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International best-selling author Ken Follett has enthralled millions of fans with the first two books of his Kingsbridge series, The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. The saga now continues with Follett's magnificent new epic, A Column of Fire.

In 1558, the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty, and love.

Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious divide sweeping across the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England. The shrewd, determined young monarch sets up the country's first secret service, to give her early warning of assassination plots, rebellions, and invasion plans. Over a turbulent half century, the love between Ned and Margery seems doomed as extremism sparks violence from Edinburgh to Geneva. Elizabeth clings precariously to her throne and her principles, protected by a small, dedicated group of resourceful spies and courageous secret agents.

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 what the cost.

Set during one of the most turbulent and revolutionary times in history, A Column of Fire is one of Follett's most exciting and ambitious works yet and is perfect both for longtime fans of the Kingsbridge series as well as listeners new to Ken Follett.

©2017 Ken Follett (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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  • anthony barber
  • 2017-10-03

Best Book in the Series.

Amazing, love this book. Action and adventure, suspense it has it all. Easily stand alone.

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  • Faegi
  • 2017-10-20

not as gripping as other Follett books but brillia

It was not as gripping as other Follett books but performed brilliantly by John Lee.

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  • Denise
  • 2017-11-23

Cannot get enough of Ken Follett

This is my third Ken Follett book of the year, two were audio books and one a hard copy. I love history and the way that Ken weaves fiction with historical events and characters is mesmerizing. Love John Lee as the storyteller of his audiobook, as that is a huge deciding factor for my choices. John Lee gives life to every single character that makes them personable and relatable. Two of these masters put together make for an extremely enjoyable time with my audiobook. I pray that there is more to come! Enjoy this novel and their creators! I was actually sad when the book came to an end.

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  • Ronald
  • 2017-10-12

Loved it.

Ken Follett is an amazing story teller. . It's a rich history lesson with amazing twists and turns. .

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  • Pyrro
  • 2018-02-19

Column of Fire - again a piece of art from Ken Follett

Great story based on real historical facts, which makes it even more solid.
No lengthy passages, very exciting, you follow several personnages through spy games, wars, love story and plots.
Also good for culture in general if you don’t know much about the events of the war of religions period.
The reading was good, the reader uses several accent depending of the country where the story takes place. Good idea, but sometime hard to follow. It would be the only less positive comment, but overall excellent book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-02-10

An enchanting history lesson

This is my third Ken Follet book in so many months. I can’t seem to stop listening! The book makes history come alive with tales that are dramatic, but not improbable. I was shocked near the end of this book with the decision over the fate of one character that I had come to love. It is a very detailed and political book that sometimes lagged briefly just telling the political backstories. But overall I throughly enjoyed it and would recommend it for anyone who loves Ken’s other books in this series.

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  • Paula McLeod Smith
  • 2018-01-29

History come to life

The storyline, characters and narrator weaved together the facts in a compelling and memorable way so that I'll forever feel like I knew the people making history in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.

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  • Mac
  • 2018-01-22

neither smoke nor fire

a weaker Ken Follett entry. Too sprawling, and weak character development. As always a nice take on history, but the heart of the book just isn't there.

Solid voice acting though.

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  • Charles Atkinson
  • Greensboro, NC, United States
  • 2017-10-11

Follett is a Master Storyteller

A Column of Fire is set in Kingsbridge shortly after the death of Henry III. His daughter Mary is queen and England's alliance with the Roman Catolic Church has been restored. Thus, the tensions between Protestant and Catholic faiths are seething. Unlike Pillars of the Earth, where few of us if any knew the history of earliest England, there is little mystery or revelation surrounding the actual events of the times. Yet it is Follett's skill at weaving extradorniary characters and stories with historical events that make this book a worthy sequel.

Within moments, he introduces us to a string villains and heroes we are immediately attracted too. There are impending conflicts, the dread of loss and the hope of true love.

Creating characters with religious motivations is remarkably difficult. One has to assume the subject's degree of education, upbringing, sincerity and moral character to make it believable. Follett is great at this. And even today, it is clear that many sincere people of faith often believe, live, teach and manipulate others in direct conflict with their own religion. However, having studied the history of Catholicism in Europe, I do take issue with Folllet's view of Catholicism (and really all of Christianity) history. His disdain for the Catholic faith is impossible to hide.

