I must say that I think Ken Follett is becoming one of my favorite authors. Fall of Giants is only the third book of his that I've read. However, the previous two are definitely faves and upon finishing this one, I'd say this series is well on it's way to becoming yet another favorite.
The main premise of this book surrounds how different families around the world react and are affected by the Great War (aka World War I). You follow people in England, Germany, Hungary, Russia and the United States. Each person, in some way, either knows, becomes connected to or meets the other characters. And there is just something magical about how Follett manages to weave that web of social complexity. He really does have a gift for it.
The only main difference I'd say in how the characters develop and how the plot thickens in this book versus Pillars of the Earth and World Without End is the sex. I don't normally talk about "those types of scenes" in books. However, because it just wasn't that prevalent in the others, I was shocked at how much there is in this one. In fact, one of the main male characters is...well, my mom used to use the term "horn dog." And this character fits the bill with that description! So, if you blush easily...tread carefully with this one!
Needless to say, I would definitely recommend this one and am greatly anticipating reading the second book in this trilogy, Winter of the World.
Have you read any Ken Follett? What did you think?