Fall of Giants
By Ken Follett
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.…
Review5By krb4uI just had a cursory recollection of my history class on WWI in HS, now I believe I know it well. It was a good book.
Fall of Giants5By MaggieMaeBC-OHThe book was great! I’ve read it twice and also the other two books in the trilogy.
Thank You!5By P LockeI have not read much the past ten years for a multitude of reasons. Ken Follett has the talent, passion and energy which grabs & holds my attention cover to cover. Not only "interesting" but educational, his writings have opened my eyes on many levels and improved my vocabulary as well. He has rekindled my appetite to read and learn. So it is with deep respect and appreciation I say Thank You!
Mostly good4By SdkbThis book was a good read, kept me entertained for sure. Occasionally I would get bored with the history and politics involved but never with the characters. So, if you're a history buff or willing to do a little skimming, I would recommend this book for sure.
Best First Trilogy Ever5By JoseaadcThe best way to appreciate history in an interesting way and fun.
Great Historic Fiction4By meesh_potatoesThis book gives incredible view of the First World War from every possible angle. The characters are portrayed realistically and yet come to life each a hero in their own way. The only downfall of this book is that it could have been much shorter, the author drags on in conversations and events that aren't as integral to the story, and make the reader put the book down instead of continuing to turn pages. All in all, I highly recommend this book, but prepare to do some skimming now and then!
Spectacular5By BrianTraderThis is one of the better books I've read in a long time. Especially for it having varying stories that intertwine. Not usually into stories like this but Fall of Giants did it in a way that kept me wanting more. Great job Ken!
Nice Historical Fiction4By bblhd201Good mix of history and fictional characters and events. The author kept a good balance switching between the principal families over course of the narrative. Enjoyable read.
Great Author4By ejones565I don’t consider myself an avid reader, but have really enjoyed this author. I read Ken Follet’s “The Pillars of the Earth”, and got hooked. He sets up his stories in an elegant and captivating way. Reading “Fall of Giants” was no different. Caputures you and draws you into the story with the introduction of the first character. Does a fantastic job of introducing the other key characters, and weaving things together. His development of individual story lines is great, but the way he weaves them together is masterful. Just finished “Fall of Giants”, and am immediately purchasing “Winter of the World”. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!!
Fine book, but...4By DataDelverAnother great one from Follett. However, the iBook Store indicated an "update" for it, which only seemed to remove the cover image. Any way to get it back? Image is fine in Store, just not downloading with rest of book into my library.