Book Reviews of A Dangerous Fortune

A Dangerous Fortune
A Dangerous Fortune
Author: Ken Follett
ISBN-13: 9780385311212
ISBN-10: 0385311214
Publication Date: 10/1/1993
Pages: 533
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 41 ratings
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Book Type: Hardcover
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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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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: 2
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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Very good. A quick read that was less formulaic than I expected.
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"Banks, brothels and a high body count...it's all there!"-Financial Times
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Fantastic read....
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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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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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excellent read for those follett fans! characters well defined. couldn't get enough of it.
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**** If you like Ken Follett's work, this will not disappoint. Somewhat of a departure from his more-common 20th century settings, the backdrop of this book is Victorian England. However, as usual, Follett has researched the milieu of the story, and the dark side of Victorian culture, with its stunting effects on the human psyche, really comes through.
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Another Follett masterpiece.
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Good Mystery in 19th century London.
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In 1866, tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School. A young student draws in a mysterious accident involving a small cicle of boys. The drowning and its aftermath initiates a spiraling circle of treaxhery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.
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Of all the Follett books I've read, this one impressed me the least. It was well written. It may have been cuz I didn't like the subject of the book. I don't know for sure. It's been a while since I read it. Some of his books, I've read a 2nd time. I have no interest in re-reading this one.
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One of Ken Follett's very best. The NYTimes said this book is "Breathlessly plotted and relentlessly suspenseful"
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Good read. Interesting Characters. Lots of Drama!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found myself rooting for the hero.
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The plot begins in 1866, ending in 1892, in England. The protagonists are a banking family, an influential banking family. The members are a mixture of good and just plain nasty, the years of the book cover a wide range of events within the family and in the world around them, and the hero makes his way among all these factors. Such a good read!
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Good historical novel. Well drawn villains.
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This will keep you reading. Fell asleep with it on my chest,LOL. Tried to read it all one night and accidently fell asleep. It is suspence filled and fast paced. A very good read!
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Interesting plot development that covers three decades.
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Perfectly good Follet yarn
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A terrific thriller with historic details
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I listened to this book several times over the years. It's a great story. This is an abridged version, which means there is not really any foul language.
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Good mystery-supense
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In 1866, tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School. A young student drowns in a mysterious accident involving a small circle of boys. The drowning and its aftermath initiates a spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives...
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Very interesting, engrossing saga. Recommended.
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Good Read
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Another good Follett book. He is an author worth reading.
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In 1866 tradgedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School. A young student drowns in a mysterious accident involving a small circle of boys. The drowning and its aftermath initiates a spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

Breathlessly plotted...relentlessly suspenseful----The New York Times.
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Super historical fiction from Follett.
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In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School. A young student drowns in a mysterious accident involving a small circle of boys. The drowning and its aftermath initiates a spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.
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"...tradgedy strikes exclusive Windield School. Student drowns...initiates circle of treachery..."