Lie Down with Lions (Paperback)

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This was my introduction to Ken Follett and I was unable to put this
book down - even though I went into labor halfway through reading it!
This book has it all: action, adventure, espionage, a foreign location,
and a love triangle. The sex scene in this book is worth it all by

The book takes place in Afghanistan, with a harrowing escape across
ice-covered mountains. The female heroine is strong and resourceful; the
male hero is steadfast and courageous. The book is equally enjoyable
for readers of both sexes.

Check out my other picks!

— jill


"Vintage Follett . . . This is his most ambitious novel and it succeeds admirably." —USA Today

Ellis, the American. Jean-Pierre, the Frenchman. They were two men on opposite sides of the Cold War, with a woman torn between them. Together, they formed a triangle of passion and deception, racing from terrorist bombs in Paris to the violence and intrigue of Afghanistan—to the moment of truth and deadly decision for all of them. . . .

Look out for Ken Follett's newest book, A Column of Fire, available now.

About the Author

Ken Follett is one of the world’s best-loved authors, selling more than 160 million copies of his thirty books. Follett’s first bestseller was Eye of the Needle, a spy story set in the Second World War. 

In 1989 The Pillars of the Earth was published, and has since become the author’s most successful novel. It reached number one on bestseller lists around the world and was an Oprah’s Book Club pick.
Its sequels, World Without End and A Column of Fire, proved equally popular, and the Kingsbridge series has sold 38 million copies worldwide.
Follett lives in Hertfordshire, England, with his wife Barbara. Between them they have five children, six grandchildren, and three Labradors. 

Praise For…

"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

"Sheer suspense." —The Washington Post

"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 Star

"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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780451210463
ISBN-10: 0451210468
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: December 2nd, 2003
Pages: 320
Language: English