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Winter of the World by Ken Follett

Winter of the World (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Ken Follett

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Title:Winter of the World
Authors:Ken Follett
Info:Macmillan (2012), Edition: Unabridged, Hardcover
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Winter of the world by Ken Follett (2012)

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2012, Penguin Audio, Read by John Lee

Winter of the World, the second novel in Follet’s Century Trilogy, is also set in Europe and North America, beginning in 1933 with the rise of Nazi Germany, and ending in 1949 with the beginning of the Cold War. In the years intervening, of course, is WWII. The world gone mad – again. Picking up immediately where Fall of Giants left off, the novel follows the same five families: the English Fitzherberts, the Welsh Williamses, the German von Ulrichs, the Russian Peshkovs, and the American Dewars. But now the story includes original characters as well the next generation. I didn’t enjoy Winter of the World quite as much as its predecessor, but John Lee does another superb job. And I am looking forward to The Edge of Eternity, to be released, at least in Canada, mid-September 2014. ( )
  lit_chick | Apr 13, 2014 |
I was anxious for the publication of this book given how much I enjoyed the first in this trilogy. However, I was disappointed. To me it was slow and did not engage me, whereas I was quite absorbed in Fall of Giants. After reading the first 200 pages or so, I returned it to the library. Thinking it possible that later on it may appeal to me, I again tried reading it but did not finish and back to the library it went for the second time. ( )
  cupatea | Apr 12, 2014 |
I think that Ken Follett has become the present day Harold Robbins. I thought that this was just a terrible book. Cartoon characters that just happened to be present at all of the crucial events of the twentieth century. To quote one of these characters, "Gosh!" ( )
  stephengal | Mar 7, 2014 |
This is the second book in a historical trilogy by Mr. Follett. I liked it as well as the first book. These books are not for the faint-hearted! They are long, and tend to take a little more “thinking time” when reading through than other books, if that makes sense. You have to think – about the characters, the connections, the politics. The author again does a great job of weaving all the independent stories together as one – entwining the lives of all the characters a little too well when it comes to what’s plausible. It works for this story, though, and it’s fun to see how the 2nd generation of characters carries on the story from the first book. Since it’s a war book, and especially since it takes place during the second world war, it’s not exactly all a bed of roses. There are some pretty graphic accounts of horrible things that sadly were not far from the truth, even though this is a work of fiction.

Would I recommend it to my BFF? Yes.
Would I recommend it to my 13 year old? No, due to language, the graphic nature of some of the scenes ,and general disturbing wartime content. ( )
  lauraodom | Feb 17, 2014 |
An amazing continuation. Cant wait until book 3!
  NatalieAlanna | Jan 30, 2014 |
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Follett, Kenprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Colombo, AdrianaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dreher, TinaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Frezza Pavese, PaolaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lamberti, NicolettaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lee, JohnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Overy, RichardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0525952926, Hardcover)

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.

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Continues the stories of five interrelated families who struggle with social, political, and economic turmoil in the mid-twentieth century, during which they witness the rise of Nazi Germany, the Spanish Civil War, and the horrors of World War II.

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