Winter of the World

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Pan Macmillan, Sep 13, 2012 - Fiction - 832 pages
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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 motherís 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 Londonís 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 Follettís uniquely ambitious and deeply satisfying trilogy 'The Century'. On its own or read in sequence with Fall of Giants, this is a magnificent, spellbinding epic of global conflict and personal drama.

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Fantastic writing and intriguing plot. - Goodreads
trashy but a page turner. - Goodreads
Superb overall story structure and pacing. - Goodreads
Still, that part was hard to read. - Goodreads
Excellent character development and storytelling. - Goodreads
Another fun and educational read from Follett. - Goodreads

Review: Winter of the World (The Century Trilogy #2)

User Review  - Matt - Goodreads

I enjoyed the first book in this series and also enjoyed this one, however I felt this one was not written as well. The character development was a little weaker and one dimensional. It was good enough that I will read the last one, but I hope it improves. Read full review

Review: Winter of the World (The Century Trilogy #2)

User Review  - Tim - Goodreads

Ken Follett gave me better understanding than world history ever did of the significant events in western history. His characters are compelling albeit less than complex, although he always leaves room for some arc, often significant. This trilogy is thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Ken Follett was twenty-seven when he wrote Eye of the Needle, an award-winning thriller that became an international bestseller. He then surprised everyone with The Pillars of the Earth, about the building of a cathedral in the Middle Ages, which continues to captivate millions of readers all over the world and its long-awaited sequel, World Without End, was a number one bestseller in the US, UK and Europe. Fall of Giants, the first bestselling book in the Century trilogy is followed by this, Winter of the World.

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