Ken Follett writes exciting tales of espionage and adventure set in various locales and periods. Thoroughly researched, his novels mix historical fact and colorful protagonists to create intelligent—if not intellectual—entertainments. He also presents complex, believable characters whose personal lives are often as chaotic as their social and political milieus. He has consciously courted bestsellerdom by employing vivid heroines to appeal to female readers. Although his work resembles the tradition of Helen MacInnes and Alistair MacLean more than that of Eric Ambler and Graham Greene, Follett’s novels are carefully crafted and generally well written in a deceptively simple style. Of all the espionage writers since the heyday of Ian Fleming, Follett writes perhaps the easiest plots to follow—without skimping on complexity and ambiguity of motive.