Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Length: 816 pages
Audiobook Length: 24 hours and 30 minutes
First Published: 2021
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Pauline Green, the United States’s first female President, tries to avoid war when an act of aggression escalates and the world’s greatest powers are caught up in a tangled web of alliances. With the aid of a young intelligence officer in Chad, an undercover spy in Northern Africa, and a Chinese spymaster, Green must use all her political savvy to save the world in this epic political thriller.
Follett states that he wanted to write a modern WWI story, about a war that no one wanted but the political alliances forced upon the world. I had forgotten how much I love political thrillers, and Never served up the perfect combination of relatable characters and plausible global politics that kept me glued to the page as the world is on the brink of war.
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.
About Ken Follett
Ken Follett is the author of more than 30 books. He is betst known for the Kingsbridge series, the Century trilogy, and Eye of the Needle. Follett currently lives in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Visit the author’s website →