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Ken Follett Books in Order

Ken Follett is a world-renowned author of many exciting novels. Within his extensive collection are thrillers, mysteries, and dramas. The following list highlights all the Ken Follett books in order from first to last so you can read them in the order that best suits your interest.

Who is Ken Follett?

Ken Follett is a Welsh author of historical novels and thrillers.

His career began as a journalist at the Evening News. He then switched to publishing. He started writing fiction as a hobby and later when he needed additional money to fix his car.

With the publication of Eye of the Needle, Ken Follett became an international bestseller. He has sold more than 170 million copies of his books.

#1 Ken Follett Books in Order of Publication

Titles in black are out of print and not available for purchase. Though you may be able to track them down in used bookstores or second hand online retailers.

  1. The Big Black (1974)
  2. The Big Needle (1975)
  3. The Big Hit (1975)
  4. Shakeout (1975)
  5. Amok: King of Legend (1976)
  6. The Modigliani Scandal (1976)
  7. The Mystery Hideout (1976)
  8. The Power Twins (1976)
  9. Paper Money (1977)
  10. Capricorn One (1978)
  11. Eye of the Needle (1978)
  12. Under the Streets of Nice (1978)
  13. The Gentlemen of July 16 (1978)
  14. Triple (1979)
  15. The Key to Rebecca (1980)
  16. The Bear Raid (1982)
  17. The Man from St. Petersburg (1982)
  18. On Wings of Eagles (1984)
  19. Lie Down with Lions (1986)
  20. The Pillars of the Earth (1989)
  21. Night Over Water (1991)
  22. A Dangerous Fortune (1993)
  23. A Place Called Freedom (1995)
  24. The Third Twin (1996)
  25. The Hammer of Eden (1998)
  26. Code to Zero (2000)
  27. Jackdaws (2001)
  28. Hornet Flight (2002)
  29. Whiteout (2004)
  30. World Without End (2007)
  31. Fall of Giants (2010)
  32. Winter of the World (2012)
  33. Edge of Eternity (2014)
  34. A Column of Fire (2017)
  35. Bad Faith (2017)
  36. Notre-Dame (2019)
  37. The Evening and the Morning (2020)
  38. Never (2021)

#2 Ken Follett Books in Series Order

Here is a list of all the Ken Follett books in order by series.

Pillars of the Earth Series in Order

  1. The Pillars of the Earth (1989)
  2. World Without End (2007)
  3. A Column of Fire (2017)
  4. The Evening and the Morning (2020)

The Century Trilogy Books in Order

  1. Fall of Giants (2010)
  2. Winter of the World (2012)
  3. Edge of Eternity (2014)

Apples Carstairs Series

  1. The Big Black (1974)
  2. The Big Needle (1975)
  3. The Big Hit (1975)

Piers Roper Series

  1. Shakeout (1975)
  2. The Bear Raid (1982)

Ken Follett Books in Order – Standalone Novels

  1. Amok: King of Legend (1976)
  2. The Modigliani Scandal (1976)
  3. The Mystery Hideout (1976)
  4. The Power Twins (1976)
  5. Paper Money (1977)
  6. Capricorn One (1978)
  7. Eye of the Needle (1978)
  8. Triple (1979)
  9. The Key to Rebecca (1980)
  10. The Man from St. Petersburg (1982)
  11. Lie Down with Lions (1986)
  12. Night Over Water (1991)
  13. A Dangerous Fortune (1993)
  14. A Place Called Freedom (1995)
  15. The Third Twin (1996)
  16. The Hammer of Eden (1998)
  17. Code to Zero (2000)
  18. Jackdaws (2001)
  19. Hornet Flight (2002)
  20. Whiteout (2004)
  21. Never (2021)

Ken Follett Books in Order – Non-Fiction Books

  1. Under the Streets of Nice (1978)
  2. The Gentlemen of July 16 (1978)
  3. On Wings of Eagles (1984)
  4. Bad Faith (2017)
  5. Notre-Dame (2019)

Summary of Ken Follett Books in Order

Here is an overview of all Ken Follett books in order so readers can have an idea before reading any book.

