 平凡的人卻懷抱著不平凡的夢想,這座拔地而起的宏偉大教堂,究竟是夢想的起點,抑或是希望的終結? *** 這部故事雖然厚達千頁書卷,人物橫跨三代,時間延續半世紀,然而每一個轉折,都呼應了即將排山倒海而來的精彩情節。在興建大教堂的主軸旁,穿插了國王與教廷的鬥爭,貴族壓迫人民的暴力,以及在苦難中蘊蓄而生的熾熱戀情。眾多上場的主角,演活了各種矛盾與衝突,光明與黑暗,愛情與暴力,夢想與陰謀。作者不但精彩刻畫了人性的愛恨情仇,鋪陳史詩般的複雜情節,也摻雜了考證細密的哥德教堂相關建築知識,創造出一部經典的歷史驚悚小說。 自一九八九年出版以來,這股大教堂熱潮始終不退,口碑延燒至今,不只讓老讀者津津樂道,還召喚了更多愛不釋手的新讀者。2007年獲「歐普拉俱樂部選書」後,又再度登上《紐約時報》及Amazon暢銷榜,成為國際書市一大傳奇佳話。 媒體評論 l 精彩絕倫的驚悚小說,令人血脈賁張,情節巧妙,寫實極了,讓人不忍釋卷。 l 弗雷特賭上一切,撰寫此書,贏得滿堂彩,跳脫一貫懸疑驚悚的手法,借用歷史小說引人入勝的劇情、逼真的氛圍、細膩又深刻的人物刻畫,完成這部扣人心弦的傑作。 l 弗雷特在平穩的敘述中,以完美的速度營造懸疑氣氛,搭配動作、陰謀、暴力、熱情等元素,逐步描述大教堂的緩慢興建,其過程與當地的榮枯盛衰與建築型態的演變緊密相連。……更重要的是,他對人類長久以來的抱負、貪欲、英勇、奉獻、愛恨情仇都有精彩的刻畫,因而創作出這部引人入勝的小說。他巧手安排錯綜複雜的劇情,讓書中人物在中世紀的多元背景下互動,寓教於樂又滿足各類讀者的需求。——《出版人週刊》(Publishers Weekly) l 本書旁徵博引豐富的史料,尤其是建築方面,不過書中的多數用語以及人物心理和關係的描述,依舊採用當代語法,這種書寫方式對愛好刺激冒險故事的讀者來說更具魅力。——《圖書館學刊》(Library Journal) l 創作驚悚小說對弗雷特來說是極佳的磨練,讓他的歷史小說更顯得流暢緊湊。本書情節細膩豐富,讓故事更顯得完整,卻不流於沉悶。全書充滿娛樂性,令人印象深刻。——《科克斯評論》(Kirkus Reviews) l 這是一部令人魅力難擋的長篇小說,描述十二世紀兩位男性對於興建教堂的執著,在內戰、宗教詭計、政治欺騙、赤貧苦難的背景下,建築師湯姆與王橋鎮的修道院長菲力普追逐他們的夢想。故事錯綜複雜,令人耳目一新,劇情鋪陳大膽,扣人心弦。——《英國科克斯書評》(Kirkus UK) l 一部雄渾有力的小說。……會吸引你,迷住你,包圍你。——《芝加哥太陽報》(Chicago Sun-Times) l 故事高潮迭起……兼具謀殺、縱火、變節、折磨、愛慾情節……任誰都會讀得興味盎然。——《紐約每日新聞報》(New York Daily News) l 龐然鉅作,精采萬分……史詩般的傑作……人物栩栩如生,橫跨世代……動人心弦……這部聲勢浩大的故事似乎觸及所有人類的情感——愛與恨,忠誠與背叛,希望和絕望。……令人沉迷的小說。——《柯夢波丹》(Cosmopolitan) l 宏大精深的歷史小說……弗雷特成功地結合博大的架構與細膩的情節,創作出一部充分描述當代寫實、暴力、迷信的小說。——英國週日快報(Sunday Express) l 弗雷特是大師!——《時代》雜誌(Time) l 弗雷特是天賦異秉的藝術家。——《費城詢問者報》(Philadelphia Inquirer) l 精采出色……情節、計中計、背叛、弔詭、謀殺……緊湊刺激。——《美聯社》(Associated Press) l 精準……沉痛……設計巧妙,流暢好讀的小說!——《達拉斯時代先鋒報》(Dallas Times Herald) l 弗雷特擅長塑造女性角色,她們聰明、堅強、獨立,當她們愛上男人時,天啊,他知道一切都完了。——《時人》(People)

