June 25, 2011

SUMMER READ SATURDAY: June 25, 2011


Welcome to another installment of Summer Read Saturday, where we share a good summer beach read with other readers. Please join in by commenting on this post or sharing your own Summer Read Saturday post below. Grab the button above or on the left sidebar to share.

Here is what I am sharing from my beach bag this week:

MASTER OF THE GAME by Sidney Sheldon

BOOK DESCRIPTION:  Kate Blackwell is one of the richest and most powerful women in the world. She is an enigma, a woman surrounded by a thousand unanswered questions. Her father was a diamond prospector who struck it rich beyond his wildest dreams. Her mother was the daughter of a crooked Afrikaaner merchant. Her conception was itself an act of hate-filled vengeance. At the extravagent celebrations of her ninetieth birthday, there are toasts from a Supreme Court Judge and a telegram from the White House. And for Kate there are ghosts, ghosts of absent friends and of enemies. Ghosts from a life of blackmail and murder. Ghosts from an empire spawned by naked ambition! Sidney Sheldon is one of the most popular storytellers in the world. This is one of his best-loved novels, a compulsively readable thriller, packed with suspense, intrigue and passion. It will recruit a new generation of fans to his writing.



 
Going with the title of this book,  Sidney Sheldon was the master of his game, writing soapy, suspenseful tales with a vengeance.  He had already penned Rage of Angels by the time Master of the Game was released in 1982, a good read in its own right, but I personally feel that Master is his finest literary masterpiece. 
 
It's a book thick with pages and thick with characters, spanning a full century.  First, we have stubborn Jamie, then his daughter, the tenacious Kate, followed by her son Tony and his daughters, the beautiful twins Eve and Alexandra.  Each section is full of mystery, deceit, lust and rage and is deliciously soapy.  
 
This is a perfect beach or poolside read because although it's a very involved story, the melodrama has Movie of the Week stamped all over it.  In fact, a miniseries of the book was done back in the 80s when miniseries were all the rage.  Also a wonderful guilty pleasure, by the way.  
 
Don't let the bulk of the book (500+ pages) scare you.  The pages quickly fly by, especially the chapters dealing with the angelic and devilish twins, which was my favorite section. 
 
So pull out the sunscreen and settle in for a lusciously luxurious afternoon spent with Sidney Sheldon and his memorable characters. 
 
If you'd like to add Master of the Game to your library, please shop at my Amazon store here
 
What is your summer read for this week? 

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