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The Man From St. Petersburg (original 1982; edition 2003)

by Ken Follett

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Title:The Man From St. Petersburg
Authors:Ken Follett
Info:NAL Trade (2003), Paperback, 320 pages
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  keithgordonvernon | May 1, 2017 |
(7/10) I enjoyed this, it was well written and had very well developed characters. The story was good and well paced and I enjoyed the history. My only complaint was the ending, it felt really rushed and had the strangest epilogue I have ever read. I know Follett's later books are a lot better, some of my favourites in fact, but it's always nice to see where and how an author started. ( )
  LiteraryReadaholic | Mar 8, 2017 |
So, my busy life seems to have kept me from reviewing books as soon as i have finished them, but i am still going to go back a few months and share whatever thoughts i have still retained since completing 10 different books. I begin with this Follett piece. I was convinced i had read this in the 80s while on a European excursion, but now i doubt it. This was completely different than what i expected it to be, and it was a little odd in the way it was put together. I sort of enjoyed it, but not like some of his other gripping thrillers. It always felt like i was never going to get through it. An OK effort, and certainly a startling unexpected end which was somewhat redeeming. Certainly not his best. ( )
1 vote jeffome | Dec 29, 2016 |
I have only just stated this but like it so far. The background is frankly incredible -- in My, 1914, Britain's Liberal government, expecting to be at war with Germany in alliance with France but unsure of Russian support (?! what price the Entente Cordiale?) is hoping to negotiate a secret treaty with a Russian emissary, Prince Orlov. Orlov is the nephew is the Russian-born wife of the Earl of Walden, a staunch Tory aristocrat who is persuaded by WInston Churchill (then the Liberal First Lord of the Admiralty) to represent Britain in the negotiations --at the insistence of the Czar himself. Meanwhile, a Russian anarchist assassin who, in his student days, was the countess's lover, has taken the assignment of killing Orlov and disrupting the negotiations as a prelude to revolution. The main plot is fine, but there is a very silly subplot involving a couple of 18 year old debutantes of the earl's family who are so ignorant of the facts of life that when they steal a medical text and a pornographic book they still have no idea how sex actually works. That I flatly refuse to believe. Reading (for instance) Margot Asquith's memoirs I certainly do not gt the impression young female aristocrats were that naive. ( )
1 vote antiquary | Sep 24, 2016 |
A very well written book by a master storyteller. There were a number of characters, but each one was very well developed. An excellent historical fiction. ( )
  skraft001 | Nov 15, 2015 |
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One can't love humanity. One can only love people.
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It was a slow Sunday afternoon, the kind Walden loved.
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His name was Feliks. He came to London to commit a murder that would change history. He had many weapons at his command, but the most dangerous were the love of a beautiful young woman longing for the end of innocence, and the passion of a high-born lady demanding satisfaction at any price. 
Against him were ranged the whole of the English police, a brilliant and powerful lord, and the young Winston Churchill himself. These odds would have stopped any man in the world except The Man From St Petersburg
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His name was Feliks.  He came to London to commit a murder that would change history.  A master manipulator, ha had many weapons at his command, but against him were ranged the whole of the English police, a brilliant and powerful lord, and the young Winston Churchill himself.  These odds would have stopped any man in the world-except the man from St. Petersburg...

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Just before World War I, two men--one a noble Russian emissary, the other a denizen of Europe's underground--set in motion a concatenation of world-shaking, ultimately fatal events.

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