Apples Carstairs Series (Published under the penname Simon Myles)

1. The Big Needle

Apples is a lover of money and beautiful women, and he has plenty of both. But with his young daughter dying from a heroin overdose, Apples is ready to take on the top man of a multi-million pound drug racket: Mr. Big H.

A thriller of relentless revenge sees Apples encountering violence, sex, and intrigue in London and Marseilles.


2. The Big Black

Two mysteries are leading Apples through a web of intrigue from Brussels to the New York empire of Joshua Hind in this sequel. First a pornographic photo of Apples and his lover, then a threat to a key Common Market negotiator.

Apples must hoodwink his way into Hind’s 13th floor liar before a crucial European vote.


3. The Big Hit

Winston Divine is a star and a brilliant, highly successful musician. Critics and tycoons alike love him. So why is he acting so afraid? The mystery deepens when he calls his old friend, Apples Carstairs, and then dies minutes later.

Apples is determined to discover why and uncovers a web that includes bribery, blackmail, and corruption throughout the music industry.


Piers Roper Series

1. The Shakeout

Roper is an industrial spy who works for a man called “Palmer.” In order to manipulate a major takeover, he takes on a rival spy network. Unfortunately, he finds more than he expected amid bitter politics and infighting.

All his plans are in jeopardy when Ann, one of his chosen pawns, breaks down his defenses and he falls in love.


2. The Bear Raid

Industrial super-spy Piers Roper engages in a Wall Street raid. But who’s really in charge? Leaving the job to Clayton, a young executive, Roper uncovers a savage mafia scene, is framed for a brutal murder, and betrayed by the beautiful Louise.

Clayton then reveals a hidden Government deal that nearly defeats Roper. But, in the end, Roper is a winner.


Kingsbridge Series

1. The Pillars of the Earth

Philip, Prior of Kingsbridge is a resourceful and devout monk who strives to build the most magnificent Gothic cathedral the world has ever seen. Tom, the mason who is to become his architect, is a man divided in his heart. Lady Aliena, the beautiful and mysterious lady, is haunted by a secret shame.

This is a tale of ambition, anarchy, and absolute power against the vast medieval landscape of England in the twelfth century.


2. World Without End

Four children escape from Kingsbridge, the cathedral city, on the day after Halloween. They are a thief, a bully, a boy genius, and a girl who dreams of becoming a doctor. In the forest they witness two men killed.

Their lives as adults will be woven together by love, ambition, greed, and revenge. They will experience prosperity, famines, plagues, and war.


3. A Column Of Fire

In 1558, Europe is in revolt due to religious hatred. Elizabeth Tudor is now on the throne, but it is dangerous for her in this new world. Many would like to see her removed, including Mary Queens of Scots, who is waiting in Paris.

Ned Willard is thrilled by the chance to escape Kingsbridge and serve his queen. As the love of his life marries another, Willard becomes part of a new secret service entrusted to keep the queen safe. He will spend his life protecting the monarch or die trying.


0.5. The Evening and the Morning

Published 30 years after the setting of The Pillars of the Earth, The Evening and the Morning is a prequel into a rich past.

It’s 997 CE, and the end of the Dark Ages is here. England faces threats from the Welsh to the west and the Vikings to the east.

Life is difficult, and those with power wield it harshly, often in conflict with their king, by bending justice to their will. The king has a fragile grip on the country and chaos reigns with no clear rule of law.


The Century Trilogy

1. Fall of Giants

Fall of Giants follows five interrelated families through the dramatic dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the fight for women’s votes.


2. Winter of the World

This sequel picks up the threads of the first by following the next generation of the interconnected five families. Again, it follows their interdependent lives through an era of great social, political, and economic turmoil. It begins with the rise of the Third Reich and continues through the great dramas of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War.


3. Edge of Eternity

The trilogy concludes with the descendants of the same five families as their fight for their individual freedom as in one of the most turbulent eras: 1960s to 1980s. This includes mass assassinations and Vietnam, civil rights and mass political movements, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and presidential impeachment.


