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am 19. Januar 2003
he author, a masterful storyteller, weaves an intriguing and mesmerizing tapestry of events that surround the wealthy Pilaster banking family in the latter part of nineteenth century England. Its panoramic sweep will hold the reader in its thrall. This complex story tells of the ebb and flow of their personal fortunes and the personalities that are to profoundly affect them, for better or worse.

Augusta Pilaster is the scheming, socially conscious, self-appointed matriarch of the family. She is a woman who will stop at nothing to ensure that her reckless and easily manipulated husband, Joseph, and their indolent, dissolute, and lackluster son, Edward, will get and retain control of the Pilaster banking enterprise. Her Machiavellian machinations, however, will eventually trigger the downfall of the family's fortune.
Hugh Pilaster, Augusta's nephew by marriage, is the Pilaster who has the brains and work ethic to take the Pilaster banking fortunes to a new level. His Achilles heel is that he seems destined to be attracted to working class women, a chink in his armor that Augusta Pilaster uses to her and her immediate family's advantage. He, too, is Augusta Pilaster's unwitting pawn, until the day of reckoning comes.
Micky Miranda is the romantically handsome scion of a South American despot. Micky attended an exclusive school with Edward and Hugh Pilaster, when they were young. While there, tragedy struck when a mysterious swimming accident took the lives of one of their friends, an event that was to shadow their lives in ways no one could have imagined. Micky Miranda would eventually enter into a web of complicity with Augusta Pilaster that would impact on the fortunes of both the Miranda and Pilaster families.
This book takes the reader through all strata of English society, from the drawing rooms of the upper classes and nobility to the exclusive men's clubs and brothels that cater to exotic appetites. It is a totally engrossing and absorbing tale of love, hatred, and treachery that spans three decades. It is a story that the reader will thoroughly enjoy.
I originally read this book several years ago and enjoyed it so much that I decided to purchase the unabridged audio book for a road trip. It provided seventeen hours of pure listening pleasure, as the narrator, Michael Page, is absolutely superlative. He manages to imbue each character with its own recognizable voice and personality. I was able to tear myself away from the car only with great difficulty, at times, as I was so engrossed by the story and its telling.
This is a terrific book. Whether one reads it or has it read to them makes no difference, as it is a captivating and wholly entertaining work of well written fiction. Bravo!
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am 16. Januar 2003
The author, a masterful storyteller, weaves an intriguing and mesmerizing tapestry of events that surround the wealthy Pilaster banking family in the latter part of nineteenth century England. Its panoramic sweep will hold the reader in its thrall. This complex story tells of the ebb and flow of their personal fortunes and the personalities that are to profoundly affect them, for better or worse.

