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A Place Called Freedom [Mass Market Paperback]

Ken Follett
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)

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30 Jun 1996
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.
 
Praise for A Place Called Freedom
 
“Gripping . . . a very entertaining tale.”Chicago Tribune
 
“Compelling.”San Francisco Chronicle
 
“Quick-paced.”—New York Daily News
 
“An altogether entertaining reading experience.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett Books; Reissue edition (30 Jun 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449225151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449225158
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.6 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,204,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ken Follett was only twenty-seven when he wrote the award-winning EYE OF THE NEEDLE, which became an international bestseller. His celebrated PILLARS OF THE EARTH was voted into the top 100 of Britain's best-loved books in the BBC's the Big Read and the sequel, WORLD WITHOUT END, was published to critical acclaim. He lives with his family in London and Hertfordshire.

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About the Author

Ken Follett was twenty-seven when he wrote EYE OF THE NEEDLE, an award-winning thriller that became an international bestseller. After writing several more successful thrillers he surprised everyone with THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH, about the building of a cathedral in the Middle Ages, which continues to captivate millions of readers all over the world. The long-awaited sequel, WORLD WITHOUT END, a number one bestseller in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain and France. His most recent book is FALL OF GIANTS. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Book From Follett 13 Jan 2011
By Suenos6
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've only recently discovered the work of Ken Follett but have already read about 5 of his books. This is yet another great read. Maybe I just have simple tastes or am easily pleased, but I really don't understand other reviewer's gripes that Follett novels are predictable. So what if they are. Why do fictional novels always have to be unpredictable? It is perfectly possible to write a good novel and for it not to contain twists and turns that always surprise you. To me, you can draw an analogy with music, with somebody complaining they don't like a good song because it is so predictable with its verse/chorus/verse/chorus/middle eight/chorus etc.

I think these people completely miss the point. Just sit back, don't analyse it too much and enjoy the story. It's pure escapism that's all.
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65 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best thing since "Pillars of the Earth" 23 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is the type of story at which Follet seems to excell. It does not quite have the grip that Pillars of the Earth had, but then that was one of the best books of all time so hardly surprising. It does however come very very close. The story of the underdog who makes good, in spite of all the odds, as well as characters which come to life. Some you hate some you love and some you love to hate. It all makes the book difficult to put down. Leaves the reader wondering did this really happen or was it really fiction?
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
....but didn't find one. I agree with the other reviews that this is a truely captivating book, excellent characters and a very interesting insight into white slavery of all things!
However I felt that the thought that had gone into the storylines could have gone better - there is one particular abrupt change of direction.
Unlike Eva from Norway, I loved Pillars of the Earth, which I rate as one of the best three books I have read (approximately - I couldn't name the other two) and I like the detailed rambling styles as found in Robert Jordan (Wheel of Time) books.
However, I would still recommend this as a entertaining read!
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finished already? 24 May 2004
By Eva
Format:Paperback
I can't believe how fast I finished this novel! It's really captivating. It has a simple basic plot; something outrageously unfair happening and the oppressed working towards getting his revenge. Good guys and bad guys. Simple, but it really works. I also enjoy the detailing level. Nothing seems to be superfluous, yet you get a clear picture of things.
Better than Pillars of the Earth, which was captivating too but tediously long.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another very good Ken Follet book 10 July 2012
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An interesting book with a very good plot. Once you've got into the story you won't want to put the book down. The story begins in Scotland and ends with the characters involved with a tobacco plantation in Virginia. An enjoyable drama with a collection of interesting characters.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Same old same old 20 Nov 2012
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If I hadn't read any other Ken Follett books I might have given it a higher rating.
The characters, the plot, the sexual encounters, the fact that the main female characters are all identical in all of his books. Red hair, green eyes heaving large bosom etc. i lost interest in the halfway through.
The only redeeming part is the historical content, which I always find interesting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Un put downable 24 July 2012
Format:Paperback
I have read most of Ken follett's work now and next to pillars of the earth I rate this as a really good read. He develops the characters with intriguing fascination and the story has a good plot.
He certainly does his homework on some of these old novels with regard to what was happening at the time and the struggles folk had to just live and eat.
A highly recommended read!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ken Follett 17 May 2012
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Another riveting story by this master of detail. A Place called Freedom is so full of history - a wonderful read
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