Fall of Giants
The first in Ken Follett's bestselling Century Trilogy; Fall of Giants is a huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War; the Russian Revolution; and the struggle for votes for women. It is 1911. The Coronation Day of King George V. The Williams; a Welsh coal-mining family; is linked romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts; aristocratic coal-mine owners. Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich; a spy at the German Embassy in London. Their destiny is entangled with that of an ambitious young aide to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and with two orphaned Russian brothers; whose plans to emigrate to America fall foul of war; conscription and revolution. In a plot of unfolding drama and intriguing complexity; Fall of Giants moves seamlessly from Washington to St Petersburg; from the dirt and danger of a coal mine to the glittering chandeliers of a palace; from the corridors of power to the bedrooms of the mighty.
Winter of the World
Berlin in 1933 is in upheaval. Eleven-year-old Carla von Ulrich struggles to understand the tensions disrupting her family as Hitler strengthens his grip on Germany. Into this turmoil steps her mother's formidable friend and former British MP; Ethel Leckwith; and her student son; Lloyd; who soon learns for himself the brutal reality of Nazism. He also encounters a group of Germans resolved to oppose Hitler - but are they willing to go so far as to betray their country? Such people are closely watched by Volodya; a Russian with a bright future in Red Army Intelligence. The international clash of military power and personal beliefs that ensues will sweep over them all as it rages from Cable Street in London's East End to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii; from Spain to Stalingrad; from Dresden to Hiroshima. At Cambridge Lloyd is irresistibly drawn to dazzling American socialite Daisy Peshkov; who represents everything his left-wing family despise. But Daisy is more interested in aristocratic Boy Fitzherbert - amateur pilot; party lover and leading light of the British Union of Fascists. Back in Berlin; Carla worships golden boy Werner from afar. But nothing will work out the way they expect as their lives and the hopes of the world are smashed by the greatest and cruellest war in the history of the human race. Winter of the World is the second novel in Ken Follett's uniquely ambitious and deeply satisfying trilogy 'The Century'. On its own or read in sequence with Fall of Giants and Edge of Eternity; this is a magnificent; spellbinding epic of global conflict and personal drama.
Edge of Eternity
Five families. Three decades. One extraordinary era. As the decisions made in the corridors of power bring the world to the brink of oblivion; five families from across the globe are brought together in an unforgettable tale of passion and conflict during the Cold War. When Rebecca Hoffmann; a teacher in East Germany; finds herself pursued by the secret police; she discovers that she has been living a lie. Her younger brother; Walli; longs to escape across the Berlin Wall to Britain to become part of the burgeoning music scene. In the United States; George Jakes; a bright young lawyer in the Kennedy administration; is a fierce supporter of the Civil Rights movement - as is the woman he is in love with; Verena; who works for Martin Luther King; Jr. Boarding a Greyhound bus in Washington to protest against segregation; they begin a fateful journey together. Russian activist; Tania Dvorkin; narrowly evades capture for producing an illegal news sheet. Her actions are made all the more perilous as her brother; Dimka; is a rising star in the heart of the Communist Party in the Kremlin. From the deep south of America to the vast expanses of Siberia; from the shores of Cuba to the swinging streets of Sixties' London; Ken Follett's Edge of Eternity is a sweeping tale of the fight for individual freedom in a world gripped by the mightiest clash of superpowers anyone has ever known.
I enjoyed the inter generational family element in these novels but also learned an enormous amount about world history. It made me realise how every small political decision may seem straightforward but has to be seen in the wider global context. What makes the books even more pertinent is that we are now living through Book 4!
Excellent writer of historical fiction. Keeps the reader enthralled throughout the series.
an excellent read
My husband is in the throws of the first book and is enjoying it very much. He has always enjoyed this author's books.
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