Never

Ken Follett
In the Sahara Desert, two elite intelligence agents are on the trail of a powerful group of drug-smuggling terrorists, risking their lives--and, when they fall desperately in love, their careers--at every turn. Nearby, a beautiful young widow fights against human traffickers while traveling illegally to Europe with the help of a mysterious man who may not be who he says he is. In China, a senior government official with vast ambitions for himself and his country battles against the older Communist hawks in the government, who may be pushing China--and its close military ally, North Korea--to a place of no return. And in the United States, Pauline Green, the country's first woman president, navigates terrorist attacks, illegal arms trading, and the smear campaigns of her blustering political opponent with careful and deft diplomacy. She will do everything in her power to avoid starting an unnecessary war. But when one act of aggression leads to another, the most powerful countries in the world are caught in a complex web of alliances they can't escape. And once all the sinister pieces are in place, can anyone--even those with the best of intentions and most elite skills--stop the inevitable? Never is an extraordinary thriller, full of heroines and villains, false prophets and elite warriors, jaded politicians and opportunistic revolutionaries. It brims with cautionary wisdom for our times, and a delivers a visceral, heart-pounding read that transports readers to the brink of the unimaginable.

Ken Follett is a bit of a marmite author. His books aren't regarded as high fiction, yet the worlds he creates are full, immersive and always exciting. Luckily, I love marmite and so couldn't pass up the chance to try his latest offering, Never. It's a standalone book, not part of any series and set in the present day, or near future. As a prophetic vision of our future, I hope it stays fiction.

It's a story about consequences of people's action and not being totally in control of what happens. Set in a world where tensions between the superpowers build up. Where the slightest action could lead to loss of face by each side, it foretells what could happen if each side plays through to the end game. The characters are really well-thought-out. Not based on any particular real life politician, but ones we believe are real.

I read this book a few months ago, before the Ukraine-Russian conflict, and it left me cold with fear. Such is Ken Follet's writing, you believe it's happening. When the whole Ukraine thing took off, I was drawn back to the events of this book. It is a sobering experience. Substitute this crisis for the one in the book, and you start to see mushroom crowds in your sleep. When rather than lose face you're prepared to press the nuclear button, it shows how futile these weapons would be.

As a long time advocate of a world without the nuclear option, be it weapons or power, I found the book terrifying. A brilliant read that had me in a cold sweat at times. A very well recommended read. This book is brilliant. 5 Stars.

Review by Brompton Sawdon
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