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Three generations of Blackwell women--each endowed with passion, ambition, and tormenting secrets--gather at Dark Harbor, Maine, to pay homage to Kate Blackwell, ninety-year-old head of the world''s largest conglomerate

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BDR
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Outstanding as I remember
Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2018
This was the VERY FIRST BOOK I read out of high school in 1984, two years after graduating. I wasn''t the greatest student and never read the required books assigned. The Grapes of Wrath, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby etc.., although, read them following Master... See more
This was the VERY FIRST BOOK I read out of high school in 1984, two years after graduating. I wasn''t the greatest student and never read the required books assigned. The Grapes of Wrath, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby etc.., although, read them following Master of the Game, throughout the years.
I was so utterly mesmerized and couldn''t put the book down. I was fascinated how this book took my mind all over the world. I read it in its entirety in one night!
This book made me the avid reader I am today.
Thank you Sydney Sheldon, for changing my life and the love I now have for books. I''ve read ALL of your books and you never disappoint.
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5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Great for Speed Demons and Leisurely Readers
Reviewed in the United States on October 18, 2016
This was the first time I''ve ever read a Sidney Sheldon novel, and it was just what I needed. I''m usually the type to shred through a novel in little more than a couple of days, but I just never seemed to be ready for this story to end. I wound up reading 5 to ten pages... See more
This was the first time I''ve ever read a Sidney Sheldon novel, and it was just what I needed. I''m usually the type to shred through a novel in little more than a couple of days, but I just never seemed to be ready for this story to end. I wound up reading 5 to ten pages here and there, while I was brewing coffee or waiting for an appointment, with the occasional indulgence of several chapters over lunch or before bed. This is the perfect book for speed readers and page nibblers alike. The story spans several generations, with Sheldon introducing and developing new characters along the way. It was easy to lose hours at a time to the swift plot line, but the 360 degree storytelling also allowed me to feel fully satisfied even if I could only fit in a few pages here or there. Accompany the flexible pacing of the book with a killer narrative about power, struggle, and the truth behind coming from "a good family" --- all revolving around strong (if slightly one-dimensional) female protagonists ---and you''re set for a great story.

**Some readers are more mature than others, but the sexuality, violence, and overall "foregone era" theme of this book would probably keep me from recommending this book to anyone under a VERY mature high school student.
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Susan (Happy)
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A page Turner
Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2018
I recommend this book to read, if you like revenge stories, Sheldon has gone out of the way for this novel, I personally could not put it down, there were parts where I got anxious, thinking it was one way, to my surprise, it didn''t go the way I thought. No more without... See more
I recommend this book to read, if you like revenge stories, Sheldon has gone out of the way for this novel, I personally could not put it down, there were parts where I got anxious, thinking it was one way, to my surprise, it didn''t go the way I thought. No more without spoiling it. It was excellent. A true page turner.
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Felicia Jones
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Forever Sheldon fan
Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2018
Sidney is the reason why I decided to become an author. He always has a strong female protagonist and she becomes even stronger when faced with adversity. The Master of the Game is an epic saga that spans over several decades. These women are always forging their way... See more
Sidney is the reason why I decided to become an author. He always has a strong female protagonist and she becomes even stronger when faced with adversity. The Master of the Game is an epic saga that spans over several decades. These women are always forging their way through trouble and coming out smelling like roses. Kate may be an old lady but she never lets her family get one up on her. Sidney shows us why he is the Master of the writing game.
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Fred Camfield
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A compulsion to acquire money and power
Reviewed in the United States on July 3, 2010
An interesting tale. Jamie McGregor leaves a hardscrabble farm in Scotland in 1883 to seek his fortunes in the diamond fields of South Africa, one of many people chasing a dream (my mother''s family left Scotland circa 1620, first to Ulster, and then to the American... See more
An interesting tale. Jamie McGregor leaves a hardscrabble farm in Scotland in 1883 to seek his fortunes in the diamond fields of South Africa, one of many people chasing a dream (my mother''s family left Scotland circa 1620, first to Ulster, and then to the American colonies to seek their fortunes). Jamie''s initial success is stolen from him, and he seeks revenge, and then has a compulsion to acquire wealth and position in society. He passes his compulsion to his daughter Kate, who learns that power matters early in her life. Kate learns to manipulate people, and force things in the direction she wants, even if she destroys people in the process. Therein lies the story, because some things come back to bite her.

The story alternates from detailed episodes to fast forwarding that skims over years of intervening time. There are sections that could have been better researched, e.g., in 1914 Kate talks about building armaments for World War I including tanks for the Army (tanks had not been invented at that point in time). Overall, it does give a good picture of the racial problems in South Africa where her company was founded, and the exploitation of native labor. It covers a span of about 100 years starting with her father, then Kate, then her son, then her granddaughters, and finally a young great grandson, ending on Kate''s 90th birthday party.

