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5.0 von 5 Sternen A FANTASTIC AND RIVETING TALE SET IN 19th CENTURY ENGLAND...
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...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Great entertainment
The last 200 pages of this book simply fly. Some of the plot twists aren't particularly original, but the author certainly knows how to hook the reader with his prose. A worthwhile, memorable read, but definitely not classic literature.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A FANTASTIC AND RIVETING TALE SET IN 19th CENTURY ENGLAND..., 19. Januar 2003
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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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5.0 von 5 Sternen First Rate: An amazing tale of old London banking dynasties, 22. Januar 2002
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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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5.0 von 5 Sternen This is absolutely one of the best books I have ever read., 23. August 1998
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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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5.0 von 5 Sternen A real great book, 15. Juli 2013
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I think it is really one of the best books I red in my live. I liked it a lot because it shows very well the ambition of some people and the influences of their familys. It's also very nice how the principal characters change along the time.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A RIVETING WORK OF FICTION..., 16. Januar 2003
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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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Another winner for Follett!, 1. Juni 2000
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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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5.0 von 5 Sternen another winner by follett!, 20. Februar 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: A Dangerous Fortune (Taschenbuch)
this book is very good reading.it reels you in with its characters and their situations of murder,betrayal,and lust.the characters are amazing.read this book!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Murder and money in Victorian England, 21. Dezember 1999
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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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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good entertainment, 1. November 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: A Dangerous Fortune (Taschenbuch)
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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3.0 von 5 Sternen Great entertainment, 9. September 1999
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The last 200 pages of this book simply fly. Some of the plot twists aren't particularly original, but the author certainly knows how to hook the reader with his prose. A worthwhile, memorable read, but definitely not classic literature.
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