The Man from St. Petersburg

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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 have stopped any man in the world-except the man from St. Petersburg...

Author Biography: Ken Follett is the international bestselling author of numerous ...

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Overview

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 have stopped any man in the world-except the man from St. Petersburg...

Author Biography: Ken Follett is the international bestselling author of numerous novels and the nonfiction On Wings of Eagles.

1914: the world hangs on the brink of catastrophe--the eve of the war to end all wars. Feliks, a man consumed with a mission, comes to London to commit a murder that could change history. Against him are the whole of the English police, a powerful and brilliant lord--and the young Winston Churchill.

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"Ken Follett has done it once more...goes down with the ease and impact of a well-prepared martini." -New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451163516
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1983
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 104,744
  • Product dimensions: 6.84 (w) x 4.14 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Follett is the international bestselling author of numerous novels and the nonfiction On Wings of Eagles.

Biography

As a young boy growing up in Cardiff, Wales, Ken Follett's love for all things literary began early on. The son of devoutly religious parents who didn't allow their children to watch television or even listen to the radio, Follett found himself drawn to the library. It soon became his favorite place -- its shelves full of stories providing his escape, and ultimately, his inspiration.

Follett's more formal education took place years later at London's University College, where he studied philosophy -- a choice that, as he explains on his official Web site, he believes guided his career as an author. "There is a real connection between philosophy and fiction," Follet explains. "In philosophy you deal with questions like: ‘We're sitting at this table, but is the table real?' A daft question, but in studying philosophy, you need to take that sort of thing seriously and have an off-the-wall imagination. Writing fiction is the same."

After graduating in 1970, a journalism class touched off Follett's career as a writer. He started out covering beats for the South Wales Echo, and later wrote a column for London's Evening News. Becoming more and more interested in writing fiction on evenings and weekends, however, Follett soon realized that books were his true business, and in 1974 he went to work for Everest Books, a humble London publishing house.

After releasing a few of his own novels to less than thunderous acclaim --including The Shakeout (1975) and Paper Money (1977) -- Follett finally hit it big with 1978's Eye of the Needle. The taut, edgy thriller with more than a dash of sex appeal flew off the shelves, winning the Edgar award and allowing Follett to quit his job and get to work on his next book, Triple. Showing no signs of a sophomore slump, Triple went on to spark a string of bestselling spy thrillers, including The Key to Rebecca (1980), The Man from St. Petersburg (1982), and Lie Down with Lions (1986). 1983's On Wings of Eagles was an interesting departure -- a nonfiction account of how two of Ross Perot's employees were rescued from Iran in 1979.

Follett changed direction even more sharply in 1989, surprising fans with The Pillars of the Earth -- a novel set in the Middle Ages many critics considered his crowning achievement. "A novel of majesty and power," said The Chicago Sun-Times of Follett's epic story. "It will hold you, fascinate you, surround you."

Follett's next three books were a trio considered to be more suspenseful than thrill-filled -- Night Over Water (1991), A Dangerous Fortune (1993) and A Place Called Freedom (1995), but The Third Twin (1996) and The Hammer of Eden (1998) marked a return to Follett's trademark capers. The wartime novels Code to Zero (2000) and Jackdaws (2001) showcased Follett's "unique ability to tell stories of international conflict and tell them well," according to Larry King in USA Today.

Follett "hits the mark again" (Publishers Weekly) with his latest story of international intrigue, Hornet Flight (2002) -- the WWII story of a young couple trying to escape occupied Denmark in a rebuilt Hornet Moth biplane who become unwitting carriers of top-secret information.

In a way, Follett's smash-hit success has allowed him to give back to the library of Cardiff, Wales -- by filling its shelves with his own transporting tales.

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Eye of the Needle was made into a major motion picture, and four of Follett's books have been made into television mini-series: The Key to Rebecca, Lie Down with Lions, On Wings of Eagles and The Third Twin -- the rights for which were sold to CBS for the record sum of $1,400,000.

A very civic-minded soul, Follett is quite involved in his Hertfordshire community, serving as President of the Dyslexia Institute, Council Member of the National Literacy Trust, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Chair of Governors of the Roebuck Primary School & Nursery, Patron of Stevenage Home-Start, director of the Stevenage Leisure Ltd. and Vice-President of the Stevenage Borough Football club.

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    1. Hometown:
      Hertfordshire, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 5, 1949
    2. Place of Birth:
      Cardiff, Wales
    1. Education:
      B.A. in Philosophy, University College, London, 1970

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

    Not one of Follets best

    I love Ken Follet and I did not love this book. I thought it was just average

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2009

    a ken follet is always worth to be read

    but this one is - for me - not the best one.....but it is still worth to be read...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2008

    Outstanding as usual!

