The Man from St. Petersburg [NOOK Book]

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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...

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. ...

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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...

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: 9781101043882
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/3/2003
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 24,481
  • File size: 553 KB

Meet the Author

Ken Follett





Ken Follett is one of the world's best–loved novelists. He has sold more than one hundred million copies. His last book, World Without End, went straight to the No. 1 position on bestseller lists in the United States, Spain, Italy, Germany, and France.



He first hit the charts in 1978 with Eye of the Needle, a taut and original thriller with a memorable woman character in the central role. The book won the Edgar Award and became an outstanding film starring Kate Nelligan and Donald Sutherland.



He went on to write four more bestselling thrillers: Triple, The Key to Rebecca, The Man from St. Petersburg, and Lie Down with Lions. Cliff Robertson and David Soul starred in the miniseries of The Key to Rebecca. In 1994 Timothy Dalton, Omar Sharif, and Marg Helgenberger starred in the miniseries of Lie Down with Lions.



He also wrote On Wings of Eagles, the true story of how two employees of Ross Perot were rescued from Iran during the revolution of 1979. This book was made into a miniseries with Richard Crenna as Ross Perot and Burt Lancaster as Colonel "Bull" Simons.



Ken Follett then surprised readers by radically changing course with The Pillars of the Earth, a novel about building a cathedral in the Middle Ages. Published in September 1989 to rave reviews, it was on the New York Times bestseller list for eighteen weeks. It also reached the No. 1 position on lists in Canada, Great Britain, and Italy, and was on the German bestseller list for six years. It was voted the third greatest book ever written by 250,000 viewers of the German television station ZDF in 2004, beaten only by The Lord of the Rings and the Bible. When The Times (London) asked its readers to vote for the sixty greatest novels of the last sixty years, The Pillars of the Earth was placed at No. 2, after To Kill a Mockingbird. (The sequel, World Without End, was No. 23 on the same list.) In November 2007, Pillars became the most popular choice of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club, returning to No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. The miniseries, produced by Ridley Scott and starring Ian McShane and Matthew Macfadyen, is due for broadcast in 2010.



After Pillars, Ken Follett abandoned the straightforward spy genre for awhile, but his stories still had powerful narrative drive, strong women characters, and elements of suspense and intrigue. Night over Water, A Dangerous Fortune, and A Place Called Freedom followed.



Then he returned to the thriller. The Third Twin was a scorching suspense novel about a young woman scientist who stumbles across a secret experiment in genetic engineering. Miniseries rights were sold to CBS for $1,400,000, a record price for four hours of television. The series, starring Kelly McGillis and Larry Hagman, was broadcast in the United States in November 1997. (Ken Follett appeared briefly as the butler.) In Publishing Trends' annual survey of international fiction bestsellers for 1997, The Third Twin was ranked No. 2 in the world, beaten only by John Grisham's The Partner.



The Hammer of Eden, another nail–biting contemporary suspense story, came in 1998. Code to Zero (2000), about brainwashing and rocket science in the fifties, went to No. 1 on bestseller lists in the United States, Germany, and Italy, and film rights were snapped up by Doug Wick, producer of Gladiator, in a seven-figure deal. Jackdaws (2001), a World War II spy story in the tradition of Eye of the Needle, won the Corine Prize for 2003. Film rights were sold to Dino De Laurentiis. Hornet Flight, about two young people who escape from German–occupied Denmark in a Hornet Moth biplane, is loosely based on a true story. It was published in December 2002. Whiteout, a contemporary thriller about the theft of a dangerous virus from a laboratory, was published in 2004 and made into a miniseries in 2009.



World Without End, the long–awaited sequel to The Pillars of the Earth, was published in October 2007. It is set in Kingsbridge, the fictional location of the cathedral in Pillars, and features the descendants of the original characters at the time of the Black Death. It was a No.1 bestseller in Italy, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Spain, where it was the fastest–selling book ever published in the Spanish language, outstripping the last Harry Potter book.



A board game based on The Pillars of the Earth was released worldwide in 2007 – 2008 and won the following prizes: Deutscher Spielepreis 2007, Game of the Year 2007 in the United States (GAMES 100), Jeu d'annee 2007 (Canada), Juego del ano 2007 (Spain), Japan Boardgame Prize 2007, Arets Spill 2007 (Norway), and Spiele Hit 2007 (Austria). It was a nominee in Finland, France, and the Netherlands, and got a recommendation in Germany by the Jury "Spiel des Jahres."



In 2008 Ken was awarded the Olaguibel Prize by the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos Vasco–Navarro for contributing to the promotion and awareness of architecture. A statue of him by the distinguished Spanish sculptor Casto Solano was unveiled in January 2008 outside the Cathedral of Santa Maria in the Basque capital of Vitoria–Gasteiz in northern Spain.



His next project is his most ambitious yet. The Century Trilogy will tell the entire history of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of five linked families: one American, one English, one German, one Russian, and one Welsh. The first book, Fall of Giants, focusing on the First World War and the Russian Revolution, will be published worldwide simultaneously on September 28, 2010. He is already at work on the second book, provisionally titled The Winter of the World, about the Spanish civil war, the Second World War, and the development of nuclear weapons.



Ken Follett is married to Barbara Follett, a political activist who was the member of Parliament for Stevenage in Hertfordshire for thirteen years and minister for culture in the government of Gordon Brown. They live in a rambling rectory in Stevenage and also have an eighteenth-century town house in London and a beach house in Antigua. Ken Follett is a lover of Shakespeare and is often seen at London productions of the Bard's plays. An enthusiastic amateur musician, he plays bass guitar in a band called Damn Right I Got the Blues and appears occasionally with the folk group Clog Iron playing a bass balalaika.



He was chair of the National Year of Reading 1998 – 99, a British government initiative to raise literacy levels. He was president of the charity Dyslexia Action for ten years. He is a member of The Welsh Academy, a board director of the National Academy of Writing, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2007 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Literature (D.Litt.) by the University of Glamorgan as well as similar degrees by Saginaw Valley State University, Michigan—where his papers are kept in the Ken Follett Archive—and by the University of Exeter in 2008. He is active in numerous Stevenage charities and was a governor of Roebuck Primary School for ten years, serving as chair of governors for four of those years.



He was born on June 5, 1949, in Cardiff, Wales, the son of a tax inspector. He was educated at state schools and

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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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  • 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!

    3 out of 3 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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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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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  • 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 September 29, 2014

    another good Ken Follett

    He remains a favorite author with the unique ability to give true history with fictional novel

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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!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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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 ||
    <br>
    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
    <p>
    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
    <p>
    CM || Has yet to get hers
    <p>
    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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    Posted October 26, 2010

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    Posted October 13, 2013

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    Posted January 17, 2010

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