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Ken Follett : A Dangerous Fortune

Author: Ken Follett
Title: A Dangerous Fortune
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Published in: English
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 576
Date: 1994-11-01
ISBN: 0440217490
Publisher: Island Books
Latest: 2014/12/30
Weight: 0.6 pounds
Size: 1.22 x 4.22 x 6.88 inches
Edition: Reprint
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In 1866, tragedy strikes at the  exclusive Windfield School. A young student drowns  in a mysterious accident involving a small circle  of boys. The drowning and its aftermath initiates a  spiraling circle of treachery that will span three  decades and entwine many loves... From the  exclusive men's club and brothels that cater to every  dark desire of London's upper classes to the dazzling  ballrooms and mahogany-paneled suites of the  manipulators of the world's wealth, Ken Follett  conjures up a stunning array of contrasts. This  breathtaking novel portrays a family splintered by lust,  bound by a shared legacy... men and women swept  toward a perilous climax where greed, fed by the  shocking truth of a boy's death, must be stopped, or  not just one man's dreams, but those of a nation,  will die...
Reviews: Laila (USA: CA) (2008/09/30):
Very significant to todays banking problems

Fred S. (USA: PA) (2009/02/03):
Excellent reading. Good plot, fast.

Jeremy (USA: TX) (2011/11/08):
Good Follett, but not great. I found the story to be very predictable at each and every stage, but maybe that's because I've read too much Follett. The characters here are a bit contrived and tend too much toward good or evil, not a lot of grey area in between.

With that said, it was riveting and full of action, adventure, romance, and sex. I'd consider it to be a poor man's version of Follett's more fully developed historical epics, Fall of Giants and Pillars of the Earth. I couldn't help but continually thinking "Dynasty" and "Dallas" while reading this, even though the setting predates those shows by over a century.

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