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Windmills of the Gods

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  19,147 ratings  ·  378 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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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
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?
Jemma 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
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
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
Anika Zaman
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!
Aditya Jain
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
Nicole Pramik
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
Jenny Hilborne
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
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
Renee Beaucage
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!

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
Claudia Sesto
"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
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
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
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.
Srikanth R
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
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
Great book... fast paced...loved it
I just love sidney sheldon's books
Taffey Champion
This is a scintillatingly good read. This novel is packed with thrilling suspense and surprising aspects throughout. Whether these involve the characters themselves, OR the situations they find themselves in, does NOT matter at all.

Either way, this novel was difficult to put down, even when I was very busy. The fact that Mary Ashley, instructor of Eastern European political science at Kansas State University, with slight biological ties to Romania, is selected as ambassador to Romania INSTEAD o
I was introduced to the reading world with Fanfictions around 7 years ago. So naturally I did not read the classics first. My mom dad told me how good Sydney Sheldon was, but I always kept it away because I thought I cannot read anything that isn't atleast partially romance.

A friend of mine gifted me the book and that got me to read this. I was absolutely hooked. It took me time to reach the initial 60 pages, but after that I couldn'rt put it down.
Surely going to go ahead for other sheldon book
By Sidney Sheldon. Grade: B
It all began with an astounding call from the White House. One minute Mary Ashley, Kansas housewife and political science teacher, was chatting over dinner with her family; the next minute the President of the United States was asking her to become the new ambassador to Romania!
That call changes everything for Mary Ashley. She becomes an instant celebrity, hounded ‘by the press, courted by politicians. Finally Mary arrives in exotic Bucharest to take up her duties, con
I like the action in this book. There is enough twist and turns to get the reader wondering who is the villain and who is the true hero.

Normally I am not interested in politics, especially American. But since most of the action took place in Eastern Block country. I found the intrigues and manipulations quite interesting. I grew up in a communist country and could relate to the long lines at the shops, their overall lack of hope and bleakness. It brought back lots of unpleasant memories from my
Asra Ghouse
Although Mary Ashley isn't my favourite Sheldon heroine (that spot always goes to Jennifer), Windmills of the Gods is my favourite Sheldon book!

Fast paced though it is, it has a gripping story at its heart that keeps the reader on their chair's edge until the end. For once the phrase 'a page turner' comes true.

Mary Ashley, a university professor in Kansas, is appointed ambassador to Romania, which had only recently ameliorated its relations with the West. She refuses the appointment at first on
This novel was spilt into three 'books' with the second and third being a lot better than the first.

The first 'book' was setting up the whole novel and plot, this was fine, but I felt that it was a bit too disjointed. It jumped from one person to the other and then back, there were a series of names that I couldn't keep track of, different political terms and affiliations, relationship and sub-plots.

By the second book I had pinned down who everyone was and actually realised that the first book,
Princesz Princesz
Jan 06, 2008 Princesz Princesz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!!!
Shelves: sidney-sheldon
Sidney is an awesome author and this book is no exception...... this book, like many of his others, are centred on a woman....... her losses, her emotions, her career, her success........ it's just an all rounder of a woman's life..... dramatic i'd admit..... but i guess he captures the dramatic period of a woman's life and its just superb!!! Mary's love for her husband was so evident..... her loneliness through the empty nights were so well portrayed that my heart just went out to that lady.... ...more
Sidney Sheldon is like comfort food for me. I get intrigue, I get a fair bit of romance and I get entertainment.

In this outing, the story is that of 1980s, Cold-War Romania. Naive Kansas professor Mary Ashley has been tapped to be the new ambassador as part of the President's ambitious people-to-people program. How can she bring her Midwestern aesthetic to the hard world of international politics?

Windmills of the Gods is very of it's time with regard to life behind the Iron Curtain. That was a
Abhay Juneja
This is my second book from Sidney Sheldon, after if tomorrow comes. I just loved this novel.

The ability of Sidney to take you at a dead end at any time in the novel is mesmerizing. The mind was racing around to get a clue what will be happening in the next few minutes, but at speculations in vain, as Sidney got the unexpected things every time.

The speed to the story was up and down during the entire read. Unlike If Tomorrow Comes, where the story is readily moving at a swift pace, here the sto
Jatin Sethi
Nice Story telling. The style of the author was unable to keep me entwined during the two parts of the book. The third part was very interesting and now I am feeling happy that i finished the book. The first two parts made me feel that I chose a wrong book. The author is known for his crime fiction genre signature, and was recommended by my Senior as well. So, the reviews were true and the book is worth reading, but be patient if u feel like dropping it through the first part.
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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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