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." —The New York Times Book Review
"Eerily plausible . . . one of Follett's finest." —Time
"A grabber with a pace that never flags." —Cosmopolitan
"Builds with such intensity that your heart races with pounding anticipation and sticks in your throat as the climactic moments near." —Chattanooga Times-Free Press
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About the Author
Ken Follett is the international bestselling author of suspense thrillers and the nonfiction On Wings of Eagles. He lives in England. Visit Ken Follett's official website at www.ken-follett.com.
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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.
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I like Ken Follet so I decided to read other books that were not a part of his trilogy. This was an okay read. I like his books because of the historical facts contained in them. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dale Winfield
The book mentioned Winston Churchill. I thought it was about second world war. Actually, the book talked about events before 1 world war. I love most Ken Follett's books. Read morePublished 4 months ago by arnold yeung
Not bad - his knowledge of England is a bit outlandish. Thank Goodness Mr. Follett is now a better writer.Published 11 months ago by patricia bone
I love anything this author writes. A deep read and works ones mind.Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
this is a story af Follet relatively more simple and easy to read; loveed itPublished on July 12 2014 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