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One of Sidney Sheldon's most popular and bestselling titles, repackaged and reissued for a new generation of fans. Kate Blackwell is one of the richest and most powerful women in the world. She is an enigma, a woman surrounded by a thousand unanswered questions. Her father was a diamond prospector who struck it rich beyond his wildest dreams. Her mother was the daughter of One of Sidney Sheldon's most popular and bestselling titles, repackaged and reissued for a new generation of fans. Kate Blackwell is one of the richest and most powerful women in the world. She is an enigma, a woman surrounded by a thousand unanswered questions. Her father was a diamond prospector who struck it rich beyond his wildest dreams. Her mother was the daughter of a crooked Afrikaaner merchant. Her conception was itself an act of hate-filled vengeance. At the extravagent celebrations of her ninetieth birthday, there are toasts from a Supreme Court Judge and a telegram from the White House. And for Kate there are ghosts, ghosts of absent friends and of enemies. Ghosts from a life of blackmail and murder. Ghosts from an empire spawned by naked ambition! Sidney Sheldon is one of the most popular storytellers in the world. This is one of his best-loved novels, a compulsively readable thriller, packed with suspense, intrigue and passion. It will recruit a new generation of fans to his writing.


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One of Sidney Sheldon's most popular and bestselling titles, repackaged and reissued for a new generation of fans. Kate Blackwell is one of the richest and most powerful women in the world. She is an enigma, a woman surrounded by a thousand unanswered questions. Her father was a diamond prospector who struck it rich beyond his wildest dreams. Her mother was the daughter of One of Sidney Sheldon's most popular and bestselling titles, repackaged and reissued for a new generation of fans. Kate Blackwell is one of the richest and most powerful women in the world. She is an enigma, a woman surrounded by a thousand unanswered questions. Her father was a diamond prospector who struck it rich beyond his wildest dreams. Her mother was the daughter of a crooked Afrikaaner merchant. Her conception was itself an act of hate-filled vengeance. At the extravagent celebrations of her ninetieth birthday, there are toasts from a Supreme Court Judge and a telegram from the White House. And for Kate there are ghosts, ghosts of absent friends and of enemies. Ghosts from a life of blackmail and murder. Ghosts from an empire spawned by naked ambition! Sidney Sheldon is one of the most popular storytellers in the world. This is one of his best-loved novels, a compulsively readable thriller, packed with suspense, intrigue and passion. It will recruit a new generation of fans to his writing.

30 review for Master of the Game

  1. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    I know what you're thinking. "How can you possibly rate this soap opera of a novel as highly as The Bell Jar?! You have lost all credibility now that you've included pseudo-romance novels on your goodreads list!" All I can say is, this book is the literary equivalent of crack. Sidney Sheldon is a surprisingly talented writer, and the plot twists are many and dramatic. You might throw your copy against a wall in frustration over a character's actions. You will definitely lose sleep when you obses I know what you're thinking. "How can you possibly rate this soap opera of a novel as highly as The Bell Jar?! You have lost all credibility now that you've included pseudo-romance novels on your goodreads list!" All I can say is, this book is the literary equivalent of crack. Sidney Sheldon is a surprisingly talented writer, and the plot twists are many and dramatic. You might throw your copy against a wall in frustration over a character's actions. You will definitely lose sleep when you obsessively stay up all night reading "just one more chapter..." It's just addicting. A definite beach book, but not so trashy that you'd feel guilty reading it in public. In fact, you might even read it more than once. I have recommended Master of The Game to all kinds of readers and everyone has adored it. Even macho guys. Even snobby scholars. Even so-called nonreaders who never venture further than Us Weekly. I was finally able to wean my grandma off Lavyrle Spencer with this. A hipster friend braved ridicule at Skylight books so she could buy her own copy (because of course I demanded mine back). My sister bought the German translation because she misses it while living in Europe. Ok, so maybe this isn't exactly on par with Salinger. But if the definition of a good book is one you love reading, this comes pretty close.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nazia

