Acclaimed for his powerful characters and non-stop suspense, best selling-author Ken Follett demonstrates how he earns his reputation with this riveting thriller of Cold War treachery. Code to Zero transports you to America of 1958, riddled with suspicion and tension, as scientists struggle desperately to overtake Russia in the race to control outer space. A man wakes up shaking with fear on the cold restroom floor in Union Station, Washington, D. C. He doesn't know how he got there, or even his own name. His ragged, dirty clothes imply that he's a bum, probably getting over a bender. But something seems terribly wrong-and shadowy figures follow his every move. Searching for answers, the man uncovers a shocking truth that threatens to derail America's space program, even while Cape Canaveral counts down to liftoff. Ken Follet packs plenty of action, passion, and intrigue into this compelling story. Veteran narrator George Guidall's dramatic pacing moves the plot along in high gear.
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by Alan Furst
by Ken Follett
"[Editor's Note: The following is a combined review with the abridged CODE TO ZERO.]--Ken Follett spins a story centering on the U.S.-Russian Space Race of the '50s. The novel starts with an intriguing phenomenon--autobiographical amnesia--and listeners are thrust into the uncertainty that rocket scientist Luc Lucas must unravel. Both versions are handled by narrative masters. It's intriguing to savor the differences between Frank Muller's intense approach in the abridgment and George Guidall's slower, yet no less compelling, reading of the unabridged. The styles are different--Muller gives a hard-driving edge to Luc and Anthony, the CIA's dirty-tricks master. Guidall has the whole text to develop the characters and makes use of the duplicity and deception involving the race to launch America's first satellite. Great spy thriller material in either format. R.F.W. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"
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