Windmills of the Gods

Windmills of the Gods

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by Sidney Sheldon

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Our newest ambassador to an Iron Curtain country, Mary Ashley has been marked for death by the world's most proficient assassin. Only two people can offer her help. And one of them wants to kill her.


Our newest ambassador to an Iron Curtain country, Mary Ashley has been marked for death by the world's most proficient assassin. Only two people can offer her help. And one of them wants to kill her.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The latest novel by the veteran author ( If Tomorrow Comes, etc.) is a fast-paced thriller. Upon taking office, idealistic President Paul Ellison inaugurates the ``people-to-people'' program, intended to establish America's ties with Iron Curtain countries. Instead of naming an experienced diplomat as ambassador to Romania, Ellison selects wholesome Mary Ashley, instructor of Eastern European political science at Kansas State University. Mary initially declines the post, but after her husband dies in a suspicious car crash, she warily accepts Ellison's offer in an attempt to quell her overwhelming grief. Unwittingly, Mary has placed herself in peril, for a sinister covert organization of right- and left-wing tycoons and politicians called Patriots for Freedom intends to abort Ellison's project by lethal means. To kill Mary in Romania, these code-named extremiststheir identities aren't divulged until the novel concludeshire Angel, a terrorist infamous for for barbarity, skill, and dedication. Sheldon's characterizations are slick but involving, and the action escalates to an electrifying final scene. Adding depth are descriptions of harsh Romanian life, the agony of widowhood and the foreign service initiation process. (February 10)
Library Journal
world of political intrigue and espionage Sheldon's work is far from Le Carre or even Ludlum. But he can spin a fast-moving tale and give it a few twists. Here an international cabal of politically powerful right- and left-wingers seeks to destroy President Paul Ellison's plan to strengthen relations with Iron Curtain countries. Ellison's program is to start in Romania, and for ambassador he selects Mary Ashley, political science professor, wife, and mother who has seldom been outside Kansas in her 35 years, but whose writing has caught Ellison's eye. Sheldon strains credulity severely along the way, notably in murders masked as accidents, and Ashley's gaffes on the Washington diplomatic scene are glaringly inconsistent with her shrewd negotiating in Bucharest a few months later. But the story speeds along and the epilogue is a chiller. Michele Leber, Fairfax Cty. P.L., Va.

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Meet the Author

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. Are You Afraid of the Dark? is his most recent in a long line of huge bestsellers. 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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Windmills of the Gods 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always been a fan of his books since i first read "if tomorrow comes" and he never ceaze to amaze me. At 13 it may b difficult to underdtand the political sense in this book,but the overall story is great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one took a bit to get going and once it did, it was written in true Sheldon style. Although not my fave of his, I would still recommend it. Far better than the new stuff that's out there these days.
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carlosmock More than 1 year ago
The newly elected president decides he wants to develop a better relationship with countries of the old cold war, Romania especially. Instead of a trained person for the ambassador job, he picks a teacher from a Kansas school, who specializes in that area in her studies. He read an article she had written and since what she had written was also his views, he asks her to take the job. At first she declines because of her family and her husband's commitments to his patients (he is a doctor), but after he dies in a mysterious car accident, she decides to take the job. There are many who don't like the idea of Romania and the U.S. getting buddy buddy and a secret group from around the world, including those in the U.S., work to sabotage the presidents efforts. They hire an assassin, who has never been defeated to take out several key people. Mary Ashley, the ambassador, is turning out to be quite successful at her job, and is the target of an assassination. She doesn't know who to trust. This was the first Sydney Sheldon book I ever read. I had my appendix removed at age 33 and my colleagues from work gave me a book to pass time. It was what the doctor order: superficial, mindless but additively fun.
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I read this book when I was about 13. I didn't understand most of it, especially the politics, how everything fit together. Nonetheless, it was exciting, and I enjoyed reading it. Now I am 16 and a few weeks ago, I found my tattered copy and reread it. And now I understand that the book I read three years ago and three weeks ago were two completely different works in terms of how I perceived it. Simply put, it was a thousand times better the second time around. I fully understood even the most insignificant details and storylines, was touched by most of them and came to admire the intricacy. Sheldon leaves no loose ends hanging, and with simple, yet understandable, characters the story truly comes alive. Not having any particular respect for the thriller genre, I can honestly call this book a notable and admirable exception.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was an okay book compared to his other books. It was a little more predictable and not as exciting. But i guess it was better than a lot of other books out there. Sheldon is the best author ever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book roughly when I was about 15 or 16, I am now 25 and I have been looking for this book to add to my library. I must say this story is both exciting and suspenseful. I reccomend this book for people who like to be entertained by books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm reading this book for English 12. I think it's pretty good and I'm only 1/2 way through. At first, it was boring and now I want to know if Ashley is going to be killed. Hopefully I'll like it and will understand it.