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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New edition edition (5 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447221613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447221616
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Vintage Follett....This is his most ambitious novel and it succeeds admirably...tense, vivid, exciting...balances physical action with internal drama...satisfies on deep levels".

-- USA Today

Sheer suspense. ("The Washington Post")

A BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH CLUB SELECTION
"A deadly romantic triangle, a clandestine mission with global stakes, an exotic location, a plot as gripping and ingenious as Eye of the Needle...engineered to perfection with breathless acceleration...I couldn't put it down."--Los Angeles Times
"Vintage Follett...This is his most ambitious novel and it succeeds admirably...tense, vivid, exciting...balances physical action with internal drama...satisfies on deep levels."--USA Today
"May be Ken Follett's finest yet...The suspense mounts as swiftly as Afghan villagers running to escape Russian guns--and the pages will turn just as fast."--Cosmopolitan
"An exciting and complex tale."--Philadelphia Inquirer
"Masterful...plot and counterplot, treachery, cunning and killing...keep you on edge every moment."--Associated Press
"Combines modern warfare, international espionage, and a love story while also, in typical Follett fashion, playing out the fate of his characters amid thrilling escapes and shattering revelations."--Richmond Times-Dispatch
"A gripping thriller and love story...Follett builds the tension until it is as taut as a cable across the Khyber Pass...There is an incredible sex scene and desperate trek across ice-covered mountains...an exotic setting, a strong, courageous heroine, a strong, courageous hero, good guys, bad guys and a supporting cast of thousands...A roaring good read."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Solid suspense fiction...romance, adventure, exotic settings with a healthy dash of intrigue...when it comes to reliable entertainment, few authors deliver as consistently as Follett."--Pittsburgh Press
"Follett's great strength is his female characters--they are smart, strong, independent, and when they love a man, by golly, he knows the game is up."--People
"Harrowing escapes...larger-than-life characters performing larger-than-life deeds...it shouldn't work but it does."--

A BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH CLUB SELECTION

"A deadly romantic triangle, a clandestine mission with global stakes, an exotic location, a plot as gripping and ingenious as Eye of the Needle...engineered to perfection with breathless acceleration...I couldn't put it down."--Los Angeles Times

"Vintage Follett...This is his most ambitious novel and it succeeds admirably...tense, vivid, exciting...balances physical action with internal drama...satisfies on deep levels."--USA Today

"May be Ken Follett's finest yet...The suspense mounts as swiftly as Afghan villagers running to escape Russian guns--and the pages will turn just as fast."--Cosmopolitan

"An exciting and complex tale."--Philadelphia Inquirer

"Masterful...plot and counterplot, treachery, cunning and killing...keep you on edge every moment."--Associated Press

"Combines modern warfare, international espionage, and a love story while also, in typical Follett fashion, playing out the fate of his characters amid thrilling escapes and shattering revelations."--Richmond Times-Dispatch

"A gripping thriller and love story...Follett builds the tension until it is as taut as a cable across the Khyber Pass...There is an incredible sex scene and desperate trek across ice-covered mountains...an exotic setting, a strong, courageous heroine, a strong, courageous hero, good guys, bad guys and a supporting cast of thousands...A roaring good read."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Solid suspense fiction...romance, adventure, exotic settings with a healthy dash of intrigue...when it comes to reliable entertainment, few authors deliver as consistently as Follett."--Pittsburgh Press

"Follett's great strength is his female characters--they are smart, strong, independent, and when they love a man, by golly, he knows the game is up."--People

"Harrowing escapes...larger-than-life characters performing larger-than-life deeds...it shouldn't work but it does."--Booklist

"Beautiful in conception and execution...full of adventure and love blended as only a master such as Follett can do...a most provocative tale."--Ocala Star Banner

"Ken Follett scores again...an enthralling web of suspense...a well-crafted love story...unrelieved page-to-page tension...a wonderfully clean and simple writing style...holds constant interest."--The Anniston Star

