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Dangerous Fortune, A

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  21,823 Ratings  ·  1,151 Reviews
In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle ...more
Audio CD, 14 pages
Published March 28th 2007 by Brilliance Audio (first published September 24th 1993)
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Dec 29, 2011 Russ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, this book is somewhat predictable and serves less as a mystery novel and more as a historical drama/romance, but I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed the novel simply as it was. It may also be a bit too familiar to Follett followers as the model of storytelling remains consistent with his typical writing techniques, but it also displays Follett's tremendous ability to set a mood and create an atmosphere that makes almost all his books so hard to put down. The historical detail makes A Dange ...more
Sep 05, 2013 Shauna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Things you can count on in a Follett book:

A strong male protagonist who everyone else is determined to make fail.

A strong female protagonist who acts in ways women of their time period just do not act, and doesn't give a damn about what others think of her.

One of the above parties either rises from their low station or falls from their high station.

A nasty villain who does nothing, but bad and surrounds himself with powerful people who he manipulates to get what he wants and to cover his bad d
Muito bom! E atual, apesar de se passar durante o século XIX.

Quem conhece o blogue sabe que adoro Ken Follett, daí não estranhar que tenha dado 5 estrelas a este livro no Goodreads. De facto, o autor britânico escreve como ninguém e retrata com mestria cenas de época, indo ao fundo das questões, envolvendo o leitor com personagens singulares, sendo elas bondosas, aguerridas ou até mesmo malévolas.

Em quase 570 páginas percorremos 30 anos de uma depressão banqueira que muito nos faz lembrar os d
Follett's definitely got a formula, and here he follows it true to form. Unfortunately I thought it fell short compared to the others I've read, like Fall of Giants, A Placed Called Freedom, and especially Pillars of the Earth. The good people are good and prescient and precocious, the bad people are petty, vindictive, and rotten, and then.....crazy shit happens.

It's a formula, but he does it well.

However, the characters didn't live up to their WTF potential and the ending - as hilariously bugfu
Carla Faleiro
Oct 01, 2015 Carla Faleiro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Podia começar aqui a adjectivar este livro, mas quem me conhece sabe que os únicos enredos que me interessam são os das estórias.
Ken Follett é de facto um senhor contador de estórias! Este é um livro fantástico, com personagens excelentes!
Não vou opinar sobre a escrita do autor porque o que li foi uma tradução e acho um pouco fantasioso afirmá-lo sem ler originais, mas posso avançar que o texto estava isento de erros.

Quanto à estória... temos um grupo de colegas de colégio que passam por um acon
Larry Bassett
Dec 26, 2016 Larry Bassett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audio
The presentation of this audible book captures it's era the last half of the 19th century very well. It focuses on a bank and the family of the owners of that bank. The main character Hugh is a model of high ethics and morality but there. Are plenty of characters in the banking family who are far lesser than he is. I was fascinated to experience the workings of the banking system in the 19 century and to experience the lives of the upper class and their system of titles. But there were also enou ...more
Sara Berbigão
Sep 30, 2016 Sara Berbigão rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Um livro cheio de altos e baixos mas simplesmente arrebatador!
Ankit Agrawal
Jul 01, 2013 Ankit Agrawal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jeffrey Archer Fans, People who like master story-telling and real life dramas
Copied from a testimonial:
"Good thrillers are like elegant geometrical proofs. Their drama lies not in their ultimate outcome but in their method. Though we know that the good guys will eventually triumph, we don't know how; a good thriller should keep us guessing until the last page. Ken Follett does just that."

This is the first thing I had to say about Ken Follett when I completed this book. For long Jeffrey Archer has been my favourite writer and I have believed the fact that I can count on f
Diana Barbosa
Apr 21, 2015 Diana Barbosa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leituras-de-2015
Crítica do Refúgio dos Livros aqui:
Apr 05, 2015 Evalunasylva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bp, 2015, mgd, romance-Época
Muito bom! Follett não desilude.
Adelaide Silva
Oct 16, 2016 Adelaide Silva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5* Empolgante
Dec 11, 2008 Reinhold rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Geniales Sittenbild des ausklingenden 19. Jahrhunderts

