Review: Fall of Giants

Fall of Giants
Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was a nice read, though rather long! The book read quite a bit like Jeffrey Archer’s Clifton Chronicles which also starts by covering World War 1, has bright East End working class characters trying to improve their lives verses aristocrats making stupid decisions on the battle fields of France due to snobbish opinions, the winning of the underdog after some terrible trials of unfairness, the lord of the manor getting the maid pregnant and dumping her. I’m sure the next book in the trilogy covers the intermingling of the various children produced by these characters (the half-brothers, working class children and the aristocratic children) in love and political triangles and the truth about the half-brothers and the dodgy aristocratic lord get forced out in a public and humiliating manner.
Ken Follett uses the same style and writing tricks/hooks as Jeffrey Archer to keep the reader going. As I’ve read books by both authors, this book seemed overfamiliar to me and that is why I give it only three stars. This first Century Trilogy book is almost like a variation of the first Clifton Chronicles book. Maybe these two authors influence each other or are friends? Or these are the only stories to come out of the World War 1-2 period? Or I read similar books!

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