A Dangerous Fortune

In 1866, tragedy strikes at the  exclusive Windfield School. A young student drowns  in a mysterious accident involving a small circle  of boys. The drowning and its aftermath initiates a  spiraling circle of treachery that will span three  decades and entwine many loves... From the  exclusive men's club and brothels that cater to every  dark desire of London's upper classes to the dazzling  ballrooms and mahogany-paneled suites of the  manipulators of the world's wealth, Ken Follett  conjures up a stunning array of contrasts. This  breathtaking novel portrays a family splintered by lust,  bound by a shared legacy... men and women swept  toward a perilous climax where greed, fed by the  shocking truth of a boy's death, must be stopped, or  not just one man's dreams, but those of a nation,  will die...

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By Russ · ★★★★☆ · December 29, 2011
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 ty... ...more
By Reinhold · ★★★★★ · December 11, 2008
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 vielle... ...more
By Patrice (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · October 16, 2011
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 pe... ...more
By Evalunasylva · ★★★★★ · April 05, 2015
Muito bom! Follett não desilude. ...more
By Barbara (Canada) · ★★★★★ · May 20, 2011
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 entertain... ...more
By Gee (Wentworth Falls, 02, Australia) · ★★★★★ · July 08, 2012
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 nex... ...more
By Pedro (Garza García, 19, Mexico) · ★★★☆☆ · March 16, 2015
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 Londre... ...more
By Patrícia (Portugal) · ★★★★☆ · April 02, 2015
RATING: 4 stars.

Wow, o Follett sabe mesmo escrever. 500 e tal páginas em dois dias. O_O


Só muito recentemente comecei a ler livros do Ken Follett (com uma notável exceção). Apesar da sua enorme popularidade, tanto internacional como em terras lusas, confesso que tenho algum receio d... ...more
By Jai (Brentwood, NY) · ★★★★☆ · May 11, 2013
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. ...more