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    Expertly researched, visionary in scale and the first contemporary novel in more than a decade from international number one best-selling author Ken Follett, Never is more than a thriller. It imagines a scenario we all hope never comes true, one that will keep you transfixed until the final moments....

    A stolen US army drone.

    A shrinking oasis in the Sahara Desert.

    A secret stash of deadly chemicals.

    Each is a threat to the stability of the world but individually are problems that can be overcome. In the diplomatic arena, though, everyone will have a different way of dealing with such a threat. And when those in charge disagree and refuse to back down, it will kick off an international chain reaction with potentially catastrophic consequences: a world edging closer to war....

    Now three people must work tirelessly and with the utmost skill to stop that from happening:

    A spy working undercover with jihadists.

    A brilliant Chinese spymaster.

    A US president beleaguered by a populist rival for the next election.

    The only question is, in a game of brinksmanship can the inevitable ever be stopped?

    ©2021 Ken Follett (P)2021 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

    Kritikerstimmen

    “A compelling story, and only too realistic.” (Lawrence H. Summers, former US treasury secretary)

    "Bold in scale and meticulously researched." (Sunday Times)

    "A stunning thriller and one of the most compelling reads of the year." (Daily Express

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    Maybe the weakest Follet ever

    Full of inconsistencies and implausible events. Love stories around main story make it quite “trivial”

    1 Person fand das hilfreich

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    very realistic!

    The Story is very "close to home...". I hope, it is not a prophecy! Good speaker!

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    leider nicht unglaublich

    Eine starke Geschichte wie immer hervorragend und mitreißend geschrieben. Ich würde es als Schullektüre empfehlen...

    1 Person fand das hilfreich

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    Poorly Constructed Storylines

    I am sure Mr. Follett has found his magic formula many books and years ago and sticks to it. I think telling a bigger story through the lens of individual characters living through it is one part of that. The book essentially tells five parallel stories. Four of those are stories of love or marital relationships: That of the amorous young spies in Chad (US spy Tamara Levit and French spy Tabdar Sadoul), that of the CIA spy Abdul Haddad and Chadian migrant Kiah falling in love during their dangerous travel through the Sahara, that of the young Chinese couple Tao Ting, a famous and beautiful young actress and her husband Chang Kai, a high ranking intelligence officer and the love triangle between US president Pauline Green, her husband and her national security advisor Gus Blake. The fifth story is the Korean crisis that ultimately leads to war.

    To me at least two if not all four relationship stories are unnecessary and distract from the geopolitical story. Furthermore they are only weakly interrelated and do not really provide a window onto the story of the impending war. “Never” has at least a whiff of cliche in how these relationship plots are being constructed: The 29year old attractive, athletic, sexually driven, gun wielding Tamara, her handsome Arab-French spymaster lover from a rich family all fit a certain Hollywood stereotype and border on the corny. I found the constant mentioning of sex a bit annoying since it does not really help advance the story or develop characters. Also all this constant sex talk remained strangely sterile after all. All the characters I thought lacked complexity and depths. For example the Texan bellicose, misogynist, ultra conservative populist presidential contender James Moore is such a grotesque caricature that it is hard to take him seriously. Each protagonist of the four love stories is at least one of the following: young, beautiful, athletic, famous, powerful, a celebrity. But all of this may be part of Mr. Follett’s formula for success and deliberately chosen.

    I personally would have preferred a novel that primarily focuses on the geopolitical plot, that is, the Korean crisis. I kind of expected this after the prologue in which Mr. Follett talks about the world sleepwalking into WW1 and how that was his motivation to write this book. Therefore I was a bit surprised that the story of the Korean crisis is really only developed in the last fifth of the book. The origin and escalation of the crisis is credible but I feel the complexity of the escalatory ladder is not explored enough. The Cuban Missile Crisis and the buildup to WW1 were complex webs of human psychology, miscalculations, misperceptions, human impulses, fear, vanity, power plays, flawed information etc. I felt he could have done a better job of exploring this and especially the main theme that war can happen even if nobody wants it.

    To me I felt a timeline should have been added to the story of the Korean crisis. As Mr. Follett constructs the narrative, the reader has no sense of the time elapsed between the main events. Also I would have liked the author to explore how the immediate crisis is interacting with the wider public opinion, the financial markets, the economy, international trade etc. That is because I think in our highly globalized and interconnected world such a crisis would have major ramifications and would interact with all those sectors. And this dynamic that would surely impact such a crisis and may even restrict the options that leaders have in the midst of the crisis is almost entirely ignored.

    The novel was beautifully read and performed by the female narrator. Superb!

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    Absolut fesselnd

    Ken Follet hat hier wieder meisterhaft Realität und Fiktion vermischt. Die Geschichten bleiben spannend bis zum (leider bitteren) Ende. Die realistische Schilderung des Versagens der Diplomatie - trotz aller ganz hervorragend geschilderter Bemühungen - ist vor allem in Bezug auf die momentanen Auseinandersetzungen mit Russland äußerst beunruhigend. Möge uns eine solche Eskalation erspart bleiben.

    Ein absolut hörenswertes Hörbuch, auch wenn es, wie immer bei Follet, sehr detailliert und dadurch manchmal etwas langatmig ist.