I bring that up, because even though I personally took issue with his prejudice, A Column of Fire grabbed me from the beginning and kept me riveted till the end.

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  • James
  • 2017-09-15

Just like the first two...

I have no idea how this ended up with such a low score here. It gets a 4.29 on Goodreads right now, and I cannot imagine the low score is John Lee's fault!

If you loved the other two then you will love this one.

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  • Derrick J. Robinson
  • 2017-09-30

A great epic by a master storyteller

This is a richly detailed historical novel. The narration is excellent. The story is compelling and reveals the brutal depths of the religious conflict in Europe during the 1540’s to the 1600’s. If you are a fan of Ken Follett you will not be disappointed.

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  • Tracy Bisbee
  • 2017-09-22

My favorite author !

A marvelous trilogy but I must admit pillars of the earth is still my all-time favorite! I hope there is a book four that follows Jack to the New World !
( hint hint Mr.Follett ) lol

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  • M. Raymond Walter
  • Monte-Carlo
  • 2017-10-03

Great Sequel in the Pillars line

A captivating sweep of 16-17 century English Channel history, told in the terms of a single heroic lifespan.

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  • Louis
  • 2017-10-02

Lots of History

Historical Fiction for me is a way to learn a lot about history without really realizing it. This book achieves this. The history in this book is woven in a great story and is connected by family. This was a violent time and it was developed appropriately. No one was right and all were wrong. I went to catholic school and somehow missed this part of history. I could not put the book down except when I went to the computer to augment what I was listening to.

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  • Emily Pulley
  • 2017-09-15

Maybe his best one yet!

And John Lee is terrific, as always. I loved the creative backstories for familiar events.

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  • 070316
  • 2017-09-13

WONDERFUL--As Good as Pillars of the Earth!

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I bought this book as soon as I woke up this morning--been waiting anxiously for it for weeks! I have been listening all day, I'm about halfway through and am just enjoying it immensely. Ken Follett brings the everyday lives of everyday people in the period to vivid life. Ned and Margery are real to me, as are Carlos, Barney, Father Alfonso the Inquisitor (shudder) and all the others and yay...we even have a stupid brutal thug as the Earl of Shiring. Pillars of the Earth was one of my four favorite books of all time (the others being River God, Polar Star and Sailing to Sarantium). I've read and listened to 'Pillars' at least half a dozen times. I'm certain this book will now be added to that list.John Lee is one of my all-time favorite narrators (the other being Simon Vance). I love his work--I always start out a book narrated by him listening to and enjoying the slight hint of a Sean Connery accent, but then soon forget I'm even hearing a narrator's voice at all, I'm just...there,in the story, a part of the crowd listening to the people talking and watching them as they struggle, fight, love, make mistakes and sometimes, die.One funny little anachronism in this story, totally the fault of the editor, but it made me laugh. King Henry VIII's daughter, Mary, is on the throne. A fanatic Catholic, she is burning Protestants and other heretics by the thousands. Religious 'thought police' are everywhere, ordinary people extremely careful in everything they say and do publicly, for fear their neighbors will inform on them. We see a 15 year old girl, daughter of a book printer of subversive Protestant teachings, in the marketplace, she meets a handsome young man and later thinks of him as a 'dreamboat.' Ummm? Seriously, Mr. or Ms. Editor? Teenaged girls in the 1540s thought of handsome young men as...dreamboats? haha, just made me laugh, but didn't diminish the story for me, at all.If you loved Pillars of the Earth, you will love Column of Fire. That is all.

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  • Barbara J. Hansen
  • Lanoka Harbor, NJ
  • 2017-10-11

What a let down!

I 've read the rest of the series and really enjoyed them. This one definitely missed the mark.

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  • James
  • 2017-09-30

Love Follett, but this wasn’t his best

Similar to the third book in the century series, A Column of Fire is just a bit less entertaining than the previous two of the series. Still worth a listen.

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