Augusta Pilaster is the scheming, socially conscious, self-appointed matriarch of the family. She is a woman who will stop at nothing to ensure that her reckless and easily manipulated husband, Joseph, and their indolent, dissolute, and lackluster son, Edward, will get and retain control of the Pilaster banking enterprise. Her Machiavellian machinations, however, will eventually trigger the downfall of the family's fortune.
Hugh Pilaster, Augusta's nephew by marriage, is the Pilaster who has the brains and work ethic to take the Pilaster banking fortunes to a new level. His Achilles heel is that he seems destined to be attracted to working class women, a chink in his armor that Augusta Pilaster uses to her and her immediate family's advantage. He, too, is Augusta Pilaster's unwitting pawn, until the day of reckoning comes.
Micky Miranda is the romantically handsome scion of a South American despot. Micky attended an exclusive school with Edward and Hugh Pilaster, when they were young. While there, tragedy struck when a mysterious swimming accident took the lives of one of their friends, an event that was to shadow their lives in ways no one could have imagined. Micky Miranda would eventually enter into a web of complicity with Augusta Pilaster that would impact on the fortunes of both the Miranda and Pilaster families.
This book takes the reader through all strata of English society, from the drawing rooms of the upper classes and nobility to the exclusive men's clubs and brothels that cater to exotic appetites. It is a totally engrossing and absorbing tale of love, hatred, and treachery that spans three decades. It is a story that the reader will thoroughly enjoy, as it is a terrific and wholly entertaining work of well-written fiction. Bravo!
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am 27. Juni 1999
Ken Follett has always been a favourite of mine. As other 'bestseller writers' he has a cash-proven ability to spin together plots that make you stay up much longer than you ought to. This offering proves that this skill is still with him.
However this book is a bit of a soap opera. An entertaing one, but still. I miss Follett's normal 'added value' in comparison with the likes of Ludlum an Wilbur Smith, namely the ability to people his books with people rather than cartoon figures. The plot and the scenes are all a bit too predictable, the main characters too one-dimensional.
If you are on the lookout for a book that will leave you with a pensive smile and new insights, give this one a pass. If, however, you are looking for an entertaining and well-crafted saga to keep you company on a plane ride or in your bed, this is a good choice. And don't be put off by the 'smut' warning above. Follett is a romantic at heart and while intimate scenes abound, they are well written and there for a purpose.
But Mr Ken, please play it a little less safe next time around.
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am 22. Januar 2002
This is clearly one of Ken Follett's best pieces. Whoever has read Pillars of the Earth and enjoyed it, should definitely get it. The development of the story and the main characters is truly amazing and leaves the reader no time for meals. The setting in good old London, murder, sex, love, corruption and entanglements between the upper banking class are breathtaking and will leave a fun memory.
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am 21. Dezember 1999
Ken Follett writes two kinds of novels: good spy thrillers or good historical novels. This is the latter, a book where the reader is dipped into the subterfuge and manipulation of a major banking company in Victorian England, owned by the Pilaster family who have been haunted by an event which happened at a boarding school years ago. The plot has more twists than a corkscrew as the family's need for money and recognition plunge them into devious playing of Victorian values, ambitious plans and even murder. Hugh Pilaster, the hero of the story, has a kind of Hugh-Grantish confusion about him, even as he fights to keep the love of his life and his position in society, which is at times both endearing and annoying, and we find out more about Victorian brothels than we really want to, but other than that, a brilliant read.
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am 22. Oktober 1997
Ken Follett has put together a great story of intrigue, deceipt, and adversity. This was my first Follett novel and I will definitely have to read more now. This book actually reminds me a lot of Jeffrey Archer's "As the Crow Flies." Just when things get bad for the good guys, they only get worse. How events unfold as the story reaches its climax had me grinning from ear to ear. Make sure to check this one out!
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am 23. August 1998
Follett's characters come to life in this exceptional book. I read this book in 3 days, this is quite out of the ordinary, I am a VERY slow reader. I just couldn't put it down! I recommend this to anyone, especially avid Follett fans. I have also read "THe Man from St. Petersburg", "The Eye of the Needle", "Night Over Water", and "The Modigliani Scandal". I can safely say that this is the best of previously mentioned books, all excellant.
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...sind mein Mann und ich nicht immer der gleichen Meinung. Während ich schon seit längerer Zeit keine Bücher von K.F. lese, liest mein Mann hin und wieder seine Bücher, wobei er von seinen letzten Werken zunehmend enttäuscht war.

Nachstehend seine Rezension zu "A Dangerous Fortune" von Ken Follett:
Ich bedauere es manchmal, dass nach meiner beruflichen Laufbahn, meine Englischkenntnisse nicht mehr so oft gefordert werden. Damit sie nicht ganz verkümmern, lese ich immer wieder Bücher von englischsprachigen Autoren im Original und habe soeben das vorgenannte Buch beendet.
Der Inhalt dieses Buches ist, wie es oft bei Follett vorkommt, meiner Meinung nach, etwas an den Haaren herbeigezogen und teilweise recht unrealistisch, aber: Das Buch ist sehr spannend und man mag es kaum aus der Hand legen!

Für Leser wie mich, die nicht in einem englischsprachigen Land aufgewachsen sind, bieten manche Autoren eine schier unüberwindbare Barriere, obwohl die Kindle-Technik das Lesen von Büchern in einer "fremden" Sprache durch die eingebauten Übersetzungshilfen vereinfacht, zumal viele interessante Bücher (leider) immer noch nicht in einer Deutschen Übersetzung auf dem (E-Book-) Markt sind...

Ken Follet, das habe ich bereits in mehreren Original-Werken festgestellt, schreibt in einem (Sprach-)Stil, der für mich sehr gut nachvollziehbar ist und den ich lesen (und verstehen) kann, wie ein deutsches Buch!

Dafür, und für die Spannung, sehe ich gerne über einige inhaltliche "Ungereimtheiten" hinweg und vergebe fünf Sterne!
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am 1. November 1999
This is the kind of book that we all know and love. A book that you can sit down too and have it pertain to nothing that goes on in your real life. It's characters are personable. You will root for the hero, and truly despise his opponents. I definatly suggest sitting down in an easy chair with this book for an afternoon or two.
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am 1. Juni 2000
Follett's ability to paint an image in the mind is unmatched. His descriptions of England in the late 1800s give you a marvelous image of life in that period, and he creates a fascinating discussion of the world of finance at that time. The characters are memorable, and the societal undercurrents of the time are well-treated.
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