Power Play: A Novel

Power Play: A Novel

by Danielle Steel
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Power Play: A Novel by Danielle Steel


In Northern California two successful CEOs are both indispensable to their growing companies’ futures. Both are brilliant at the power game. But the difference between them is huge. One is a man, the other a woman. In this riveting novel, Danielle Steel explores what that means as she takes readers into the rarefied world of those at the pinnacle of international business and reveals the irrevocable choices they make, what drives them, and how others perceive them. The heady drug of power impacts everything they do.
Even though Harvard-educated Fiona Carson has proven herself under fire as CEO of National Technology Advancement, a multibillion-dollar high-tech company based in Palo Alto, California, she still has to meet the challenges of her world every day. Devoted single mother, world-class strategist, and tough negotiator, Fiona weighs every move she makes, and reserves any personal time for her children. Isolation and constant pressure are givens for her as a woman in a man’s world.
Miles away in Marin County, Marshall Weston basks in the fruits of his achievements. At his side is his wife, Liz, the perfect corporate spouse, who has gladly sacrificed her own law career to raise their three children and support Marshall at every step. Smooth, shrewd, and irreproachable, Marshall is a model chief executive, and the power he wields only enhances his charisma and is his drug of choice. And to maintain his position, he harbors secrets that could destroy his life at any moment. His world is one of high risks.
Like many women in her position, Fiona has sacrificed her personal life for her career, while Marshall dances dangerously close to the edge and flirts with scandal every day. Both must face their own demons, and fight off those who are jealous of their success. Their lives as CEOs of major companies come at a high price. And just how high a price are they willing to pay? Who are they willing to sacrifice to stay on top? Those they love, or themselves?
Danielle Steel’s gripping, emotionally layered novel explores the seductive and damaging nature of power. Success and greed, trust and deception, love and loss—all come to a head in this compelling drama of family, careers, infidelity, and the sacrifices some people make to hold on to power . . . or to let it go.

Praise for Power Play
“In peak form, Steel examines the effects of power on the lives of male and female CEOs in this insightful, all-too realistic novel . . . to dramatize just how differently men and women handle corporate power and personal responsibility.”Booklist
“Connecting two powerful CEOs through their children’s romantic involvement, the author uses her signature low-key . . . style to examine personal and professional morality. . . . Appealing fare from Steel.”Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345530936
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/11/2014
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 23,672
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 650 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Country, Prodigal Son, Pegasus, A Perfect Life, Power Play, Winners, First Sight, Until the End of Time, The Sins of the Mother, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death; A Gift of Hope, a memoir of her work with the homeless; Pure Joy, about the dogs she and her family have loved; and the children’s book Pretty Minnie in Paris.


San Francisco, California

Date of Birth:

August 14, 1947

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


Educated in France. Also attended Parsons School of Design, 1963, and New York University, 1963-67

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Power Play: A Novel 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 83 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rich author. Sometimes I think she writes formula. Nevertheless I have been reeading her love stories since the 70s. Iam now64. She writes and I escape an afternoon.
CJLpeace More than 1 year ago
Loved this book, Power Play by Danielle Steel. I have been reading her books for years. She never disappoints me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ive ever read and im only inthe second chapter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable read. Was too short - I wanted it to go on a bit longer! I would recommend reading it if you are a Danielle Steel fan. Power Play by Danielle Steel is the story of two successful and powerful captains of industry whose lives are poles apart. It is a parallel story of ambition, trust and morality brilliantly told. Fiona Carson and Marshall Weston have a lot in common. They both are ambitious, brilliant, committed, shrewd, hardworking and successful. They both are leaders in their own rights. In a way, both are broken and searching for happiness. Forty-nine years old Fiona Carson is divorced and the mother of two college-going students. She is committed to her job as a CEO of a tech company as much as she is committed to her children. On the other hand, Marshall Weston leads a double life. One of them involves a mistress who is thirty-year-old, Ashley. She lives with their twin daughters in Malibu. His legal wife Liz lives with their three children in Marin.    
lighthouseloverNW More than 1 year ago
This is yet another page turner that Ms. Steel has created from her unbelievably awesome mind! I've never before read books that have me so involved, I find myself (mentally) yelling at the main characters, and/or crying along with them! No matter how tired I was from reading, I could NOT put this down until I was done, then I felt like I was losing a friend...I would most definitely recommend this book for a book club discussion, and I sure would LOVE to sit in on THAT discussion!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a Danielle Steel fan for years and she never ceases to amaze me with her emotional writing and story lines. This book is a wonderful lesson on how hard it is to live life in the power lane of careers and still enjoy life to the fullest. The pages just kept turning and turning with a great flow that before I knew it I was finished and wanting more. Great job!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was hard to get into the book. So many characters and didn't really like it. She used to write books that kept you so interested that you didn't want to put it down. But this one wasn't one of them for me. It's about a power struggle and somewhat in my opinion untrue. Money doesn't make you happy, but family is more important and does make one happy. So this wasn't one of my favorite book written by Danielle Steel and I have every book that she has published from day 1.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always been a Danielle Steele fan, and eagerly looked forward to reading her newest novel. However, lately I have begun to find that most of these follow the same path, and I can almost tell what the ending will be after reading just a few pages. I'm looking for something new and "fresh" to bring me back to the excitement I felt when I first started reading her work.
CarolFinucane More than 1 year ago
Fabulous book !
Norma47 More than 1 year ago
This book was great, had me hooked from the first page. I have read all of Danielle Steel books and this is one of her many BEST!!!
nanaoftwo More than 1 year ago
This I found to be one of the best book D.S. has written. If you have ever worked in the corporate world you will especially enjoy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Great great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a dud. I am sorry to say this, having read many Danielle Steel books over the years. I could hardly finish it and skimmed through to the end, so I could see how she ended it. I finally now have to agree with all the reviews over the years that suggest she is a formula writer. In this book's case, it was disjointed and offered no accountability for the "other woman's" bad behavior. She was portrayed as a victim, who in the end was rescued by a Prince Charming. Summed that story line up in a happy cookie cutter ending. Absolutely no depth to this book and a true disappointment.
RRPNC More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!!  So real to life!! Recommend Very Highly!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this one. It was so interesting to the very end and the characters were very REAL...The story kept me totally absorbed....One of her better ones of late.
Leon-Hortonville More than 1 year ago
A very good Danielle Steel book
mLsCW More than 1 year ago
Great read...exciting and different from Steel's normal formula writing.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have read and enjoyed 90% of her books, especially the early ones. This one was, in my opinion a big flop. It tried to justify lying and cheating to the point of me having total dislike for all the characters. Since these books are character driven, this was an unhappy place to be. The story was disjointed and felt as though the author was trying to use nonsense to satisfy a word count. I plodded through it, hoping it would get better. Unfortuneately it never did. While l normally devour these books in a few hours, this book took several days of torment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Remember the old story about story cards you mixed and made up a story from hero heroine place time packs steele seems to bemissing a few of her story cards
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