Updated: Jan 11, 2020
“Why was it, Lloyd wondered, that the people who wanted to destroy everything good about their country were the quickest to wave the national flag?”
As I've come to expect with Ken Follett and his historical fiction novels, this is a great book. Much like Fall of Giants, I found myself engrossed and losing sleep while I read page after page. This is not quite as good as Fall of Giants in my opinion, but still a very good novel.
Ken Follett has a gift of being able to write about history while making you forget you are reading about history. Even if you found history to be your least favorite subject in school, I promise you will love Ken's books.
In this book, Ken keeps alive the great characters from Fall of Giants by telling the story of their children. After all, World War II was fought by the generation of children from the first one, which was supposedly the war to end all wars.
I love how Ken sets up Pearl Harbor in this book. You know it is coming. As you read, it is the train wreck from which you cannot turn away. Ken also brilliantly portrays the rise of Facism and Communism with the pain and suffering that followed both. This book is engrossing, at times heart wrenching, but mostly just simply a great read.