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Winter Of The World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy

by Ken Follett

DUTTON ADULT | September 18, 2012 | Hardcover

Winter Of The World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy is rated 4.2308 out of 5 by 13.
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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 960 pages, 9.51 × 6.44 × 1.81 in

Published: September 18, 2012

Publisher: DUTTON ADULT

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0525952926

ISBN - 13: 9780525952923

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Follett's Century Gathers Steam The second book in Follett’s Century Trilogy continues with similar style to his first: worldwide setting; light character development; simple writing; and a plot that weaves together major historical events. Light but enjoyable reading; the literary equivalent of prime time network television. Follett starts Winter of the World with the rise of Nazi Germany and concludes twenty six years later in 1949, with World War II wrapped up and the beginning of the Cold War. Readers are eased into the era with characters - or their progeny - from book one, plus some new characters to fit the age (nuclear physicists, for example). For those who have read the first book, Fall of Giants, this second volume will be a bit richer, as characters from the earlier book come with both a past and plenty of surprise developments. No doubt those born in this book will emerge as characters in the trilogy’s third volume, and those who graduate to the third will encounter their own surprises. As with the first book, the plot unfolds chronologically, which makes the vast expanse of the action easy to follow, if somewhat predictable. When characters find themselves in Hawaii in early December 1941, it’s not hard to imagine that Pearl Harbour will commence a few pages later. What we do not know, however, is the impact the event will have on the characters, and how this in turn will drive the plot and themes forward. Both a strength and weakness of Winter of the World is its massive scope. At times the plot seems forced, with world events connected repeatedly by the book’s characters; a device used to advance most novels, but stretched to such a scale and over such a long time period, and so often, it seems, well, a stretch. Fortunately, Follett has researched the facts well, and the result is much more than just a pastiche of historical events, as he manages to weave broader social themes such as homosexuality, mixed race marriage, children out of wedlock, communism versus capitalism, women’s rights, social stratification and other themes into the story. At times, Follett’s writing is clichéd - “Most physicists were geeks but Oppie, like Greg himself, was an exception: tall, handsome, charming, and a real lady-killer.” - but it does not detract from the book’s enjoyment. Follett inserts occasional humour too, for example when he writes “the man in charge was called the returning officer, as if he had been away for a while.” Fans of Follett and of historical fiction will enjoy Winter of the World.
Date published: 2013-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fight For Justice As rule I do not read sequels, but Ken Follett is such a good writer he is the one person I will make a exception for. This book gives us a great view of what life was like during world war two in Germany, especially near the end of the war. In one family in Germany there is a young lady named Carla, who turns out to be a hero, in the truest meaning of the word. Carla has a brother Erik. Erik joins the Nazis, because he can not think for himself. The father Walter, and mother Maude are both the kind of people this world needs more of. This book has many great stories, and some of the stories are even funny. The book has a lot of interesting people. Not all of them good people. That is for sure. When you are not reading this book, you will be thinking about it.
Date published: 2013-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Story If you have read Fall of Giants this book is a must. Just finished it 10 minutes ago and it was like saying goodbye to old friends. A page turner for sure...all 940 pages of it.
Date published: 2013-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Blockbuster Ken Follett has spent a lot of time on this and must have done massive research. Although romances a not my thing, Follett has managed to keep track of not only a half dozen families but their stories as they progress through generations. Some of them appealed to me more than others. Generally very well written. I am looking forward to the final volume.
Date published: 2013-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't put it down I have waited for years for this next installment of Ken Follett's book and I have not been disappointed. I was afraid that I would have to reread the first book but that was not the case. Within a few pages I was right back with all the families and thoroughly enjoying it. I just started this book on Friday (Jan 25) and already today (Jan 28) I have read 424 pages! I love a good conflict of interest book. Do I clean house or do I read? Watch TV or read? Read wins every time! Now I can't wait for the third book.
Date published: 2013-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCELLENT!! This series has the be one of the best I have ever had the pleasure of reading. No matter what type of book you typically read, I would recommend reading this series....cannot wait for number 3!
Date published: 2013-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ken Follett does it AGAIN If you are a fan of Ken Follett you will enjoy the second book of the Century Trilogy. I was able to read it quickly and the character development was pure Follett, a lot of detail but easy to follow. The only down side was that I wanted more of the characters from the first book as this book focused primarily on the children. I honestly can't wait to read the third one when it comes out.
Date published: 2012-12-07
Rated out of 5 by from I really enjoyed this book. Ken Follett is excellent with his historical research. The only thing I found weak was the ending. It was an excellent read. I still liked the first book the best. I am looking forward to book 3....
Date published: 2012-11-19
Rated out of 5 by from Another great book from Ken Follet. His story telling abilities just keep getting better and better.
Date published: 2012-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from interesting book I bought the book for my husband and he could not put it down, we are looking forward to Ken Follett's next book to complete the trilogy. My husband said the book was very good. Cannot wait to read it.