"Exciting...romance, adventure, intrigue...Ken Follett can hold his own with the best."--Indianapolis News

"Lions roars...highly entertaining, quickly paced...skillfully crafted...and a nicely detailed quartet of characters that make the novel click."--Los Angeles Herald Examiner

"Deftly-built tension...the thrills of a chase...well-developed characters and atmosphere...keep the action going and have the credibility of a true tale."--The Orlando Sentinel



A BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH CLUB SELECTION

A deadly romantic triangle, a clandestine mission with global stakes, an exotic location, a plot as gripping and ingenious as Eye of the Needle engineered to perfection with breathless acceleration I couldn t put it down. Los Angeles Times

Vintage Follett This is his most ambitious novel and it succeeds admirably tense, vivid, exciting balances physical action with internal drama satisfies on deep levels. USA Today

May be Ken Follett s finest yet The suspense mounts as swiftly as Afghan villagers running to escape Russian guns and the pages will turn just as fast. Cosmopolitan

An exciting and complex tale. Philadelphia Inquirer

Masterful plot and counterplot, treachery, cunning and killing keep you on edge every moment. Associated Press

Combines modern warfare, international espionage, and a love story while also, in typical Follett fashion, playing out the fate of his characters amid thrilling escapes and shattering revelations. Richmond Times-Dispatch

A gripping thriller and love story Follett builds the tension until it is as taut as a cable across the Khyber Pass There is an incredible sex scene and desperate trek across ice-covered mountains an exotic setting, a strong, courageous heroine, a strong, courageous hero, good guys, bad guys and a supporting cast of thousands A roaring good read. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Solid suspense fiction romance, adventure, exotic settings with a healthy dash of intrigue when it comes to reliable entertainment, few authors deliver as consistently as Follett. Pittsburgh Press

Follett s great strength is his female characters they are smart, strong, independent, and when they love a man, by golly, he knows the game is up. People

Harrowing escapes larger-than-life characters performing larger-than-life deeds it shouldn t work but it does. Booklist

Beautiful in conception and execution full of adventure and love blended as only a master such as Follett can do a most provocative tale. Ocala Star Banner

Ken Follett scores again an enthralling web of suspense a well-crafted love story unrelieved page-to-page tension a wonderfully clean and simple writing style holds constant interest. The Anniston Star

Exciting romance, adventure, intrigue Ken Follett can hold his own with the best. Indianapolis News

Lions roars highly entertaining, quickly paced skillfully crafted and a nicely detailed quartet of characters that make the novel click. Los Angeles Herald Examiner

Deftly-built tension the thrills of a chase well-developed characters and atmosphere keep the action going and have the credibility of a true tale. The Orlando Sentinel

" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A romantic adventure with twisting suspense from the author of Night Over Water and Pillars of the Earth.

