Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Winter of the World

by Ken Follett
938 pgs.  (Century trilogy #2)

A couple of years ago I read my first Ken Follett book Fall of Giants, and I loved it. It's the first book in his "Century" trilogy and it follows the lives of five families, each from different key countries in the world during World War I and the Russian Revolution. In Winter of the World Follett picks things up a few years later and this time tells the story of the lives of the next generation of those same families beginning with the events leading up to World War II and ending with the start of the Cold War.

I really enjoyed this book; as much, if not more than I did the first one. Follett does an excellent job of using the lives of these families to describe what it would have been like to live during such a pivotal and historical time. He describes life in Germany during Hitler and the Nazi Party's control, London during the blitz, as bombs were dropped nightly for months at a time, and Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7, 1941.

Once again I am amazed at the level of research Follett is doing in order to write these books. He doesn't just use historical events to tell his story, he inserts his characters into those events. They interact with historical figures like Churchill and FDR. They work on developing a world-changing type of bomb. And they help tell the story of history in an entertaining, compelling, and enlightening way.

At the end of next year Follett will complete his trilogy with Edge of Eternity. I'm looking forward to it and am confident it won't disappoint.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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