Saturday, September 22, 2012
Windmills of The Gods by Sidney Sheldon
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.
My attempt to re-read some of my old favourites has been rather slow. I started with The Firm in April and it was about four months down the road before I attempt If Tomorrow Comes. I brought Windmills of the Gods with me during a recent overnight work trip and enjoyed it once again
Windmills of the Gods is really a classic Sidney Sheldon. Published in year 1987, the story is set at the era of the Cold War, it has all the elements of a good thriller - wonderful storyline, great writing and captured the intensity of the story with quite a few wonderful surprises.
No one writes like Sidney but since the story is set in the 80s where there's no mobile phone and other technology that we take for granted now, I can't help but wonder how Sidney would write this story in today's era where technological advancement would have made a difference in how the story goes.
Having said that, it would be a crime to change any aspect of the story. I enjoy it for what it is. A great thriller by a great author.