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Windmills of the Gods

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  22,166 Ratings  ·  452 Reviews
The tale of a woman's heroism against an unknown terror spanning the whole arena of international intrigue.
Paperback, 419 pages
Published 1994 by HarperCollins (first published 1987)
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Jan 07, 2013 Rolyn rated it really liked it
It could have been 5 stars but I found the beginning somewhat slow-paced. But the story, as a whole, was good.

I would like to talk about some of the characters...

Edward. What happened to him was heartbreaking. An innocent party that took the "fall" for the benefit of others.

Groza. Below was what happened to him/his family...
"Scenes of his wife and his daughter being raped seared through his brain. It was a gang rape, and the laughing soldiers went from the woman to the child, their pants pulled
Apr 05, 2013 Salymar rated it it was amazing
I think I just forgot how to spell the word OSM (as in the impression saying how you were extremely impressed and inspired with great admiration to something, apprehension/ def: extremely good; excellent) because this book is more than just OSM. *crying, tears of joy* lol. :))

Anyway, setting that emotion and the feeling that my mind-has-been-"Sheldonized" aside (hahaha). Windmills of the Gods is a 1987 thriller novel written by my all-time favorite American writer (shall I say his name uh-gain?
Jasha Gutierrez
This is actually my favorite SS book. It wasn't as dynamic or surprising as the other books he have written but there is something in it that draws you. This book felt so different from the other books he had written. I mean different. Like isolated LOL. Anyway teh plot is great! kinda ordinary compared to some of his works that went extreme (in a great wayh) but as gripping as the others

I thnk the fact that the pro and the man never kissed or made love increased the excitement. I was waiting fo
Mar 08, 2011 Luidz rated it it was amazing
How a story is presented in the beginning, middle, & end is an essential factor that keeps the readers of into pages. Sidney Sheldon did it well on his Windmills of the Gods, & successfully placed a strong ingredient that surprises readers every now & then. The pacing is perfect. The plot is excellent. The story itself is well-researched. Windmills of the Gods is one of the greatest suspense stories I've had read, and Sidney Sheldon succeeded in hooking me up with such a breath-takin ...more
Aditya Jain
May 13, 2015 Aditya Jain rated it liked it
The good, old political espionage thriller. The typical Sheldon style. A heroine, Mary Ashley, who is an ingenious personality and who is going to change the scenes around Romania with her power as the American Ambassador. Despite this book being the formulaic portrayal of a political thriller, in which none can be trusted and faith is a stupid term, it certainly gets unpredictable at times. The reason being, the projection of multiple characters as villains.
Mary Ashley is supposed to bring chan
Dec 13, 2011 Kristin rated it it was amazing
I have never liked Sidney Sheldon before. But after reading her novels consecutively, i learned to appreciate her works at full blast. She's an easy to understand writer. No highfalutin words, no overdescriptions, just fitted for an average reader. i also liked how she made WOMEN heroes of her novels and how she leaves her readers at awe and question: WHAT HAPPENED AFTER? that we wish there's a part 2 of that novel.

Likewise, i loved how she connected her stories. very relevant, very current, som
Renee Barrette
The characters in this book are compelling and keep you on your toes.

One thing I didn't like about this book though, is it seemed to constantly jump all over the place. Not that it was hard to keep track of everything though.

I was quite surprised at the end when Mike turned out to be the good guy! That caught me completely off guard. I was truly hoping Stanton would be the man he had been portrayed as, also, but that wasn't the case, either! Everyone in this book wasn't who they seemed to be!

Anika Zaman
Mar 23, 2015 Anika Zaman rated it it was amazing
This is the first Sidney Sheldon book I ever read and I simply loved it.
I found the characters very dimensional and they grew through out the story.
I enjoyed every minute that I was reading and was in a moment of awe after finishing it.
It is definitely one of my most favorite books of all time!
Jul 31, 2015 Adrian rated it really liked it
amazing suspense !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bernardine Santos
Jun 13, 2016 Bernardine Santos rated it it was amazing
This is the first Sidney Sheldon book that I've read and it didn't disappoint me. I found the first part of it kind of slow-paced, but when I got latter part, I just couldn't stop myself from flipping through the pages. Sidney definitely has a way with words. I cannot imagine an author with such amazing diction. He's an author who doesn't expound much on a certain topic; he conveys clear ideas to readers with help of minimal amount of words. I am not a fan of politics, let alone international po ...more
Jenny Hilborne
Oct 13, 2013 Jenny Hilborne rated it really liked it
Sidney Sheldon's "Windmills of the Gods" is the story of Mary Ashley, a Junction City, Kansas wife, mother, and university professor plucked from obscurity to become the US Ambassador to Romania. Ashley has never left Kansas City and plenty of high-level political figures are (understandably) against the ambassadorship. The appointment of Mary Ashley is questionable and sets the reader up to expect some hefty shenanigans.