Das Buch ist ein geniales Sittenbild der zweiten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts. Im Kern geht es um die Geschichte des Hugh Pilasters, der das schwarze Schaf der Pilasters - einer der größten Bankiersfamilien - ist. Nun schwarzes Schaf ist vielleicht etwas falsch ausgedrückt, eher ist er das weiße Schaf innerhalb der grau-schwarzen Herde. Hugh ist ehrlich, aufrichtig und glaubt an das Gute im Menschen. Nebenbei ist er höchst intelligent und vers
***Attention! This review contains spoilers. So, don't read it unless you finished the book***

This book, what to say about this book? I absolutely love all Ken Follett’s book, he is genius.
Dangerous Fortune is not typical Follett’s book, set in 19th century , story follows the fortunes of famous and rich family Pilaster. At the beginning I thought it will be criminal book or something like that, I didn’t expect so much drama, romance and malice (all in good way).
First, my favorite character was
Patrice Sartor
Ken Follett sure knows how to tell a story, and he oozes character development skill. I got to know every character in the title well, for better or for worse. There were manipulators, the manipulated, the highborn, the lower class, and everything in between. I was eager to discover what these people would do next, and who they would do it to.

As a period piece, I cannot vouch for its authenticity (since I'm not an expert on London and South America in the late 1800s), but I can tell you that it
Silvia Ribeiro
Apr 25, 2015 Silvia Ribeiro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5 estrelas.
O livro tem tudo o que o Ken Follet já nos habituou. Personagens fortes, ação é um enredo que nos agarra da primeira à última página. Mas não está ao nível da sua última trilogia.
Jul 08, 2012 Gee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Dangerous Fortune is my third Ken Follett book, after Fall of Giants and Hornet Flight and I have to say after Fortune, he is fast becoming a favourite author of mine. This book was a tremendous read and one that had me hooked and longing to return to its pages to find out what would happen next.

Set in the 19th century, the story spans the decades between the 1860s and 1890s and follows the fortunes of the powerful Pilaster family following the death of a student one summer at a swimming hole
May 01, 2013 Zoeytron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ken Follett has long been a favorite author of mine. We tend to snap his books up as soon as they hit the shelves. Not sure how it happened, but 20 years ago I somehow missed this one. Came across it quite by accident, and it was like discovering a hidden treasure and what a pleasure it was to read!

Back to the days of corsets and bustles in merry old London, this tale spans the period of 1866 to 1892. Fans of this author are used to his finely drawn characters, not just the principals, all of t
May 20, 2011 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: absolutefavs
Ken Follet has added another great book this novel, A Dangerous Fortune. His has a great nack for creating amazing characters showing many different aspects of human life, like manipulation, greedy, misery, deceiving, murder, political and amorous intrigues, etc., making the book a very entertaining reading.

The story takes place in the late 1800’s and starts with a tragic drowning of a student in an exclusive school named Windfield. A small circle of boys are directly or indirectly involved in t
After reading Pillars of the Earth and listening to World Without End, I found A Dangerous Fortune to be somewhat predictable but I still thoroughly enjoyed the story. In A Dangerous Fortune, Ken Follett is again the master story teller, bringing together a family-saga spanning over 30 years that includes love, treachery, rivalry, drama, and crime. We watch the characters develop over the years some becoming strong and honest adults and others slipping into pure evil. The transitions from year t ...more
Pedro Diaz
Empieza un poco lento, pero avanzadas algunas páginas mejora y mantiene tu atención, lo acabe en una semana!

Es más una novela histórica que un gran drama, la historia es buena pero algo predecible. Pero los detalles históricos y la narración te envuelven y hacen volar la imaginación sobre Londres antiguo y la sociedad del siglo 19.

Si te gusta Downton Abbey es una lectura obligada.
Maria Espadinha
Jun 12, 2016 Maria Espadinha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quando Os Livros Nos Raptam...

Esta narrativa agarra-nos logo de início e só nos solta o fim!
Que sensação única , sempre que as estórias nos raptam!

