From the master storyteller, a startling new thriller set amidst the Danish Resistance.
It is June 1941 and Denmark is under German occupation. On the rocky coast of Denmark, two brothers, Harald and Arne Olufsen, starkly different in nature, are straining against the rigid confines imposed by their austere, elderly parents and trying to find their own way in life. Meanwhile, a network of MI6 spies is attempting to decipher an encrypted Luftwaffe radio signal which mentions the new Freya-Gerät - a rudimentary form of German radar equipment.
Arne's relationship with Hermia Mount, an MI6 analyst draws him into underground politics, putting him under surveillance by the Danish security forces - and by one man in particular who has a personal motive to see Arne fall. It is only a matter of time before the brothers' paths converge in a united effort to overcome the Nazis. A disused Hornet Moth biplane is their only means of getting a vital message to the British....
©2002 Ken Follett (P)2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd
Avid reader. Drawn to the endless varieties of human experience - fiction or other, but truth is more often stranger than fiction!
Follett's knowledge of the details of the period is very impressive. He never disappoints. The story of Denmark during WW2 is not commonly told. This story is a great yarn with a page-turning intensity typical of Follett's work. I listened to this book after happily digesting the nearly 100 hours of listening in the 'Century Trilogy'. His character development is impressive and Nigel Carrington's narration was simply superb... looked for him as narrator of my very next book. This book: highly recommended in the war-story genre.
"Outstanding World War II spy thriller"
If you like WWII thrillers, this is the book for you.
Probably the chase by a Danish Nazi policeman of the young hero who must fly to England with important intelligence about the Luftwaffe.
No, but I will certainly listen to more of his performances. He's great.
It was just plain fun.
Follett's attention to technical, geographic and cultural detail about Denmark in the 1940s makes the book very engaging.
"A gripping story"
Although after some of Ken Follett's books this seemed quite a brief novel, it was never the less a gripping story if rather predictable.
I m always astounded by the author's knowledge of the era about which he writes and this book was not exception and it brought to life an occupied country in WW2 which is little talked about these days
It was very factual, as well as a brilliant story.
I've not read anything quite like it before.
Nigel Carrington's performance was fantastic.
A war story at its best!
This book is exciting throughout, keeping the reader on his toes and not wanting to put it down. A must read
"FIrst class story-telling"
On the strength of how much I enjoyed, and admired, the author's Century Trilogy I gave this book a try. It's a terrific story that kept me gripped throughout. The characters are so well-drawn I felt I knew them and cared about their fate. The story maintains momentum and never flags, even when there are digressions about such things as how to fly a Hornet Moth aircraft. I was reminded of Frederick Forsyth's novels in the way that a fast-paced and thrilling spy-story story is meshed with precise historical and technical details that makes it all seem authentic.
The narrator is excellent.
"Really good WW2 novel"
Really enjoyed this, shorter than his big sagas but still very good. Great description and characters building to a satisfactory finish.
exciting storyline, excellent narration
He has a flair for telling a story, pity he has not much else in this genre
the hornet moth taking off scene from Denmark
"Nigel Carrington brings Follet to life"
Typical good detail yarn from Follet. Brilliantly narrated by Nigel Carrington.
fall of Giants
How brave the ordinary
Great to hear Nigel Carrington's excellent narration, much more than reading a book.
"excellent as usual"
thanks Ken Follett for the usual intriguing story, which you can't wait to continue listening to.
"Very good story!"
This story is very interesting, and it is particularly we read. I really enjoyed it.
Brilliant. Couldn't stop listening to it. Really good narrator and extremely exciting. Although I don't know anything about flying an airplane I found the description very interesting
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