Eye of the Needle

By Ken Follett
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 1101990244
  • Total of Pages : 416
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 451
  • Pdf File: eye-of-the-needle.pdf

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The worldwide phenomenon from the bestselling author of The Pillars of the Earth, World Without End, A Column of Fire, and The Evening and the Morning His code name was “The Needle.” He was a German aristocrat of extraordinary intelligence—a master spy with a legacy of violence in his blood, and the object of the most desperate manhunt in history. . . . But his fate lay in the hands of a young and vulnerable English woman, whose loyalty, if swayed, would assure his freedom—and win the war for the Nazis. . . .

The Pillars of Three Faiths: Tanakh, Bible & Qu'ran

By Various Authors
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  • Publisher : e-artnow
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 3109
  • Category : Bibles
  • Members : 533
  • Pdf File: the-pillars-of-three-faiths.pdf

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"Tanakh" or, The Hebrew Bible, which is also sometimes called the Miqra, is the canonical collection of Hebrew Scriptures, including the Torah. The form of this text that is authoritative for Rabbinic Judaism is known as the Masoretic Text. The Tanakh consists of twenty-four books: it counts as one book each Samuel, Kings, Chronicles and Ezra–Nehemiah and counts the Twelve Minor Prophets as a single book. The Hebrew Bible overlaps with the Greek Septuagint and the Christian Old Testament._x000D_ "The Bible" is a collection of religious texts or scriptures sacred to Christians, Jews, Samaritans, Rastafari and others. It appears in the form of an anthology, a compilation of texts of a variety of forms that are all linked by the belief that they are collectively revelations of God. These texts include theologically-focused historical accounts, hymns, prayers, proverbs, parables, didactic letters, erotica, poetry, and prophecies. Believers consider the Bible to be a product of divine inspiration. The Christian New Testament is a collection of writings by early Christians, believed to be mostly Jewish disciples of Christ, written in first-century Koine Greek._x000D_ "The Quran" is the central religious text of Islam, believed by Muslims to be a revelation from Allah. Muslims regard the Quran as Muhammad's most important miracle; a proof of his prophethood; and the culmination of a series of divine messages. The Quran describes itself as a book of guidance for mankind. It offers detailed accounts of specific historical events, and it often emphasizes the moral significance of an event over its narrative sequence. The Quran consists of 114 chapters of varying lengths, each known as a sūrah. Chapters are classified as Meccan or Medinan, depending on whether the verses were revealed before or after the migration of Muhammad to the city of Medina. Each sūrah consists of several verses, known as āyāt, which originally means a "sign" or "evidence" sent by God.

The Hammer of Eden

By Ken Follett
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  • Publisher : Fawcett
  • Book Code : 0307775119
  • Total of Pages : 448
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 565
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The FBI doesn’t believe it. The Governor wants the problem to disappear. But agent Judy Maddox knows the threat is real: An extreme group of eco-terrorists has the means and the know-how to set off a massive earthquake of epic proportions. For California, time is running out. Now Maddox is scrambling to hunt down a petty criminal turned cult leader turned homicidal mastermind. Because she knows that the dying has already begun. And things will only get worse when the earth violently shifts, bolts, and shakes down to its very core.

