Winter of the World Online eBook by Ken Follett
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 After reading Fall of the Giants (and loving it) I too was very excited to read Winter of the World. The characters in FoftheG were wonderful and you truly cared about them. The characters in WoftheW were also just as intriguing. I did learn a lot about WWI in the first book and I learned a lot about WWII in this book. It was very interesting and reminds us how such a war could start. It was enlightening to really understand all of the different viewpoints and political parties there were in that time period. I enjoy how Mr. Follett brings in historical events and characters into these two stories. I would definitely recommend this book and I honestly think that the author was able to convey how horrible life was in Germany, Russia and England during war times. You are reminded how much people around the world have suffered. You could relate to what's happening in the world today and it makes you hope that we have become a smarter world. I also agree that the price Amazon charged for a e-file is outrageous, but when you are traveling, it's very convenient. Also a complaint that the List of Characters were not included. I actually went to a bookstore and with my I-phone took a picture of the list of characters which I referenced every now and then.
This story is making me think maybe we do need a large and strong military... I also thought a lot about my parents getting married right before the end of the war, and if they had waited a few weeks, would they still have married? Then there is my mom's father who came over as a stow-away on a ship from Russia about the same time as Lev Peshcov came here. We know nothing about him, but one clue came to me when one of the characters commented on her new baby's eyes. She said they had a fold of skin over them and that she was guessing the father was Siberian. I have a daughter with very exotic looks and have puzzled for 27 years about where this child's eyes came from. She does not look like any of the rest of the family. So, I looked up Siberian People on Google and she looks like them!!! Oh my gosh! So, perhaps her great, great grandmother or grandfather was from Siberia!
Mom said that her dad never talked about his people in Russia, and now I know why. The author made it very clear that having connections in the west was dangerous for Russians, so granddad was probably protecting his family as well as himself. Who would want to go back to the awful conditions he left behind. Imagine how much he must have loved living in a warm climate and being free. We are so lucky to live in the USA. This book gave some order to history that I never had a handle on before. I can't wait for the next book, because it will cover my life time. Maybe Ken Follett can put some order to it!
This book wasn't nearly as well written as the first in the series; it seems to have been thrown together in a hurry by a group of hired writers following Follett's directions. The first half was dull and uninteresting, as the writer(s) built his (their) characters. It only took off about half way through when the historical descriptions began. I learned a lot about the forces at play during WWII, and the misery suffered by everyone, Allies and Germans alike. It is a good "street-view" of life in Berlin, showing the brutality of the Nazis, the indiscriminate bombing of civilians by the British, and the bestial behavior of the "liberating" Russians. For me, it emphasized afresh just how painful, stupid, and pointless are humanity's violent struggles in name of one dogma or another. For its historical descriptions, the book deserves praise. It does less well in its hurried writing.
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