The Man from St. Petersburg Mass Market Paperback – May 1 1983
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"Ken Follett has done it once more...goes down with the ease and impact of a well-prepared martini." -New York Times Book Review --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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 writing 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 millions of readers all over the world. The long-awaited sequel, WORLD WITHOUT END, a number one bestseller in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain and France. FALL OF GIANTS is his most recent book. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Overall, it was a very gripping, suspensful, and entertaining book that had a very good bit of storytelling wrapped in.
THE BEGINNING: the novel started off well. It was interesting, a unique setting was given, and an entertaining plot developed. I mean, who doesn't like 1910ish historical fiction. The world is on the brink of war, countries are beginning to modernize, and elite nobility still rule the world (which for a story, is entertaining).
THE MIDDLE: the novel fell apart. The antagonist was supposed to be an elite assassin but instead I found him to be a bumbling idiot. I honestly couldn't stop thinking comparing him to the Coyote who was always trying to kill the Road Roadrunner. Some parts were so silly that I was shaking my head in disbelief. It was also extremely coincidental.
THE END: the novel did partially redeem itself. The ending, and when I say ending I mean the last 10 pages, was unique and satisfactory.
THE CONCLUSION: this novel was an OK read. Definitely not Follet's best.
Sorry Ken. It was definitely your weakest novel I've read. All other novels have been superb (especially A Dangerous Fortune!).
This story is rich with the history that bored us in school, that stuff about Victorian pomp and starving Russian peasants floundering for a new political order, the prelude to communism. Follett gives us a sense of the debauchery bred from wealth and privilege, and the desperation born of inhumanities in an era gone by. He introduces us to men threatened by women's suffrage, others terrorized of government, and through them, we better understand why society changed, or perhaps mutated. That stuff is woven seamlessly into a story of intrigue without long speeches or tedious lectures. We get our lesson without having to take notes.
My only quarrel is Follett's propensity to interrupt with back-story, once with back-story within back-story if I'm not mistaken. It's a minor irritation though, one scratch and it's gone, because we are more worried about how his characters are going to sort out the mess they're in. And in the end, you're going to believe The Man from St. Petersburg might have been.
Most recent customer reviews
Not bad - his knowledge of England is a bit outlandish. Thank Goodness Mr. Follett is now a better writer.Published 6 months ago by patricia bone
I love anything this author writes. A deep read and works ones mind.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
this is a story af Follet relatively more simple and easy to read; loveed itPublished 19 months ago by HELENE LEBRUN
I preferred Jack Daws and eye of the needle to this one but overall it's a good read. Loved the historical details regarding the pre WWI era. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2013 by Marcottas
Captivating as usual. Keeps you reading... Ken Follet as is usual. I do recommend it for all the historical details!Published on Sept. 10 2013 by karine simard
My first Ken Follett Book was "The Pillars of the Earth" - a sweeping historical epic about the building of a cathedral and the lives around it. Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2009 by M. Yakiwchuk