    WHAT THE HELL DID I READ!!!!!! WILL SOMEONE TELL ME?????? I am speechless,this book is absoultely BRILLIANT!!!!! Too good for words. I have never in my life read such kind of book. I don't have any idea how in living hell am I gonna review this book because I don't think I am capable enough or good enough with words to describe what I went through while reading it or what I am feeling after completing it. This book is truely entertaining and it's a kind of book which you get to read once in 10 y WHAT THE HELL DID I READ!!!!!! WILL SOMEONE TELL ME?????? I am speechless,this book is absoultely BRILLIANT!!!!! Too good for words. I have never in my life read such kind of book. I don't have any idea how in living hell am I gonna review this book because I don't think I am capable enough or good enough with words to describe what I went through while reading it or what I am feeling after completing it. This book is truely entertaining and it's a kind of book which you get to read once in 10 years. It's a saga of a billionare family including it's 5 generations. The Blackwell family is a hideous f amily who are the richest in the world and is full of dark secrets,murders,thefts. Evey member of this family has it's own story and every member has it's own secret to share. The characters were both ambitious and desperate to get what they wanted.Nothing seemed like a limit in this book,nothing seemed wrong,whether it was Jamie using someone for revenge or Kate sleeping with someone for the sake of business or Evie killing someone for money.Every character wanted,needed money,power and control. The way book started with Jamie Mcgregor's quest in searching diamonds in Africa,the way he overcame every obstacle in his path was just brilliantly written. This book shows the desperate attempts of Kate Blackwell in making Kruger&Brent the topmost company of USA and inorder to do so she did things which are shocking,ugly,mean and certainly rendered me speechless.I was out of mind in my attempt to complete this book.The characters were toooooo awesome,specially the characters of George Mellis and Evie just blew my mind. OMG!!!!!!!! is what I could say at every turn in this book. Normally books have good storyline with pinch of romance,drama and suspense perhaps but this book is just one of it's kind.A book with everything,it was an overwhelming experience reading this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Master of the Game, Sidney Sheldon Master of the Game is a novel by Sidney Sheldon, first published in hardback format in 1982. Spanning four generations in the lives of the fictional McGregor/Blackwell family, the critically acclaimed novel spent four weeks at number one on the New York Times Best Seller List, and was later adapted into a 1984 television miniseries. عنوانها: استاد بازی؛ آرزوهای یک زن؛ زنی در قمار زندگی؛ نویسنده: سیدنی شلدون؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سیزدهم ماه ژانویه سال 2002 میلادی عن Master of the Game, Sidney Sheldon Master of the Game is a novel by Sidney Sheldon, first published in hardback format in 1982. Spanning four generations in the lives of the fictional McGregor/Blackwell family, the critically acclaimed novel spent four weeks at number one on the New York Times Best Seller List, and was later adapted into a 1984 television miniseries. عنوانها: استاد بازی؛ آرزوهای یک زن؛ زنی در قمار زندگی؛ نویسنده: سیدنی شلدون؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سیزدهم ماه ژانویه سال 2002 میلادی عنوان: استاد بازی؛ نویسنده: سیدنی شلدون؛ مترجم: میترا معتضد؛ مشخصات نشر: آسمان - چاپ اول، سال 1380؛ انتشارات البرز؛ شابک: 9644422945؛ در 684 ص، موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان آمریکایی قرن 20 م عنوان: آرزوهای یک زن؛ نویسنده: سیدنی شلدون؛ مترجم: شراره شهلائی؛ مشخصات نشر: شراره شهلائی، سال 1368؛ در 592 ص، تهران، نشر ویس، 1369، تهران، درسا، چاپ چهارم 1376، چاپ پنجم 1378، چاپ ششم 1380، چاپ هشتم 1387، موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان آمریکایی قرن 20 م عنوان: زنی در قمار زندگی؛ نویسنده: سیدنی شلدون؛ مترجم: پرویز ختائی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، پاژنگ، سال 1371؛ در 581 ص، موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان آمریکایی قرن 20 م با عنوانهای: استاد بازی؛ آرزوهای یک زن و زنی در قمار زندگی منتشر شده است؛ نام رمان کنایه ای است به قهرمان داستان «کیت» که زنی جاه طلب و خودمحور است و برای پیش بردن همه چیز بر اساس باورها و خواسته خود، با همه اعضای خانواده به خوبی «بازی» میکند. ا. شربیانی

  4. 5 out of 5

    Pang ((♥ Book Paradise ♥))

    “Business is a game, played for fantastic stakes, and you're in competition with experts. If you want to win, you have to learn to be a master of the game.” This is the first Sheldon's book I read and I want to applaud. Not only it's unputdownable but also unpredictable book. What can I say? The writing style is superb! Every chapter does not end with the cliff-hanger, but it end with the twist. The story is very well-planed. Master of the Game told the story of the Mcgregor, the Diamond-trading “Business is a game, played for fantastic stakes, and you're in competition with experts. If you want to win, you have to learn to be a master of the game.” This is the first Sheldon's book I read and I want to applaud. Not only it's unputdownable but also unpredictable book. What can I say? The writing style is superb! Every chapter does not end with the cliff-hanger, but it end with the twist. The story is very well-planed. Master of the Game told the story of the Mcgregor, the Diamond-trading family. From the poor to very wealthy and powerful family of the world. You guys will gone through sine the father generation Jamie Mcgregor till his daughter Kate Mcgregor who is the lead of this book Wanna know abt the MC? Kate Mcgregor is such a character I hate and love. Seriously, she is the MOST manipulative female character I ever met. Her greedy ambition for power made her cruel in my eyes, but this lady is also intelligent that made me applaud for her out loud! She is the master of her life, her game. She manipulate people's life, her family, and even her beloved ones. But that's it, I did enjoy to read about her. She is such a strong powerful bussiness woman I want to be. If you don't mind tiny romance and love clever anti-heroine and well-planed plot full of the twists, READ IT I highly recommend!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jokoloyo

    By reading this novel, I understood what is a page-turner. This soap opera style story is not my thing, but I managed to finish the novel pretty quick. I read this novel in my younger days and I don't dare to read this book nowadays. It is one of the I-would-like-this-book-better-at-my-younger-age book with the standard television drama show plots. This book was a good novel and I could still remember the main plot. I was charmed by the storytelling for a reader with no reading preference yet. By reading this novel, I understood what is a page-turner. This soap opera style story is not my thing, but I managed to finish the novel pretty quick. I read this novel in my younger days and I don't dare to read this book nowadays. It is one of the I-would-like-this-book-better-at-my-younger-age book with the standard television drama show plots. This book was a good novel and I could still remember the main plot. I was charmed by the storytelling for a reader with no reading preference yet.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shilpa

