Fall of Giants - Century, Bk 1 Author:Ken Follett Thirteen-year-old Billy Williams enters a man's world in the Welsh mining pits...Gus Dewar, an American law student rejected in love, finds a surprising new career in Woodrow Wilson's White House...two orphaned Russian brothers, Grigori and Lev Peshkov, embark on radically different paths half a world apart when their plan to emigrate to... more » America falls afoul of war, conscription, and revolution...Billy's sister, Ethel, a housekeeper for the aristocratic Fitzherberts, takes a fateful step above her station, while Lady Maud Fitzherbert herself crosses deep into forbidden territory when she falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German embassy in London...
These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as, in a saga of unfolding drama and intriguing complexity, Fall of Giants moves seamlessly from Washington to St. Petersburg, from the dirt and danger of a coal mine to the glittering chandeliers of a palace, from the corridors of power to the bedrooms of the mighty. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion. It is destined to be a new classic.« less
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It was interesting to startwith and I liked the historical aspect of it despite the vulgarness in the book but the book could have been about 200 pages shorter. I couldn't wait to finish the book so I could throw it in the garbage. I get the feeling that the author is a socialist but he does make the communists look ridiculous. With them, everything was a committee. There only seemed to be two characters in this book with any morals of any kind.
Above-average historical fiction covers time before, during, and just after WWI. Follows 5 families in England, Wales, the U.S., Russia, and Germany. Easy to keep track of who is who, and moves fast. First in a trilogy.