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Click Here to Download the Book Ken Follett's Fall of Giants, the first novel in his extraordinary new historical epic, The Century Trilogy, was an international sensation, acclaimed as "sweeping and fascinating, a book that will consume you for days or weeks" (USA Today) and "grippingly told and readable to the end" (The New York Times Book Review). "If the next two volumes are as lively and entertaining as Fall of Giants," said The Washington Post, "they should be well worth waiting for." Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families--American, German, Russian, English, Welsh--enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs.
Reviews Following on from Fall of Giants: Book One of the Century Trilogy, this is the second in Ken Follett's Century trilogy. This sprawling saga takes a cast of characters, in England, Wales, America, Russia and Germany and weaves their stories together. Fall of Giants used momentous world events such as WWI, the Russian Revolution and the campaign for women to vote as the background for the characters; Winter of the World begins in 1933 and continues through the years of WWII until 1948. We meet many of the characters we are already familiar with in this book and also many of their children, now grown. When we meet Maud and Walter again in Berlin, they are trying to fight against the rise of National Socialism, although their son Erik is attracted to the Nazi party. Daisy Peshkov, now a grown women, comes to England hoping to marry a man with a title and Lloyd Williams is studying at Cambridge. Follett deftly involves real life people into his storyline - Oswald Mosley, Churchill, Roosevelt and others appear throughout the novel. We read of the Spanish Civil War, Red Army Intelligence, Dunkirk and other major historical events. However, where Follett succeeds is by never losing sight of the personal in the historical. We care about the characters and what happens to them and I am looking forward to reading the concluding novel in this trilogy.
Before starting this book, I reread "Fall Of Giants", the first book in Ken Follett's The Century Trilogy. As a reader that loves good historical fiction I highly recommend this series. The story revolves around the lives of five fictional families ... a Welsh mining family, an English aristocrat, a pair of Russian brothers, a German diplomat and an American Presidental advisor."Fall of Giants" traces their intermingling lives from 1911 through 1924 and how as individuals they deal with the social, political and military issues of that time. "Winter of the World" takes these same families, including their next generation members, and covers the issues that effect them from 1933 through 1949. Being an informed individual but not a historian, I found this novel very impelling in the way it evolved the characters from the Spanish civil war, through World War Two and into the Cold War, sharing the results, both positive and negative, of living under democracy, socialism, fascism and communism.
I can't wait for the release of the third installment in this series.
It is good to have read the first book "Fall of Giants", but not necessary. Here is all the panoply of people, circumstances, emotions, and individual and national dramas that led to the 2nd World War. People don't write too many sagas nowadays, but Mr. Follett is. Thank Goodness. I put the book down having been hugely entertained by the ride, but also painlessly educated politically and emotionally as to the reasons and the costs of the war. Mr. Follett is a Master storey teller. My suggestion is to hop on, surrender to the driver, and enjoy the full, wild, beautifully-crafted ride.
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