Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy 2 by Ken Follett

Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy 2

By Ken Follett

  • Release Date: 2012-10-01
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4
From 214 Ratings
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Berlin in 1933 is in upheaval. Eleven-year-old Carla von Ulrich struggles to understand the tensions disrupting her family as Hitler strengthens his grip on Germany. Into this turmoil steps her mother's formidable friend and former British MP, Ethel Leckwith, and her student son, Lloyd, who soon learns for himself the brutal reality of Nazism. He also encounters a group of Germans resolved to oppose Hitler - but are they willing to go so far as to betray their country? Such people are closely watched by Volodya, a Russian with a bright future in Red Army Intelligence. The international clash of military power and personal beliefs that ensues will sweep over them all as it rages from Cable Street in London's East End to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, from Spain to Stalingrad, from Dresden to Hiroshima. At Cambridge Lloyd is irresistibly drawn to dazzling American socialite Daisy Peshkov, who represents everything his left-wing family despise. But Daisy is more interested in aristocratic Boy Fitzherbert - amateur pilot, party lover and leading light of the British Union of Fascists. Back in Berlin, Carla worships golden boy Werner from afar. But nothing will work out the way they expect as their lives and the hopes of the world are smashed by the greatest and cruellest war in the history of the human race.


  • Where's the mini-series?!

    By Canberra connection
    A great only criticism is the frequent and unlikely brushes with key historical characters but otherwise this is another gripping read.
  • Winter of the World

    By HAR_MAC
    Trilogy 2 flows seamlessly from the first book in the series. The richness of the characters of the first book continues to flow through this book and the character and character flaws of the previous generation are captured within the second generation, and the implications of the "sins" of the fathers" visiting upon the children. The secrets so marvellously woven throughout the first book come to light in realistic scenes with the revelations being believable, some subtle and others more outright. The horror of war and the depiction of fascism and raw communism are brutal in the narrative. The comparison with raw capitalism and the class structures of Britain are a vivid picture. The ideological good of all systems are explored and the evil of the corruption of each are presented without being obvious in directing an opinion. The struggle individuals had within each system take the reader into different place and challenges previously held beliefs. I can't wait to read the "The Edge of Eternity" the third book in the series. It just arrived in my inbox today.
  • Fantastic book. Part 2 of an amazing series.

    By Bernie AU
    Can't say enough about this book. The story follows on from the first book, and next generation of characters only add to the depth, beauty, and sometimes horror of the story. Can't wait for part 3.
  • A great second part to this story

    By Kalos7
    After reading Fall of Giants I waited eagerly for the second instalment of this epic story. It didn't let me down, I enjoyed remembering the old characters and the way Ken Follett was able to instil a richness in new stories and characters throughout this period of history. Looking forward to the next instalment. Must read Fall of Giants first.
  • Winter of the World

    By gab81143
    A terrific and inspiring read - lest we forget.....
  • Winter of the World

    By J V C
    A truly engaging sequel to The Fall of Giants. The characters grow and develop as history unfolds. The world is impacted as well as families. We are invited into these experiences and come to feel with them and to share their hopes and joys as well as their pain and sufferings. Jim C
  • A very enlightening read

    By Screamin1825
    Whilst very complex and a little difficult to follow at the start, an excellent read and a very enlightening tale regarding how world WWII developed and changed the lives of the world
  • awesome

    By Rekebekah
    Awesome, loved it loved it. Thoroughly enjoyed Fall of Giants and this has been an exceptional follow up. Really enjoyed revisiting the old characters and their families. Historical fiction and Ken Follett at his best. one warning - only start to read this when you have a big window available as it is VERY hard to put down.
  • Great read

    By Shell_au 
    This was a great read, couldn't put the book down.. Loved the characters and their stories..another great book from Ken Follett..