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Winter of the World (Century Trilogy #2)

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ISBN13: 9780525952923
ISBN10: 0525952926
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Ken Follett follows up his #1 New York Times bestseller Fall of Giants with a brilliant, page-turning epic about the heroism and honor of World War II, and the dawn of the atomic age.

Ken Follett’s Fall of Giants, the first novel in his extraordinary new historical epic, The Century Trilogy, was an international sensation, acclaimed as “sweeping and fascinating, a book that will consume you for days or weeks” (USA Today) and “grippingly told and readable to the end” (The New York Times Book Review). “If the next two volumes are as lively and entertaining as Fall of Giants,” said The Washington Post, “they should be well worth waiting for.”

Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families — American, German, Russian, English, Welsh — enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs.

Carla von Ulrich, born of German and English parents, finds her life engulfed by the Nazi tide until she commits a deed of great courage and heartbreak.... American brothers Woody and Chuck Dewar, each with a secret, take separate paths to momentous events, one in Washington, the other in the bloody jungles of the Pacific.... English student Lloyd Williams discovers in the crucible of the Spanish Civil War that he must fight Communism just as hard as Fascism.... Daisy Peshkov, a driven American social climber, cares only for popularity and the fast set, until the war transforms her life, not just once but twice, while her cousin Volodya carves out a position in Soviet intelligence that will affect not only this war — but the war to come.

These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as their experiences illuminate the cataclysms that marked the century. From the drawing rooms of the rich to the blood and smoke of battle, their lives intertwine, propelling the reader into dramas of ever-increasing complexity.

As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion. With passion and the hand of a master, he brings us into a world we thought we knew, but now will never seem the same again.

Review:

"This second installment of Follett's epic Century trilogy is just as potent, engrossing, and prolix as the opening opus, Fall of Giants. Continuing the histrionics of the five families introduced in Fall, this masterfully conceived novel picks up in 1933 as Carla von Ulrich, 11, feels the horror of Nazi encroachment in Germany and proves a staunch resister, while her older brother, Erik, becomes an infatuated soldier. Elsewhere, English student Lloyd Williams aggressively resists the Fascists in the Spanish Civil War. Later, wealthy American brothers Chuck (a closeted homosexual) and Woody Dewar head to the South Seas to fight the good fight as socialite Daisy Peshkov, Woody's first love, is swept up with Lloyd and the drama of war. Rife with plot lines, interpersonal intrigue, sweeping historical flourishes, and an authentic and compelling cast, this is a tale of dynamic characters struggling to survive during one of the world's darkest periods. While some may find Follett's verbosity daunting, others will applaud his dedication and ability to keep so many plots spinning while delivering a story that educates, entertains, and will leave fans eagerly awaiting the trilogy's crowning capstone. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review:

"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

Review:

“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.” Kirkus Reviews

Review:

“Follett never lets the action lag as he adeptly ties together all the sweeping economic, cultural, political, and social transformations of the entire era.” Booklist

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.

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SerendipitouslyNG, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by SerendipitouslyNG)
An amazing sequel to Fall of Giants. A completely relatable account of kids from different backgrounds and very different families in the US and Europe coming of age during World War II. These are the children of the main characters from Fall of Giants, and as Follett is prone to in his series, a continuation of the very realistic journeys these families had during significant times in history. I could not put this book down until I got to the last page and wept realizing it would be another 2 years before the final book of the trilogy would be released. Everyone needs to read this!
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Darryl Luther, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Darryl Luther)
Ken Follett continues on as a master story teller. The way he weaves the characters and their stories together is wonderful and really draws you into the overall story. Follett's character development is impeccable and you truly care about (or hate, as the case may be) the various characters in the book. I am really looking forward to the last book in the trilogy, but I wish that he could continue the series indefinitely.
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tdsav, January 6, 2013 (view all comments by tdsav)
From the time you pick up his books it is impossible to put them down.All of his books are very good reading.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780525952923
Author:
Follett, Ken
Publisher:
NAL Trade
Author:
Lee, John
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Thrillers
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20071114
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
973
Dimensions:
9 x 6.16 x 1.65 in 2.52 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 973 pages NAL Trade - English 9780525952923 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This second installment of Follett's epic Century trilogy is just as potent, engrossing, and prolix as the opening opus, Fall of Giants. Continuing the histrionics of the five families introduced in Fall, this masterfully conceived novel picks up in 1933 as Carla von Ulrich, 11, feels the horror of Nazi encroachment in Germany and proves a staunch resister, while her older brother, Erik, becomes an infatuated soldier. Elsewhere, English student Lloyd Williams aggressively resists the Fascists in the Spanish Civil War. Later, wealthy American brothers Chuck (a closeted homosexual) and Woody Dewar head to the South Seas to fight the good fight as socialite Daisy Peshkov, Woody's first love, is swept up with Lloyd and the drama of war. Rife with plot lines, interpersonal intrigue, sweeping historical flourishes, and an authentic and compelling cast, this is a tale of dynamic characters struggling to survive during one of the world's darkest periods. While some may find Follett's verbosity daunting, others will applaud his dedication and ability to keep so many plots spinning while delivering a story that educates, entertains, and will leave fans eagerly awaiting the trilogy's crowning capstone. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , “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.”
"Review" by , “Follett never lets the action lag as he adeptly ties together all the sweeping economic, cultural, political, and social transformations of the entire era.”
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