Saturday, 2 October 2010

Review:- Ken FOLLETT – “A Dangerous Fortune”

Year Published: - 1993
Where the book was from:- My own copy
ISBN: - 0 333 58031 1
Pages: - 434pp
Genre: - Historical thriller
Location:- Victorian England (1866-1890)
How I came across it: - Library book sale
Rating: - ***** ****
One sentence summary:- The Pilasters, a great family of merchant bankers, are beset by greed and ambition in their bid for wealth and power but young Hugh Pilaster seems set to buck the Pilaster trend.

Describe the plot without giving anything away:- In 1866 a fellow pupil of Hugh Pilaster and his cousin Edward is drowned at their public school and the ramifications of this event affect the Pilaster family for many years to come. Meanwhile, as the Pilaster banking empire grows Hugh, a poor relation, has varied fortunes as he falls in love, works hard and fights the villainy of his relatives at every turn.

General comments:- An excellent ‘’family empire’ tale from a master storyteller.

AUTHOR Notes:- Ken Follett, born in Wales in 1949, was only twenty-seven when he wrote Eye of the Needle, the award-winning novel which became an international bestseller and a distinguished film. Before that, he had been a newspaper reporter and a publishing executive after studying philosophy at University College, London. He has since written ten equally successful novels and the non-fiction bestseller, On Wings of Eagles. Ken Follett lives with his family in London and Stevenage.

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