The Man From St Petersburg
by Ken Follett
Editor: Pan MacMillan
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The St. Petersburg Man is a dark story of family secrets and political consequencesKen Follett is masterful, the narrative brings to life the danger of a world on the brink of war.It was just before the outbreak of the First World War and Great Britain had to enlist with the help of Russia.Tsar Nicholas nephew from the east to visit London for the navy secret talks with Lord Walden, who lived in Russia, and has a Russian wife, Lydia.But there are other people who are interested in Prince Alexei’s arrival: the Waldens’ only daughter, Charlotte – intentional, idealistic, and with an awakening of the social conscience; the Basilic Thompson, head of the Special Division; and, above all, Feliks Kschessinky, of the ruthless Russian anarchist.No one could predict that Lydia would recognize Feliks, or risk endangering her own daughter’s life for the love of him.As the secret of the progress of the negotiations, the destinies of these characters inevitably become entangled.And as Europe prepares for the catastrophe of war, the final of the private tragedy that will shatter Waldens’ complacency is played out.
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