the pillars of islam and eman

By IslamKotob
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  • Publisher : IslamKotob
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 313
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A Place Called Freedom

By Ken Follett
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  • Publisher : Fawcett
  • Book Code : 0307775194
  • Total of Pages : 464
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 811
  • Pdf File: a-place-called-freedom.pdf

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Scotland, 1766. Sentenced to a life of misery in the brutal coal mines, twenty-one-year-old Mack McAsh hungers for escape. His only ally: the beautiful, highborn Lizzie Hallim, who is trapped in her own kind of hell. Though separated by politics and position, these two restless young people are bound by their passionate search for a place called freedom. From the teeming streets of London to the infernal hold of a slave ship to a sprawling Virginia plantation, Ken Follett’s turbulent, unforgettable novel of liberty and revolution brings together a vivid cast of heroes and villains, lovers and rebels, hypocrites and hell-raisers—all propelled by destiny toward an epic struggle that will change their lives forever.

Balance Keepers, Book 2: The Pillars of Ponderay

By Lindsay Cummings
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 0062275232
  • Total of Pages : 400
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 214
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This second book in the Balance Keepers series, by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lindsay Cummings, explodes with just as much magic, mystery, friendship, and humor as the first one. Fans of books like Brandon Mull’s The Candy Shop War or the Unwanteds series by Lisa McMann will love the action and imagination in this epic fantasy-adventure series. With both boy and girl main characters, creatures like Hammerfin sharks to battle, a traitor to expose, and a boarding school that could be described as Hogwarts Underground, there’s something for every reader to enjoy in this series reminiscent of the classic Journey to the Center of the Earth. An anti-bullying theme also makes this great for in-classroom reading. In The Pillars of Ponderay, Balance Keepers Albert, Birdie, and Leroy enter the underground watery Realm of Ponderay along with their archrival, Hoyt, in an attempt to reset the Balance of the Realm. If they don’t succeed in time, all of California above could be consumed by tsunamis and hurricanes.

A Dangerous Fortune

By Ken Follett
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  • Publisher : Dell
  • Book Code : 0307756750
  • Total of Pages : 576
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 166
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A breathtaking thriller featuring "political and amorous intrigues, cold-blooded murder, and financial crises" (San Francisco Chronicle), from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Column of Fire In 1866, tragedy strikes the exclusive Windfield School when a young student drowns in a mysterious accident. His death and its aftermath initiate a spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives. From the exclusive men’s clubs and brothels that cater to every dark desire of London’s upper class to the dazzling ballrooms and mahogany-paneled suites of the manipulators of the world’s wealth, one family is splintered by a shared legacy. But greed, fed by the shocking truth of a boy’s death, must be stopped, or the dreams of a nation will die. Praise for A Dangerous Fortune “A terrific page-turner.”—Los Angeles Times “Political and amorous intrigues, cold-blooded murder, and financial crises . . . old-fashioned entertainment.”—San Francisco Chronicle “Breathlessly plotted . . . relentlessly suspenseful.”—The New York Times “Gripping, complex plot . . . sexual intrigue . . . fascinating characters . . . You won’t be able to put down this exciting page-turner.”—Lexington Herald-Leader “Follett [builds] to a dramatic climax with the same masterful control that guided Eye of the Needle and The Pillars of the Earth.”—Playboy “I don’t usually enjoy historical thrillers but admit to being totally captivated by Ken Follett’s A Dangerous Fortune.”—Chicago Tribune “Highly entertaining . . . Follett’s characters are drawn with broad, realistic strokes . . . this story of greed and retribution should win Follett new fans.”—Publishers Weekly “Rich, complex, thrilling, suspenseful, well plotted . . . A Dangerous Fortune is dangerous reading. You won’t be able to put it down.”—Authors and Critics

Third Twin

By Ken Follett
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  • Publisher : Fawcett
  • Book Code : 0307775100
  • Total of Pages : 480
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 560
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Using a restricted FBI database, genetic researcher Jeanie Ferrami has located identical twins born to different mothers. Frightened by her bizarre discovery, she is determined to discover the truth at any cost—until she finds herself at the center of a scandal that could ruin her career. To extricate herself, Jeannie plunges into a maze of hidden evidence. With growing horror, she uncovers a cynical, far-reaching conspiracy involving disturbing genetic experiments and some of the most powerful men in America—men who will kill to keep their secrets concealed.

