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7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Master of the game!

Sheldon was at the top of his game when he wrote Master of the Game. It is a classic Family Saga/Epic that spans decades. Many writers tried to duplicate Sheldon's success with the same formula but so many fell short because Sheldon was one of, if not the best when came...
Sheldon was at the top of his game when he wrote Master of the Game. It is a classic Family Saga/Epic that spans decades. Many writers tried to duplicate Sheldon's success with the same formula but so many fell short because Sheldon was one of, if not the best when came to writing family drama. This is an excellent read, one I can guarantee will not only hold your attention anc capture your imagination, it will not allow you to put it down, until you're finished.

posted by 148253 on October 21, 2008

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

An exercise in drudgery...

First off, I am giving the book three stars because it was well written and shows the talent of the author. Now, on to what I think. This book is horrible. This book was filled with so little detail and jumped from plot point to plot point something awful. The busine...
First off, I am giving the book three stars because it was well written and shows the talent of the author. Now, on to what I think. This book is horrible. This book was filled with so little detail and jumped from plot point to plot point something awful. The business aspect of this book was a joke to me. Now, the reason why I think this might be circumspect, but I just recently finished the books Tai-Pan and Noble House, by James Clavell. Comparing the lucratively slimness of this book to the over bounding depth and detail of Clavell's masterpiece, this book made me laugh. The characters were great, interesting, and completely idiotic. I have never read a book with so many naïve characters in it. The master of the game, Kate, was the biggest fool of them all. She was written with the wit of a goat. Oh sure, everyone kept beaming about her being bright in the story, and she showed it in the poor written situations of her set to shine, but compared to what it could have been, I am not impressed. I wanted to hear inner thoughts about the subjects in better detail, but was left hanging. I wanted the business aspect to actually be more truthful, but it never came to be. How can a business become so powerful without some real story telling behind it becoming so? I know, the business and all that was not the most important thing, it was about the people behind the Company, about Kate and her devious plotting and manipulating of the other characters, but still, I think there could have been more there. Another reviewer said that Kate was the Master of the Game, and in this book she was. But if you have to compare it to the characters from Noble House and Tai-Pan, there is no contest, she is written like a child in her mind compared to those characters. Ian Dunross was the Master of the Game, because the Game was actually part of the book. Compared to Ian Dunross, or even Dirk Struan from Tai-Pan, Kate measures out to as much as a retard. As for the characters again, I thought not only were they very naïve and all lame, but were beyond evil. That is just a matter of my thinking and has no value to a review, but I think these people were beyond sick and twisted, most of them. Not all, but most. Kate was the worst. And in the end of the book, she stayed ever the fool, not once looking back and realizing, having the insight to figure out that she was the one that caused it all. It was not the weakness of Jamie, David, Tony, etc., that had caused the strife, it was her and her insanity to the ¿conglomerate.¿ I found that a shame that the writer did not have the fortitude to write in the characters coming to terms with being sick puppies, and THEN letting them run off on their evil ways. Oh no, he just left them thinking their naïve thoughts and being sick and twisted and not a single reconciliation to them selves at all¿ shame¿ I will of course read his other books because I am hoping they are better, and in all honesty, this book is a good story and well written, a fine work. But, as to the integrity of the story and it¿s over all emaciated like body of detail, and the page after page of sick people and even stupider thoughts in their fictional heads, I say it was garbage. Library this one, folks¿

posted by Anonymous on February 4, 2001

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2008

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    Master of the game!

    Sheldon was at the top of his game when he wrote Master of the Game. It is a classic Family Saga/Epic that spans decades. Many writers tried to duplicate Sheldon's success with the same formula but so many fell short because Sheldon was one of, if not the best when came to writing family drama. This is an excellent read, one I can guarantee will not only hold your attention anc capture your imagination, it will not allow you to put it down, until you're finished.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    Yes he was a good writer but....

    If you prefer Not to read books with very adult content, be it sex, situations or language, then Mr. SHELTONS BOOKS AREN'T FOR YOU, AND absolutely not for children.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    Very Good Read

    One on Sidney Sheldon's best. Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Find it very hard to put down once I started to read it. Would recommend it to any Sidney Sheldon fan.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2001

    MY FIRST SHELDON NOVEL

    A coworker reffered this book to me and I must admit, Sidney Sheldon was new to me. I never hit a dry spot and was hooked right then and there. The plot was amazing and the twists and turns were addictive. The book is fantastic!! Every time I turned the page, I was biting my lip, for I couldn't wait to see what happened, the end was a surprise!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2001

    What's in a 100years....

    I enjoyed reading this book as it keeps you hammered to the story, could have been more realastic in some characters, as one cannot hold truth of anyone being so possesive -(Kate) But someone had to be the master of the game.......

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