    Erm.. This was my first Sheldon novel when I was still in the idea that he was a she. I'm still perplexed as to whether put this as a book which I love to hate or hate to love. I was wildly cheering for Jamie all though his doomed-to-fail crazy plan to steal the Van der Merve diamonds with Banda. And then he did a total 180 degree on Margaret and became an misdirectedly cruel and vengeful sadist. It was similar with Kate. I liked her when she risked everything for her friendship with Banda. But al Erm.. This was my first Sheldon novel when I was still in the idea that he was a she. I'm still perplexed as to whether put this as a book which I love to hate or hate to love. I was wildly cheering for Jamie all though his doomed-to-fail crazy plan to steal the Van der Merve diamonds with Banda. And then he did a total 180 degree on Margaret and became an misdirectedly cruel and vengeful sadist. It was similar with Kate. I liked her when she risked everything for her friendship with Banda. But all along, she was calculative and manipulative. Poor Tony, her son, falling victim to her deliberate ruses. And I refuse to consider the evil spawn Eve, no matter how ingenious she was.. Guess what I'm trying to say is that I got so swept away with the story and that's what makes it a 4 star read. Even though it's a book that I hate-love-whatever! ;)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Angie B

    I first read this book when I was 12 years old; I had nothing to read one Friday night, so borrowed this from my Mum's bookshelf, without asking her. I started reading and from the prologue onwards I was completely hooked! I huddled under my duvet, with a torch, unable to put it down and had finished it by Sunday. I was completely mesmorised by the sheer scope of the material; the locations, the exciting adventures of Jamie and Banda and their tentative yet heartfelt friendship. I felt sorry for I first read this book when I was 12 years old; I had nothing to read one Friday night, so borrowed this from my Mum's bookshelf, without asking her. I started reading and from the prologue onwards I was completely hooked! I huddled under my duvet, with a torch, unable to put it down and had finished it by Sunday. I was completely mesmorised by the sheer scope of the material; the locations, the exciting adventures of Jamie and Banda and their tentative yet heartfelt friendship. I felt sorry for Margaret, punished because of her father's mistakes and felt sad when little Jamie died because of his father's mistakes. I loved the way Kate carried on her father's legacy and managed to make it in a man's world. Yet I hated how she manipulated her own son because he wanted to do something different with his life. The only characters I didn't really like were the twins. Eve, a typical bitch and Alex, a typical doormat. I didn't feel they were as interesting as their predecessors. Of course the romance scenes were also a little lost on me, at the time, but on the whole I totally loved this book and I heartily recommend it. It started me reading adult books, as 'Sweet Valley High' never had the same appeal after this. I've read it many times since and it never loses its appeal and the story always feels fresh. The mini-series is also surprisingly faithful to the story, as many are not, so I'd recommend that too once you've read the book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mo

    I am sure the last Sidney Sheldon book I read was about 40 years ago, give or take a few years!! Jeez, that sounds soooooo old! Back in the day when I got my books from the Library, no Kindles/ebooks, I rarely bought books, I borrowed them the odd time from a friend or neighbour ... This one was definitely a step back in time, back to the eighties. A good tale, to be sure but definitely a bit dated now. I might pick up another one of his in an another year or so. I was reading some reviews of his I am sure the last Sidney Sheldon book I read was about 40 years ago, give or take a few years!! Jeez, that sounds soooooo old! Back in the day when I got my books from the Library, no Kindles/ebooks, I rarely bought books, I borrowed them the odd time from a friend or neighbour ... This one was definitely a step back in time, back to the eighties. A good tale, to be sure but definitely a bit dated now. I might pick up another one of his in an another year or so. I was reading some reviews of his books and his life and came across this quote ... "Once the reader started them, those books begged to be finished, and they did not have to be dumbed down to rivet attention." Definitely true. Once I started the book, I wasn't able to put it down... it was riveting and some of the twists and turns were a bit cheesy but, you know, they worked for me. Sometimes you just need to go back to "old school" and indulge in a bit of nostalgia! This one was made into a TV mini-series. I was on YouTube last night, after I finished it, checking out the actors ... I think will pass! A bit too much "cheese" in that version for me ... It would have worked forty or so years ago. And as for Kate ...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    I read this years ago and loved it. It was definitely a relaxing reread worth while for me.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I just finished reading the most depressing, pointless, IRRITATING book in existence. Everyone asks what your favorite book is, but now if anyone ever asks what my least favorite is, I have an answer. Until today, I would have said I love all books! DO NoT read Master of the Game by Sydney Sheldon. Just don't. There is not a likeable character in the book. Okay, there's one, but he's a VERY minor character. Banda is a black man living in South Africa in the early part of the century, fighting for I just finished reading the most depressing, pointless, IRRITATING book in existence. Everyone asks what your favorite book is, but now if anyone ever asks what my least favorite is, I have an answer. Until today, I would have said I love all books! DO NoT read Master of the Game by Sydney Sheldon. Just don't. There is not a likeable character in the book. Okay, there's one, but he's a VERY minor character. Banda is a black man living in South Africa in the early part of the century, fighting for civil rights. He was cool, I would have hung out with him. Everyone else was a TOTAL ass-hat. They're all manipulative, evil, conniving bitches. This one fucks a girl to get back at the girls father and gets her pregnant and refuses to marry her, even though she loves him and had nothing to do with the original offense. That one ruins her only son's career as an artist to make him run their big global corporation and then convinces his wife to have children, even though it will kill her. (He finds out and shoots the old bitch, gets a lobotomy, and spends the rest of his life finger painting.) One of those twins consistently tries to kill her sister from the time they're five. A plastic surgeon ruins his wifes face because she's cuccolding him every day, but he blackmailed her to marry him in the first place. There is one not evil character. She's stupid and clueless. I would have put it down hours ago, but I just wanted to see how it would come out, hoping everyone would get what they deserved. No. No one. I can see no point to this book. I hate it, and I'm selling it on e-bay to get it out of my house.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Avanthika