Tanakh, Bible & Qu'ran: The Pillars of Three Faiths

By Various Authors
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  • Publisher : e-artnow
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 3110
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 197
  • Pdf File: tanakh-bible-qu-ran.pdf

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e-artnow presents a meticulously edited and formatted edition which includes the most sacred books of the three most wide spread world religions:_x000D_ "Tanakh" or, The Hebrew Bible, which is also sometimes called the Miqra, is the canonical collection of Hebrew Scriptures, including the Torah. The form of this text that is authoritative for Rabbinic Judaism is known as the Masoretic Text. The Tanakh consists of twenty-four books: it counts as one book each Samuel, Kings, Chronicles and Ezra–Nehemiah and counts the Twelve Minor Prophets as a single book. The Hebrew Bible overlaps with the Greek Septuagint and the Christian Old Testament._x000D_ "The Bible" is a collection of religious texts or scriptures sacred to Christians, Jews, Samaritans, Rastafari and others. It appears in the form of an anthology, a compilation of texts of a variety of forms that are all linked by the belief that they are collectively revelations of God. These texts include theologically-focused historical accounts, hymns, prayers, proverbs, parables, didactic letters, erotica, poetry, and prophecies. Believers also generally consider the Bible to be a product of divine inspiration. The Christian New Testament is a collection of writings by early Christians, believed to be mostly Jewish disciples of Christ, written in first-century Koine Greek._x000D_ "The Quran" is the central religious text of Islam, believed by Muslims to be a revelation from Allah. Muslims regard the Quran as Muhammad's most important miracle; a proof of his prophethood; and the culmination of a series of divine messages. The Quran describes itself as a book of guidance for mankind. It offers detailed accounts of specific historical events, and it often emphasizes the moral significance of an event over its narrative sequence. The Quran consists of 114 chapters of varying lengths, each known as a sūrah. Chapters are classified as Meccan or Medinan, depending on whether the verses were revealed before or after the migration of Muhammad to the city of Medina. Each sūrah consists of several verses, known as āyāt, which originally means a "sign" or "evidence" sent by God.

The Pillars of Creation

By Martin Beech
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 3319487752
  • Total of Pages : 269
  • Category : Science
  • Members : 414
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This book explores the mechanics of star formation, the process by which matter pulls together and creates new structures. Written for science enthusiasts, the author presents an accessible explanation of how stars are born from the interstellar medium and giant molecular clouds. Stars produce the chemicals that lead to life, and it is they that have enabled the conditions for planets to form and life to emerge. Although the Big Bang provided the spark of initiation, the primordial universe that it sired was born hopelessly sterile. It is only through the continued recycling of the interstellar medium, star formation, and stellar evolution that the universe has been animated beyond a chaotic mess of elementary atomic particles, radiation, dark matter, dark energy, and expanding spacetime. Using the Milky Way and the Eagle Nebula in particular as case studies, Beech follows every step of this amazing process.

Through the Pillars of Herakles

By Duane W. Roller
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1134192320
  • Total of Pages : 163
  • Category : History
  • Members : 625
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In this first study of the Greek and Roman exploration for over half a century, Duane W. Roller presents an important examination of the impact of the Greeks and Romans on the world through the Pillars of Herakles and beyond the Mediterranean Roller chronicles a detailed account of the series of explorers who were to discover the entire Atlantic coast; north to Iceland, Scandinavia and the Baltic, and south into the Africa tropics. His account examines these early pioneers and their discoveries, and contributes a brand new chapter to the history of exploration. Based not only on the literary evidence, but also personal knowledge of the areas from the Arctic to west Africa, the book looks at the people, from the earliest Greeks, through the Carthaginians to the Romans, and examines their exploration of this vast and largely unfamiliar territory. Discussing for the first time the relevance of Iceland and the Arctic to Greco-Roman culture, this groundbreaking work is an enthralling and informative read that will be an invaluable study resource for Greek and Roman history courses

