This first in a century-spanning trilogy from bestseller Follett (Eye of the Needle) makes effective and economical use of its lead characters, despite its scope and bulk. From a huge cast, eight figures emerge to play multiple roles that illustrate and often illuminate the major events, trends, and issues of the years leading up to and immediately beyond WWI: American diplomat Gus Dewar; Earl Fitzherbert, a wealthy Englishman; Fitz's sister, Lady Maud; German military attaché Walter von Ulrich; Russian brothers Grigori and Lev Peshkov; Welsh collier Billy Williams and his sister, Ethel, whom Fitz hires as a housemaid.
Ingenious plotting allows Follett to explore such salient developments of the era as coal mine safety in Wales, women's suffrage, the diplomatic blundering that led to war, the horrors of trench warfare, and the triumph of the Bolsheviks.
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Ken Follett Releases his Latest Epic Novel – Fall of Giants
Ken Follett, recognized the world over for his research and accurate historical detail in his books Pillars of the Earth and World Without End brings us Fall of Giants, a new epic novel coming in at over 1000 pages. The size and expansiveness of this story does not come as a surprise to Follett fans who have come to expect nothing less.
Fall of Giants is the first novel in The Century Trilogy that covers the journey of five families of different nationalities, Russian, English, American, German and Welsh - all of them interrelated to each other. The events covered by the epic include First World War, Russian Revolution and the struggle for women's vote. The second book, slated for 2012, will feature the children of the characters in Fall of Giants through the Depression and WW2; the third book, due out in 2014, will be about the next generation in the Cold War.
“I am looking forward to the new series by Follett,” said John Hutchinson of VJ Books. “ I consider Pillars (of the Earth) the best book written in the second half of the 20th century. All of us at VJ Books were excited to learn that he would be signing the new book for us.”
The Century Trilogy is “a perfect canvas for Ken to exercise his considerable talents; an historical saga that combines the epic storytelling of The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End with Ken’s trademarked ability to deliver all the suspense and excitement of his classic spy novels,” said Follett’s agent, Amy Berkower of Writers House.
Other Ken Follett books in chronological order are listed here: The Big Needle (1974) (as Simon Myles), The Big Black (1974) (as Simon Myles), The Big Hit (1975) (as Simon Myles), The Shakeout (1975), The Bear Raid (1976), Amok: King of Legend (1976) (as Bernard L. Ross), The Modigliani Scandal (as Zachary Stone), The Mystery Hideout (1976) (as Martin Martinsen), The Power Twins (1976) (as Martin Martinsen). Paper Money (1977) (as Zachary Stone), Capricorn One (1978) (as Bernard L. Ross) (based on screenplay by Peter Hyams), Eye of the Needle(1978) (Edgar Award, 1979, Best Novel, Heist of the Century (1978), Storm Island (1978), Triple (1979), The Key to Rebecca (1980), The Man from St. Petersburg (1982), On Wings of Eagles (1983), Lie Down with Lions (1986), The Pillars of the Earth (1989), Night Over Water (1991), A Dangerous Fortune (1993), A Place Called Freedom (1995), The Third Twin (1996), The Hammer of Eden (1998), Code to Zero (2000), Jackdaws (2001), Hornet Flight (2002), Whiteout (2004), World Without End (2007).
Ken Follett was twenty-seven when he wrote Eye of the Needle, an award-winning thriller that became an international bestseller. After several more successful thrillers, he surprised everyone with The Pillars of the Earth, about the building of a cathedral in the Middle Ages, which continues to captivate readers all over the world. His last book was the long-awaited sequel, World Without End, a number one bestseller in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, and France. He lives in England with his wife, Barbara Follett.
Follett was recently recognized for his legendary career and outstanding contributions to the thriller genre by the International Thriller Writers (ITW). Follett was named the 2010 ThrillerMaster in ceremonies held in New York City in July.
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