EOTNWhen I was a kid, my siblings and I used to joke that my father never read a book that didn’t have Nazi insignia on the cover. It is true that he loved novels, and nonfiction, about World War II and it was pretty much true that there was that certain symbol on most of the covers. One such book I remember was Ken Follett’s 1978 novel Eye of the Needle.

It is so funny, I remember the cover of the paperback very well and my dad’s excitement when the movie version came on HBO. Like most kids, the last thing I wanted to do was show interest in anything my parents did so I never picked up any of my dad’s books to read for myself.

However, in recent years I discovered the works of Mr. Follett, most notably Pillars of the Earth and his Century Trilogy. Having read and enjoyed those more recent works, I have gone back through Mr. Follett’s catalog and read some of his older novels. Recently, I was looking for a vintage best seller to read, as I like to do in the summer, and came across Eye of the Needle and I knew in an instant that I had found the perfect summer read.

Eye of the Needle is a traditional spy thriller set during World War II and although formulaic and somewhat dated, it is still a great story in the very capable hands of Mr. Follett who was at the top his game when he wrote this book.

About Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett: “One enemy spy knows the secret of the Allies’ greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin—code name: ‘The Needle’—who holds the key to the ultimate Nazi victory. Only one person stands in his way: a lonely Englishwoman on an isolated island, who is coming to love the killer who has mysteriously entered her life. Ken Follett’s unsurpassed and unforgettable masterwork of suspense, intrigue, and the dangerous machinations of the human heart—Eye of the Needle.”

Part of the joy of reading this book for was thinking about my dad reading it all those years ago. It is one of those truisms that one appreciates his/her parents more as you get older. By reading books that I know my dad liked back in the day makes me understand him a little bit more.

Meanwhile, Eye of the Needle was the perfect escapist novel for summer reading.

Eye of the Needle is available from Amazon and other fine retailers.