I have almost finished A column of fire – I actually meant to finish it last night but couldn’t. Anyway I’ll write more about it when I am done, but I just wanted to share something I realized this morning as I was reading of the naval battle between the English fleet and the not-really- Invencible Armada (yes, we have a very quiet Christmas, my husband and I): Ken Follett is so good at drawing the reader into the story that I felt the suspence even though I knew  who had won that sea-battle – I have known since I was seven years old!

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