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Fall of Giants

Reviews

  • Fall of Giants is classic Follett. It’s long – almost 1,000 pages; it’s populated with hundreds of characters whose lives are intertwined; it’s set on a tumultuous world stage; it’s a good read. It’s a book that will suck you in, consume you for days or weeks, depending upon how quick a reader you are, then let you out the other side both entertained and educated. — Craig Wilson in USA Today read on…
  • He meticulously reconstructs an era and leads us through the follies and occasional heroics of its protagonists real and imaginary… masterly in conveying so much drama and historical information so vividly… grippingly told, and readable to the end. — Roger Boylan in The New York Times read on…
  • A massive, compelling story… he keeps plots – and pages – moving at a torrid pace… he closes his masterful performance by bringing two central characters together for a fitting, delicious denouement. — Erik Spanberg in The Christian Science Monitor read on…
  • Ken Follett started out as a thriller writer, then made the transition to historical fiction. — USA Today read on…
  • Follett himself something of a giant. — The Independent (Ireland) read on…
  • Left to write — In Madrid read on…
  • ‘High ideals, and terrible slaughter’ — rediff.com read on…
  • Mr. Follett does a good job of condensing the major fault lines that shaped the last century into individuals who represent the pent-up feelings of the era… his true strength as a writer is to make us care about the main characters despite their human frailties and understand their motivations. — Gary Anderson in The Washington Times read on…
  • An astonishing 850-page blockbuster from the master of intensively researched historical masterpieces… nobody writes about power and politics with more authority. — Allie Spencer in the Peterborough Evening Telegraph
  • Ken Follett is nothing if not an ambitious writer, and his latest novel, Fall of Giants, represents his boldest project to date… but despite its breadth, it is highly readable. Follett has managed to write an accessible and fascinating page turner… seeing these events through the eyes of well-drawn and believable characters is an engaging history lesson, much more compelling than any documentary or textbook could be. — Alex Meehan in The Post read on…
  • He’s pulled it off once again with Fall of Giants: it’s classic Follett, with the brewing cataclysm of war given a human angle. He’d ‘love to see my book at number one on the bestseller list’, … and he can be confident that’s exactly where Fall of Giants is heading. — Charlotte Heathcote in The Sunday Express read on…
  • His is a canvas as large at the Sistine Chapel, but he paints with the economy of the designer of aircraft – beauty lies in what remains after the nonessential elements are stripped away… Follett gives us the essential curve of history – perhaps the highest work of the historical novelist… in this first volume we see the start of our century in a new and clearer way. — Tom Chaney in Columbia Magazine read on…
  • If there is one book, overall, that we could recommend to read this fall, it would hands down be Ken Follett’s ambitious new novel, Fall of Giants. This first volume of the Century Trilogy is absolutely outstanding. — Jen Betterley in Seattlest read on…
  • A guiltless pleasure, the book is impossible to put down, and leaves the reader feeling he’s had a passionate tryst with the history professor he always suspected was a closet sexpot. — Francis RTM Boyle in Time Out New York read on…
  • Open up a Ken Follett book and you’ll find that all life is there… this heavyweight packs a punch that keeps the story rolling and the pages turning. Couple attention to detail with finely drawn characters, heart-stopping action in the hotspots of Europe and a story brimming with passion, pathos and peril, and you have all the components for another classic. — Pam Norfolk in The Lancashire Evening Post read on…
  • Follett’s brilliance lies in the construction of the story… despite their different backgrounds and nationalities, the author arranges for his characters’ paths to cross so effortlessly that the reader is left to marvel at his craft. This skill is matched only by the quality of his research. — Omar Shariff in The Gulf News read on…
  • First-class and a cracking good read and has, in my opinion, all the elements a good work of fiction should have. Right from the beginning I warmed to Follett’s style… the picture was drawn and I stepped right into the set… he cleverly interweaves his characters and gives his reader intrigue and interest in spades… he gives the impression of effortless writing – and of course it’s anything but. He has gained another fan in yours truly. — Louise Laurie in The Bookbag read on…