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The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan began on Christmas Eve 1979. The inhabitants of this geographically isolated land, rose up to defend their country. They armed themselves with whatever was on hand, gathered into loose formations and began to attack and sabotage the Soviet Union's personnel, installations, depots and transports with any available weapons. Scattered guerrilla bands, with fierce pride, and a tremendous ability to endure, fought against the far superior and more numerous Soviet forces and sophisticated weaponry.
"Lie Down With Lions" opens in Paris in 1981. John Ellis, an American CIA agent, is working undercover and living with a politically active Englishwoman, the sensual, lovely Jane Lambert, who he plans on proposing marriage to as soon as he completes his assignment. Jean-Pierre Debout, a French doctor and member of the Communist Party, is going to Afghanistan, ostensibly to provide medical assistance to the rebel forces fighting against the Soviets. He has, however, another agenda. Jean-Pierre also loves Jane and wants her to accompany him to Afghanistan as his nurse-assistant. Ellis, after capturing an important KGB agent, is exposed as CIA. Jane leaves him in disgust, not only because of his job, but because he lied to her.
The Valley of Five Lions, a place of ancient legend, lies deep in the Afghan mountains, far removed from civilization. Jane and her husband, Jean Pierre have been working here, in a rebel village, for a year. They minister to the local inhabitants, who have never seen a doctor before, and patch together and stitch-up the wounded warriors. An American visits the valley with an important message for Masud, a famous and effective guerrilla leader, from the White House. The messenger is John Ellis.
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Ken Follett is a great, romantic top thriller writer, an artist of compelling talents. And as always, he has written another blockbuster with a fast-paced story line. Even though, I've read many of his novels, after just a few, I realised that most of them have a pattern and they're similar to one another in their technique of writing. I think this one, will be forever one of his finest masterpieces.
As soon I flipped the cover, it pulled me into a vivid and exciting time of an obstinate war between the Soviet Union and the United States. Even though, I'm not very pro-American and the way of solving problems and keeping the peace by the U.S.A for me is controversial, I got shot by the plot (I'm a poet and I didn't know it)and interesting intrigue created by the C.I.A
Everything starts in France, Paris where a C.I.A agent, under the nickname Ellis, and his partners, make a trap for a very dangerous and well known Arab terrorist. As you read, you become the main character - Ellis. You start to feel and react as he does. Happiness for being with your girlfriend Jane in her apartment, after an intoxicating night spent with her; fear, uncertainty before the climax of a mission and victory, all of this follows you like a shadow in the first part.
The plot is tight, starts off and never slows down until the hair-raising finale. This could be compared to a wild river with many tributaries; main characters, other people like Jean-Pierre, Anatoli, Masud or Mohammed who have a big affect on the story; descriptions of a land and weather, sounds, people's feelings and their reactions; finally sex and action, which is more in one chapter, than you can imagine, all of this makes the story vivid and the river flow smoothly.
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I thoroughly enjoy Ken Follett's novels. The story lines are beautifully interwoven against a background of historical facts, often new to me, or presenting insights to a period in history, in this case relatively recent history. However, as I drink in this new knowledge I begin to be uneasy about the facts presented when I come across a statement that is so obviously wrong. I have experienced this in previous novels I have read, but in this one it hit me between the eyes. Water, Mr. Follett, is not more difficult to boil at altitude. At 4,000 ft water comes to the boil at 85 C
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I have just recently downloaded the above Ken Follett title on Kindle. To say I was disappointed is an understatement. The book was full of spelling errors, incorrect words and paragraphs where there shouldn't be ones. I don't know who transferred this story from the original book, whoever he/she is needs to be sacked. The proof reader needs to go as well. Am I the only one who has noticed this on the Kindle edition?
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When I spotted a Ken Follett book in the cut price stationers on a two for £3 offer, I could hardly believe my luck. Follett? the man who wrote the Eye of the Needle and The Pillars of the Earth? Yes, the very same.
Oh my goodness, what a let down. If books were flowers, this one would be garage flowers. When I start siding with the bad guy, I know something has gone sadly wrong.
Follett often involves a heroine with two men, usually both flawed, one irredeemable and misguided whereas the other is waiting for her to save him from himself. He has used this theme again here. He is undoubtedly an accomplished writer and whilst this novel is not badly written, I got the impression that it was hastily researched and rushed off using a formulaic pattern. Regarding mistakes, as another reviewer mentioned, he made mistakes with medical details.
The plot involves the Afghan/Russian conflict of the 80's. A naive but intelligent young English woman becomes involved with a C.I.A. man in Paris where she works as a translator. She is also friendly with a French doctor who, by coincidence is recruited by the Communists. He outs the American which puts an end to the affair and marries the girl.
Doctor Jean-Pierre and Jane go to Afghanistan, ostensibly to give medical aid to the guerrillas in the mountain villages, but Jane is blissfully unaware that her husband is having clandestine trysts with Colonel Anatoly of the Red Army. It was quite amazing how quickly Jane learned to become a nurse, by the way, I believe it said six weeks. (It took me three years in university) Jane then has a baby. And oh what a textbook, model baby this is! It's like one those dolls that wets its nappy.
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