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Nice story, but not high quality
am 30. September 2010
Ken Follet knows how to tell stories. This is true again for this book. It is easy to dive into the plot and forget the world around you. You get acquainted with the characters fast and and are anxious to know what is going to happen to them and how they make out on their way. Therefore, it is a great book to just forget everday-life and have many hours of reading fun.
However, as it is often the case with Ken Follet, the author's weak points are his characters - or the lack of them. The book does not contain any characters, it contains types. We never meet any interesting, complex personalities, we meet THE innocent boy, THE virtuous girl, THE capitalist, THE rich guy and so forth. The acting persons are either 100% good or 100% evil and never in between. This makes their actions predictable and an otherwise great story stale.
This circumstance and the announcement that this book is the first one in a series of sequels, seems to make the book a mass product wich the author is interested to sell rather than a book that was written with passion. I am pretty sure that we will meet the very same "characters" in one way or the other in the sequels, just in different situations or historic settings.
Therefore I rate the book with 3 stars - a nice story for entertainment, but don't expect a masterpiece or an exceptionally original piece of work.