"This book is truly epic. . . . The reader will probably wish there was a thousand more pages." —The Huffington Post
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.
Hamilton's stand-alone near-future mystery is a mesmerizing page-turner whose pace never lags despite the book's substantial length. In 2143, Newcastle police detective Sidney Hurst realizes that a naked corpse dragged from the river was a member of the North family. Clones Augustine, Bartram, and Constantine North founded a company that invested in trans-spatial connection, a technology that opened gateways to other star systems and expanded humanity's access to energy and living space. They cloned themselves in turn, by the hundreds. The wounds on the dead North, whose exact identity is vexingly hard to pin down, match those on Bartram's body after he and his household were slaughtered in 2121 and Angela Tramelo, convicted of those murders, always claimed that an alien monster was the real culprit. The intense whodunit plot and the sustained ambiguity about Tramelo's innocence or guilt are enhanced by plausible extrapolations of 22nd-century human cultures.
All these price complaints, this book is over triple the contents of a book I spent the typical new book price of 14.99, and it was a 2 year project, so PLEASE. Besides we do have options, shouldn't ratings be about content and not the price. I thought the book was great and look forward to the next one.
Get Real People!
How about making this a review section for the outstanding story content itself, rather that the pricing of the book? We can all see the price and make our own decisions on it's value. The same complainers will spend $20 for 2 people to watch a 90 minute movie at the cinema, or $14.99 for a 250 page book. This is 1000 pages from one of the best storytellers today. Please. Another amazing story from Ken Follett!!
Pricing complaints not relevant to content
Price is set by publisher not the author and I am not going to bother with complaints since I did not experience this issue. I've only read a few chapters so far but I think it will be as wonderful as Mr. Follett's other books. Very happy with my purchase!