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The Best Ken Follett Books

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List of the best Ken Follett books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that Ken Follett is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. Specializing in historical and thriller novels, Follet is a Welsh author who has written multiple New York Times #1 bestsellers. If you're a huge fan of his work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of Ken Follett who want to know which novels they should start reading first. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out his work if you're a big reader.

Books here include everything from The Pillars of the Earth to Eye of the Needle. What are Ken Follett's best novels? Vote on this list and help us definitively answer that question.
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    First Published1989

    SubjectsSuspense, History, Great Britain

    Genres (Book)Historical fiction, Historical novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Pillars of the Earth is a historical novel by Ken Follett published in 1989 about the building of a cathedral in the fictional town of Kingsbridge, England. It is set in the middle of the 12th...  more

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    #68 of 103 The Best Selling Books of All Time#131 of 1,236 The Best Novels Ever Written

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    First Published2007-10-09

    SubjectsBlack Death, Suspense, History, England, Great Britain

    Genres (Book)Historical fiction, Thriller, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    World Without End is a best-selling 2007 novel by Ken Follett and the sequel to 1989's The Pillars of the Earth. World Without End takes place in the same fictional town as Pillars of the...  more
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    SubjectsEspionage, Suspense, Scotland, History, Germany

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Fiction

    Eye of the Needle is a spy thriller novel written by Welsh author Ken Follett. It was originally published in 1978 by the Penguin Group under the title Storm Island. This novel was Follett's first...  more

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    #22 of 54 The Best Mystery Novels#43 of 60 The Best Suspense Novels

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    Fall of Giants

    Ken Follett

    First Published2010-09-28

    Genres (Book)Historical novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Fall of Giants is a historical novel by Welsh-born author Ken Follett. It is the first in the Century Trilogy, and follows five interrelated families throughout the course of the 20th century. The...  more

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    #21 of 50 The Best Novels About World War 1#100 of 100 The Best Books With Fall in the Title

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    Night Over Water

    Ken Follett

    SubjectsEspionage, Adventure

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Children's literature, Mystery, Fiction

    Night Over Water is a politically minded novel written by author Ken Follett and published by William Morrow in 1991. It was reprinted as a paperback book in the United States in 1992. Night Over...  more

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    #73 of 99 The Best Books With Water in the Title#64 of 101 50+ Good Books With Night in the Title

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    Winter of the World is a book written by Ken Follett....  more

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    #46 of 110 The Best Novels About World War 2#98 of 99 The Best Books With World in the Title

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    Genres (Book)Suspense, Historical fiction, Fiction

    A Dangerous Fortune was written by British author Ken Follett in 1993. The story is set against the backdrop of collapse of a bank in 1892. The book also features Follett's first female villain, the...  more
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    Edge of Eternity

    Ken Follett

    First PublishedSep 16 2014

  • 9

    First Published1980

    SubjectsEspionage, Adult

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Historical fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Key to Rebecca is a novel by British author Ken Follett. Published in 1980 by Pan Books, it was a noted bestseller that achieved popularity both in the United Kingdom and worldwide. The code...  more
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    Ken Follett

    SubjectsEspionage, France, Women, History, Great Britain

    Genres (Book)Fiction

    Jackdaws is a World War II spy thriller written by British novelist Ken Follett. It was published in hardcover format in 2001 by the Macmillan. It was reissued as a paperback book by Signet Books in...  more
  • 11

    SubjectsAdventure, 20th century, Great Britain

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Fiction

    The Man from St. Petersburg is a thriller novel written by Ken Follett and published in 1982....  more
  • 12

    First Published1995

    Genres (Book)Historical fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    A Place Called Freedom is a work of historical fiction by Ken Follett. Set in 1767, it follows the adventures of an idealistic young coal miner from Scotland who believes there must be more to life...  more
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    Ken Follett

    SubjectsEspionage, Adventure, Israel

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

    Triple is a spy thriller novel written by British author Ken Follett. It was originally published in 1979. The background of the plot is Operation Plumbat, a 1968 operation carried out by Mossad that...  more
  • 14

    Hornet Flight

    Ken Follett

    First Published2002

    SubjectsDenmark, Military, England

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Fiction, Young adult literature

    Hornet Flight is a Second World War-based spy thriller written by British author Ken Follett. It was published in 2002 by Macmillan in the UK and Dutton in the US....  more
  • 15

    First Published1985

    SubjectsEspionage, Afghanistan, History

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Spy fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Lie Down with Lions is a 1985 spy novel by Ken Follett. The book was published by Signet in paperback. Today it is available in print, CD and audiobook formats. In 1994 it was made into a TV...  more

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    #12 of 49 The Best Books About Afghanistan#68 of 68 50+ Good Books With Lion in the Title

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    First Published1998

    SubjectsEspionage, California, Adventure, Terrorism

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Thriller, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Hammer of Eden is a work by Ken Follett. It is about a group of people living together in a commune cut off from the rest of the world. When their commune is threatened by a plan to build a dam,...  more
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    Ken Follett

    First Published2004

    SubjectsAdventure, Scotland

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Fiction

    Whiteout is a thriller novel written by British author Ken Follett about the theft of a deadly virus from a lab in snow-covered Scotland....  more
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    Code to zero

    Ken Follett

    SubjectsUnited States of America

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction

    Code to Zero is a novel by the British author Ken Follett, published by Pan Macmillan. The story follows Luke, an amnesic who spends the duration of the book learning of his life, and slowly...  more
  • 19

    The Third Twin

    Ken Follett

    SubjectsMedical, Adventure, Research, Genetic engineering, Genetics

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

    The Third Twin is a techno-thriller by the British writer Ken Follett and published by Random House publications in 1996. A New York Times bestseller, the book deals with genetic engineering and the...  more
  • 20

    First Published1983

    SubjectsIran, Middle East, Military, United States of America, Foreign relations of the United States

    Genres (Book)Biography, Thriller, Autobiography, True crime

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    On Wings of Eagles is a 1983 thriller novel written by British author Ken Follett. Set against the background of the Iranian revolution, it tells the story of the rescue of Paul Chiapparone and Bill...  more
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    Genres (Book)Suspense, Fiction

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