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A Dangerous Fortune
A Dangerous Fortune
Author: Ken Follett
In 1866, tragedy strikes at the  exclusive Windfield School. A public school pupil drowns in a mysterious accident involving several boys. Among them are Hugh Pilaster, his cousin Edward - heir to the Pilaster fortune - and Micky Miranda, the son of a South American landowner. The death begins a sequence of treachery that lasts fo...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780440217497
ISBN-10: 0440217490
Publication Date: 12/1994
Pages: 568
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 192 ratings
Publisher: Island Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 6
Follett is fantastic in A Dangerous Fortune. The author introduces us to a family business and a couple of corrupt characters. As the reader you not only get to see the inner workings of the Victorian era banking house known as Pilaster's but you also get to see the making of a man in Hugh Pilaster. The book is fun, fast paced and if your a Follett fan then you will like this one. If you have never read Follett before this is a good book to start with. Enjoy!
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Helpful Score: 6
As always, Ken Follett books get me so engrossed I can do little else but read them. the characters are well developed and can be despised and loved. This is another long book, but you don't want it to finish, to me it reminded me of Pillars with the style of writing and the character devlopments and relationships, certainly a good book, read all 568 pages in two days, I just couldn't put it down!!!
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Excellent historical fiction following an English banking family through almost 2 generations. A long read though....but worth it.
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Follett is known for books that take its characters and the reader on a twisting, turning trip through time. This book is no exception. It tells of a dramatic period in world history, when women were just beginning to seek a better place in the world, when unions were forming to protect the workers and when banks were becoming the real power in a growing global economy. In England, however, these changes run into the existing class system, causing even larger conflicts, even among those in love. Weaving all of these together is Follett's tale of finance, greed, power and murder. This book simply cements Follett's place as a master storyteller.
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My first Ken Follet book. I enjoyed the historical fiction. Good story with vivid characters. I will be reading more from this author!
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Ken Follett is such a good writer. This one I read quickly because I couldn't put it down. All the characters feel so real and you have to remember it's just a book. I loved the time period it was written in also.
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Fantastic read....