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Winter of the World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy (edition 2012)

by Ken Follett

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Title:Winter of the World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy
Authors:Ken Follett
Info:Dutton Adult (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 960 pages
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Winter of the World by Ken Follett

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Five interlinked families live out their destinies as the world is shaken by tyranny and war in the mid-twentieth century.
"Winter of the World" is the second novel in Ken Follett's uniquely ambitious and deeply satisfying the Century triology. On its own or read in sequence with "Fall of Giants", this is a magnificent, spellbinding epic of global conflict and personal drama.
  ICANABIBBELG | Nov 19, 2014 |
I generally like Follett's books -- they make history come alive. His characters' reactions to historic events or situations give me a better understanding of that time and era. And, I enjoyed the first book in the Century Trilogy, Fall of Giants. But I think Follett's goal of chronicling the 20th Century with his select cast of families from around the world is ambitious and the literary quality of his work is suffering. This huge book starts where Fall of Giants ended, from the rise of the Third Reich, through WWII, and finishes with the Russian and American acquisition of atomic weapons. Parts of this book were excellent. The depiction of different families as the Nazis gain power in Germany showed the different sides of this conflict and made it understandable how rational people could be swept up in the furor of the Fascists. But especially toward the end of this book, it felt like Follett had a list of historic events that he had to include and no easy way to portray them. So there are many contrived coincidences - like various characters meeting Stalin, Roosevelt, Churchill, or being part of the Manhattan Project in the US or the Soviet equivalent. Near the end I was racing through the book, not wanting to find out what happened, but to finish and be done with it. I still enjoy Follett's books enough to read the final installment of the trilogy, but a bit disappointed with the execution of this middle book. ( )
  jmoncton | Nov 16, 2014 |
Kept my interest, but Herman Wouk did it so much better. ( )
  Suew456 | Oct 17, 2014 |
I was looking forward to the 2nd instalment of this trilogy but gave up one third of the way through. The story picks up at the dawn of WWII with many of the same characters or their children. I grew tired to the story and the characters who were really caricatures of good or evil and not really very interesting. The story is very predictable and dull. ( )
  MaggieFlo | Sep 7, 2014 |
Workmanlike but interesting exploration of WWII from all sides of the conflict (told through the stories of families in England, USA, Germany and Russia). Part 2 of a trilogy so am now committed to reading Part 3 when it is published! ( )
  PennyAnne | Aug 13, 2014 |
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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.

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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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