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The Sands of Time

The Sands of Time

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by Sidney Sheldon

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Four women leave their Spanish convent and enter an alien world of uncertainty, romance, and suspense.


Four women leave their Spanish convent and enter an alien world of uncertainty, romance, and suspense.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Big, broad splashes of action and crude but colorful characters are Sheldon's trademarks, as he demonstrates again in a new novel probably destined to join Windmills of the Gods and Rage of Angels on the bestseller list. The backdrop for this romantic adventure story is the conflict between Basque nationalists and a repressive Spanish government in the post-Franco years. Pitted against each other in a fight to the death are charismatic Basque guerrilla leader Jaime Miro and corrupt, sadistic Colonel Acoca. When Acoca brutally sacks a convent in search of Miro, four nuns escape at the urging of Sister Lucia, who has been hiding in the cloister since taking vengeance on the men who put her Mafioso father behind bars. Beautiful Sister Graciela, tomboyish, orphaned Sister Megan and Sister Teresa, who is teetering toward a breakdown, flee into the forest with Lucia, where they are grudgingly befriended by Miro and his gang. Before crossing Spain to a rendezvous point, the group splits up to more safely evade an increasingly enraged Colonel Acoca. Lucia's predicament presents an amusing counterpoint to suspense, as Rubio, the simple peasant who accompanies her, kindly explains worldly activities to a woman who knows a great deal more than he does. Not a breath of subtlety touches these pages, but goodwill and lively subplots move the book along at a spirited pace. First serial to Cosmopolitan; Literary Guild main selection. (Oct.)

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The late novelist and screenwriter Sidney Sheldon remains one of the world's top bestselling authors, having sold more than 300 million copies of his books. He is also the only writer to have won an Oscar, a Tony, and an Edgar. The Guinness Book of World Records heralds him as the most translated author in the world.

Brief Biography

Los Angeles, California
Date of Birth:
February 11, 1917
Date of Death:
January 30, 2007
Place of Birth:
Chicago, Illinois
Northwestern University, 1935-36

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Sands of Time 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wasn't much of a book reader until deployed overseas with the military. I picked up this book to pass the time and couldn't put it down. I literally stayed up all night until I finished it. Now I have read all of Sheldon's books and it all started with this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i've read a lot of books, and i think this is still the best one yet, i would recommand to anyone who enjoy a good time of reading
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel is wonderful. It took me what seemed like minutes to read this wonderful story. You feel the characters in this book and you can't stop reading (which is known to happen with all Sheldon books.) Definitely a must read, no doubt about it!
Anonymous 5 months ago
I have read so many books but this is one of those books that you just want to read over again. Every character brings these book to life from betrayal to friendship and love. So if you like romance, suspence, history, and andventure. This book will not disappoint.
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MISS_READ_IT More than 1 year ago
another great by sidney sheldon! couldnt put it down!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Sands of Time' by Sidney Sheldon was an adventure, in which the characters become your friends. Actually, after I was done reading the book my heart filled with sorrow. I felt like I too was in love with the idea of a man like Jamie Miro. As well as the wild and adventurous life they lead. This book wont let you put it down for a second without wondering whats happened next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first novel i read and marked the beginning of my sidney sheldon marathon. Since then i have read all his books and fallen in love with the writer . His style is just unique and amazing. I wish he could write more books, like more than 200. He is truely a professor of novel writing. The sands of Time is gripping and absorbing. The story takes you into the story. You find yourself with the characters: living, talking and moving with them. The characters are brought alive. What a writer!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was one of my favorites. i fell in love with the 4 women and jaime miro.this is one book you can totally loss yourself in.it was so captivating i read it in 2 days.you will'feel like you know these women personally and the end is great
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first Sidney Sheldon book that I have ever read. I actually found it among some books that my mother gave me. I was so lucky to come across this book because it opened me up to the world of Sidney Sheldon books. The whole story plot is very interesting, and it shows you a little bit of history for Spain. The men and women are all very interesting to read about, and the ending is very creative!