Fall of Giants: Book One of the Century Trilogy

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Table of Contents

Title Page

Copyright Page

Dedication

 

CHAPTER ONE - June 22, 1911

 

PART ONE - THE DARKENING SKY

CHAPTER TWO - January 1914

CHAPTER THREE - February 1914

CHAPTER FOUR - March 1914

CHAPTER FIVE - April 1914

CHAPTER SIX - June 1914

CHAPTER SEVEN - Early July 1914

CHAPTER EIGHT - Mid-July 1914

CHAPTER NINE - Late July 1914

CHAPTER TEN - August 1—3, 1914

CHAPTER ELEVEN - August 4, 1914

 

PART TWO - THE WAR of GIANTS

CHAPTER TWELVE - Early to Late August 1914

CHAPTER THIRTEEN - September to December 1914

CHAPTER FOURTEEN - February 1915

CHAPTER FIFTEEN - June to September 1915

CHAPTER SIXTEEN - June 1916

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN - July 1, 1916

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN - Late July 1916

CHAPTER NINETEEN - July to October 1916

CHAPTER TWENTY - November to December 1916

CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE - December 1916

CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO - January and February 1917

CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE - March 1917

CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR - April 1917

CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE - May and June 1917

CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX - Mid-June 1917

CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN - June to September 1917

CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT - October and November 1917

CHAPTER TWENTY-NINE - March 1918

CHAPTER THIRTY - Late March and April 1918

CHAPTER THIRTY-ONE - May to September 1918

CHAPTER THIRTY-TWO - October 1918

CHAPTER THIRTY-THREE - November 11, 1918

 

PART THREE - THE WORLD MADE NEW

CHAPTER THIRTY-FOUR - November to December 1918

CHAPTER THIRTY-FIVE - December 1918 to February 1919

CHAPTER THIRTY-SIX - March to April 1919

CHAPTER THIRTY-SEVEN - May and June 1919

CHAPTER THIRTY-EIGHT - August to October 1919

CHAPTER THIRTY-NINE - January 1920

CHAPTER FORTY - February to December 1920

CHAPTER FORTY-ONE - November 11—12, 1923

CHAPTER FORTY-TWO - December 1923 to January 1924

 

Historical Characters

Acknowledgements

Excerpt from: The Edge of Eternity

About the Author

PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF KEN FOLLETT

Fall of Giants

 

“Follett at his finest . . . [a] sweeping epic that will thrill his fans for hours on end.”

—The Huffington Post

 

“Follett once again creates a world at once familiar and fantastic. . . . A guiltless pleasure, the book is impossible to put down. . . . Empires fall. Heroes rise. Love conquers. After going through a war with these characters, you’re left hoping that Follett gets moving with the next giant installment.”

Time Out New York

 

“Grand in scope, scale, and story.”

—The Associated Press

 

“Suspenseful, tightly constructed, sharply characterized, plot-driven.”

The Seattle Times

 

World Without End

 

“[A] well-researched, beautifully detailed portrait of the late Middle Ages. . . . Follett’s no-frills prose does its job, getting smoothly through more than a thousand pages of outlaws, war, death, sex, and politics to end with an edifice that is as well constructed and solid as Merthin’s bridge. A.”

The Washington Post

 

“Makes for giddy chutes-and-ladders reading. . . a breathless entertainment.”

Los Angeles Times

 

“Juicy historical fiction.”

USA Today

 

continued . . .

“An epic tale in which you will willingly lose yourself for quite a spell.”

The Denver Post

 

“This wonderful sequel should leave you ... with a ‘deep contentment. . . like twilight on a summer evening.’ ”

Entertainment Weekly

 

“So if historical fiction is your meat, here’s a rare treat. A feast of conflicts and struggles among religious authority, royal governance, the powerful unions (or guilds) of the day, and the peasantry. . . . With World Without End, Follett proves his Pillars may be a rarity, but it wasn’t a fluke.”

New York Post

 

“A work that stands as something of a triumph of industry and professionalism.”

The Guardian (UK)

 

“The four well-drawn central characters will captivate readers as they prove to be heroic, depraved, resourceful, or mean. Fans of Follett’s previous medieval epic will be well rewarded.”

The Union (CA)

 

“A lively entertainment for fans of The Once and Future King, The Lord of the Rings, and other multilayered epics.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

 

“Populated with an immense cast of truly remarkable characters. . . this is not a book to be devoured in one sitting, tempting though that might be, but one to savor for its drama, depth, and richness.”

Library Journal

 

“Readers will be captivated.”

Publishers Weekly

The Pillars of the Earth

 

“Enormous and brilliant ... crammed with characters unbelievably alive across the great gulf of centuries. . . touches all human emotion—love and hate, loyalty and treachery, hope and despair. See for yourself. This is truly a novel to get lost in.”

Cosmopolitan

 

“Wonderful ... will fascinate you, surround you.”

Chicago Sun-Times

 

“A towering tale ... a ripping read.... There’s murder, arson, treachery, torture, love, and lust.”

New York Daily News

 

“Ken Follett takes a giant step.”

San Francisco Chronicle

 

“With this book, Follett risks all and comes out a clear winner ... a historical novel of gripping readability, authentic atmosphere, and memorable characterization. Beginning with a mystery that casts its shadow, the narrative is a seesaw of tension, suspense, impeccable pacing ... action, intrigue, violence, passion, greed, bravery, dedication, revenge, and love. A novel that entertains, instructs, and satisfies on a grand scale.”