  • With a heavily researched background and heartbreaking characters, Fall of Giants is bound to make any Follett fans happy campers. — Kim Fuller in Blast read on…
  • A great deal of story here, and history enough to keep us reading… action and plotting galore. — Sarah Willis in The Cleveland Plain Dealer read on…
  • “I want to sell books… even the most shy and highbrow want to do that. See, we writers live in solitude. In our imaginations. Ideas are inborn. As a kid, before I had any kind of job, I’d daydream about being a cowboy or pirate. Now I must structure my daydreams” — Cindy Adams in The New York Post read on…
  • A big book, Fall of Giants is a sweeping success. Ken Follett has hit another one out of the park with the initial installment of the hugely ambitious Century Trilogy… his fans will rejoice at the richness, complexity, historical sweep and simmering lust in a saga spanning the years 1911 to 1923… with summer reading season just past, snuggle into autumn with Fall of Giants and happily contemplate the arrival of the next two installments. — Jonathan E. Lazarus in The Newark Star-Ledger read on…
  • Follett’s greatest virtue as a novelist that he has been able to bring forward a writing style he perfected in his earlier thrillers… Essentially, he’s writing several interrelated books at once, without ever losing the inevitable forward impulse. And while it sounds bizarre to consider a book this huge a ‘page-turner’, that’s exactly what Fall of Giants is. — Melinda Bargreen in The Seattle Times read on…
  • The Century Trilogy… gives readers the sweeping history of that century in the form of a novel that follows five families – one American, two British, one German and one Russian. That’s a big job. But Fall of Giants suggests that Follett is up to the task… — Harry Levins in The St.Louis-Post Dispatch read on…
  • Fall of Giants is motivated by an unsparing view of human nature and a clear-eyed scrutiny of an ideal peace… It is not the least of Follett’s feats that the reader finishes this near 1,000-page book intrigued and wanting more. Follett entwines fiction and factual events well… Creating characters of numerous, actual historical figures is a big risk. How do you write about Trotsky without being facile? Follett successfully assails the dilemma from a couple of angles, most importantly by knowing a lot about the period but not making the reader aware of how arduously he is working. — M.E. Collins in The Chicago Sun-Times read on…
  • Is ‘Giants’ good? It certainly doesn’t read as long as it feels in your lap, with great characters and wonderful historical detail. — Jennifer Shaw in The New York Post read on…
  • Follett creates realistic and empathetic – if not entirely beloved – men and women. He draws them in ways that are compelling and thought-provoking, and somehow, despite their number, easily remembered. It’s a delight to see their world through their eyes. — Associated Press read on…
  • To complete his hugely ambitious trilogy of historical novels about the 20th century, Ken Follett has set himself a punishing writing schedule. Lucky for us. Because readers who compulsively turn all 985 pages of Fall of Giants, the gripping first book in the Century Trilogy, will not want to wait long for its sequel. — Alden Mudge in Bookpage read on…
  • In 1989, Ken Follett, author of such phenomenally popular thrillers as Eye of the Needle and The Key to Rebecca, moved in a new direction by publishing The Pillars of the Earth, a vast, intricate account of the building of a cathedral in medieval England. ‘Pillars’ has since become one of Follett’s most widely read novels. Together with its equally vast sequel, World Without End, it established its author as a master of the pop historical epic. Follett will surely solidify that reputation with Fall of Giants, the first installment of a hugely ambitious work-in-progress called The Century Trilogy. — William Sheehan in The Washington Post read on…
  • Novelist Ken Follett is on a roll. In the past few years he has published one of his most successful novels, World Without End. This was a sequel to Pillars of the Earth which was a 2007 Oprah pick. A Starz mini-series was made of ‘Pillars’ and was well received, and now it has been announced World Without End will also get the mini-series treatment. — Jackie K. Cooper in The Huffington Post read on…
  • Welcome to the 20th Century as you’ve never seen it. At more than 1,000 pages, Fall of Giants delivers all the elements that fans of Ken Follett have come to treasure: historical accuracy, richly developed characters, and a sweeping yet intimate portrait of a past world that you’ll fully inhabit before the first chapter is through. — Miriam Landis in The Courier-Journal read on…