Winter of the World - Century, Bk 2 Author:Ken Follett Winter of the World picks up right where the first book in The Century Trilogy left off, as its five interrelated families -- American, German, Russian, English, Welsh -- enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the ... more »great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs.
Carla von Ulrich, born of German and English parents, finds her life engulfed by the Nazi tide until she commits a deed of great courage and heartbreak ... American brothers Woody and Chuck Dewar, each with a secret, take separate paths to momentous events, one in Washington, the other in the bloody jungles of the Pacific ... English student Lloyd Williams discovers in the crucible of the Spanish Civil War that he must fight Communism just as hard as Fascism ... Daisy Peshkov, a driven American social climber, cares only for popularity and the fast set, until the war transforms her life, not just once but twice, while her cousin Volodya carves out a position in Soviet intelligence that will affect not only this war -- but the war to come.
These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as their experiences illuminate the cataclysms that marked the century. From the drawing rooms of the rich to the blood and smoke of battle, their lives intertwine, propelling the reader into dramas of ever-increasing complexity.
I couldn't wait to read the second book in this three part series. It was just as good as the first one and I can't wait to read the third and final part of the trilogy. These books are so well-researched and flawless. The stories of the different families all fall in together as if these events really happened in the exact way as written. All of the history written about here is based in fact and it just makes learning the history so much more fun. I feel like I know these five families personally, and I can't wait to find out what will happen to each of them next.