Windmills of the Gods

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She's on the glinting edge of East-West confrontation, a beautiful and accomplished scholar who has suddenly become our newest ambassador to an Iron Curtain country, a woman who is about to dramatically change the course of world events -- if she lives. For Mary Ashley has been marked for death by the world's most proficient and mysterious assassin, and plunged into a nightmare of espionage, kidnapping, and terror. Here, only two people -- both powerfully attractive and ultimately enigmatic men -- can offer her ...
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Overview

She's on the glinting edge of East-West confrontation, a beautiful and accomplished scholar who has suddenly become our newest ambassador to an Iron Curtain country, a woman who is about to dramatically change the course of world events -- if she lives. For Mary Ashley has been marked for death by the world's most proficient and mysterious assassin, and plunged into a nightmare of espionage, kidnapping, and terror. Here, only two people -- both powerfully attractive and ultimately enigmatic men -- can offer her help. And one of them wants to kill her.

Spy thiller about an Iron-Curtain ambassador marked by death by the world's most proficient assassin.

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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446350105
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/28/1987
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 195,517
  • Product dimensions: 4.12 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.25 (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.

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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 July 4, 2013

    Political yet Fun

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    A little slow out the gate...

    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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  • Posted April 1, 2009

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    It was what the doctor order: superficial, mindless but additively fun.

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2003

    Outstanding in the fullest sense of the word

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2002

    So far so good...

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2000

    Pretty good

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2000

    Most awesome book!!!!!

    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.

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