The Sands of Time

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Spain. A land of eternal passion and unceasing bloodshed. From the vengeance of a pitiless tyrant, four women flee the sacred, once-safe walls of a convent: LUCIA, the proud survivor harboring a murderous secret from the savage clan wars of Sicily...GRACIELLA, the beauty still unpurged of guilt from one reckless, youthful sin...MEGAN, the orphan seeking perilous refuge in the arms of a defiant Basque rebel...and TERESA, the believer haunted by a faith that mocks her with silence. Leaving innocence but not hope ...
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Overview

Spain. A land of eternal passion and unceasing bloodshed. From the vengeance of a pitiless tyrant, four women flee the sacred, once-safe walls of a convent: LUCIA, the proud survivor harboring a murderous secret from the savage clan wars of Sicily...GRACIELLA, the beauty still unpurged of guilt from one reckless, youthful sin...MEGAN, the orphan seeking perilous refuge in the arms of a defiant Basque rebel...and TERESA, the believer haunted by a faith that mocks her with silence. Leaving innocence but not hope behind, they venture into an alien, dazzling world, where each will encounter an unexpected destiny -- and the truth about herself.

In Spain, four women flee their convent to escape tyrrany and each will encounter an unexpected destiny in this masterful story of romance and suspense.

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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446356831
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/28/1989
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 143,694
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Sidney Sheldon

The novelist and screenwriter Sidney Sheldon remains one of the world’s top bestselling authors, having sold more than 300 million copies of his books. Are You Afraid of the Dark? was his most recent in a long line of huge hits on bestseller lists everywhere. He is also the only writer to have won an Oscar, a Tony, and an Edgar Award. The Guinness Book of World Records heralds him as the most translated author in the world. Sidney Sheldon passed away on January 30, 2007.

Biography

Best known today for his exciting blockbuster novels, Sidney Sheldon was the author of The Best Laid Plans, Nothing Lasts Forever, The Stars Shine Down, The Doomsday Conspiracy, Memories of Midnight, The Sands of Time, Windmills of the Gods, If Tomorrow Comes, Master of the Game, Rage of Angels, Bloodline, A Stranger in the Mirror, and The Other Side of Midnight. Almost all of them were number-one international bestsellers. His first book, The Naked Face, was acclaimed by the New York Times as "the best first mystery of the year" and received an Edgar Award. Most of his novels became major feature films or TV miniseries, and there are more than 275 million copies of his books in print throughout the world.

Before he became a novelist, Sheldon had already won a Tony Award for Broadway's Redhead and an Academy Award for The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer. He has written the screenplays for twenty-three motion pictures, including Easter Parade (with Judy Garland) and Annie Get Your Gun. In addition, he penned six other Broadway hits and created three long-running television series, including Hart to Hart and I Dream of Jeannie, which he also produced. A writer who delighted millions with his award-winning plays, movies, novels, and television shows, Sidney Sheldon reigned as one of the most popular storytellers of all time.

Author biography courtesy of Time Warner.

Good To Know

Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Sheldon:

"When I was 17, I was happy to be working in a drugstore, because I could steal enough sleeping pills to commit suicide."

"I have bi-polar syndrome and was not aware what was disturbing me until I received an Academy Award and went to see a psychiatrist."

"I have worked 7 days a week as long as I can remember. A business manager of mine gave me $25 worth of tennis lessons. I went down to my tennis court and we played once a week. I really enjoyed it. Playing with the pro one day, my teacher said to me that the money had been spent and did I want to continue. I started to say yes, then I realized that I didn't want to be out on the tennis court. I wanted to be in my office writing. That was 25 years ago and I haven't been on my tennis court since."

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    1. Hometown:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 11, 1917
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Date of Death:
      January 30, 2007

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2003

    Excellent

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2001

    the sands of times

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Sandwings omen PART 1

    A flash of sandy colore fur dissapears as a shecat darts behind a bush. There is a sudden squeal cut off. The shecat emerges from the bush with a vole in her jaws. She quickly buries it under the crunchy fall leaves that lay scattered aimlessly on the soft ground. she prowled forard cautiously. A black bird screeched from above and alerted the forest. "Darn" she spat angrily and leapt on a high boulder. He suddenly caught the scent of a creature that has long scince been her clans enemy. A hyena. Not just any hyena, these ones had been cursed by the hell king flamekracken thousands of years ago. She snarled as one appeared before her. Its has a black pelt with crooked sharp teeth and wints made of pure shadow. It eyes burned like hot coals anps it circled her. "Long time no see sandwing" it rasped. " you to jaggedtooth" she meowed sweetly, instantly angering him. Jaggedtooth leapt and slammed hi paw down were she receltly ha been. He snarle and whipped around trying to scent her. Sand wing lifted a bouler. It levitate for a heartbeat then broke into long shards a big as a twoleg. They shot at jaggedtooth peircing him from all sides." Lets finish this shall we?" She mocd then plunged one straight through his throaght making a sickening crunch as it came out the back of his neck. After a long low whine. Jaggedtooths eyesrolle back and his head lolled." Victory for ligjtningclan! " she yowled and unfurled her sandy wings and flew up to her clan in the clouds.......

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    what can you say!

    another great by sidney sheldon! couldnt put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2004

    A book too good to drop

    '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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2002

    Sands of Time

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2001

    Wonderful Book

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2001

    total excitment

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2000

    breathtaking

    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!

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