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The Man from St. Petersburg (Signet) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1983
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"Eerily plausible . . . one of Follett's finest." —Time
"A grabber with a pace that never flags." —Cosmopolitan
"Builds with such intensity that your heart races with pounding anticipation and sticks in your throat as the climactic moments near." —Chattanooga Times-Free Press
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
Ken Follett is the international bestselling author of suspense thrillers and the nonfiction On Wings of Eagles. He lives in England. Visit Ken Follett's official website at www.ken-follett.com.
Top Customer Reviews
This story is rich with the history that bored us in school, that stuff about Victorian pomp and starving Russian peasants floundering for a new political order, the prelude to communism. Follett gives us a sense of the debauchery bred from wealth and privilege, and the desperation born of inhumanities in an era gone by. He introduces us to men threatened by women's suffrage, others terrorized of government, and through them, we better understand why society changed, or perhaps mutated. That stuff is woven seamlessly into a story of intrigue without long speeches or tedious lectures. We get our lesson without having to take notes.
My only quarrel is Follett's propensity to interrupt with back-story, once with back-story within back-story if I'm not mistaken. It's a minor irritation though, one scratch and it's gone, because we are more worried about how his characters are going to sort out the mess they're in. And in the end, you're going to believe The Man from St. Petersburg might have been.
If given more room for characters and historical detail, Follet gives us classic epic novels like `Pillars'. When he limits himself he sometimes succeeds and sometimes misses.
More longer Follet novels are better.
In many ways, "The Man From St. Petersburg" is a good read. For me, though, it asked me to go farther in suspending disbelief than I was prepared to go. The clever ending was a little too clever, and left me somewhat less than satisfied.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Suspenseful, gripping with a surprise ending. Keeps you guessing the whole way to the endPublished 15 days ago by Michael B. MacQuarrie
One of the best books I've read. It was a while ago but I'm so glad I purchased it on my tablet so it's available for me to go back and read it again.Published 28 days ago by Deanna Mailman
Enjoyed this book very much. Gets you interested right away and all through to the end. Ken Follett is a master at writing a great story along with teaching historical facts.Published 1 month ago by Marcia