Date published: 2012-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read. Ken Follet is one of my favourite authors. I am in around page 400 (not a fast reader unless it is really gripping) and am enjoying the sequal of Fall of Empires, but it is not as immersing as his first book of the trilogy. It is still a good read. I appreciate the list of charachters that he publishes at the front and frequently need to review them to know who is who.
Date published: 2012-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well done! This book was well worth the wait. While I loved the first in this trilogy, this one is even better. It is well-written, and well-researched. As someone who is fascinated in the history of the period in which this book is set, I appreciate the care taken to be historically accurate. I also love the fact that he uses Richard Overy as a historical consultant, as Overy is one of my favourite historians of that period. I can't wait for the third installment - I only wish that it didn't have to end there!
Date published: 2012-10-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Why? Why is the paper version cheaper than the version for Kobo?
Date published: 2012-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from More than a great winter read Although a long read at almost 1000 pages it is worth it as you feel the pain and torment of those affected by war on both sides. Ken Follett really nails the emotions and suferring in Winter World . We should never forget what war accomplishes and the price everyone pays, this book will take you to the heart of it, well done.
Date published: 2012-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The World gone mad -- second time Winter of the World, commences in February 1933, with eleven-year-old Carla in the kitchen of her Berlin home wondering what her parents, Maud, and Walter von Ulrich, were arguing about. Book One’s readers would also be unsure what the quarrel was for, as they would recall them to be an amorous couple, who had defied the establishment and married in London—when Walter was a German diplomat there—on the eve of the Great War. We soon learn that the row was about Walter’s objection to an uncomplimentary article on Adolf Hitler, written by Maud in a German magazine, where she worked. It was not that Walter was a Nazi, for he was a Social Democratic Party representative in the Reichstag, but he feared: “It would infuriate the Nazis … and … they’re dangerous when riled.” Before long Walter’s predictions come true. The “Brownshirts” soon start disrupting meetings of parties opposing Hitler, and attacking Jews and others in the streets. The novel thus begins evocatively, covering the rise of a new giant, the Third Reich, from the ashes of the previous one, which throws the world into a “winter.” Just as in Book One of the trilogy, this novel continues with the story of the five interrelated families—English, Welsh, German, Russian, and American—who live through some of the major world-events from 1933 to 1949. It seems Follett does not need as many characters (listed on five pages), as in the previous book's (listed on six pages), which makes it a more intimate read. Although that period’s historical events are well known, from film and history texts, the narrative thread of these individuals, whom we care for and wish to learn more about, would encourage readers to keep turning the pages of this magnum opus. The result is not only an entertaining reading of their love stories and sexual experiences, but also an insight into the calamity, the horrors, the pain and sufferings of these people, who lived through those tumultuous times. Follett’s eye for detail, such as, people turn on their radio sets and wait for them to warm up before the sound comes, puts us right in that epoch. Nevertheless, in order to make all of the above happen, Follett has had to use the fictional story-tellers’ favorite device of ‘coincidence’ in this book, as much he did in the former. Some readers might find this unnerving. For instance, in one scene a soldier, while serving clandestinely in France, rescues the pilot of a downed aircraft, who turns out to be his half-brother, on a sortie out of England! However, this reviewer would agree with the dialogue between the characters: “It’s a small world … Isn’t it?” For such quirks of fate do happen. [Actually, in a similar fluke, I once happened to meet my cousin—who lives in a city over 10,000 Kms away from mine—at the Dubai Airport, while changing flights, although we were both on separate trips!] Quite naturally, Follett was not able to capture, in detail, all the theaters of the WW II. But, the ones he has covered, are presented movingly and the action sequences are in sufficient detail to bring them visually before our eyes, but not so monotonously—as in some war movies—to make them tedious. The sinking of the USS Yorktown is told through the eyes of Chuck Dewar, a closeted-gay US naval officer. Follett’s introduction of diverse characters, and the portrayal of an interracial love affair brings additional vividness to the novel. Possibly, because the topic, of the Nazi Concentration Camps for Jews and others, is well covered elsewhere, they only have a passing mentioned in this novel. However, Follett has included at some length the discovery and the eventual closing of the not too well known Aktion T4 “hospitals.” While there are many real and fictional politicians, spies and their clandestine activities abound in the novel. Here Follett, as a masterpiece thriller novelist, is on familiar territory. Such as the young Volodya, who after conducting several successful undercover activities for the Russians in Berlin, is sent all the way to Albuquerque New Mexico, in 1945, when he is still only about thirty. His mission: to bring back the plans of the nuclear bomb. Ken Follett, in the recent promotional interviews for the Winter of the World, disclosed that he had the typescript of the novel read by a number of notable historians. They are also mentioned in the acknowledgements. It seems that their help, and Follett’s skilful research has made this novel, except for the fictional characters, historically correct. Finishing reading this 960-page novel is a much easier feat, than writing it. Hence readers should raise a glass, of Ken Follett’s favorite champagne, in a toast to his arduous undertaking for taking us on this memorable century long journey. Reviewed from an advanced reading eGalley, complements of Dutton/Penguin Waheed Rabbani is a historical fiction author, whose books are available on Chapters-Indigo-Kobo and elsewhere.
Date published: 2012-09-20
Rated out of 5 by from Isn't the E-Book a little expensive at $21.99? Barely any difference with the Member Price ($23.93) or the Online Price ($25.08). Guess I'll wait a while and hope the price comes down...
Date published: 2012-09-20
Rated out of 5 by from Can't wait for the Winter of the World tomorrow!! Thankfully Ken did not make us wait 20 years.
Date published: 2012-09-18