    Kate Blackwell’s empire was spawned by pure ambition and greed, and she oscillates in my mind as proud, self-obsessed woman all in shades of grey! Sidney Shelton’s heroines have always been ruthless, powerful, ambitious and brainy. Kate’s nothing short of this combination. This deadly woman goes around shuffling the cards of her own family members to fuel her naked ambition. Story of passion, manipulation, hardships and betrayal. There are logic holes and no apparent reason why the characters of Kate Blackwell’s empire was spawned by pure ambition and greed, and she oscillates in my mind as proud, self-obsessed woman all in shades of grey! Sidney Shelton’s heroines have always been ruthless, powerful, ambitious and brainy. Kate’s nothing short of this combination. This deadly woman goes around shuffling the cards of her own family members to fuel her naked ambition. Story of passion, manipulation, hardships and betrayal. There are logic holes and no apparent reason why the characters of the plot behave in a irrational way, but the pace with the story traveled kept me hooked. Once readable.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeta

    What a book! 100 years of Blackwell family history felt like I've read several awesome books. Great story! What a book! 100 years of Blackwell family history felt like I've read several awesome books. Great story!

  13. 5 out of 5

    PurplyCookie

    Sheldon's story of big business, lust, greed, and revenge spans four generations, starting with Jamie McGregor, who leaves Scotland in 1850 to strike it rich in the diamond fields of South Africa. He overcomes many hardships, becomes a millionaire, and starts the Kruger-Brent company. His daughter, Kate, pushes the company until it becomes a world-wide conglomerate, and moves her headquarters to America. To her chagrin, her son Tony wants to be a painter, not a businessman. His twin daughters, A Sheldon's story of big business, lust, greed, and revenge spans four generations, starting with Jamie McGregor, who leaves Scotland in 1850 to strike it rich in the diamond fields of South Africa. He overcomes many hardships, becomes a millionaire, and starts the Kruger-Brent company. His daughter, Kate, pushes the company until it becomes a world-wide conglomerate, and moves her headquarters to America. To her chagrin, her son Tony wants to be a painter, not a businessman. His twin daughters, Alexandra and Eve, are as different as can be. One of them may be a killer... The book is absolutely riveting, with Jamie's adventures putting him in a new danger on every page. Kate, the so-called Master of the Game, spends most of her ninety years buying and manipulating everyone in her path, in her relentless search for a worthy corporate successor. The author moves from scene to scene, from tragedies to triumphs and back again, at a breakneck pace with only the barest attention paid to character development and plausibility. While I enjoyed the twists and turns of the story, it started to seem a bit melodramatic and predictable. This book is pure brain candy, all fun with no substance. Similar to a night-time TV soap, you can predict what is going to happen, you know it is wildly improbable, but yet it has just the right mixture of intelligence, ruthlessness, and intrigue to keep you coming back. More of Purplycookie’s Reviews @: http://www.goodreads.com/purplycookie Book Details: Title Master of the Game Author Sidney Sheldon Reviewed By Purplycookie

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kaung Myat Han

    A close friend's stepfather insisted me to read this novel "Master of the Game" by Sidney Sheldon telling me that it was one of his all-time favorite novels. He even felt obliged to lend me his copy. Well, what could I say? I looked at the paperback book and it's nearly 500 pages long. I finished the book anyway. It is about four generations of McGregor family. So, it's more like an epic story. My only favorite part was the captivating story about Jamie McGregor's adventures and how he tried har A close friend's stepfather insisted me to read this novel "Master of the Game" by Sidney Sheldon telling me that it was one of his all-time favorite novels. He even felt obliged to lend me his copy. Well, what could I say? I looked at the paperback book and it's nearly 500 pages long. I finished the book anyway. It is about four generations of McGregor family. So, it's more like an epic story. My only favorite part was the captivating story about Jamie McGregor's adventures and how he tried hard to gain wealth out of his cleverness. Kate Blackwell was hardly my favorite character. She seemed to be inconsiderate, harsh and manipulative. Then, it shifted to Jamie McGregor's grandson Tony and his twin daughters, Eve and Alexandra. All of them later turned out to be weak characters (mentally). They're not as strong and ambitious as the previous characters. Lusty romances and sexual manipulations kicked in(the triangle between the twin sisters and George Mellis)at the later parts of the novel. With insufficient character developments, this novel is at best mediocre to me(sorry Sheldon fans) and the ending's also a bit disappointing. Not my cup of tea and I'm not quite so sure about reading his other books.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Noriko