Publishers Weekly

 

“An extraordinary epic buttressed by suspense ... a mystifying puzzle involving the execution of an innocent man ... the erection of a magnificent cathedral ... romance, rivalry, and spectacle. A monumental masterpiece ... a towering triumph from a major talent.”

Booklist

Also by Ken Follett

 

The Modigliani Scandal
Paper Money
Eye of the Needle
Triple
The Key to Rebecca
The Man from St. Petersburg
On Wings of Eagles
Lie Down with Lions
The Pillars of the Earth
Night over Water
A Dangerous Fortune
A Place Called Freedom
The Third Twin
The Hammer of Eden
Code to Zero
Jackdaws
Hornet Flight
Whiteout
World Without End

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Cast of Characters

American

DEWAR FAMILY

 

Senator Cameron Dewar
Ursula Dewar, his wife
Gus Dewar, their son

 

VYALOV FAMILY

 

Josef Vyalov, businessman
Lena Vyalov, his wife
Olga Vyalov, their daughter

 

OTHERS

 

Rosa Hellman, journalist
Chuck Dixon, school friend of Gus’s
Marga, nightclub singer
Nick Forman, thief
Ilya, thug
Theo, thug
Norman Niall, crooked accountant
Brian Hall, union leader

 

REAL HISTORICAL CHARACTERS

 

Woodrow Wilson, twenty-eighth president William Jennings Bryan, secretary of state Josephus Daniels, secretary of the navy

English and Scottish

FITZHERBERT FAMILY

 

Earl Fitzherbert, called Fitz
Princess Elizaveta, called Bea, his wife
Lady Maud Fitzherbert, his sister
Lady Hermia, called Aunt Herm, their poor aunt
Duchess of Sussex, their rich aunt
Gelert, Pyrenean mountain dog
Grout, Fitz’s butler
Sanderson, Maud’s maid

 

OTHERS

 

Mildred Perkins, Ethel Williams’s lodger

Bernie Leckwith, secretary of the Aldgate branch of the Independent Labour Party

Bing Westhampton, Fitz’s friend
Marquis of Lowther, “Lowthie,” rejected suitor of Maud
Albert Solman, Fitz’s man of business
Dr. Greenward, volunteer at the baby clinic
Lord “Johnny” Remarc, junior War Office minister
Colonel Hervey, aide to Sir John French
Lieutenant Murray, aide to Fitz
Mannie Litov, factory owner
Jock Reid, treasurer of the Aldgate Independent Labour Party
Jayne McCulley, soldier’s wife

 

REAL HISTORICAL CHARACTERS

 

King George V
Queen Mary

Mansfield Smith-Cumming, called “C,” head of the Foreign Section of the Secret Service Bureau (later MI6)

Sir Edward Grey, M.P., foreign secretary
Sir William Tyrrell, private secretary to Grey
Frances Stevenson, mistress of Lloyd George
Winston Churchill, M.P.
H. H. Asquith, M.P., prime minister
Sir John French, commander of the British Expeditionary Force

French

Gini, a bar girl
Colonel Dupuys, aide to General Galliéni
General Lourceau, aide to General Joffre

 

REAL HISTORICAL CHARACTERS

 

General Joffre, commander in chief of French forces
General Galliéni, commander of the Paris garrison

German and Austrian

VON ULRICH FAMILY

 

Otto von Ulrich, diplomat
Susanne von Ulrich, his wife
Walter von Ulrich, their son, military attaché at the German
embassy in London
Greta von Ulrich, their daughter
Graf (Count) Robert von Ulrich, Walter’s second cousin, military
attaché at the Austrian embassy in London

 

OTHERS

 

Gottfried von Kessel, cultural attaché at the German embassy in London

Monika von der Helbard, Greta’s best friend

 

REAL HISTORICAL CHARACTERS

 

Prince Karl Lichnowsky, German ambassador to London
Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg
General of Infantry Erich Ludendorff
Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, German chancellor
Arthur Zimmermann, German foreign minister

Russian

PESHKOV FAMILY

 

Grigori Peshkov, metalworker
Lev Peshkov, horse wrangler

 

PUTILOV MACHINE WORKS

 

Konstantin, lathe operator, chairman of the Bolshevik discussion
group
Isaak, captain of the football team
Varya, female laborer, Konstantin’s mother
Serge Kanin, supervisor of the casting section
Count Maklakov, director

 

OTHERS

 

Mikhail Pinsky, police officer
Ilya Kozlov, his sidekick
Nina, maid to Princess Bea
Prince Andrei, Bea’s brother
Katerina, a peasant girl new to the city
Mishka, bar owner
Trofim, gangster
Fyodor, corrupt cop
Spirya, passenger on the Angel Gabriel
Yakov, passenger on the Angel Gabriel

Anton, clerk at the Russian embassy in London, also a spy for Germany

David, Jewish soldier
Sergeant Gavrik
Lieutenant Tomchak

 

REAL HISTORICAL CHARACTERS

 

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, leader of the Bolshevik Party
Leon Trotsky

Welsh

WILLIAMS FAMILY

 

David Williams, union organizer
Cara Williams, his wife
Ethel William...

Présentation de l'éditeur :

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.…

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