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Winter Of The World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy

by Ken Follett

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 960 pages, 9.51 × 6.44 × 1.81 in

Published: September 18, 2012

Publisher: DUTTON ADULT

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0525952926

ISBN - 13: 9780525952923

About the Book

The follow-up to the #1 "New York Times" bestseller "Fall of Giants" is a brilliant, page-turning epic about the heroism and honor of World War II, and the dawn of the atomic age.

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Chapter One 1933 Carla knew her parents were about to have a row. The second she walked into the kitchen she felt the hostility, like the bone-deep cold of the wind that blew through the streets of Berlin before a February snowstorm. She almost turned and walked back out again. It was unusual for them to fight. Mostly they were affectionate—too much so. Carla cringed when they kissed in front of other people. Her friends thought it was strange: their parents did not do that. She had said that to her mother, once. Mother had laughed in a pleased way and said: “The day after our wedding, your father and I were separated by the Great War.” She had been born English, though you could hardly tell. “I stayed in London while he came home to Germany and joined the army.” Carla had heard this story many times, but Mother never tired of telling it. “We thought the war would last three months, but I didn’t see him again for five years. All that time I longed to touch him. Now I never tire of it.” Father was just as bad. “Your mother is the cleverest woman I ever met,” he had said here in the kitchen just a few days ago. “That’s why I married her. It had nothing to do with . . .” He had trailed off, and Mother and he had giggled conspiratorially, as if Carla at the age of eleven knew nothing about sex. It was so embarrassing. But once in a while they had a quarrel. Carla knew the signs. And a new one was about
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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.

About the Author

KEN FOLLETT burst into the book world with Eye of the Needle, an award-winning thriller and international bestseller. After several more successful thrillers, he surprised everyone with The Pillars of the Earth and its long-awaited sequel, World Without End, a national and international bestseller. Follett''s new, magnificent historical epic, The Century Trilogy, opened with the bestselling Fall of Giants. He lives in England with his wife, Barbara.

Editorial Reviews

"Abandon your normal activities for a couple of days when you crack this one open, because you''re likely to get hooked like a Copper River salmon."
--The Seattle Times on WINTER OF THE WORLD.
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