Ken Follett follows up his #1 New York Times
bestseller Fall of Giants with a brilliant, page-turning
epic about the heroism and honor of World War II, and the dawn of
the atomic age.
Ken Follett's Fall of Giants, the first novel in his
extraordinary new historical epic, The Century Trilogy, was an
international sensation, acclaimed as "sweeping and fascinating, a
book that will consume you for days or weeks" (USA Today)
and "grippingly told and readable to the end" (The New York
Times Book Review). "If the next two volumes are as lively and
entertaining as Fall of Giants," said The Washington
Post, "they should be well worth waiting for."
Winter of the World picks up right where the first book
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 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.
As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is
brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the
characters rich in nuance and emotion. With passion and the hand of
a master, he brings us into a world we thought we knew, but now
will never seem the same again.