Fall of Giants is the glorious new historical saga from Ken Follett. Book one in The Century Trilogy, it traces the intertwined paths of five families — Welsh, English, Russian, German, and American — as they experience the dramatic events of World War I, the Russian Revolution, and the women's suffrage movement.
13 year old Billy Williams becomes a man, going to work as a coal miner in Wales. His sister, Ethel, a housekeeper for the wealthy Fitzherberts, climbs fatefully above her station, while Lady Fitzherbert enters dangerous territory, falling in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German embassy in London. Gus Dewar, a heartbroken American law student, begins a new career in Woodrow Wilson's White House. Brothers Grigori and Lev Peshkov, Russian orphans, begin wildly divergent journeys when war and revolution disrupt their plan to emigrate to The United States.
In an complex, epic drama, these characters find their fates inseparably intertwined. The plot flows effortlessly between St. Petersburg and Washington, from a shimmering palace to a dusty and dangerous coal mine, and from the bedrooms of the powerful to the halls of government. In true Follett form, the characters are alive with emotion and depth, historical details are exhaustively researched and portrayed, and the pages turn themselves. Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1 is sure to be considered a classic work of historical fiction.
Ken Follett burst onto the literary scene with the award winning Eye of the Needle in 1978. His celebrated Pillars of the Earth, and its sequel, World Without End were are among the international best sellers that followed. Ken lives in London and Hertfordshire with his family.
Ken Follett’s magnificent new
historical epic begins, as five interrelated families move through the
momentous dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the
struggle for women’s suffrage.
A thirteen-year-old Welsh boy
enters a man’s world in the mining pits. An American law student rejected in
love finds a surprising new career in Woodrow Wilson’s White House. A
housekeeper for the aristocratic Fitzherberts takes a fateful step above her
station, while Lady Maud Fitzherbert herself crosses deep into forbidden
territory when she falls in love with a German spy. And two orphaned Russian
brothers embark on radically different paths when their plan to emigrate to
America falls afoul of war, conscription, and revolution.
From the dirt and danger of a
coal mine to the glittering chandeliers of a palace, from the corridors of
power to the bedrooms of the mighty, Fall of Giants takes us into the inextricably entangled fates of five
families—and into a century that we thought we knew, but that now will never
seem the same again. Download and start listening now!