Sunday, 30 December 2012

Bloodline - Sidney Sheldon

Sheldon's sweeping saga of greed and betrayal, sabotage and danger, and the ties that can kill...

Roffe and Sons is a family firm, an international empire filled with desperate, cash-hungry family members. At its head was one of the wealthiest men in the world, a man who has just died in a mysterious accident and left his only daughter, Elizabeth, in control of the company. Now as this intelligent, tough, and beautiful young woman dares to save -- not sell -- Roffe and Sons, she will have to outwit those who secretly want her power, and the unknown assassin who wants her life.

Sidney Sheldon


Certainly a good book to read. May not be Sheldon's best, and there may also be claims that the book draws heavily from Sheldon's previous releases but still this book is certainly worth a read. The typical twists are missing but the extraordinary narration makes up for the slow pace. The reader is made to believe from the onset that Rhys is the criminal. Though the climax reveals a different story, it was expected from Sheldon and the familiar mind-blowing twist at the end is missing. I personally liked the characterization of Detective Max Honurang, as a short plumpy bald man, yet very intelligent and efficient. The character certainly gives a different face to a detective. The part where Samuel Roffe's life is narrated is fantastic and is probably the best part of the book. I loved Samuel Roffe's determination and courage. Elizabeth Roffe, young and lonely seeks power from her great great grandfather and the way Sheldon bridged a century gap was amazing.

    The other characters like Ivo, Alec, Walther Gassner and Chris Martel were all well developed. But I felt the author left a few loose threads dangling like the rendezvous between Rhys and Helene. he also failed to explain Alec killing innocent girls. But stiil, the book is complete with all the elements for a weekend read.

Rating: 3.4/5

Monday, 17 December 2012

The Rhinemann Exchange - Robert Ludlum

Autumn 1943. Global espionage elite converge on Buenos Aires. Intense, high-level covert negotiations will soon bear dangerous fruit with the aid of expatriate German industrialist Erich Rhinemann. American agent David Spaulding will be there. His top-secret mission can bring the war to an explosive end. But what happens here in this city of assassins, double crosses, and erotic encounters is to be the most sinister and terrifying deal ever made between two nations at war. Quickly, the game changes, truths darken, hidden secrets emerge. And suddenly Spaulding is the man in between, the man furiously struggling for his sanity, the woman he loves, and his very life...the only man who can save the world from the horrible truth of The Rhinemann Exchange

Robert Ludlum


A pretty bore read. I don't understand why there was so much hype about this book on Goodreads. I could concentrate and even turning the pages became a burden. The plot is so poor and unrealistic and it is full of confusions and ambiguities that it fails to give the readers a grip. David Spaulding characterisation is so poor and his growth from an actor to a top agent is unbelievable. The book moves along a slop pace and I wondered why the author had wasted so many pages in narrating unnecessary events like the rendezvous at Lisbon etc. No characters are deep enough and the reader does not get a feel of any of the characters except ofcourse, Jean. She is the only saving grace in the book.Overall a pretty ordinary read.

Rating: 2.1/5

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