It is an interesting story, but I would not give it five stars. Perhaps it tries to cover too much in one novel, with too many sub-plots.
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J.W.
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Excellent read, just a slow start.
Reviewed in the United States on June 19, 2017
Hard to put my kindle down and take breaks from reading this while at work, at home, etc. Got thru the book within 3 days (in between working and taking care of my mom). A definite page turner and would definitely recommend it for others to read. Thank you hubby for... See more
Hard to put my kindle down and take breaks from reading this while at work, at home, etc. Got thru the book within 3 days (in between working and taking care of my mom). A definite page turner and would definitely recommend it for others to read. Thank you hubby for recommending me to read this. Love you very much babe. ~XOXO~
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Jade Liranzo
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Storytelling at its best
Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2012
Master of the Game is a phenomenal story. This book does not disappoint! Sidney Sheldon takes you on a journey throughout the world, through many different love stories. Each chapter is better than the one before it, thus making it hard to put the book. Furthermore, just... See more
Master of the Game is a phenomenal story. This book does not disappoint! Sidney Sheldon takes you on a journey throughout the world, through many different love stories. Each chapter is better than the one before it, thus making it hard to put the book. Furthermore, just when you think the story has reached its peak, Sidney Sheldon shocks you and takes you on an even racier journey than what we started with. It''s like being on a roller coaster never knowing when the big drop comes and when it does, you have to pick your jaw up from the ground and pace yourself for more. The book is written excellently well. This is story telling at its best. I didn''t want to put the book down and even now I find myself thinking back on Kate Blackwell and her family wishing Master of the Game didn''t have to end. It was just simply amazing! If it hasn''t been done already, I would love to see this turned into a TV series. I''m telling anyone who can listen to read this book!
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Carl Barlow
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Very complex and pretty much ZERO FUN to read
Reviewed in the United States on November 26, 2019
The people in this novel are all at least half crazy. Many of them are rotten to the core. So when bad stuff comes their way, you''re glad. Not a happy story, I''m afraid! But the writing itself is expert.
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3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Book crack!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 16, 2019
Bought this because I had vague memories of watching the TV mini-series many years ago. It was certainly a compelling read spanning generations and continents. Not for the faint hearted, featuring child murder, child rape, more murder, a character being sodomized, multiple...See more
Bought this because I had vague memories of watching the TV mini-series many years ago. It was certainly a compelling read spanning generations and continents. Not for the faint hearted, featuring child murder, child rape, more murder, a character being sodomized, multiple assaults etc. Also can''t remember reading a book with such a large collection of unpleasant characters. Having said that, I couldn''t put this book down. I particularly liked the vivid descriptions of South Africa at the start of the story, and loved reading Jamie and Banda''s adventures.
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J Bannion
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Master Storyteller
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 25, 2015
Oh my God. I just cannot believe that this is my first Sidney Sheldon book. Expanding on an absolutely amazing initial plot, the author has endless talent, you just do not want the book to end. From the great diamond rush of 1880''s South Africa to the New York world wide...See more
Oh my God. I just cannot believe that this is my first Sidney Sheldon book. Expanding on an absolutely amazing initial plot, the author has endless talent, you just do not want the book to end. From the great diamond rush of 1880''s South Africa to the New York world wide conglomerate Kruger Brent empire in the 1980''s, this is an amazing story spanning around a hundred years or so. From the beautiful but driven, manipulating and ruthless Kate Blackwell to her twin granddaughters Eve and Alexandra, you will encounter sensational storylines encompassing ambition, passion, hatred, jealousy, betrayal, murder and a whole lot more. I am absolutely converted, cannot wait to read the follow up Mistress of the game, where the story continues. Such a shame they don''t write them like this anymore. Great read for all, especially for women.
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London Matron
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Couldn''t put the damned thing down
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 24, 2013
Why don''t they write books like this anymore? I suspect because editors wants perfect female characters or victims - and there isn''t a woman in this book who is a victim. Terrific: the lot of them. Who cares if you like them? This is a saga over three generations. We sweep...See more
Why don''t they write books like this anymore? I suspect because editors wants perfect female characters or victims - and there isn''t a woman in this book who is a victim. Terrific: the lot of them. Who cares if you like them? This is a saga over three generations. We sweep from the diamond mine hell of South Africa to New York. There are twists and turns and hatred and revenge and it is all easily written and hard to put down. There''s money and poverty and power. And that''s what the book is really about - powerful women and how far they''ll go to protect a legacy. Hooked - yet? Of course some of it is predictable but who cares. It''s all written in a way that now creative writing courses throw out - back story and tell - wonder why Sheldon''s so rich, then? It works. Not a word wasted. Sheer joy.
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Cheshire Tiger
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Overdone
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 23, 2015
I chose this as an easy holiday read, and it certainly is that. It''s well written, descriptive and has a good story line, full of thrills and spills. Also the author has obviously done his research, as, for example, his use of South African words shows. But my criticism is...See more
I chose this as an easy holiday read, and it certainly is that. It''s well written, descriptive and has a good story line, full of thrills and spills. Also the author has obviously done his research, as, for example, his use of South African words shows. But my criticism is that this is very much a pot boiler, and a bit contrived and superficial. It also stretches reality on occasions. In addition the characters come across as rather shallow and not very likeable. The idea and the theme are good, but I feel that it goes over the top, and at some length. In summary, this book, for all its potential, didn''t really work for me
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ThatBloke
1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Complete Tripe!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 11, 2016
This is a truly terrible book. The first few chapters are quite engaging, promising to deliver a complex and involved story of triumph over adversity. It then turns into the longest pile of tripe I have ever read and the only reason I read it is because I paid an...See more
This is a truly terrible book. The first few chapters are quite engaging, promising to deliver a complex and involved story of triumph over adversity. It then turns into the longest pile of tripe I have ever read and the only reason I read it is because I paid an extortionate price for it (what''s the production costs of an eBook download....0.2p....Less?). It is the longest synopsis in publishing history..."Oh and then there was the first world war..and then the first world war ended...and then 10 years later..". This book is also populated by characters that you have no sympathy for at all. The psychopath first character has a psychopath daughter who gives birth to a psychopath and so on. It makes Jeffrey Archer look like Dickens.
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