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  • Mass Market Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc; Reissue edition (31 Jan 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451163516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451163516
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,923,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ken Follett was only twenty-seven when he wrote the award-winning EYE OF THE NEEDLE, which became an international bestseller. His celebrated PILLARS OF THE EARTH was voted into the top 100 of Britain's best-loved books in the BBC's the Big Read and the sequel, WORLD WITHOUT END, was published to critical acclaim. He lives with his family in London and Hertfordshire.


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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By riverkey on 16 Mar 2004
Format: Paperback
I may be guilty of pedantry here but the Russian in question is an anarchist and not a communist. That said Ken Follett is at his best, taking a historical event and giving it a ficticious twist, and yes, as with his other novels, you do tend to want the bad guy to win.
If you're a first time Follet reader I would recommend 'Eye of the Needle', 'Pillars of the Earth' and 'Code to Zero' over this one, but if you've read those then this one will not let you down. Well, not by much.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andy Brodie on 26 Sep 2012
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If an author's work is supposed to get better as they age and gain experience, like a red wine or stilton; I wondered how "The Man from St Petersburg" was going to come across? This book, one of Follett's earliest, was first published in 1982; long before the success of his "The Pillars of the Earth", made him a household name and this binding was re-issued in 2011 making full use of his more recent successes to get readers.

I'd loved "The Pillars of the Earth" and then devoured it's long awaited sequel "World Without End", so when I saw "The Man from St Petersburg" reprint I picked it up eagerly with high expectations. Lets face it, who can blame an author or publisher cashing in on recent triumphs by re-printing earlier works to feed the reading public's hunger?

No one! Not unless of course you judge the earlier work's quality significantly less than the more recent output. Sadly, this is what I felt about "The Man from St Petersburg". I was left feeling unfulfilled and cheated in some way; the book, for me, lacked substance and much of style and depth I'd come to expect from Follett's recent work.

Marketing this book as being in the same league as "The Pillars of the Earth" is at best seriously misleading. The glowing and fulsome cover comments on my 2011 re-print, relate, not to this work, but to better more recent titles. I know this is what ad men call 'creative marketing', but for me it is verging on fraud. It's a sad inditement on today's society when buying a book you have to remember 'caveat emptor': "let the buyer beware". Authors and publishers are responsible for their quality control, and they should beware chasing easy sales today at the risk of weakening a brand's long term reputation and bank-ability.

Although I'll happily buy more of Ken Follett's books as they are published, I will go to my library to explore his back catalogue further and thus, save my money.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By meltow on 2 April 2010
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As ever Ken Follett has created an quick paced, easy to read story book. When you need an author to read that doesn't take too much effort and keeps you hooked try Ken Follett. The Man from St Petersburg set just prior to WW1 mixes the British landed gentry with the Russian anarchist, and a nice twist to the tale. Enjoy!
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Oct 1999
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Another great book from Ken follet. Out of all his books I would rank this one behind Pillars of the Earth (best book of all time by far)and Eye of the Needle. Extremely plausible novel, very realistic characters, and you simply can't put it down. Finished it in under 2 days
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pierre on 1 Feb 2013
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Follett's research blends with the readers knowledge of the era to bring vitality to a text that makes for compulsive story reading while questioning how in reality such disastrous decisions in reality could be made to promote the course of history as we know it or our ancesters suffered it!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Aug 1999
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This is a really good book about a Russian Communist. I really enjoyed this book as the characters were so real. You didn't want Felix the Communist to get caught, you actually wanted the bad guy to win. If you want to read a good book then get this!
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Bitterly disappointed at this Ken Follet offering,I thought the plot was weak and the writing falling far below what we have come to expect from this brilliant writer
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Another excellent book by Ken Follett, Keeps you captivated from beginning to end, as do all his other books that I have read
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