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The Best Ken Follett Books

Updated June 14, 2019 2.7k votes 1.1k voters 38.0k views21 items

List RulesVote for the Ken Follett novels you just couldn't put down. If you haven't read a book, don't downvote it.

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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    The Pillars of the Earth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ken Follett Books
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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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    #68 of 103 The Best Selling Books of All Time#128 of 1,233 The Best Novels Ever Written

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    World Without End is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ken Follett Books
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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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Fall of Giants is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ken Follett Books
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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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Eye of the Needle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ken Follett Books
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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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    #15 of 61 The Best Crime Novels#19 of 101 The Best Novels About World War 2

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    Winter of the World is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ken Follett Books
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    Winter of the World is a book written by Ken Follett.amazon buy button
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    Edge of Eternity is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ken Follett Books
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    Edge of Eternity

    Ken Follett

    First PublishedSep 16 2014

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    Dangerous Fortune, A is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ken Follett Books
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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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Key to Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ken Follett Books
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    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,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Night Over Water is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ken Follett Books
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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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Man from St. Petersburg is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ken Follett Books

    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.amazon buy button
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    Jackdaws is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ken Follett Books
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    Jackdaws

    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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    A Place Called Freedom is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ken Follett Books

    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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Lie Down with Lions is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ken Follett Books
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    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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Hornet Flight is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ken Follett Books
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    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.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Whiteout is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ken Follett Books
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    Whiteout

    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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Third Twin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ken Follett Books
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    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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Code to zero is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ken Follett Books
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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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    On Wings of Eagles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ken Follett Books
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    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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Triple is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ken Follett Books
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    Triple

    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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Hammer of Eden is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ken Follett Books
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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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Modigliani Scandal is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ken Follett Books
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    SubjectsAdventure

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Fiction

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