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The Man From St. Petersburg by Ken Follett
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Jan 11, 2012

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The Man from St Petersburg by Ken Follett was quite an intriguing story, filled with death, love, and adventure. Something for everybody to enjoy. Set just before the start of World War I, the main character of the book is a man who goes by the name Feliks. He smuggled himself in from St Petersburg (hence the title) with the sole intention of assassinating someone. A certain someone who goes by the name Prince Aleks Orlov. At the same time, Germany is mobilizing and doubling its efforts to generate revenue, preparing for war. Germany's attack on France was inevitable, just when it would happen was unknown. Before the arrival of the prince, Winston Churchill and Lord Stephen Walden of the conservatives of England discuss the arrival of the prince. Churchill convinces Walden to talk to the young boy, allowing them to increase relations with the boy's uncle, the Czar of Russia. England would inevitably join the fray by aiding France attack Germany, and with help from Russia, the war could actually be won. But enter Feliks, who learns of this plot and wishes to disrupt the war by assassinating the young prince. The entire story is interwoven with history of the time as well as adventure. At times, you may feel compassion for Feliks as he confronts his old love, the wife of Lord Walden, Lydia. The author gives us a sense of the tenacity and determination of Feliks, who will stop at nothing to kill Aleks Orlov. He also gives a sense of the desperation of England as they strive to defend themselves in this inevitable war. All said and done, this book was filled to the brim with exciting twists at every corner, interlaced with exciting tidbits of history, and also has a little bit of romance. This book has something for everyone to enjoy. I definitely recommend this book

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