    Sidney Sheldon is my very first grown-up author whose books I once devoured. It's been such a long time since I last read his books, but I vaguely remember his books always have a surprising twist in the end, so I went into this book - allegedly one of his most popular books - with high expectations.  On the whole, I enjoyed reading this book. This is, as the title suggests, a grand tale of a game called 'life' spanning over four generations played mostly by the protagonist, Kate Blackwell, a domi Sidney Sheldon is my very first grown-up author whose books I once devoured. It's been such a long time since I last read his books, but I vaguely remember his books always have a surprising twist in the end, so I went into this book - allegedly one of his most popular books - with high expectations.  On the whole, I enjoyed reading this book. This is, as the title suggests, a grand tale of a game called 'life' spanning over four generations played mostly by the protagonist, Kate Blackwell, a dominant matriarch and a tyrant of her monstrously huge dynasty,  Kruger-Brent. What really drew me to this book is most certainly, Kate. I personally found Part 1, Jamie's,  Kate's father and the founder of Kruger-Brent, interesting enough yet a tad drab. But the theme of 'game' is evident right from the beginning and it depicts how Kruger-Brent, what later becomes Kate's passion and herself is founded. I saw the spirit of 'game-player' that is deeply ingrained into Kate came from her parents (yes, even her mother, Margaret is quite a player) and I enjoyed and at the same time, emotionally frustrated to see what a manipulative, invincible player Kate has become. This is definitely one of the 'draws' of this book. I personally disliked Kate so much. She is mercenary to begin with, and only cares about Kruger-Brent and how to keep her company growing and growing despite the fact it's already become an invincible, worldwide empire. She refuses to bring outsiders to run her company, she is obsessed with making her lineage ascend to the top of her dynasty and does what she belives is best (for her company) but terrible especially to her son. Her selfishness and manipulativeness got under my skin so much that I found myself fuming , gritting my teeth, and clenching my fist with anger and frustration.  But I have to admit the plot is well-crafted and is full of twists and turns. The fact that most of the characters are all cunning and shrewd in their own way makes the plot even more twisty, it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.  The underlining theme of 'game' is well-executed in the plot. I would say the whole book is a grand GAME and each character is a player. They play their game - consciously or subconsciously and big or small - to get what they want and have their own way. It is captivating and exciting to follow, I must admit that I was kept intrigued to see whether they win or lose. In particular, Kate's granddaughter, Eve's part is really strong and interesting. Eve is even more despicable than Kate. Kate's shrewdness actually pales in comparison to that of Eve's. You cannot miss Eve's game if you ever pick up this book. It was really well done, the Surprise factor is definitely there.  Nevertheless, while I immensely enjoyed this 'game' especially a battle with Kate and Eve, I didn't find the writing, his prose as fascinating as his plot. I don't know exactly what it is, but I found the writing a bit too simple (which in fact makes it easier to read though) and somewhat lacking. It reads monotonous and takes away some excitement at times. I personally think it would have been such a compelling, thrilling read had the writing been a bit stronger.  The same goes for the ending, too. I was expecting a huge 'WOW!' factor coming in the end, but it didn't blow me way. It rather felt anticlimactic and the lack of impact in the writing made the ending even more underwhelming at least for me. All in all, I did enjoy reading this book. I was enthralled and charmed by his prowess in story-telling (seriously, the plot itself is turny-twisty. Believe me), but it seems that my biggest issue with this book is a bit lackluster writing.  This most certainly won't be my last Sidney Sheldon, I am willing to read some more by him, but I must say this book didn't necessarily live up to my expectations.  I gave this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    Well - a confession must be made, I find it embarrassing when some people frequently tell me nowadays that I have done well to review "many African books and writers...you are one of the few readers who obviously read virtually only African books". Alas, this is patently untrue! It would shock such people to learn that over the years, most - actually like over 80 percent! - of my reading, has involved Eurocentric writers and their work. Why I might focus on reviewing African works is simple: I r Well - a confession must be made, I find it embarrassing when some people frequently tell me nowadays that I have done well to review "many African books and writers...you are one of the few readers who obviously read virtually only African books". Alas, this is patently untrue! It would shock such people to learn that over the years, most - actually like over 80 percent! - of my reading, has involved Eurocentric writers and their work. Why I might focus on reviewing African works is simple: I reckon that the western world already has a throbbing surfeit of readers, critics, studies on their literary protagonists, which is not the case for most African works! So why should I review eurocentric works? Also, why this preamble? After just re-reading this book, Master of the Game, I realised how much I love(d) the Sidney Sheldon novels, and how I read the whole series again and again in the recent past. If only I could do the same with African works! Anyway, Master of the Game is Sidney Sheldon at his best, featuring what he does best - a very powerful, alluring, larger-than-life woman (Kate Blackwell) who on the surface has it all. Except that she doesn't. What she is obsessed with, especially as she gets older, is to have someone in the family to take charge of the mammoth monolithic Kruger-Brent company that she has sacrificed all her long life for. Her own child, and grandchildren have disappointed her greatly in this wise, despite all her schemes and manipulations. And despite the fact that she is one of the richest and most powerful women in the world. This superb story spans a hundred years or so, starting with Jamie who initially suffers incredibly before building a dynasty of diamond fortune; then his remarkable daughter, Kate, takes over turning the company into a global conglomerate; Tony, her son is only really interested in being a painter, and his mother's manipulations to try to prod him into what he is not ends in disaster; Tony's own lovely daughters (twins) also disappoint Kate, with one of them (Eve) who seems best qualified to run the company apparently possessed with evil...will young Robert (Kate's great grand-son) turn out to fulfill the desires of Kate? By the end of the novel Kate is 90, and Robert is only 8, and interested only in music. But it is clear that even at her age Kate would still do all she can to ensure the boy takes over Kruger-Brent one day...what a story!!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rolyn

    It should have been 4 stars but as Kate said, "I am a woman. I have a right to change my mind.". And please forgive me if you found my choice of words offensive. I am quite nice in person. Really. When Van der Merwe asked Jamie to sign a contract written in foreign language, I was suspicious. You can be duped even if a contract was in a language that you understand. And Jamie signing a contract with a stranger in a language that he doesn't understand was downright lunacy. Van der Merwe is a low-li It should have been 4 stars but as Kate said, "I am a woman. I have a right to change my mind.". And please forgive me if you found my choice of words offensive. I am quite nice in person. Really. When Van der Merwe asked Jamie to sign a contract written in foreign language, I was suspicious. You can be duped even if a contract was in a language that you understand. And Jamie signing a contract with a stranger in a language that he doesn't understand was downright lunacy. Van der Merwe is a low-life, scumbag, sad excuse for a human being! How naive Jamie was. He didn't even get suspicious when Van der Merwe asked him to pay for the goods he gave him. I mean, if you are an industrial partner, your only contribution is your service not your money/property Ok. So I was a bit carried away. I liked the story. The characters were flawed. I understood why Jamie and Banda did what they did. As for Margaret, at first, I was irritated. But she did all she could so that her son would get what was duly his. With Kate, I am so conflicted. I got that she did what she thought was best. But what she did to David, Tony and Marriane was just freaking selfish. Especially to Tony. She, though unknowingly, destroyed him. She broke his spirit. Personally, I know how difficult it is to find something that you really like and somehow you have the talent to be successful in the field that you truly enjoyed. And she screwed it up for Tony. So I was really pissed off with Kate. And I really wanted to break something when she thought that everybody in her family betrayed her. And then there was Eve. As per her grandmother Kate, Eve was a whore, deceitful, cunning and a psychopathic liar. I couldn't describe her more accurately than that. George and Eve both deserved what happened to them. And lastly, Alexandra. All I could say was I wanted to break her pretty neck. This book is about ambition, betrayal and how far people would go just to achieve whatever it is that they wanted to achieve.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anshu

