“Fall of Giants”, by Ken Follet

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Read it, or save your time?  Pure genius.  Part 1 of the epic Century Trilogy, you will get an intense yet painless history lesson wrapped neatly inside of an engaging piece of fiction.

What’s it about?  Starting in 1911 and taking you through WWI and the Russian Revolution, the lives of five families from drastically different backgrounds dramatically intersect.

Thirteen-year-old Billy William enters the harsh conditions of the coal mines for the first time, while his sister Ethel, a maid for the aristocratic Fitzherbert family, enters into an inappropriate romantic entanglement above her class.  Liberal-minded Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter Von Ulrich, a German nobleman who may not be all that he seems.  Gus Dewar, a young American, enters the world of politics and begins working for Woodrow Wilson, and across the globe, the Peshkov brothers, Russian orphans, find themselves in very different places amidst the Russian Revolution.

Reviewer’s Note:  It is crazy long and detailed, so reading a few pages a night just won’t cut it.  Read it when you have the time to really dedicate yourself, otherwise you may have a hard time getting into it, especially in the beginning when the characters feel kind of random.

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