Fall of Giants - Ken Follett

Fall of Giants

By Ken Follett

  • Release Date: 2010-09-28
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 1,784 Ratings

Description

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.…

Reviews

  • Thank You!

    5
    By P Locke
    I 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 good

    4
    By Sdkb
    This 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 Ever

    5
    By joseantonioac
    The best way to appreciate history in an interesting way and fun.
  • Great Historic Fiction

    4
    By meesh_potatoes
    This 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!
  • Spectacular

    5
    By BrianTrader
    This 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 Fiction

    4
    By bblhd201
    Good 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 Author

    4
    By ejones565
    I 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...

    4
    By DataDelver
    Another 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.
  • Amazing

    5
    By Proud to be a Jehovahs Witness
    Loved it!
  • FALL OF Giants

    4
    By boots saddle
    Good book, but a terrible ending. Maybe the author just got tired. All of a sudden, Poof...the end...bye, bye. Disappointing.