Follett's new thriller (after Eye of the Needle, The Key to Rebecca) involves cut-throat treachery and mixed-up romances. Jane and Ellis, Americans in Paris, are lovers, but she breaks with him when she learns he's a CIA agent, informing on terrorists. Ellis goes back to the U.S.; Jane marries Jean-Pierre Debout, a French physician, and goes with him to Afghanistan to care for rebel families holding out against the Russian army. Here is where the novel's real action, and its knife-edge tension, begin. After the birth of her baby, Jane discovers that Jean-Pierre is himself spying for the Russians and has caused a massacre of guerrilla fighters who were trapped at the foot of the mountains. Then Ellis reappears, bearing offers of American aid for Afghan leader Masud if the latter can unite his country's quarreling tribes. While Jean-Pierre is conspiring with the S oviet intruders to kill Masud, Ellis, Jane and even the infant girl, the story races to an explosive climax.
Ken Follett is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. "Lie Down With Lions" was interesting and realistic. The love triangle completes an already intriguing plot filled with war and heartache. I appreciate the amount of research the writer must've had to do to accurately describe the terrain, seasons, and hardships of traversing Afghanistan. This is the third Ken Follett book I've read, and I'm going to keep on until I've read them all! Fantastic!