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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The writing is very mediocre. - Goodreads
And the sex scenes are ludicrously written. - Goodreads
I think it's a tradeoff when writing at this scale. - Goodreads

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

User Review  - Ruby Stinson - Goodreads

Accurate historical series. Good character portrayal. Smooth easy to read prose, fitting with the type of book. Waiting to start #3. Read full review

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

User Review  - Thomas StrŲmquist - Goodreads

"Well this was a disappointment... while I wouldn't classify the first installment in this series, or "Pillars" and it's sequel (or indeed any of Follett's output) as literary masterpieces, I still ... 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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