Ken Follet no seu melhor!!!
Só tenho mais uma palavra: Adorei :)
May 11, 2013 Jai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OMG!! I enjoyed this book. Although, the story was in the late 1800's, it had a modern flare to it. Ken gave us sooo much drama to work with from homosexuality, adultery, promiscuity, etc. I was intrigued from beginning to end. My first Follett book, but it won't be my last.
Manuela Santos
Jul 22, 2015 Manuela Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lido, a-ler
Para começar, quero dar os parabéns à Editorial Presença pela belíssima capa com que nos presenteia neste livro. Depois também pela revisão que está impecável.
Ken Follet é possuidor de uma escrita directa, simples, clara, precisa, concisa, fluída, envolvente e carregada de descrições fabulosas que parecem reais.
Uma leitura compulsiva, delirante, intensa, cativante, absorvente e emocionante que me prendeu da primeira à última página e por vezes tirou-me o fôlego, mas já não é de estranhar os livr
Dec 08, 2014 Corinna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Innanzitutto, GRAZIE Mondadori per aver lanciato quest'offertona su 5 libri di Ken Follett!! Mi ero già riproposta di recuperare un po' delle sue opere andando a ripescare negli scatoloni/libreria-improvvisata di mio padre.. Mi sono risparmiata qualche vecchio volume, magari anche un po' ingiallito!!

Parlando di "Una fortuna pericolosa" in particolare, posso dire che è davvero una bella storia! Tutta la narrazione ruota attorno alla famiglia Pilaster, soprattutto alla pecora nera Hugh che come tu
Ascari Vau
Jan 27, 2016 Ascari Vau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Die Pfeiler der Macht" lag schon eine kleine Ewigkeit auf meinem SuB. Mit der TV-Verfilmung allerdings stieg dann doch die Motivation, das Buch endlich zu lesen :).

Follett versteht es auch hier ausgezeichnet, den Leser bei der Stange zu halten. Schon der Prolog macht neugierig darauf, wie es den unterschiedlichen Charakteren weiter ergehen wird. Schlussendlich entwickelt Follett über einen Zeitraum von knapp 30 Jahren das Bild einer Bankiersfamilie im 19. Jahrhundert mit allem, was einen fessel
Miguel Yujra
Nov 24, 2015 Miguel Yujra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Estamos ante un gran libro, si bien esta ambientado en el siglo xix se muestra de forma cruda la ambición que posee toda persona por alcanzar la riqueza y el poder desnudando las pasiones del ser humano de gran forma. También Nos permitira hacer una valoración de la verdadera felicidad. Por otra parte es un libro muy dinámico y rápido de leer más allá de su gran cantidad de paginas, sinceramente no podrás dejarlo. El autor es muy descriptivo y los personajes están increíblemente construidos y lo ...more
Julia Grundling
Sep 09, 2013 Julia Grundling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i almost gave this one 5 stars, but couldn't put it in the same category as 'pillars of the earth', 'world without end', 'fall of giants' and 'winter of the world', but i think it's my favourite of the 'thinner' books so far.

it was just under 600 pages, so it took me a while to read, as i'm quite a slow reader. i so enjoyed the story - all the twists and turns, and i loved the characters. they were so alive and real in my mind's eye - even the villains.

the use and abuse of women was quite distu
Jan 20, 2014 Chuck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story takes place in late nineteenth century England. We are introduced to the major protagonists in boarding school and they interact throughout the book. These are all upper crust, high society individuals and bankers for the most part. It is not what I would describe as an action thriller but Mr. Follett spun his tale in such a way that it was exciting and held my interest throughout. There were
no gray hats worn in the story; each character wore either a black hat or a white one and behav
Kurt Reichenbaugh
Jun 19, 2015 Kurt Reichenbaugh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good one! My first Ken Follett novel. It follows the nefarious deeds of a banking family in Victorian era London. International intrigue, lust, betrayal, adultery, murder and perversion ensue. Along the way, you keep hoping that the evil bastards in this story will get theirs! Good summer reading for the entire family! Again I must thank my Goodreads pal Karla for recommending this one to a Ken Follett first-timer. I wouldn't have known about it otherwise.
Jun 03, 2009 Celia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
Wow, what a story. This book was chock full of evil and skullduggery. Follett wove a tale that actually resonates with what's going on in the banking business today, even though this story takes place in the 1880's. It was a fun read, (with some kinky sex scenes thrown in for fun).
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