    I've read 'Pillars' and the subsequent follow up and enjoyed them both greatly. 'The Man from St. Petersburg' is an excellent book! The characters, background, politics, and plot are outstanding. It engaged me all the way through and I was sad that it came to an end! Follett is a master storyteller and is exceptional when it comes to intimate scenes. Highly recommended by this book addict!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2000

    A good book

    I read this book for my Honors Geography 9 class. This book takes place in the early 1900's and follows critical men through their struggle to nagotiate a way for alliances in war. Meanwhile a Russian anarchist is trying to assanate one of them. In this book, I learned about about the way the social classes were in England. How some are filthy rich and others are dirt poor. I liked the way the author (Ken Follett) depicted Feliks, and the way he did things as an anarchist. I feel this book was written within my reading level, although my reading level is well above my age. I would recommend this book to almost anybody, it has a little of everything.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    GREAT READ!

    As expected from Ken Follett, this is another in a long line of very good books. Interesting, keep me guessing until the end... Love it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Ken Follett Another amazing story

    Ken Follett never ceases to amaze me with his stories and his characters. I love reading his books. I can't put them down. In fact I put another book down to read this one!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2008

    More of a love story.

    Too much time spent on a spoiled teenage girl and her mothers youthful romance. does not offer much more than that.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2005

    Lovely story

    I enjoyed every moment of it the first time I read it and enjoyed it still all the five times I reread it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2014

    Chrome's bio

    Name: Chrome, please, or else. <p>
    Age: 15 <p>
    Gender: Really? <p>
    Species: Unicorn <p>
    Appearance: She has a dark grey body with countless red splatters, blood. Her mane is neon green with navy blue and light blue streaks. The streaks are placed in the exact place that Twilight's are in, and they are exactly next to each other. Her mane is in a bun, like Filly AJ's in the episode "Cutie Mark Chronicles", but messier, and when she takes it down it's Babs Seed style. Her tail is Twilight style, also messier. She has no Cutie Mark, and many deep red scars on her belly from being bitten by a zombie in Sunny Town ((Story of the Blanks/Silent Ponyville Everfree resident town)) and having the bitten organs removed later by Eyeless Jack. Her eyes are magenta, RD style, with tiny Snowdrop-style pupils, and blood dripping out of them. <p>
    Personality: Like most Creepypasta ponies are. <p>
    Friends: Pinkamena, and Natalie Clockwork. <p>
    Family: All dead. <p>
    Pets: Smile Dog! <p>
    Crush: *cough* *cough*TheLiving*cough*Tombstone*cough* I must have a cold! <p>
    Other: Ring around the rosy, pockets full of posies, ashes, ashes we all fall down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2014

    Triggerhappy's Bio

    Name: Teiggerhappy <br> Age: Same as Firewok <br> Gender: Same as Firework <br> Species: Same as Firework (alicorn) <br> Coat: Same as Firework but her mechanical leg has dry blood on it and the squiggly lines on her three other hooves are zigzags and red <br> Eyes: Bloodred <br> Mane/Tail: Same colours as Firework but it is messier <br> CM: A mushroom cloud (ooh lok! A mushroom! Maybe its friendly! XD) <br> Special Talent: Weapons and killing <br> Persona: The opposite of Firework <br> Other: She is Firewofk's evil side

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2014

    Blazin

    Puts down 8 bits.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    Slate Rock & Indigo Sky's Bios

    Slate Rock
    <p>
    Species || Pegasus
    <p>
    Age || 7 years
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    Gender || Colt
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    Appearance ||
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    Coat : Dark turquoise
    <br>
    Eyes : Slate blue
    <br>
    Mane / Tail : Short, wavy blue
    <p>
    CM || He has yet to get it.
    <p>
    Persona || Get to know him.
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    Kin || Indigo Sky (Younger sister). They are orphans
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    Indigo Sky
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    Species || Pegasus
    <p>
    Age || 5
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    Gender || Filly
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    Appearance ||
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    Coat : Purple
    <br>
    Eyes : Dark grey; Twi style
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    Mane / Tail : Long wavy turquoise streaked with brown and dark rose; AJ style
    <br>
    Attire : Usually wears a scarf, a wide-brimmed hat, and a pair of sunglasses
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    CM || Has yet to get hers
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    Persona || Same as Slate
    <p>
    Kin || Slate Rock (Older brother).
    <p>
    Other || She loves fashion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

    Great

    Insightful

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Highly recommend

    The book was interesting from beginning to end. Enjoyed the entire book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2002

    Well written

    A really good book. The plot is elegantly laid out,but what I really liked was the background - giving a window into early 19th century England and the mind of the idealist Russian anarchists.The attention to detail is amazing,even with passages from 'The Times'. The strong female character here is done just right,not too much like in Follet's later books. (P.S. there's even a reference to Joseph Stalin-try to find it.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2000

    Anarchist in London

    This book is about a Russian anarchist who goes to London to assasisnate a Russian prince. The anarchist, Feliks, does this to keep the Russian prince from signing a treaty with England that would enter Russia into World War I. Feliks is brilliant, and Follet does a good job of stating Feliks' point of view as well as stating the point of view of the Russian Prince. This historical action novel is fast paced and a joy to read. Ken Follet is an excellent writer.

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