Standalone Novels

Amok King of Legend Ken Follett Books in Order

1. Amok: King of Legend

Harry staggered back: The tree had moved. He was overcome with horror when he realized what he was seeing. The “tree” was a large, fur-covered leg.

He looked up at a distorted face, almost human-like. A massive paw about the size of a car swooped down.

The Amok had been found, but now he had to get himself and Purity out of danger. Except the beast was gone, and so was Purity.


The Modigliani Scandal Ken Follett

2. The Modigliani Scandal

Dee Sleign, an art historian, hears about a lost painting of Amedeo Modigliani. She is determined to retrieve it so that the rest of the world can see it. But there are others who want to claim it for their own corrupt motives.

So begins an epic chase from the streets of London to the Italian countryside to claim one of the great lost artworks of the twentieth century.


The Mystery Hideout

3. The Mystery Hideout

Mick didn’t like Izzie when they first met, but he proves to be the perfect partner on the school football field. He also knows a way into the abandoned Kellerman’s Studio. Inside, the two boys stumble upon a sinister demolition plot and the key to a series of bank raids.

As the plot unravels, the barriers between the boys will begin to crumble.


The Power Twins

4. The Power Twins

Fritz, Helen, and Jonathon thought they were going for a simple stay on their Uncle Grigorian’s farm; however, all of this changes when they find a space capsule in the shed and discover that their uncle is really a messenger from outer space.

The children then embark on a space mission to settle a planetary dispute and hunt for a solution to save the planet from destruction.


Paper Money Ken Follett Books in Order

5. Paper Money

In just one day, fortunes can change as ambitious reporters try to solve the mystery of three seemingly separate stories: An attempted suicide, a hijack, and a take-over bid.

Over the course of this single day, fortunes will be destroyed, reputations shattered, and principles shredded.


Capricorn One Ken Follett

6. Capricorn One

Based on screenplays by Peter Hyams, this book follows the first manned flight to Mars.

When the life support system fails NASA plans for a $30 billion fraud while they watch the ship blast off. The ship takes off as planned, but the live footage of the landing is filmed deep within the Arizona desert.

Now NASA has three astronauts they want dead fast as the capsule burns up on re-entry.


Eye of the Needle

7. Eye of the Needle

As the Allies near D-Day a spy lurks in their wake. His weapon is the stiletto and he goes by the codename, “The Needle.” This ruthless and professional murderer is Hitler’s prize undercover agent.

He manages to uncover the Allies’ D-Day plans at the cost of his cover. Thus begins a race as he fights his way to a U-boat to deliver the plans, leaving a trail of bodies in his wake. But he wasn’t planning on a storm-battered island and the remarkable young woman who lives there.


Triple

8. Triple

As Egypt gets closer and closer to developing a nuclear weapon, Mossad’s top-ranking Israeli agent is assigned an impossible task: Defeat the Arabs by stealing two hundred tonnes of uranium.


The Key to Rebecca Ken Follett Books in Order

9. The Key to Rebecca

In the midst of the Second World War, a brilliant, ruthless Nazi master agent is at large in Cairo.

Rommel’s army in North Africa is on the move, and the master agent’s intel is giving Germany an edge over the British forces.

Only two people in Cairo can stop him. The first is an English officer who is down on his luck, and no one will listen. The other is a young Jewish girl who is in danger.


The Man From St. Petersburg Ken Follett

10. The Man From St. Petersburg

His name is Feliks. He was coming to London to commit a crime that would change the course of history. He was a master manipulator and had many weapons. But, against him were the entire English police, an eminent and influential lord, and Winston Churchill, the young Winston Churchill.

These odds would have stopped anyone in the world except the man from St. Petersburg.


Lie Down with Lions

11. Lie Down with Lions

Ellis, America. Jean-Pierre, the Frenchman…. They were two men from opposite sides of the Cold War, and a woman coming between them. They formed a triangle of passion and deceit and raced from terrorist bombs in Paris to Afghanistan’s violence, intrigue, and death.


Night Over Water Ken Follett Books in Order

12. Night Over Water

England is at war against Nazi Germany. The world’s most luxurious airliner, the 777, takes off from Southampton to fly its last flight to neutral America.

