A Dangerous Fortune: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1994
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"Political and amorous intrigues, cold-blooded murder, and financial crises . . . old-fashioned entertainment." —San Francisco Chronicle
"Breathlessly plotted . . . relentlessly suspenseful." —The New York Times
"Gripping, complex plot . . . sexual intrigue . . . fascinating characters . . . You won’t be able to put down this exciting page-turner." —Lexington Herald-Leader
"Follett [builds] to a dramatic climax with the same masterful control that guided Eye of the Needle and The Pillars of the Earth." —Playboy
"I don't usually enjoy historical thrillers but admit to being totally captivated by Ken Follett's A Dangerous Fortune." —Chicago Tribune
"Highly entertaining . . . Follett's characters are drawn with broad, realistic strokes . . . this story of greed and retribution should win Follett new fans." —Publishers Weekly
"Rich, complex, thrilling, suspenseful, well plotted . . . A Dangerous Fortune is dangerous reading. You won't be able to put it down." —Authors and Critics
From the Publisher
In 1866, tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School. A young student drowns in a mysterious accident involving a small circle of boys. The drowning and its aftermath initiates a spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many loves... From the exclusive men's club and brothels that cater to every dark desire of London's upper classes to the dazzling ballrooms and mahogany-paneled suites of the manipulators of the world's wealth, Ken Follett conjures up a stunning array of contrasts. This breathtaking novel portrays a family splintered by lust, bound by a shared legacy... men and women swept toward a perilous climax where greed, fed by the shocking truth of a boy's death, must be stopped, or not just one man's dreams, but those of a nation, will die...
"Breathlessly plotted...relentlessly suspensenseful." -- The New York Times. "Gripping, complex plot.. sexual intrigue...fascinating characters...you won't be able to put down this exciting page-turner!" -- Lexington Herald-Leader.
- ASIN : 0440217490
- Publisher : Dell; Reprint edition (November 1, 1994)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 576 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780440217497
- ISBN-13 : 978-0440217497
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.1 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #18,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I highlighted so many good quotes. This little novel deserves all the hype and awards it's gotten. The author has written an astonishingly beautiful and compelling narrative. My only complaint came that I felt it was a little too short, especially at the end. I'm also certain this book will be made into a great movie. Absolute must read!
Top reviews from other countries
with their dolly mops were more than revealing. Perhaps too explicit. A fast paced read but probably too predictable. The named "South American" country perhaps spoilt the realism. There is a sequel which I might purchase at a later date but you have to search hard for the title.
The same type of characters; the brave working clsss heroine, the caddish "upper class" man...
All the usual stock characters .
Despite that it was a fast moving story suitable to read on a flight or on the beach .
I read a few more chapters, but regret the waste of time. I found that I had no sympathy for any of the characters, who became increasingly wooden and two dimensional. Could have done with a good outbreak of cholera to thin them out! I've read books for children that were better written.