    Is it a great book? Not really. Is it worth reading? Definitely. Aren't only great books worth reading? You say, I'm just 17. All I know is that I enjoyed it thoroughly. This was my first Sidney Sheldon and this won't be my last. The story is of greed, lust, ambition, manipulation, revenge and big business that threads its way through 4 generations of a family. It starts with Jamie McGregor, who is lured to South Africa by the diamond rush and receives betrayal for his unmitigated hardwork. The lu Is it a great book? Not really. Is it worth reading? Definitely. Aren't only great books worth reading? You say, I'm just 17. All I know is that I enjoyed it thoroughly. This was my first Sidney Sheldon and this won't be my last. The story is of greed, lust, ambition, manipulation, revenge and big business that threads its way through 4 generations of a family. It starts with Jamie McGregor, who is lured to South Africa by the diamond rush and receives betrayal for his unmitigated hardwork. The lust for revenge makes him build one of the biggest business empires the world will witness in the upcoming years. His successor and daughter Kate is the actual ''Master of the Game''. God knows I've loved her and I've hated her - both at extremities. This ambition and achievement oriented woman drove me crazy and how I adored her before she started toying with other people's lives to meet her ends. She pulls every string in his son's life to persuade him to get into the family business. After wrecking him emotionally and mentally, she starts eyeing her twin granddaughters- Eve and Alex to choose a worthy successor. Eve is the bitchiest character I've ever come across and her sister is oh-so-sweet whose virtues hinder her ability to make use of her brain - the standard smart and evil vs good and dumb scenario. Coins flip, fates change, conspiracies are plotted and what we have in the end is one entertaining read. Yes, it's a 450 pages long soap opera about a family and it doesn't bore you one bit. Sidney is a genius. Such a crafty plot! It had so many twists and countless moments where I actually went - '' Oh my God! What did just happen?!'' . The flow of the book is liquid and a 100 years of melodrama just sweep by without befogging you once. It has a lot of drama, predictable scenes, some over the top characters, plot holes and the story telling isn't erudite. Oh, this book has plenty of flaws but even all of them stacked up don't impede this book from being an enthralling page turner.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Melanie~~

    Not my usual fare, but a friend loaned me this book (one of her trashy beach reads she said), so I stepped out of my comfort zone. I absolutely hated this book. I found all but one of the characters utterly reprehensible. I detested almost every word I read. I finished the book because I was determined to see someone in this book redeem his or herself. This did not happen. More power to you if this is your cup of tea. Didn't work for me. As a result, I swore off of Sidney Sheldon. I would give it a Not my usual fare, but a friend loaned me this book (one of her trashy beach reads she said), so I stepped out of my comfort zone. I absolutely hated this book. I found all but one of the characters utterly reprehensible. I detested almost every word I read. I finished the book because I was determined to see someone in this book redeem his or herself. This did not happen. More power to you if this is your cup of tea. Didn't work for me. As a result, I swore off of Sidney Sheldon. I would give it a zero if I could.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Beatrice Masaluñga

    Actually I got this book from my Aunt, she loves reading Sidney Sheldon novels and the book itself is old, hmm I love those old books.. So, I decided to give it a try. . It's been a week that I haven't continue this.. Whole week for exams and tons to study. The story here is per generation.. Starting with Jamie McGregor, then her daughter Kate Blackwell,then her son Tony, and lastly Kate's two granddaughters Eve and Alexandra. the Main Characters, Kate Blackwell is manipulative. She wants what i Actually I got this book from my Aunt, she loves reading Sidney Sheldon novels and the book itself is old, hmm I love those old books.. So, I decided to give it a try. . It's been a week that I haven't continue this.. Whole week for exams and tons to study. The story here is per generation.. Starting with Jamie McGregor, then her daughter Kate Blackwell,then her son Tony, and lastly Kate's two granddaughters Eve and Alexandra. the Main Characters, Kate Blackwell is manipulative. She wants what is best for her family to handle their family business though her son wants to be an artist. So mean.. It's pretty a long story of flashback to the present (the parts wherein how did her family became rich). I like also the twist here, but I couldn't help being annoyed at the main character, she's powerful and rich, but a very manipulative lady. She doesn't want to lose at any game.. She'll find every way to win. She's one intelligent woman. You have to be a Master of the Game to get everything what you want whether it is good or bad, you'll find a way to get everything you want. And that is so selfish. This book is good, but not the best one.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Crime Addict Sifat

