Berlin in 1933 is in upheaval. Eleven-year-old Carla von Ulrich struggles to understand the tensions disrupting her family as Hitler strengthens his grip on Germany. Into this turmoil steps her mother’s formidable friend and former British MP, Ethel Leckwith, and her student son, Lloyd, who soon learns for himself the brutal reality of Nazism. He also encounters a group of Germans resolved to oppose Hitler - but are they willing to go so far as to betray their country? Such people are closely watched by Volodya, a Russian with a bright future in Red Army Intelligence.
The international clash of military power and personal beliefs that ensues will sweep over them all as it rages from Cable Street in London’s East End to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, from Spain to Stalingrad, from Dresden to Hiroshima.
At Cambridge Lloyd is irresistibly drawn to dazzling American socialite Daisy Peshkov, who represents everything his left-wing family despise. But Daisy is more interested in aristocratic Boy Fitzherbert - amateur pilot, party lover and leading light of the British Union of Fascists.
Back in Berlin, Carla worships golden boy Werner from afar. But nothing will work out the way they expect as their lives and the hopes of the world are smashed by the greatest and cruellest war in the history of the human race. (Pan Books)
The story of the protagonists of "Fall of Giants" and their kids continues nine years later. You learn what happend in the last years and what is about to happen now. Ken Follett tells the story from every point of view (Russia, Germany, England and America) and the reader gets an inside of what everyone wants and why. You have to say goodbye to a few characters and you meet new characters. Secrets come out, new ones are concealed.
If you loved the first book of the Century Trilogy, then you're gonna love this one, too, no matter what other people say (I heard it wasn't as good). I can't wait for the next one because I can imagine what happens then and what problems the characters have to overcome.