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Master of the Game Paperback – 4 Apr 2005

4.6 out of 5 stars 122 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; (Reissue) edition (4 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006472613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006472612
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,198,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘A master storyteller at the top of his game.’ USA Today

‘Compulsively readable.’ New York Times Book Review

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The master of the unexpected

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Sidney Sheldon's story of big business, lust, greed, and revenge spans four generations, starting with Jamie McGregor, who leaves Scotland in 1850 to strike it rich in the diamond fields of South Africa. He overcomes many hardships, becomes a millionaire, and starts the Kruger-Brent company. His daughter, Kate, pushes the company until it becomes a world-wide conglomerate, and moves her headquarters to America. To her chagrin, her son Tony wants to be a painter, not a businessman. His twin daughters, Alexandra and Eve, are as different as can be. One of them may be a killer...
The book is absolutely riveting, with Jamie's adventures putting him in a new danger on every page. Kate, the so-called Master of the Game, spends most of her ninety years buying and manipulating everyone in her path, in her relentless search for a worthy corporate successor. As in all of Sheldon's books, there is action, suspense, romance, and memorable characters that his fans are sure to enjoy.
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Why don't they write books like this anymore? I suspect because editors wants perfect female characters or victims - and there isn't a woman in this book who is a victim. Terrific: the lot of them. Who cares if you like them?

This is a saga over three generations. We sweep from the diamond mine hell of South Africa to New York. There are twists and turns and hatred and revenge and it is all easily written and hard to put down.

There's money and poverty and power. And that's what the book is really about - powerful women and how far they'll go to protect a legacy. Hooked - yet? Of course some of it is predictable but who cares.

It's all written in a way that now creative writing courses throw out - back story and tell - wonder why Sheldon's so rich, then? It works. Not a word wasted.

Sheer joy.
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I fell completely in love for the first time with Sheldon's style of writing with MASTER OF THE GAME. It is a beautiful piece of saga full of characters that are movers of the movers and the spices of survival. Human emotions are succinctly dissected, emotions that range from hatred, love, anger, jealousy, lust, etc, and when combined with the beautiful story line brought out such a beautiful story. Reading the older Sheldon novels merely confirmed my belief that he is a great writer.

This book attracted me to other sagas that are centered on a strong family legacy such as DISCIPLES OF FORTUNE,THE GODFATHER, KANE AND ABEL, TRIPLE AGENT. I am looking forward any time to other new works by Sidney Sheldon.
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Oh my God. I just cannot believe that this is my first Sidney Sheldon book. Expanding on an absolutely amazing initial plot, the author has endless talent, you just do not want the book to end. From the great diamond rush of 1880's South Africa to the New York world wide conglomerate Kruger Brent empire in the 1980's, this is an amazing story spanning around a hundred years or so. From the beautiful but driven, manipulating and ruthless Kate Blackwell to her twin granddaughters Eve and Alexandra, you will encounter sensational storylines encompassing ambition, passion, hatred, jealousy, betrayal, murder and a whole lot more. I am absolutely converted, cannot wait to read the follow up Mistress of the game, where the story continues. Such a shame they don't write them like this anymore. Great read for all, especially for women.
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I chose this as an easy holiday read, and it certainly is that. It's well written, descriptive and has a good story line, full of thrills and spills. Also the author has obviously done his research, as, for example, his use of South African words shows.

But my criticism is that this is very much a pot boiler, and a bit contrived and superficial. It also stretches reality on occasions. In addition the characters come across as rather shallow and not very likeable. The idea and the theme are good, but I feel that it goes over the top, and at some length.

In summary, this book, for all its potential, didn't really work for me
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To actually say this book is an epic, is to do it an injustice. This book has everything, and in saying that I don't want to give anything away. The story covers a long period. As I say 'I don't want to give anything away' but I highly recommend reading this story, I was enthralled and hope you will be too.
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Sidney Shelton is the master of story telling. The book starts in the late 19th century with the young scot Jamie leaving Scotland to seek his fortune in South Africa during the gold rush. What happens to the naive Scot there forms the core of the story taking him from the depths of despair, through many dangers, finally rewarding him with the wealth he seeks but with happiness and contentment eluding him. The relationship between Jamie and Banda the black South African is well portrayed and touches on the shocking divide between white and black of those times.
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Really loved this book, so many twist s and turns, couldn't put it down. Kate was amazing have already recommend it to friends and family when I wasn't reading it I was thinking about it SIdney SHELDON was so talented.
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