Winter of the World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy Hardcover – Sep 18 2012
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“Just as potent, engrossing, and prolix as the opening opus, Fall of Giants. [Follett’s] dedication and ability to keep so many plots spinning while delivering a story that educates, entertains…Will leave fans eagerly awaiting the trilogy’s crowning capstone."
“Follett’s storytelling is unobtrusive and workmanlike…he spins a reasonable and readable yarn that embraces dozens of characters and plenty of Big Picture history.”
“Follett never lets the action lag as he adeptly ties together all the sweeping economic, cultural, political, and social transformations of the entire era.”
“It’s a book that will suck you in, consume you for days or weeks… then let you out the other side both entertained and educated."
— USA Today on Fall of Giants
“Meticulously researched and deftly weaves together historical fact, fictional characters and engrossing storytelling.”
— Associated Press on Fall of Giants
"A tireless storyteller...grippingly told, and readable to the end."
—The New York Times Book Review on Fall of Giants
"Suspenseful, tightly constructed, sharply characterized, plot-driven...some of the biggest-picture fiction being written today."
—The Seattle Times
—Newsday on Fall of Giants
"Lively and entertaining."
—The Washington Post on Fall of Giants
"Epic yarns in prose"
—The Wall Street Journal on Fall of Giants
"Abandon your normal activities for a couple of days when you crack this one open, because you're likely to get hooked like a Copper River salmon."
--The Seattle Times on WINTER OF THE WORLD.
About the Author
KEN FOLLETT burst into the book world with Eye of the Needle, an award-winning thriller and international bestseller. After several more successful thrillers, he surprised everyone with The Pillars of the Earth and its long-awaited sequel, World Without End, a national and international bestseller. Follett's new, magnificent historical epic, The Century Trilogy, opened with the bestselling Fall of Giants. He lives in England with his wife, Barbara.See all Product Description
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Just as in Book One of the trilogy, this novel continues with the story of the five interrelated families--English, Welsh, German, Russian, and American--who live through some of the major world-events from 1933 to 1949. This part features: the rise of Fascists and Nazis, WW II, the development and dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan and the start of the Cold War. The plot now includes not only some of the previous characters, but also their children.Read more ›
Follett starts Winter of the World with the rise of Nazi Germany and concludes twenty six years later in 1949, with World War II wrapped up and the beginning of the Cold War. Readers are eased into the era with characters - or their progeny - from book one, plus some new characters to fit the age (nuclear physicists, for example). For those who have read the first book, Fall of Giants, this second volume will be a bit richer, as characters from the earlier book come with both a past and plenty of surprise developments. No doubt those born in this book will emerge as characters in the trilogy’s third volume, and those who graduate to the third will encounter their own surprises.
As with the first book, the plot unfolds chronologically, which makes the vast expanse of the action easy to follow, if somewhat predictable. When characters find themselves in Hawaii in early December 1941, it’s not hard to imagine that Pearl Harbour will commence a few pages later. What we do not know, however, is the impact the event will have on the characters, and how this in turn will drive the plot and themes forward.
Both a strength and weakness of Winter of the World is its massive scope.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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This is the second book of this amazing trilogy and it was absolutely fascinating. Ken Follet is brilliant. A definite page turner and a well researched novel.Published 1 day ago by Margaret sanders
Fascinating look at WW II politics and the ultimate futility of war. Wonderful character development and an exiting read.Published 2 months ago by Skyhawk
This trilogy is amazing! I learned more about 20th century history than I did in school. I highly recommend it to anyone.Published 3 months ago by Kimberley D.
Fiction Mixed with some facts. Great story revolving around the WWII . Different families living in different countries and all trying to survive this terrible war. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Val
Great narrative that shows the ugliness of war and how history repeats itself. Entertaining, informative and easy to read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer