Ratu Berlian (Master Of The Game)
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Ratu Berlian (Master Of The Game)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  27,136 ratings  ·  824 reviews
Siapakah Kate Blackwell? Simbol kesuksesan, wanita cantik yang berhasil mengelola perusahaan yang diwarisinya menjadi konglomerat internasional. Sukses meraih kekayaan dan kemasyhuran di dunia. Ia pantang menyerah, gigih seperti ayahnya, laki-laki yang selamat dari tubir kematian untuk merebut kekayaan dalam rupa berlian di bumi Afrika Selatan yang suram. Kini, menjelang u...more
Paperback, 768 pages
Published 1997 by Gramedia Pustaka Utama (first published 1982)
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Diana
I know what you're thinking. "How can you possibly rate this soap opera of a novel as highly as The Bell Jar?! You have lost all credibility now that you've included pseudo-romance novels on your goodreads list!"

All I can say is, this book is the literary equivalent of crack.

Sidney Sheldon is a surprisingly talented writer, and the plot twists are many and dramatic. You might throw your copy against a wall in frustration over a character's actions. You will definitely lose sleep when you obses...more
Gatha  G Namboothiri
This was my first Sheldon novel and I had no idea what to expect.Now after completing this book I sit with a regret as to why I haven't tried any Sidney Sheldons.

About this book;
This book narrates five generations of Blackwell family who owns the most famous Kruger-Brent company.It is set in the backgrounds of South Africa.

The way this book started,I wondered what was going to happen and now I feel like 'wow!!!'.The writing style is effortless and has a flow.I never got bored.The way the story u...more
Nazia
WHAT THE HELL DID I READ!!!!!! WILL SOMEONE TELL ME?????? I am speechless,this book is absoultely BRILLIANT!!!!! Too good for words. I have never in my life read such kind of book. I don't have any idea how in living hell am I gonna review this book because I don't think I am capable enough or good enough with words to describe what I went through while reading it or what I am feeling after completing it.

This book is truely entertaining and it's a kind of book which you get to read once in 10 y...more
Shilpa
Erm.. This was my first Sheldon novel when I was still in the idea that he was a she. I'm still perplexed as to whether put this as a book which I love to hate or hate to love.

I was wildly cheering for Jamie all though his doomed-to-fail crazy plan to steal the Van der Merve diamonds with Banda.
And then he did a total 180 with Margaret and became a twit.
Same with Kate. Liked her when she risked all for Banda. But all along she was a manipulative keek.
Poor Tony. And I refuse to consider the evi...more
Angie B
I first read this book when I was 12 years old; I had nothing to read one Friday night, so borrowed this from my Mum's bookshelf, without asking her. I started reading and from the prologue onwards I was completely hooked! I huddled under my duvet, with a torch, unable to put it down and had finished it by Sunday. I was completely mesmorised by the sheer scope of the material; the locations, the exciting adventures of Jamie and Banda and their tentative yet heartfelt friendship. I felt sorry for...more
PurplyCookie
Sheldon's story of big business, lust, greed, and revenge spans four generations, starting with Jamie McGregor, who leaves Scotland in 1850 to strike it rich in the diamond fields of South Africa. He overcomes many hardships, becomes a millionaire, and starts the Kruger-Brent company.

His daughter, Kate, pushes the company until it becomes a world-wide conglomerate, and moves her headquarters to America. To her chagrin, her son Tony wants to be a painter, not a businessman. His twin daughters, A...more
Paula
About ten pages into this book I was reminded of a time when the book publishing world was full of these kinds of sprawling, multi-generational sagas that were just begging to be made into television mini-series events. I had read some of those books, but I'd never read any by Sidney Sheldon. This book was compulsively readable, especially the first half, with its descriptions of diamond-fever in South Africa, and its larger-than-life characters. By the second half, I was usually a step ahead, a...more
Beatrice
Actually I got this book from my Aunt, she loves reading Sidney Sheldon novels and the book itself is old, hmm I love those old books.. So, I decided to give it a try. . It's been a week that I haven't continue this.. Whole week for exams and tons to study. The story here is per generation.. Starting with Jamie McGregor, then her daughter Kate Blackwell,then her son Tony, and lastly Kate's two granddaughters Eve and Alexandra.

the Main Characters, Kate Blackwell is manipulative. She wants what i...more
suffiyan saleem
its my third book from sidney sheldon. i started it last night and even though today is a work day, i've already read more than 200 pages! im losing my sleep for "just one more page" and god knows i'm gonna read all of his books now! definately a good one but it drove me nuts at some points! but till now, its like so good!

ok change of review after reading the book!

its my third book from sidney sheldon. and i finihed it in like 2 days. loved it in the beginning but then after the 3rd generation,...more
Manugw
PURE ENTERTAINMENT
This is a saga of a millionaire family spanning five generations during the XX century from the beginning of times in South Africa where a recent arrived Scottish penny less cunning and ambitious immigrant, Jamie Blackwell pushed his luck to make the beginning of a huge fortune in the diamond business, all the way to the end of the century where his daughter Kate almost ninety years old get desperate to find her successor to run the family now multi million dollar conglomerate....more
Navdha
I don't know what's wrong with me but I just feel like rating all the books I read when I was in 8th grade or so. This was my first real novel actually. I'd read only kid stuff from libraries before this;books that we got from the school library.
Funny story of how I read this book: I was bored and there was nothing on the TV that could keep me interested so I just started going through my cousin's books and stuff. I came across this and opened a random chapter and started reading it. The chapte...more
Kaung Myat Han
A close friend's stepfather insisted me to read this novel "Master of the Game" by Sidney Sheldon telling me that it was one of his all-time favorite novels. He even felt obliged to lend me his copy. Well, what could I say? I looked at the paperback book and it's nearly 500 pages long. I finished the book anyway. It is about four generations of McGregor family. So, it's more like an epic story. My only favorite part was the captivating story about Jamie McGregor's adventures and how he tried har...more
Patty
I first read this book 24 years ago in the summer after 7th grade. I was burned out from required reading and couldn't settle on anything new to read. My mom suggested this title, and I devoured it; it reminded me that reading can be fun, and I loved that my mother trusted me to handle the ::ahem:: "adult" material.

Fast forward to three days ago. I had purchased a copy of the book at a used book sale a few weeks back for old-times' sake (and because it was only 50 cents), and I grabbed it off th...more
Salymar
I had a hard time writing a review for this PURELY AWESOME book.
I found exactly in this novel the things (not to mention the quality) I'm looking for. SERIOUSLY.
This is truly one of Sheldon's most sensational masterpiece!
A Sheldon Magic!


Once again Sheldon you created an "unputdownable" book that would make us -- the reader’s heart beat faster with the turn of each page.

ASDHLSUIGSDKGJS PERFEECT!
Brian
i got this book and mutant message down under back when i was 15 or so from a friend. i traded her 'the stand' and another book for these two.

i remembered mmdu and thought of it as a book that opened up my ideas of life and fell back on the idea of that book as a building block for my future. whatever the hell that means.

but, i couldnt recall this book. and i thought that this book changed me in a similar way. fast forward about 13 years and i find that lady again via the internet, my main goal...more
Saadia
I picked up this as a paperback for my to-read pile, not knowing Sidney Sheldon. I started reading it a couple of days ago and could not put it down, it is a page-turner! Very engrossing, on-the-edge of your seat story!

After I put it down, I thought this over and reflected that it is a brilliant story-telling saga of a family but it is built very much like a soap opera... Not necessarily realistic or plausible. But it makes for gripping reading!

On one level, it is just a family saga, starting wi...more
Zack


It is set up as a biography. Of the life of 'Kate Blackwell' and her company 'Kruger-Brent ltd'. Even though it could be looked at as a biography it quickly turns into a page-turning suspenseful adventure story, a murder mystery, and a tragedy.

Read as the life of Kate Blackwell and tells the story of the family through four generations is told. Spanning from the 1850's to 1980's.

It begins in South Africa. A young ambitious Scotsman, James McGregor, emigrates to South Africa to hunt for diamond...more
Sarah Kayes
I'll start with why I liked this book: It opens with Kate Blackwell's 90th birthday party then swings back 100 years to how the family's story all began. By end of the four page prologue addressing just her 90th birthday party, I was hooked. How did Kate end up where she was with the issues she eluded to while thinking of her life? I had to know how it all played out. Well done, Mr. Sheldon. Not a chapter went by where I wasn't dying to at least know what came next, how the character would get o...more
Rolyn
It should have been 4 stars but as Kate said, "I am a woman. I have a right to change my mind.". And please forgive me if you found my choice of words offensive. I am quite nice in person. Really.

When Van der Merwe asked Jamie to sign a contract written in foreign language, I was suspicious. You can be duped even if a contract was in a language that you understand. And Jamie signing a contract with a stranger in a language that he doesn't understand was downright lunacy.
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Van der Merwe is a low-li...more
Alessandra Torre
Picked up this book at a used bookstore somewhere - hadn't read Sidney Sheldon in a while.

The storyline of this book was amazing - twists and turns, action and deceit, through five generations of one family. You know how in every freaking writing class out there, the teacher harps on you 'not to tell things, but show them". This book is a lot of telling. It almost has to be, because the author's trying to fit so damn much in one book. I would have preferred to see this book as five separate nove...more
Delicious Strawberry
I received this book as an hand me down along with a bunch of others, and I am glad I got it. Generally I will read just about anything and will try any author that I have never read. This was the first Sheldon book I had ever read, and I rather liked it. It's just a bit dated as it's a 80's novel, but sometimes classic novels are better than modern ones. This might not be a novel for everybody, but I enjoyed the character of Katherine. She's tough, but at the same time she's all too human and m...more
Julia Mukuddem
okay, this is one of those books that you simply can't put down ... you HAVE to know what happens next.

that said, i won't read any of his books again. i've always wanted to read his books, but one is enough for me. i think what bothered me was the abrupt stop and change of time periods - it didn't flow at all. it was also very graphic and gruesome, but i suppose that's a personal thing - i don't do well with too graphic. yes, good triumphs over evil, but not enough, if you know what i mean.

i p...more
Fred
My first Sidney Sheldon read and I'm blown away by the intense, straightforward plot. Lots of totally unexpected crazy twists. Definitely reading more of his books and this one just made it to my top 10 favorite books of all time.
Jesiica
Que buen libro!!! La verdad sin palabras valio la pena leer las 500 paginas! Y pensar que todo el libro trascurre en 100 años! ;)
Shahla Pirasteh
Sidney Sheldon in his book Master of the Game , describes the unique story of Kate Blackwell, the protagonist of the novel – through the journey of a girl and her metamorphosis into a woman. A trip down the dynamic memory lanes from her early teens to her old age. The novel portrays four generations captured into one book - all of them striking in their own way. The novel is not only mind blowing but also awe inspiring.
The whole plot revolves around Kate Blackwell. The novel begins with her and...more
Marz
Master Of The Game welcomed me into the wonderful world of reading -- this was the very first novel I've read since my mother kept telling me stories about it and eventually, I got really interested. Even more that my own mother liked it. It had been years ago so I can barely remember the small details, and you can say it's really a looong journey of a family and the protagonist, Kate Blackwell. This novel was about four generations combined into a one long, exciting and inspiring book. Generati...more
Kathleen Dienne
Over the top. Melodrama. Those words are fair. So are page turning, brilliantly plotted, and attention-grabbing.

How I came to read it: In what feels like another lifetime, I dated a gentleman who was fixing up a '71 Mustang, and pre-internet, the only way to acquire the right parts was to personally cruise junkyards looking for them.

He would pop the hoods of each derelict, and I'd pop the trunks looking for abandoned treasures. I found a copy of this book in one of those trunks. I turned to the...more
Jessica
Jul 05, 2008 Jessica rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my worst enemy
I just finished reading the most depressing, pointless, IRRITATING book in existence. Everyone asks what your favorite book is, but now if anyone ever asks what my least favorite is, I have an answer. Until today, I would have said I love all books!

DO NoT read Master of the Game by Sydney Sheldon. Just don't. There is not a likeable character in the book. Okay, there's one, but he's a VERY minor character. Banda is a black man living in South Africa in the early part of the century, fighting for...more
Rony Andrew
AWESOME!!!! book
once you start reading you can never stop
Book 1
chapter 1: the last sentence( when his mule dies) really caught me by surprise.
chapter 2-3-4 and 5 are good.
chapter 7 was like a drug once you start it is so suspenseful you have to continue.
chapter 9 the last sentence of this chapter brought me in to tears
chapter 10 its a shame to find out that Jamie kept running away from his responsibilities as a father and was treating his wife like some sort of slave and was keeping her only bec...more
David Fenstersheib
When I put this book down, I only had one thought. I want to read that again. This is by far hands down my favorite book and probably one of the best imo. You get taken on this adventure into the life a kid trying to make it for himself. By using sheer wits and ingenuity he pulls of the impossible and succeeds of course there were many hardships he faced some which will make you frustrated and others cry. And just when you couldn't imagine it getting better he has twins. We follow the life of on...more
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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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