Fall of Giants: Book One of the Century Trilogy

Kobo ebook | August 30, 2011

byKen Follett

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Ken Follett’s magnificent new historical epic begins, as five interrelated families move through the momentous dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women’s suffrage.

A thirteen-year-old Welsh boy enters a man’s world in the mining pits.…An American law student rejected in love finds a surprising new career in Woodrow Wilson’s White House.… 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 a German spy.…And two orphaned Russian brothers embark on radically different paths when their plan to emigrate to America falls afoul of war, conscription, and revolution.

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, Fall of Giants takes us into the inextricably entangled fates of five families—and into a century that we thought we knew, but that now will never seem the same again.…

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Ken Follett’s magnificent new historical epic begins, as five interrelated families move through the momentous dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women’s suffrage. A thirteen-year-old Welsh boy enters a man’s world in the mining pits.…An American law student rejected in love finds a surprising n...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:August 30, 2011Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great history lessson! Ken Follett spins an exciting story using the backdrop of history. Could not put it down. Already looking forward to the second in the trilogy
Date published: 2015-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fall of Giants This is the first novel I have read that is set in the WW1 era. The fictional character's lives, intertwined with those of historical characters made this book an interesting read. On to book 2 of the series. I read book 3 first so I am looking forward to more on the back stories of those characters.
Date published: 2015-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fall of gaints Great story and descriptions of portrayal of what times were like back in the world wars. Cant wait to get into book 2
Date published: 2015-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating Captivating and rich, taking the reader to various countries and stories, combining them masterfully.
Date published: 2015-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read,very exciting A grand epic of World War One, the Russian Revolution, and Germany in the twenties . Exciting and personal all the way.
Date published: 2015-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from love History As a high school history teacher it was great to see the acurate use of events in the story. Perhaps a bit less coverage of WWI as it was too slow moving in parts of this event.
Date published: 2015-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fall of Giants Having read Pillars of the Earth twice (what a great read!), I was really looking forward to this epic series. It does not disappoint. What an excellent blending of historical fact and fiction. Mr. Follett certainly knows how to bring his characters to life. Now to the next chapter.
Date published: 2015-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read Wonderful and likeable characters set to the backdrop of WWI. I am looking forward to the second installment!
Date published: 2014-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it One of the best history lessons.. ehm story I have ever read. It is an absolutely remarkable work, makes you really feel part of the story and we, maybe because you are. Can't wait to read the rest of the chapters of this incredible tale!
Date published: 2014-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fall of Giants Loved it! As a reader I felt like I was personally involved in the events of a century ago. The writer was brilliant in the way he could make you empathize with many different political views.
Date published: 2014-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fall of the Giants Really enjoyed this book. I'm looking forward to reading more of the collection.
Date published: 2014-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fall of Giants And now or trilogy And now for trilogy And new And now for trilogy 2....
Date published: 2014-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fall of Giants Captivating. Fine attention to detail.
Date published: 2014-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Terrific read! I have come to rely on ken follett for engrossing stories, told with straight forward language. Engrossing characters (though they sometimes are one dimensional in their thinking). What I really like about his characters is they are differently motivated which makes forms rich tapestry of stories that intertwine. Looking forward to the next one.
Date published: 2014-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Follett keeps you tuning pages ... While not as engrossing as Pillars of the Earth or World Without End, and while the connections among the characters are sometimes unbelievably unexpected, Fall of Giants is another great historical epic from Follett. Now I'm ready for book two of this trilogy: Winter of the World.
Date published: 2014-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book I love this book. As far as I can tell it is historically accurate. At the same time it is very gripping. I could not stop until I finished the book. And then I felt like I lost a good friend and went looking for the next book. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2014-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fall of Giants All the characters pull you in, I'm eager to start next book.
Date published: 2014-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A wonderful read Historical fiction. Loved it and learned do much whole reading it. It was addictive all I could think about at work all day was how much I wanted to get home to finish reading!!
Date published: 2014-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fall of Giants Great read start til finish. Many different story lines masterfully woven together.
Date published: 2014-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent!!! All I can say is wow! Brilliantly written, wonderful characters and an excellent mix of fact and fiction! Started the second and cannot put it down. You will not regret taking the time to read this book.
Date published: 2013-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Educational and Interesting - great reading! This is a very interesting, but also educational historical fiction novel. It is set during the 1st World War. It follows the lives of several people of different classes, and within different countries. Follett has used factual information in telling this story, thereby making it educational. However because the facts are delivered as conversations in the lives of the people that he allows us to get to know, learning about World War 1 is interesting. Admittedly I found it easier to read about the political decisions involving Britain, Germany and the USA, as opposed to Russia’s part in the war. However I feel that the issues within Russia (as I learned that a civil war developed during World War 1, when Russia was supposed to be fighting the Germans – they began fighting among themselves), are so complicated due to the oppression there and people’s efforts to find something more appropriate, that it was understandable that that part of the book (within the last ¼ of the book) was difficult to follow, for me. I enjoy reading about royalty and the lives of the “privileged”, and found it particularly interesting how World War 1 seemed to me, to be about a fight for respect among the people of Europe. Unfortunately the ending of the war did not resolve the respect issue sufficiently, and of course there is another story there. However, that was one of my many conclusions after reading Follett’s Fall of Giants. I admit I have a pet peeve about male writers writing about what females are thinking, and feeling – and Follett fell into the trap. His description of scenes of passion and sex, whereby he describes a woman’s experience feels unrealistic to me, but that would be about my only criticism about this book. There is certainly enough sex and emotional in it, and lots of education and history. I recommend this book highly. I feel Follett is really a great story-teller and just love that I can learn a lot while reading something very enjoyable.
Date published: 2012-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Historical Drama Although not really my style, I did take the time to read this brick, and found it to my liking. Follett did an excellent job and most certainly spent a lot of time to get the historical facts blended into his fictional characters. The story follows five families through the turn of the century and leaves them in the early `20`s. A number of his characters are posed for the second novel which I must say I look forward to reading. I gave Follet five stars on this one because of the way he has followed the characters and integrated them with actual historical figures throughout. Well done!!
Date published: 2012-08-02