The beginning of the novel is exciting. Covert meetings are taking place a
Anish K George
Feb 29, 2016 Anish K George rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The only sheldon book I ever read.

Plus: As he is famous for, femininity is very well portrayed.

Minus: For creating the suspense he used the same old trick. You could guess the the main (so called) suspense half way itself. At many places the unnecessary over usage of erotic content reduces the quality.

Nicole Pramik
Apr 19, 2016 Nicole Pramik rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Fans of political thrillers and/or Sheldon's other works
I read this years ago when I was probably far too young to even read such a book and made the mistake of thinking this would be similar to the version I read in a "Reader's Digest" condensed version (it didn't take me long to figure out how the "Reader's Digest" version got so clean). If I could give this novel zero stars, I would. Granted, the political intrigue is okay though the characters are essentially tropes and, honestly, most of the seasons of the show "24" were more solidly written and ...more
Mar 02, 2010 Sheila rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebooks
This shortish novel was a pretty speedy easy read. The plot was Ok in parts but other partts just did not ring true - I just cannot imagine that an American Ambassador to Communist Rumania would have been allowed to walk unescorted through the streets of Bucharest, surely sercet service agents would have been close by. Consequently the whole premis of the staged abduction was flawed. I liked the complexity of people involved the secret society manipulating things behind the scene, and its contin ...more
César Ramírez
Jul 04, 2016 César Ramírez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tiene mucho suspenso, lo que te hace mantenerte siempre curioso por lo que pasará después. Aunque en partes se vuelve algo tedioso y ridículo, de inmediato se arregla y la trama te vuelve a atrapar.
May 23, 2013 Mayuri rated it really liked it
I really liked the book. At first, the book was slow paced, but it was acceptable & convincing, since the writer had to explain some things to those who has no idea about politics (like me). It was a really awesome book. I really like the plot, it was complex, with lots and lots of twists and turns. And just when u try to figure it out who's culprit, a very desirable twist can change the wits, which I loved the most. The plot kept changing until it thickens so much that a reader has to go th ...more
Globel  Jensine
May 05, 2016 Globel Jensine rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I had little knowledge of how Communist countries operate. All I know is the slogan: From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs. Windmills of the Gods showed me how it's like to live in a country like that.

Harriet Kruger said, "Do you know what one of the biggest black market items here is? Videocassettes of our TV shows."
"They like to watch our movies?"
"No. It's the commercials they're interested in. All the things we take for granted--washing machines, vacuum cleaner
Carlos Mock
The newly elected president decides he wants to develop a better relationship with countries of the old cold war, Romania especially. Instead of a trained person for the ambassador job, he picks a teacher from a Kansas school, who specializes in that area in her studies. He read an article she had written and since what she had written was also his views, he asks her to take the job. At first she declines because of her family and her husband's commitments to his patients (he is a doctor), but a ...more
Meta Morfillah
Oct 14, 2015 Meta Morfillah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Judul: Kincir angin para dewa
Penulis: Sidney sheldon
Penerbit: -
Dimensi: 252 hlm

