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TOP 1000 REZENSENT VINE-PRODUKTTESTERam 19. Juli 2015
...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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VINE-PRODUKTTESTERam 13. März 2017
A good read from the beginning to the end. Couldn't put it down. He really has away of telling the story so that one is captured from the beginning to the end.
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am 6. April 2015
Great read for those who love family sagas, books that span over the years and generations. If you love Ken Follett, you won't be disappointed. Unless you're expecting a plain-war book, which this is not.
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am 18. Juli 2017
Enjoyed the book thoroughly. Couldn't put it down even for a moment. Beautifully written family saga with a happy ending
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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 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 7. Dezember 1998
Ken follet is a genius..it can't be said too many times!!
Set early in the nineteenth century at the brink of the world war, a middle aged man sets out on a mission to England. His mission is to kill a visiting Russian Prince, his goal is to prevent Russia losing millions in the world war. His name is Feliks and he is the man from St. Petersburgh. He has killed many in his lifetime and he has suffered a great deal and he therefore knows himself never to be afraid. But he has also loved once, wildly and truthfully but she was forced to marry someone else.
The assassination of the Russian Prince Orlov will help Russians because this would alienate the Czar from alliance with the British and French to fight against the Germans. The British on the other hand, including the young Winston Churchill and a powerful lord, the Earl of Walden once realising the danger do everything to protect Orlov because a Russian alienation would be fatal.
Feliks fails to act the first opportunity he creates for himself because he is overpowered by a memory of 18 years before as he realises the Lady Walden is his Lydia.
In England, it is the social season of coming out of debutantes and the Earl of Walden's daughter Charlotte is due to come out. At eighteen, she discovers the facts of life and aspects of the real world (like the poverty that exists around them, and the work of suffragettes fighting the injustice done to women) and she is angry that her parents kept it from her. Although she is eighteen, she feels her parents don't treat her in that way. She realises women were meant to be stupid and ignorant and she hates that.
No wonder she takes warmly to Fe liks, the stranger who saves her from a suffrage demonstration turned ugly. She feels unusually comfortable with him and appreciates him for talking sensibly as an adult to her. By this time Feliks realises that Charlotte is in fact his daughter because she was born seven months after Lydia was married. He desperately loves the jewel he never knew he had and suddenly he is afraid to die.
Ken Follet has a distinct ability to give his villains a true and full character that we feel sad when they die. We see the justification of their actions and we warm to them. His style is simple with the correct amount of descriptions and he is able to portray all characters (although they are different in their race, creed and class) as similar because of their needs and wants and the common feelings of love , hurt , anguish and anger.
Ken Follet successfully tells a tale and he gives a full story and an ending that satisfies us. There is quite a lot of suspense in this book, and unlike Pillars of The Earth and The Third Twin where "happy endings" were inevitable towards the end, the fine line between good and bad in this book (one would have a personal opinion on whether Feliks or Walden is the bad guy ) blurs the ability to say whether the ending is happy or not.
I feel the ending is suitable to the story as the characters themselves are able to be satisfied. Feliks got more than what he expected, Charlotte lived on and learned to believe and live by much the same ideals as her father and did not live as a debutante should, Lydia could live without the truth haunting her and Walden still had his wife and daughter.
The only sad part is the war did happen (we know it) and not only Russians but many died. Perhaps this style that Follet adopts here (fully dissecting both good and bad) can teach us a lesson. All man has some good in him. We need only look for it. Then perhaps with a little understanding and giving there could be peace...
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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 26. Februar 1999
This incredible story has many parallelisms with Follett's "Eye of the Needle" novel. Instead of WWII this story takes place in the pre WWI era. England and Russia are in desperate need for a treaty in preparation of Germany's attack. A well known Russian anarchists has been sent to England to assassinate the negotiating Russian Prince hence destroying any faith between the two countries and to fulfill his quest of war against the Russian oppressed. "The Man from St. Petersburg" is more than a book filled with suspense, lust and lies-Follett makes the reader experience the hardships of Russian socialism and the glamour and prestige of the English monarchy. What is so interesting was at face value the two seem very distant, only to find out they share the same pain and turmoil. The author captures the reader with several twists of fate within the personal pasts of the anarchist's lover and now wife of a British Earl. The story leaves this reader full of questions about the hypocracy of British monarchy. It fully explains why distorting the truth to preserve one's pride of class and reputation can have devastating repercussions. This is a good read, a typical Follett masterpiece, regardless of its mirror image of "The Needle", "The Man From St. Petersburg" truely has its own identity.
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am 16. Januar 1999
One of the most engrossing novels I have read. The "feel" of the 19th Century, forbidden romance, money and character are weaved together in a book I couldn't wait to get to each night. Don't start it if you have to get up early the next morning!
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