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Most Helpful Favorable Review

25 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

Wow! A great read!

Lady MacBeth meets serial killer. Hello Mrs. Robinson! Roots of 19th Century feminism in England, decades before the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Thoroughly nasty, unlikable characters, selfishness, egotism, avarice, mind-bending manipulation, hat...
Lady MacBeth meets serial killer. Hello Mrs. Robinson! Roots of 19th Century feminism in England, decades before the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Thoroughly nasty, unlikable characters, selfishness, egotism, avarice, mind-bending manipulation, hateful, greedy slime-balls. At the end, a couple of genuine heroes to cheer for. What's not to like?

Add to that a Michener-like treatment of 19th Century English life and you've got a winner on the historical fiction level as well.

I completely agree with an earlier reviewer: the book could easily have been written in 2010 instead of 1993 because it uncannily presages Bernie Madoff and the Great Recession, triggered as they were by excesses in the banking industry.

I must not forget to mention there's a bit of kinky sex for the imaginative; a conventional, steamy, forbidden, encounter for the staid and straight; and a dose of syphilis to remind everyone that erections have consequences.

One complaint. I read this as an ebook on our Nook. The technology (OCR?) that translates hardcopy to digital text fails to catch typos and that's annoying. "In a hurry" can appear as "In a humy". I can do my own proofreading, but I paid to read the book and I've got a right to expect it be done for me. You get the drift.

My suggestion would be to enlist an army of seniors, dedicated readers adept in their own native language, as proofreaders. Give them a few perks (like free copies, book previews), and get them to review new ebook releases.

A Dangerous Fortune. Highly recommended for folks who like historical fiction, intrigue, sex and especially, those who are fascinated by pathological families. Chekov would have loved it.

posted by Anatole_France on August 3, 2010

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Disappointed

I was disappointed as there was no suspense or "I can't wait to see what happens" feeling when I read it. C+.

posted by Devinzgrandma on March 26, 2012

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  • Posted June 2, 2012

    Ken Follett at his best is one of my favorites, but this is almo

    Ken Follett at his best is one of my favorites, but this is almost as bad as Night Over Water and one of the reasons I don't automatically purchase everything he puts out now. The characters are weak retreads and the plot has been done a thousand times... it smacks of an author meeting a deadline rather than writing something he's inspired to.

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    Posted February 13, 2012

    Disappointing

    I have enjoyed other books by Follett, such as The Pillars of the Earth, but the rich characters and gripping storylines seen in other of his works are just plain. The characters have no real depth and are so bluntly stereotyped. The narrative is redundant and predictable, I had to make an effort to finish the book, hoping it would improve, it didn’t.

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