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Winter of the World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy Hardcover – September 18, 2012
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"Some of the biggest-picture fiction being written today." —The Seattle Times
"A consistently compelling portrait of a world in crisis." —The Washington Post
"Masterfully sweeping. . . . Political intrigue, amorous episodes, suspense, and drama. History comes to life." —The Louisville Courier-Journal
"[Follett] is so good at plotting a story, even one that takes on such a complex topic such as the World War II era. That's what makes Winter of the World so hard to put down. You want to know what happens next." —The Associated Press
"An entertaining historical soap opera." —Kirkus Reviews
"Gripping . . . powerful." —The New York Times
"This book is truly epic . . . The reader will probably wish there was a thousand more pages." —The Huffington Post
About the Author
Ken Follett burst into the book world with Eye of the Needle, an award-winning thriller and international bestseller. After several more successful thrillers, he surprised everyone with The Pillars of the Earth and its long-awaited sequel, World Without End, a national and international bestseller. Follett’s new, magnificent historical epic, the Century Trilogy, includes the bestselling Fall of Giants, Winter of the World, and Edge of Eternity. He lives in England with his wife, Barbara.
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a. The Rise of the Nazis Party as they seize control of Germany under Hitler in 1933. We witness the burning of the Reichstag Building.
b. The attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 is brilliantly painted by Follett./D-Day is also well presented to the reader.
c. The election of Winston Churchill as Prime Minister as he leads wartime Britain to victory.
d. Battles in the European and Pacific theatres are covered. Follett s coverage of the Spanish Civil War is vivid and horrific. He also is to be commended for portraying the raw cruelty experience in Nazi concentration camps.
e. The development of the atomic bomb is fascinating reading!
The families who are followed by Follett in the course of his long narrative participate in all these events. Some survive while others do not. Follett is a wonderful historical novelist. He is adept at word portraits from major events in politics and war to tender and in good taste love scenes. Among my favorite characters are young Cara a nurse who fights against the Nazi policy of murdering mental defective , ill and old persons and Peshov
the Soviet spy is a charismatic and exciting fictional character.
Once you read a Ken Follett book you will be hooked! This volume kept me reading into the late hours. An engrossing read! Enjoy!
who is a Soviet Spy. The book has many characters to keep track of but it is worth the effort to keep them all straight!
Fact is, what happened between 1914 and 1945 should never be forgotten so it never can happen again. And Kent Follet's first two books of his trilogy are a reminder that gets more significant than ever in our present days. Besides this, it's history written how it should be: not dates, facts and scholastic explanations but real people in a real world and in a way that captivates the reader. Very recommended.
I look forward to get the third book of the trilogy (to be published in a few days).