Just as addictive and enthralling as book one of the Century Trilogy, Winter of the World wraps you up in another generation of the five families Follett is following in his epic series. The rise of the Third Reich, the Spanish Civil War, and World War II are the backdrop for this sweeping novel, and once again I was so wrapped up in the characters, I barely noticed all the history I was absorbing.
Picking up where Fall of Giants, the first novel in the extraordinary Century Trilogy, left off, Winter of the World follows its five interrelated families American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh through a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the great dramas of World War II, and into the beginning of the long Cold War. Carla von Ulrich, born of German and English parents, finds her life engulfed by the Nazi tide until daring to commit 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 social climber, cares only for popularity and the fast set until war transforms her life, while her cousin Volodya carves out a position in Soviet intelligence that will affect not only this war but also the war to come.
About the Author
Ken Follettburst into the book world withEye of the Needle, an award-winning thriller and international bestseller. After several more successful thrillers, he surprised everyone withThe Pillars of the Earthand its long-awaited sequel, World Without End, a national and international bestseller. Follett s new, magnificent historical epic, the Century Trilogy, includes the bestsellingFall of Giants, Winter of the World, andEdge of Eternity. He lives in England with his wife, Barbara."
“Just as potent, engrossing, and prolix as the opening opus, Fall of Giants. [Follett’s] dedication and ability to keep so many plots spinning while delivering a story that educates, entertains…Will leave fans eagerly awaiting the trilogy’s crowning capstone." —Publishers Weekly
“Follett’s storytelling is unobtrusive and workmanlike…he spins a reasonable and readable yarn that embraces dozens of characters and plenty of Big Picture history.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Follett never lets the action lag as he adeptly ties together all the sweeping economic, cultural, political, and social transformations of the entire era.” —Booklist
“It’s a book that will suck you in, consume you for days or weeks… then let you out the other side both entertained and educated." — USA Today on Fall of Giants
“Meticulously researched and deftly weaves together historical fact, fictional characters and engrossing storytelling.” — Associated Presson Fall of Giants
"A tireless storyteller...grippingly told, and readable to the end." —The New York Times Book Review on Fall of Giants
"Suspenseful, tightly constructed, sharply characterized, plot-driven...some of the biggest-picture fiction being written today." —The Seattle Times
"Tantalizing" —Newsday on Fall of Giants
"Lively and entertaining." —The Washington Post on Fall of Giants
"Epic yarns in prose" —The Wall Street Journal on Fall of Giants
"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.