A Dangerous Fortune Paperback – 3 Jun 2011
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Augusta Pilaster is the scheming, socially conscious, self-appointed matriarch of the family. She is a woman who will stop at nothing to ensure that her reckless and easily manipulated husband, Joseph, and their indolent, dissolute, and lackluster son, Edward, will get and retain control of the Pilaster banking enterprise. Her Machiavellian machinations, however, will eventually trigger the downfall of the family's fortune.
Hugh Pilaster, Augusta's nephew by marriage, is the Pilaster who has the brains and work ethic to take the Pilaster banking fortunes to a new level. His Achilles heel is that he seems destined to be attracted to working class women, a chink in his armor that Augusta Pilaster uses to her and her immediate family's advantage. He, too, is Augusta Pilaster's unwitting pawn, until the day of reckoning comes.
Micky Miranda is the romantically handsome scion of a South American despot. Micky attended an exclusive school with Edward and Hugh Pilaster, when they were young. While there, tragedy struck when a mysterious swimming accident took the lives of one of their friends, an event that was to shadow their lives in ways no one could have imagined. Micky Miranda would eventually enter into a web of complicity with Augusta Pilaster that would impact on the fortunes of both the Miranda and Pilaster families.Read more ›
However I had some difficutly with this one - it was not clear until about page 100 who the story was about. I found the number of lead characters confusing - partially because I did not know which relationships I should be taking note of, and therefore had trouble understanding the direction it was going in.
That the main character (Hugh), is also downplayed some of the time, whilst being shown sympathetically other times, meant that I simply didn't grasp the fact that the story is his. The initial chapter could have been better placed by calling it a prologue or something similar.
For Follett fans - you are guarenteed to like this!
I was dissapointed when I realised I was getting close to the end of this one. I could have read about these characters forever !!!
Seriously though, I suggest you have a read of this. And... if you havent read Ken before, you should also check out The Pillars of the Earth.
Well done Ken... give us another !!!
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An easy read which you can pick up and put down without losing the plot of storyline. Interesting how the families evolve throughout the story, how people are interlinked, who is... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Pauline Smith
It began rather strangely at a boys school. And so the scene was set for the unravelling of the story over a period of twenty-four years and more in the fortunes of a large... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Mrs. Pearl Elston
I couldn't put it down. Who would have imagined that a book about a bank could be so compelling? I love this author's work. He keeps me guessing. Great book.Published 1 month ago by Mike'sWife
Poor. Follett has done much, much better. Not up to his usual standard. Hackneyed characters.Published 1 month ago by peter mackey
A first class tale of intrigue and dishonesty among the upper classes.Reputations worth less than their greed!one good man rescues them all and finds happiness himselfPublished 1 month ago by chas
I enjoyed this book it was exciting all the way through and i couldn't wait to see what happened to the nasty peoplePublished 1 month ago by Richard Ford