    Kate Blackwell is one of the wealthiest and most capable ladies on the planet. She is a puzzle, a lady encompassed by a thousand unanswered inquiries. Her dad was a jewel miner who struck it rich beyond anything he could ever imagine. Her mom was the girl of a slanted Afrikaaner shipper. Her origination was itself a demonstration of abhor filled retribution. At the extravagent festivities of her ninetieth birthday celebration, there are toasts from a Supreme Court Judge and a wire from the White Kate Blackwell is one of the wealthiest and most capable ladies on the planet. She is a puzzle, a lady encompassed by a thousand unanswered inquiries. Her dad was a jewel miner who struck it rich beyond anything he could ever imagine. Her mom was the girl of a slanted Afrikaaner shipper. Her origination was itself a demonstration of abhor filled retribution. At the extravagent festivities of her ninetieth birthday celebration, there are toasts from a Supreme Court Judge and a wire from the White House. Furthermore, for Kate there are apparitions, phantoms of missing companions and of adversaries. Phantoms from an existence of extortion and murder. Apparitions from a domain brought forth by stripped aspiration... Sidney Sheldon is a standout amongst the most prevalent storytellers on the planet. This is one of his best-adored books, a urgently clear thriller, pressed with anticipation, interest and energy. It will select another era of fans to his composition. “Business is a game, played for fantastic stakes, and you're in competition with experts. If you want to win, you have to learn to be a master of the game.” ― Master of the Game 👌

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anirudh

    This book was gifted to me by a friend and so I read my first Sidney Sheldon. I had expected much from such a well known author but as with many famous books, I found this more hyped than it deserves. Though the story spans a 100 years and intrigues the reader in the beginning, the simple writing style soon ruins it. I do not mind if the narration is straight forward, but in this book the narration was so simple it could have been a 6th grade text book had it not been for the adult content. Full This book was gifted to me by a friend and so I read my first Sidney Sheldon. I had expected much from such a well known author but as with many famous books, I found this more hyped than it deserves. Though the story spans a 100 years and intrigues the reader in the beginning, the simple writing style soon ruins it. I do not mind if the narration is straight forward, but in this book the narration was so simple it could have been a 6th grade text book had it not been for the adult content. Full stops dominate commas in almost every page. Conjunctions and passive speech will find no asylum here. The only thing I could truly appreciate in this book was the stealing of the diamonds.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jane Stewart

    Mixed feelings. Audiobook narrator needs improvement. The book is broken into four parts - the lives of different generations in the family. I loved the first part - Jamie’s story. He goes to South Africa to find diamonds. The second part was ok about Jamie’s daughter Kate. The third part was depressing - Tony’s story. Kate does evil things and permanently harms her son Tony. The fourth part was about Eve and Alexandria - identical twins. That was the most troubling. I was depressed reading this part Mixed feelings. Audiobook narrator needs improvement. The book is broken into four parts - the lives of different generations in the family. I loved the first part - Jamie’s story. He goes to South Africa to find diamonds. The second part was ok about Jamie’s daughter Kate. The third part was depressing - Tony’s story. Kate does evil things and permanently harms her son Tony. The fourth part was about Eve and Alexandria - identical twins. That was the most troubling. I was depressed reading this part. Eve is an evil sociopath. She tries many times to kill her twin and harm others. She lies and is always believed. Too one-dimensional to be interesting. I did not like reading about Alexandria who was stupid because she never suspected Eve was trying to harm or lie to her. Alexandria was supposed to be a lovely sensitive smart woman, but her stupidity at believing everything Eve wanted her to believe was TOO STUPID TO LIVE. I don’t want to read about smart people who do stupid things. And I want justice in the end. This book had some justice but I didn’t feel good enough at the end. I was angry and depressed. Sexual content: Several sex scenes occur and a couple sadist-rape scenes occur but they are referred to, no details shown. AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR: Shannon Engemann does not know how to narrate. She needs to listen to Will Patton, Dick Hill, and Frank Mueller to learn. It’s like she is fast reading. She doesn’t pause with feeling or wonder or interest. DATA: Narrative mode: 3rd person. Swearing language: mild. Setting: 1883 to 1982 various locations in South Africa, Europe, United States. Book copyright: 1982. Genre: fiction.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    i got this book and mutant message down under back when i was 15 or so from a friend. i traded her 'the stand' and another book for these two. i remembered mmdu and thought of it as a book that opened up my ideas of life and fell back on the idea of that book as a building block for my future. whatever the hell that means. but, i couldnt recall this book. and i thought that this book changed me in a similar way. fast forward about 13 years and i find that lady again via the internet, my main goal i got this book and mutant message down under back when i was 15 or so from a friend. i traded her 'the stand' and another book for these two. i remembered mmdu and thought of it as a book that opened up my ideas of life and fell back on the idea of that book as a building block for my future. whatever the hell that means. but, i couldnt recall this book. and i thought that this book changed me in a similar way. fast forward about 13 years and i find that lady again via the internet, my main goal is to find out what the name of this book was because the idea of it had tormented me for at least 9 years. after awhile she remembered and i quickly got the book and read it. again. well, i was wrong about the idea of change that this book filled my life with. really, i only recalled the first 40 pages or so where the story had hope of a life that wasnt meant for you. and that was what i carried with me. but then the book devolved. quickly. and it culminated in forced anal sex in the realms of the super rich / other ridiculousness. it was a very bad book. when i finished it the second time, i promptly took it out to the firepit and burned the book. what i learned from this book is how impressionable kids are, how impressionable i was. all i wanted as a kid was the idea of adventure and hope that one day i could get the hell out of the life that i was given. well, i succeeded in that. and in that success i appreciate the fuel that this book gave me when i was younger, but really this is a bad book that no one should ever read again.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Manugw

