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FREE DOWNLOAD ´ The Man from St Petersburg ´ His name was Feliks  He came to London to commit a murder that would change history  A master manipulator he had many weapons at his command but against him were ranged the whole of the English police a brilliant and powerful lord and the young Winston Churchill himself  These odds would havHis name was Feliks  He came to London to commit a murder that would change history  A master manipulator he had many. My first Ken Follett Although no pirates are involved the word “swashbuckling” comes to mind The story is set in London in the early 1900’s It’s fiction but enough real life characters and events are involved that is has an aura of a historical novelA Russian anarchist is trying to assassinate a Russian Price the son of Czar Nicholas The Prince is in London trying to negotiate an alliance between England and Russia against Germany in what is assumed to be an upcoming war A very young Winston Churchill is involved in the negotiations The Prince is staying at the London home of his cousin who married a British Lord Amazingly the anarchist used to be her lover back in Russia 17 years ago And he learns she has a daughter who is 17 Could it be The anarchist re ignites the old flames to earn entrance into the home to try to assassinate the princeWoven into the story are true historical events The daughter hears Emmeline Pankhurst speak and joins the suffragette movement We are given readings from Russian revolutionary pamphlets Archduke Ferdinand is assassinated near the end of the storySo we have a fast moving kind of made for TV thriller The coincidences are astounding We have several just in the nick of time escapes and a brave main character managing to catch and disarm a nitroglycerine bombThe characters are well developed especially the anarchist his Russian former lover and the daughter But there is little depth to the writing It’s like a historical romance than a historical novel So I’ll call it a fun story and good entertainmentPhoto of Emmaline Pankhurst from theguardiancomPhoto of the author from ken follettcom

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Weapons at his command but against him were ranged the whole of the English police a brilliant and powerful lord and t. Ken Follett spares not an ounce of genius in bringing his characters to life and weaving them together in electrifying narrative His artistry is one that burdens the reader with sorting the protagonists from the antagonists enriching each character's complexion and back story with such brio that you may just end up pulling for the whole lot to triumph as the novel winds to a close The Man From St Petersburg is of course no exception with Follett's tried and true World War era themed cat and mouse thriller once again taking center stage Ever the epicure of historical fiction Follett treats his settings with care honoring the historical minutia and injecting them with multiple shots of hair raising drama The global tensions and dis ease surrounding the two largest global engagements to date provide blueprints aplenty for building an engrossing alternate timeline Situated in the lead up to the First World War in 1914 London we find Britain pushing to secure an alliance with the Russian Empire War seems all but inevitable and intel indicates a low chance of Allied success unless the whole of the Triple Entente is prepared to throw their martial weight against GermanyThe man chosen to represent Russia in the negotiations is the courtly admiral Prince Orlov nephew to British aristocrat Lord Walden Importuned by no less a figure than Winston Churchill Walden is tasked with brokering the secret bond and saving his nation from impending defeat A delicate assignment no doubt but one made all the perilous by a shrewdly intelligent and combat adept anarchist whose life is interwoven with the Walden household's in variously surprising waysEnter Feliks Kschessinsky who might just be the most unforgettable covert agent this side of Jason Bourne The Russian idealist is fed up with his mother country's penchant for embroiling its citizens in wars in which they have no choice in participating and vows to sever the alliance talks with Great Britain by assassinating the admiral Fearless yet stringently cautious unflinchingly determined almost too capable of evading his pesky pursuers and ornamented with the occasional flash of charisma and sensuality Feliks is the cloak and dagger character you just can't help but cheer for If you're a pacifist at heart you may have all the reason to get behind him His freuent bouts with Walden and the full armada of the British police force ratchet up the intensity as the walls close in around the Muscovite assassin But Feliks finds help in the most unsuspecting of placesBeyond the instant allure of Feliks and his skirmishes with Walden and company Follett has also arranged eually enticing female leads who are not subordinately tossed in but who command central roles in the narrative Walden's wife Lydia whose Russian past is dredged up in plot twisting fashion and their daughter Charlotte with her closeted upbringing and later affinity with the suffragette movement underway in Britain at the time round out the exuisite cast There isn't too much that can be shared about these two characters without giving major plot shifts away but their presence is integral to the whole and compete with Feliks on every page for rights to the most memorable characterClosing ThoughtsFollett's 1982 thriller has a lot to offer from the international intrigue of anarchist subversionism hurled against the British secret police an endearing and dynamic cast Ludlum esue chase scenes sensual but not at all gratuitous sex to the masterful pacing and pitch perfect dialogue all encased in a historical backdrop that will lend the reader an osmotic familiarity with prewar London Sure a few of the plot turns are a bit too sharp and escape seuences faintly implausible but the gripping prose and fluorescent cast are than adeuate to keep you anchored firmly to your seat It may not be as polished around the edges as Eye of the Needle or as seductive as his massively medieval opus Pillars of the Earth but Follett's The Man From St Petersburg is surely just as absorbing insisting you delay that next meal just a little while longer so you can see how the current scene plays out This is smooth escapism enclothed in classic Follett garbThe only uestion that remains which character will you root forNote This review is republished from my official website

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The Man from St PetersburgHe young Winston Churchill himself  These odds would have stopped any man in the world except the man from St Petersbu. Enjoyed this period thriller by Ken Follett It fit right in with reading I've been doing on both Russia and WWI Some of the plot details are a little fantastic but because it's FOllett and he keeps things moving the reader doesn't really have much time to sit and think about that You just want to turn the page read the next chapter find out what happens next What a talent He Sketches out some pretty good characters not the least of whom is the anarchist Feliks on a mission to assassinate a Russian diplomat before he can arrange the alliance that will bring Russia into the oncoming World War It's 1914 and the world is about to change for all of Europe as well as the millions of Russians heading for revolution IN retrospect modern day readers may agree that Felix's cause is the right one Yet most probably see him as a cold blooded killer who needs to be stopped That task falls to Earl Stephen Walden the aristocrat who finds his family in the middle of the conflict his Russian wife as well as his naive but rapidly maturing debutante daughter Follett throws a few surprises at us keeps us guessing in realistic feeling depiction of prewar London Glad I picked this one up