Bad Faith

By Ken Follett
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  • Publisher : Edizioni Dehoniane Bologna
  • Book Code : 8810963598
  • Total of Pages : 26
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 218
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"I now describe myself as a lapsed atheist. I still don’t believe in God, and I never take Communion. But I like going to church. My favourite service is choral evensong", Follett writes. "Why do I go? The architecture, the music, the words of the King James Bible, and the sense of sharing something with my neighbours all work together. What they create, for me, is a feeling of spiritual peace! Going to church soothes my soul."

Whispers from the Mountain: Lessons from God and the Pillars of Christianity

By Tom Reed
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  • Publisher : LifeRich Publishing
  • Book Code : 1489737464
  • Total of Pages : 318
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 636
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Tom Reed follows up on his earlier devotionals to highlight the Word of God in Whispers from the Mountain. The devotionals are short and saturated with references from Scripture and extensive commentary to help you walk with the Lord. The book begins by asking you to imagine that there is a knock on your door, and instead of an unwanted salesman or neighbor, it’s God. He writes, “God often sent angels as messengers to convey an important message. The angel, Gabriel, was sent from God to visit a virgin named Mary, and coming in, he said to her, ‘Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.’” (Luke 1:26–28) “Sometimes God talks directly to Man. God and Moses had their first conversation through a burning bush. God and the soon to be great prophet, Isiah, had a conversation without an angel or bush. Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here I am. Send me!” (IS 6:8). The emphasis of the book are the pillars of Christianity, with ten devotionals under each pillar. A tenth section titled “Stones” serves as a catch-all to recognize other potential pillars. By using this book in tandem with your personal Bible, you’ll be encouraged to dig deeper into God’s Word, paving the way to develop a stronger bond and closer relationship with Him.

Triple

By Ken Follett
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 069840629X
  • Total of Pages : 368
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 862
  • Pdf File: triple.pdf

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A New York Times bestselling novel of international suspense and terror from the author of The Pillars of the Earth, World Without End, A Column of Fire, and The Evening and the Morning As Egypt comes closer and closer to developing a nuclear bomb, the Mossad’s number one Israeli agent is given an impossible mission: to beat the Arabs in the nuclear arms race by finding and stealing two hundred tons of uranium. The world’s balance of power will shift. And the Mossad, the KGB, the Egyptians, and Fedayeen terrorists will play out the final, violent moves in this devastating game where the price of failure is a nuclear holocaust. . . .

Paper Money

By Ken Follett
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 9781101043851
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 414
  • Pdf File: paper-money.pdf

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An explosive novel of high finance and underworld villainy from Ken Follett, the grand master of international action and suspense. Crime, high finances, and journalism are interconnected in this early thriller by the author of On Wings of Eagles and Lie Down With Lions. In one suspenseful, action-packed day, fortunes change hands as an ambitious young reporter scrambles to crack the story. A suicidal junior minister, an avaricious tycoon, and a seasoned criminal with his team of tough guys all play their parts in a scheme that moves "paper money" around at a dizzying pace.

The Man from St. Petersburg

By Ken Follett
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 1101043881
  • Total of Pages : 384
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 891
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"Ken Follett has done it once more . . . goes down with the ease and impact of a well-prepared martini." —New York Times Book Review His name was Feliks. He came to London to commit a murder that would change history. A master manipulator, he had many weapons at his command, but against him were ranged the whole of the English police, a brilliant and powerful lord, and the young Winston Churchill himself. These odds would have stopped any man in the world—except the man from St. Petersburg.