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Winter of the World (The Century Trilogy Book 2) by [Follett, Ken]
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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."--"The Louisville Courier-Journal"
"Gripping...powerful."--"The New York Times"
"An entertaining historical soap opera."--"Kirkus Reviews"

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. "The Louisville Courier-Journal"
Gripping powerful. "The New York Times"
An entertaining historical soap opera. "Kirkus Reviews""

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'An intricately plotted, epic tale that will capture the imagination.' (Choice magazine)

'The nights are drawing in and it's time to pick up the second thrilling instalment of Follett's epic.' (Lancashire Evening Post)

'A supersize epic ... an intricate plot that spans the Second World War and its aftermath. There are spies, American heiresses, Russian gangsters and do-good boys from the East End whose overlapping stories paint a remarkable, and at times heartwrenching, vision of humanity at that time.' (The Bookseller)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2520 KB
  • Print Length: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; Open market ed edition (13 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071BGOJC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,753 customer reviews
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Format: Hardcover
Ken Follett's new novel, "Winter of the World", is the second in the planned three volume set about the history of the 20th century. Beginning in 1933, Follett brings his huge cast of characters along from the years up to the end of the Great War. To talk about the plot of the new book is impossible. Way too many characters and too many plot points. BUT, Follett's such a good writer that he brings the reader up to date with ALL his characters. Follett gives most of his characters enough nuance that few seem like caricatures.

The interesting thing about Follett's second book is the breadth of the coverage of the 1930's and 40's (and into the `50's). Everything from the burning of the Reichstag to the T4 Euthanesia program under the Nazis, to the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the battle of Midway to the development of the atomic bomb is covered. Now, in a regular novel, the reader would think, "oh yeah, how can one character or family of characters be present at all these historic events?" But Follett has developed so many characters that what happens is not unlikely. His characters seem to merge with each other and then separate much like the designs in a kaleidoscope. The American heiress from the Russian-emigree father goes to England in the mid-1930's and marries the son(s) of members the British/Welsh nobility. The German characters interact with both the British and the Russians. All these families had been introduced in Follett's first book and all interacted in Follett's second.

Something else interesting I noticed from Follett's first book and his second is the fact that none of the major characters in the first book died. They had to survive to make the second book possible.
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Format: Hardcover
I don't know what it is about Ken Follett, but his books just get better and better. Fall of Giants the prequel to Winter of The World was simply fantastic with, as usual, something happening on every page.
How he does it, I don't quite know, but even when he writes about casual goings on, it still reads like a "what's going to happen" type of read.
Winter of The World is another biggie at 818 pages but the story is so complex and enthralling that you're going to wish it would go past so many pages.
This is the continuing story of five different families (from the Fall of Giants) going through the middle of the twentieth century, 1933 to 1949 which of course would include mainly the Second World War. It's a page turner with Follett's usual mastery story telling. All the plots in the book are written so well together and in such a way that we are educated as well as entertained. And, as with all Ken Follett's books, there are no boring pages anywhere! Not one!
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Winter Of The World is the second mammoth-size work of historical fiction in Ken Follett's The Century Trilogy that kept me very engrossed. Winter Of The World follows the lives of five main characters, each the child of the five families featured in Fall Of Giants, as they move through events beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of WWII, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs.

Follett's characters are developed well enough and his narrative abilities are strong enough to enable me to feel that that I was right along side each of the main characters as they move through the major events in their lives. I recommend Winter Of The World to those who enjoy historical fiction and think they would enjoy traveling with Follett's characters as they move through the years that were filled with social, political and emotional turmoil.

Is Winter Of The World a perfect book? Of course not; it has its share of limitations. For example, Follett's dialogue, at times, does not ring true and the historical situations in which he involves his characters often appear to be too coincidental and expected. These limitations, however, are mostly outweighed by the excellent job Follett does in pacing his book and in creating a "you are there" atmosphere for the reader.

I'm pretty sure you'll find Winter Of The World to be a very entertaining, well-researched and memorable book. But be aware that your enjoyment won't come cheap -- the retail price of Winter Of The World is $36 in hardcover and $19.99 electronically. I think, however, you'll find that it is worth the money and your time investment.
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Adolf makes war! Adolf is a bad man! American sees Adolf. American chases Adolf - hoorah!

Fifty years ago, a series of reading books for young children featuring the characters Janet and John were popular in the UK. Featuring short, basic sentences they now look very anachronistic and simplistic. In fact, they looked like that pretty much the moment they came off the printing presses. But they were widely read and presumably made someone a lot of money. I'm afraid that Ken Follett's "Winter of the World" is very much in the same mould.

"Winter of the World" is the second instalment of Follett's Century trilogy, a selective lightweight history of the twentieth century. You may have heard the claim that each of us is only six contacts away from every other human being on the planet, as in: I know someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows a Russian billionaire or Kalahari bushman or whoever. Follett's variant is that five vaguely inter-related families (from Germany, England, Wales, Russia and the United States) are not just witnesses to the key events of the last century but participate in them and in many cases make them happen. This part of the trilogy covers the 1930's and 1940's, meaning the rise of Fascism, World War 2 and its immediate aftermath. So... Hitler gaining power, Battle of Cable Street, Pearl Harbour, siege of Moscow, first atomic bomb,etc... take your pick, one of the group of five was there.

In terms of literature, this falls into the "quantity not quality" category. The impression is that it was written with a TV mini-series not just in mind, but specifically for it. One for an undemanding American audience, broken down into 5 minute segments so as not to confuse people or interfere with the adverts.
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