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Fall of Giants : The Century Trilogy : Book 1 - Ken Follett

Fall of Giants

The Century Trilogy : Book 1

Paperback

Published: 4th September 2012
For Ages: 18+ years old
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Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep, beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic.

The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families-American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh-as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

Thirteen-year-old Billy Williams enters a man's world in the Welsh mining pits...Gus Dewar, an American law student rejected in love, finds a surprising new career in Woodrow Wilson's White House...two orphaned Russian brothers, Grigori and Lev Peshkov, embark on radically different paths half a world apart when their plan to emigrate to America falls afoul of war, conscription, and revolution...Billy's sister, Ethel, a housekeeper for the aristocratic Fitzherberts, takes a fateful step above her station, while Lady Maud Fitzherbert herself crosses deep into forbidden territory when she falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German embassy in London...

These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as, in a saga of unfolding drama and intriguing complexity, Fall of Giants moves seamlessly from Washington to St. Petersburg, from the dirt and danger of a coal mine to the glittering chandeliers of a palace, from the corridors of power to the bedrooms of the mighty. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion. It is destined to be a new classic.

In future volumes of The Century Trilogy, subsequent generations of the same families will travel through the great events of the rest of the twentieth century, changing themselves-and the century itself. With passion and the hand of a master, Follett brings us into a world we thought we knew, but now will never seem the same again.

About the Author

Ken Follett was twenty-seven when he wrote Eye of the Needle, an award-winning thriller that became an international bestseller. After several more successful thrillers, he surprised everyone with The Pillars of the Earth, about the building of a cathedral in the Middle Ages, which continues to captivate readers all over the world. His last book was the long-awaited sequel, World Without end, a number one bestseller in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, and France. He lives in England with his wife, Barbara Follett.

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  • Captures time and place (3)
  • Well written (3)

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    5.0

    History made interesting!

    By Susie the Mermaid

    from Sydney

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    Pros

    • Captures Time And Place
    • Easy To Understand
    • Educational
    • Great For Anyone
    • Interesting Characters
    • Original Story
    • Well Written

    Cons

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      • Older Readers
      • Travel Reading

      Comments about Fall of Giants:

      Having not done History at school and never really finding a true historical book about World War 2 interesting, this one was! The way Ken Follett wraps everyday people into the history telling makes you feel as though you were there and the empathy you feel more pronounced. The heart wrenching experiences are even more poignant and memorable than if you'd read a history book.He always prefaces his historians so that you know that you can rely on the facts as referenced.

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      4.0

      book one read, now can't wait for book 2

      By Snoopy

      from Perth Australia

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      • Well Written

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        • Gift
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        Brilliant service and delivery

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        4.0

        good read enjoy this author

        By kate cavalier

        from hobart

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        Pros

        • Captures Time And Place
        • Easy To Understand
        • Educational
        • Historically accurate
        • Interesting Characters
        • Well Written

        Cons

        • An Awful Lot Of Info

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        • Older Readers

        Comments about Fall of Giants:

        I learned many interesting fact from this book will be read again at a later date!

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        "Follett is masterly in conveying so much drama and historical information so vividly...grippingly told."--"The New York Times Book Review"

        ""Fall of Giants" is classic Follett."--"USA Today "

        "Follett conjures the winds of war."--"The Washington Post "

        "Grand in scope, scale, and story."--The Associated Press

        "A suspenseful epic."--"The Seattle Times "

        "Tantalizing."--"Newsday"

        "Fascinating, in a big way."--"St. Louis Post-Dispatch"

        Ken Follett

        Ken Follett was only twenty-seven when he wrote The Eye of the Needle, the award-winning novel which became an international bestseller and a distinguished film. Before that he had been a newspaper reporter and a publishing executive after studying philosophy at University College, London. He has since written eleven equally successful novels and the non-fiction bestseller On Wings of Eagles. He lives with his family in London and Hertfordshire.

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        ISBN: 9780451232854
        ISBN-10: 0451232852
        Series: Century Trilogy
        Audience: General
        For Ages: 18+ years old
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 942
        Published: 4th September 2012
        Dimensions (cm): 17.018 x 10.668  x 3.81
        Weight (kg): 0.41