    PURE ENTERTAINMENT This is a saga of a millionaire family spanning five generations during the XX century from the beginning of times in South Africa where a recent arrived Scottish penny less cunning and ambitious immigrant, Jamie Blackwell pushed his luck to make the beginning of a huge fortune in the diamond business, all the way to the end of the century where his daughter Kate almost ninety years old get desperate to find her successor to run the family now multi million dollar conglomerate. PURE ENTERTAINMENT This is a saga of a millionaire family spanning five generations during the XX century from the beginning of times in South Africa where a recent arrived Scottish penny less cunning and ambitious immigrant, Jamie Blackwell pushed his luck to make the beginning of a huge fortune in the diamond business, all the way to the end of the century where his daughter Kate almost ninety years old get desperate to find her successor to run the family now multi million dollar conglomerate. All humans passions and emotions are found in this story, greed, fear, lust, love, jealousy, sex, life and death. Seldon is a great storyteller and the plot progresses at a very fast pace. I can only criticize that his style is to make some events very contrived for the sake of the story and to fit them snugly in the chapters. Also, I see that the author help his characters too much resorting to a last ace under "his" sleeve, to overcome miraculously, extremely difficult situations. On the other hand ingenious twists and turns galore. Overall, the goal is to entertain readers and for that purpose Master of the Game is a great job.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alessandra Torre

    Picked up this book at a used bookstore somewhere - hadn't read Sidney Sheldon in a while. The storyline of this book was amazing - twists and turns, action and deceit, through five generations of one family. You know how in every freaking writing class out there, the teacher harps on you 'not to tell things, but show them". This book is a lot of telling. It almost has to be, because the author's trying to fit so damn much in one book. I would have preferred to see this book as five separate nove Picked up this book at a used bookstore somewhere - hadn't read Sidney Sheldon in a while. The storyline of this book was amazing - twists and turns, action and deceit, through five generations of one family. You know how in every freaking writing class out there, the teacher harps on you 'not to tell things, but show them". This book is a lot of telling. It almost has to be, because the author's trying to fit so damn much in one book. I would have preferred to see this book as five separate novels, one for each generation. That would have stretched out my pleasure, and giving these characters and stories the development and depth that they deserved. Yes, some of these characters are despicable or weak. But, a good book stirs up emotion - good and bad, so I loved hated them. :) Would highly recommend it. You will breeze through it and enjoy it thoroughly.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sully (thysaltymar)

    I had a hard time writing a review for this PURELY AWESOME book. I found exactly in this novel the things (not to mention the quality) I'm looking for. SERIOUSLY. This is truly one of Sheldon's most sensational masterpiece! A Sheldon Magic! Once again Sheldon you created an "unputdownable" book that would make us -- the reader’s heart beat faster with the turn of each page. ASDHLSUIGSDKGJS PERFEECT! I had a hard time writing a review for this PURELY AWESOME book. I found exactly in this novel the things (not to mention the quality) I'm looking for. SERIOUSLY. This is truly one of Sheldon's most sensational masterpiece! A Sheldon Magic! Once again Sheldon you created an "unputdownable" book that would make us -- the reader’s heart beat faster with the turn of each page. ASDHLSUIGSDKGJS PERFEECT!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dem

    Review to follow

  29. 4 out of 5

    itchy

    titular sentence: p156: "...If you want to win, you have to learn to be a master of the game." wait, what? p239: He selected a revolver from the gun rack and checked the barrel to make sure it was loaded. p368: "...The superintendent of the building told me that one night when Mellis was there, Eve was almost beaten to death...." I'm pretty sure almost beaten to death and beaten almost to death are two different things. tense: p273: And when he had satisfied her, she would sent him other members of the titular sentence: p156: "...If you want to win, you have to learn to be a master of the game." wait, what? p239: He selected a revolver from the gun rack and checked the barrel to make sure it was loaded. p368: "...The superintendent of the building told me that one night when Mellis was there, Eve was almost beaten to death...." I'm pretty sure almost beaten to death and beaten almost to death are two different things. tense: p273: And when he had satisfied her, she would sent him other members of the Blackwell family, and he would satisfy them. p307: "Dinner is served, madame." I guess I fail to grasp the point, but I'm pretty sure the rest, or at least a good percentage, of the populace would, or did. I suppose Sidney was the master of the fast-track. I'm almost sure I've read this before, considering Sidney's renown amongst my peers. I may be wrong but Nick Pappas somehow rings a bell.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    About ten pages into this book I was reminded of a time when the book publishing world was full of these kinds of sprawling, multi-generational sagas that were just begging to be made into television mini-series events. I had read some of those books, but I'd never read any by Sidney Sheldon. This book was compulsively readable, especially the first half, with its descriptions of diamond-fever in South Africa, and its larger-than-life characters. By the second half, I was usually a step ahead, a About ten pages into this book I was reminded of a time when the book publishing world was full of these kinds of sprawling, multi-generational sagas that were just begging to be made into television mini-series events. I had read some of those books, but I'd never read any by Sidney Sheldon. This book was compulsively readable, especially the first half, with its descriptions of diamond-fever in South Africa, and its larger-than-life characters. By the second half, I was usually a step ahead, and I could see the "shocking" twists before they were revealed. Also, if I think too much about some of the plot devices, I can see several holes in logic as well as behaviors that don't seem to really reflect the way most people would rationally behave. But these kinds of books are not really meant to be thoughfully pondered, they are meant to be devoured. And I did that. I just kept reading, because I wanted to know how it all turned out. Not highbrow storytelling, by any means, but I can understand why Sidney Sheldon made buckets of money in his time. Thanks for the recommendation, Leti.

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