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ISBN13: 9780451211477
ISBN10: 0451211472
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Ken Follett takes to the skies in this classic novel of international suspense. Set in the early days of World War II, Night over Water captures the daring and desperation of ordinary people caught in extraordinary circumstances — in prose as compelling as history itself.

September 1939. England is at war with Nazi Germany. In Southampton, the world's most luxurious airliner — the legendary Pan Am clipper — takes off for its final flight to neutral America. Aboard are the cream of society and the dregs of humanity, all fleeing the war for reasons of their own...shadowed by a danger they do not know exists... and heading straight into a storm of violence, intrigue, and betrayal...

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Ken Follett is the international bestselling author of suspense thrillers and the nonfiction title On Wings of Eagles.

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Gwen Ellis, November 22, 2011 (view all comments by Gwen Ellis)
Night over Water
Ken Follett
I’ve become an avid fan of Ken Follett since reading both his Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. Neither of those books��"although over 1,000 pages��"disappointed me, and this novel, Night over Water is no disappointment either.
This novel is about the amazing and romantic Pan Am Clipper’s last flight from Southhampton, England, to New York just as England declares war on Germany. The Clipper, 109 feet from nose to tail and 152 feet, from one wingtip to the other, was a luxury plane with every accoutrement a wealthy traveler could desire��"meals of the finest cuisine, fine wines, berth-styled beds, lounge areas and compartments and simply the best of the best for the 25 to 30 hours the Atlantic air crossing required. The huge flying boat could land on the water, negating the need for an airstrip.
The story brings together a number of passengers and crew whose lives become entangled in a web of intrigue and danger. There’s Lord Oxenford and his family, he fleeing England because of his Fascist leanings. There’s Eddie Deakin, first officer, whose pregnant wife has been kidnapped and is being held for ransom. Charming, young Harry Marks is fleeing the law because he is a perpetual thief. There’s a lovely young married woman running away with a comedy script writers of radio shows in America. Her husband intercepts the flight at its first stop in Foynes, Ireland, and comes aboard with surprising results before the end of the book. Nancy Lenehan, whose company manufactures shoes, plans to cross the Atlantic by ship, but her conniving brother, Peter, eager to get to the company’s board meeting in New York and sell the company without her permission, has booked passage on the Clipper. She travels in a small plane to Foynes with the husband following his errant wife. Both are intent on boarding the plane at Foynes. An ancient princess complains her way across the Atlantic to the annoyance of the other passengers. There is on board and escapee and an assortment of other lively passengers who make the story complex and twisted.
The plane is schedule to stop in not only Foynes, Ireland, but in Botswood, Newfoundland, Shedia, Canada, the Bay of Fundy, Port Washington, and at last New York. This flight however is aborted as Deakin devises a plan to rescue his wife by putting the plane down in the water in the Bay of Fundy at the request of cutthroat criminals.
With never a lag in the story and no complete resolution of the many threads of the story until the last page, readers will enjoy the complicated and engaging story right to the last word.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780451211477
Author:
Follett, Ken
Publisher:
New American Library
Subject:
General
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Airplanes
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Romance - Historical
Subject:
Horror - General
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Romance
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20040431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.95x5.96x.95 in. 1.02 lbs.
Age Level:
18-17

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