Ini adalah karya kedua sidney sheldon yang saya baca, dan dua-duanya ebook! Wow... suatu rekor bagi saya yang tak menyukai ebook, karena tak kuat berlama-lama menatap gadget dan radiasinya. Sejujurnya mata saya sakit dan kepala saya migrain menatap laptop beberapa jam demi menuntaskan bacaan. Tetapi sejak berkenalan dengan karya Sidney, saya tak bisa tidur bila belum menuntaskannya. Rasa penasaran akan ending d
Claudia Sesto
Apr 11, 2014 Claudia Sesto rated it liked it
"Noi tutti siamo vittime, Anselmo. I nostri destini sono decisi da un cosmico rotolare di dadi, dai venti delle stelle, dalle errabonde brezze del caso che soffiano dai mulini a vento degli dei."
Un thriller di buona fattura, con qualche colpo di scena sul finale, alla base del libro complotti politici, uccisioni, tradimenti, al centro una donna Mary che viene scelta per rappresentare l'America in un paese la Romania appena uscito dall'influenza sovietica.
Una donna che non ha mai svolto attivit
Animesh Jayant
Feb 13, 2016 Animesh Jayant rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sheldon
"Windmills of the Gods" was my 10th Sidney Sheldon novel, and also my favourite! The brisk pace of the book, the choice of locations, and the character - Angel, give readers so much more to enjoy than the average Sidney Sheldon novel. I take my words back, no Sheldon novel is "Average"!
Jun 12, 2014 Sylvia_rh rated it it was amazing
This one probably has my favorite heroine of all novels - created by Sidney Sheldon.
The plot is mesmerizing. The setup and background will take you all over Europe and some USA - fast-paced like all Sheldon's novels (it's his trademark), like a sprint rally all around.
A total page-turner and you won't want to put it down before finishing so I suggest you take a whole weekend reading it - or during a special vacation.
The sex scenes are hot like always - Sheldon's trademark, too.
The difference fo
Sushant Sawant
Apr 11, 2016 Sushant Sawant rated it really liked it
One more great book by veteran author Sidney Sheldon.

The content of the book is quite impressive and exciting. The character description is pretty good. There were various interesting surprises in the book which completely took me off guard. The entire story and the characters are so compelling that it keeps the readers on their toes.

However, the book is quite slow paced in the beginning and also there is lot of switching between the characters and the situation which sometimes bothered me. Stil
Sep 25, 2009 Candra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novel
ini novel pertama yang aku baca dari sidney sheldon, dan ceritanya keren banget. terutama suspensenya, belom pernah aku baca novel dengan suspense sebaik ini dan setakterduga ini.
Titi Sanaria
Jun 26, 2015 Titi Sanaria rated it really liked it
Beside Rage of angel, this is my favorite among so many Mr. Sheldon's book that I've read.
Meet Mary, the professor and house wife with 2 children from Kansas who become famous instantly after an artikel she wrote. her life change so fast after losing her loving husband and moved to Romania as an USA's ambassador.
This book told us about the stink in political world. You'll never find your true friend in politic. you can never trust anyone in politic. Every politicians put a mask on their face.
Oct 24, 2015 Lwilé rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't read a Sidney Sheldon book in well over a decade. So this was nostalgia on 100. I can honestly say I had forgotten just how enjoyable his novels are. The first time I read any of his novels, it was Nothing Lasts Forever and I was 12 years old. I still remember very well how I devoured the pages. He is the master of suspense. This was such a wonderful read that had me gasping in a number of places. The red herring was rather obvious but it didn't matter at all because there were so many ...more
Srikanth R
May 10, 2010 Srikanth R rated it it was amazing
One of the best book I have ever read. Unpredictable ending which makes it the best. Most books are pacy but do not end properly. This is one has a perfect ending
Dec 14, 2014 Loraine rated it did not like it
I have read several Sheldon novels and enjoyed them. I did not like this one for the simple fact that it was gory and descriptive of evil and terrible things people do to each other. Although I am aware that things like this happen daily, I do not have to immerse myself in it by what I read. The other problem for me was the swear words. They were scattered here and there, but still bothered me. I prefer the books I read to be uplifting and hopeful, rather than make me feel sick to my stomach. I ...more
Dec 11, 2013 Nupura rated it really liked it
Great book... fast paced...loved it
Jul 26, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing
I just love sidney sheldon's books
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Was an American writer who won awards in three careers—a Broadway playwright, a Hollywood TV and movie screenwriter, and a best-selling novelist. His TV works spanned a 20-year period during which he created I Dream of Jeannie (1965-70), Hart to Hart (1979-84), and The Patty Duke Show (1963-66), but it was not until after he turned 50 and began writing best-selling novels such as Master of the Gam ...more
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