Night Over Water

Night Over Water

Book - 2004
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On a bright September morning in 1939, two days after Britain declares war on Germany, a group of privileged but desperate people gather in Southhampton to board the largest, most luxurious airliner ever built - the Pan American Clipper - bound for New York. The passengers include a fascist English aristocrat fleeing with his family and a fortune in jewels; a German scientist escaping from the Nazis; a murderer under FBI escort; a beautiful young woman heading for a new life; and a handsome, charming, unscrupulous thief. They will be in the air for thirty hours, soothed by the carpeted lounges, the curtained beds, the gourmet dining room, and the endless champagne. But once inside the flying palace there is no escape. Over the Atlantic, the Clipper's passengers are gripped by mounting fear and tension as their journey reaches the point of no return.
Publisher: New York :, New American Library,, 2004
ISBN: 9780451173133
9780451211477
Branch Call Number: F FOL NVD
Characteristics: 526 p. : ill., map ; 18 cm

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wiltonsugiyama
May 03, 2017

I LOVED THIS BOOK. Something about the claustrophobic/confined nature of airplane travel. I think it's one of his underrated books. Sure, it's hokey and derivative, but in the hands of Mr. Follett, transcends its soapiness. Highly recommended.

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catxisxme
Jun 27, 2013

The book was so good the whole way through. I couldn't put it down and I admired Follett's style of writing completely, finding almost no faults in it. However, the ending of the book was simply terrible. There was no room for inference as Follett just straight up told the reader what was happening, with little description. It seemed rushed and ruined the entire book for me. I would recommend reading all of the book except for the last 5 chapters or so and then read the plot summary on wikipedia to find out what happens next.

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Mar 14, 2010

In 1939, with war just declared, a group of privileged people board the most luxurious airliner ever – the Pan American Clipper, bound for New York: an English aristocrat, a German scientist, a murderer under escort, a young wife escaping her husband and a charming, unscrupulous thief. For thirty hours, there is no escape from the flying palace. Over the Atlantic, tension mounts and finally explodes in a dramatic and dangerous climax.

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