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I would have liked to have read more details about the Vietnam War
on 11 November 2014
The first two parts of the trilogy were possibly more dramatic due to the scale of the main events in that period, namely, two world wars. However, the third instalment is just as interesting and thrilling to read. It is a period I can relate to as it coincides with my younger days. And therefore brought back many memories to me and thoughts on how I was reacting to the various events breaking at the time. I did find some of the events described, dragged on a bit, the Cuban missile crisis and the Civil Rights campaign, to name a couple, But perhaps this was intentional to attract the American readers. I also felt that the sexual affairs of many characters were overemphasised, I suppose sex and money are the two most important motivators for careerminded people, which most of the characters appear to be. Nevertheless, the book still deserves a top 5 star rating because the author has ideally matched up the fictional characters located in different parts of the world to real historic events. Perhaps one missing element was to have an evil character among the fictional families, they all turned out to be heroic in their own right. I would have liked to have read more details about the Vietnam War. This topic was almost brushed aside in the story, a shame as it would reveal great action and drama. The book as indeed the whole trilogy, is a masterpiece, in my opinion. And I hope the author returns soon with another smash hit, perhaps set against a historical genre, which Ken Follett is so good at bringing into life.