The creme of society and the worst of humanity are on board, fleeing war for their own reasons, surrounded by a danger that they don’t know exists, and heading straight into violence, intrigue, and betrayal.


A Dangerous Fortune Ken Follett

13. A Dangerous Fortune

In 1866, tragedy struck the exclusive Windfield School. A young student is killed in an unsolved accident. His death and its aftermath set off a spiraling circle spanning three decades and intertwining many lives.


A Place Called Freedom

14. A Place Called Freedom

In Scotland, 1767, Mack McAsh is a slave by birth and destined to a life of misery in the harsh coal mines. He longs for freedom. He has one ally, the beautiful and high-born Lizzie Hallim.

She is trapped in her own, less cruel, hell. Although politics and positions separate them, Lizzie and Mack are bound by their passion for freedom. True freedom lies further away across the span of the Atlantic Ocean.


The Third Twin

15. The Third Twin 

Jeanie Ferrami, a genetic researcher at the FBI, discovered identical twins born to different mothers using a restricted FBI database. She is terrified by the bizarre discovery and determined to find the truth, even if it means she becomes embroiled in a scandal that could end her career.


The Hammer of Eden Ken Follett Books in Order

16. The Hammer of Eden

The FBI doesn’t want to believe it. The Governor wants to see the problem disappear. Agent Judy Maddox must investigate the danger.

A dangerous eco-terrorist group possesses the knowledge and means to cause a massive earthquake of epic proportions. California is in a time crunch as Maddox’s investigation reaches a critical point.


Code to Zero Ken Follett

17. Code to Zero

What if you woke up in a place where your identity was stripped from yourself? What would become of the man who had no idea where he came from or his name?

His first clue that something might be wrong comes when an article about a satellite launch catches his interest, but then again, all is not what it seems.


Jackdaws

18. Jackdaws

With D-Day looming, the French Resistance are desperate.

Flick Clairet, a British secret agent, proposes a daring new plan to infiltrate and neutralize the exchange before the Allies land in France. She will be joined by an all-female team: The Jackdaws.

Unbeknownst to her, a brilliant spy-catcher has been assigned to crush the French Resistance, and he is closing in.


Hornet Flight

19. Hornet Flight

In 1941 the Danish resistance discover a secret that could change the course of the war. The resistance must get the information to the British and will have only one chance.

The resistance must use a near-derelict Hornet Moth bi-plane. If they succeed it may spell victory for the Allies, but failure will see them killed.


Whiteout Ken Follett Books in Order

20. Whiteout

As a blizzard descends from the north on Christmas Eve, several people converge on a remote family estate in Scotland.

Stanley Oxford has everything riding on a drug he is developing to fight a lethal virus. Others have their eyes on his success too. Including a sinister gang that tries to use one of Stanley’s children against him to steal the virus.

It soon becomes apparent that being inside the house may be more dangerous than the storm outside, especially when a lethal virus might be on the loose.


Never

21. Never

In this heartwarming and suspenseful novel, Follett takes readers through a series of international incidents that could lead to World War III.

It is an extraordinary thriller full of heroines and villains, false prophets and elite warriors, jaded politicians and opportunistic revolutionaries. It is a cautionary tale for our times that transports readers to the bring of the unimaginable.


Non-Fiction Books

1. Under the Streets of Nice: The Bank Heist of the Century

Rene Louis Maurice and others – This is the story of Albert Spaggiari, who, through his incredible audacity, won the hearts of the public with one of the most egregious crimes in history – the theft of ten million dollars from a French bank.


2. Notre-Dame

Notre-Dame is an emotional non-fiction book that focuses on the history of the magnificent Paris cathedral. It’s aim is to aid in the crucial restoration of Notre-Dame with all of Follett’s royalties being donated to the Fondation du Patrimoine.


Final Thoughts on Ken Follett Books in Order

If you’re looking for a new author to read, Ken Follett is an excellent choice. He has written more than 35 books, and they are all fantastic reads! In addition, his works span the course of history, making them perfect for readers who love historical fiction.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post on Ken Follett books in order, as well as the overview of his publications. What’s your favorite Ken Follett book?

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