This book was a good mix of historical fiction and thriller set in the months leading up to World War I. Though the characters at times seemed two-dimensional, the relationships and events made them come alive now and again.
Definitely not one of my favorites. Follett can usually keep me up late at night turning pages to see what happens next. The Man from St. Petersburg just didn't have that suspense factor for me. It was very heavy on social commentary and lacking on action. It would be a good book for a look into pre-WW I England for someone interested though.
I love Ken Follett and I loved this book. It's actually the second time I've read it, but the first time was when it first came out in 1982, so of course, I remembered nothing of it. It helps with his books if you know your history. I certainly know a lot more history now than I did when I was a kid, so really had a new appreciation for the book. His books are just the perfect blend of suspense, some mystery and lots of characterization and relational situations. I have a better time keeping up with this style of writing than I do with say, a Robert Ludlum, where it gets really complicated and intricate and there is hardly anything "human" about things. Anyway, I highly recommend this book as one of his better.
A young Russian assasin comes to 1917 London to assasinate the young ambassador from Russai and spur the revolution. He meets his adversary, the Earl of Walden who is conferencing with the Russian Ambassador to engage the Russians with England in the coming war. As always, Follett has the feel of early 20th century london to a tea. His characters are well done and you will not know till the final pages who is successful in their ambitions. He includes a nice early love who is now married to Walden formerly the lover of our assasin!! A shorter book in under 350 pages from Follett.
A Russian assassination plot and love story set in London at the time of WW1, with young Winston Churchill as one of the characters. Written in 1982, but it's a great Ken Follett worth picking up again if you read it a while ago.
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. Thses odds would have stopped any man in the world except The Man from St Petersburg.
His name was Feliks. He came to London to commit a murder that would change history. A master manipulator, he 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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