Engaging historical fiction
I always like the historical information in Ken Follett's books.
I could hardly put it down; I always wanted to find out what happened around every corner.
This is a very rich, well woven, historical story about the effects of war, the courage that this can bring out in a person, love and family. It's got it all!!
If available, definitely choose the abridged version; this was far too long. I understand the rationale behind splitting this series up into 3 books, but it seems like the author tried to keep a massive tome but fell short on story. Unlike Pillars and World Without End, the first two books of this series haven't drawn me in. Most of the many, many characters are boring and the story focuses a bit too much on dull historical material. Some of it is interesting, but there are parts where there's a 15 minute explanation of something that was no doubt historically important but which ends up having no relevance to the story (like the change to German currency). Then only about 10 min is given to the experience of seeing an atomic bomb detonate, and little more than a passing mention of the bombings of Japan.
What a clever story of WW2 told from the perspectives of British, American, Russian and German. It was almost impossible to put down.
This story is beautifully written and engaging. A true masterpiece that I highly recommend, but be sure to start with the first book of the trilogy, Fall of Giants.
IMO This is not Ken Follett's best novel, but it's a good one. Decent World War II refresher. Good, strong characters, especially the women. I liked the first of this trilogy better and am looking forward to reading the final of the three soon. John Lee is an outstanding narrator - one of my favorites!!!
I've been a student if the European Theater of Operations (ETO) for much of my life but this book deepened my understanding even further. Mr. Lee's read was masterful. Through his vitalizations I was able to keep the many characters straight. A masterful production.