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Pegasus

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  4,598 ratings  ·  473 reviews
This is a story of courage, friendship, and fate as two families face the challenges of war... and the magnificent stallion that will link them forever.

Nicolas von Bingen and Alex von Hemmerle, titled members of the German aristocracy, have been best friends since childhood. Both widowers, they are raising their children — Nick’s two lively boys and Alex’s adored teenage
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by Delacorte Press (first published 2014)
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Rebbie
Jan 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: People I hate with the passion of a thousand suns.
Shelves: 2016
No, Danielle Steel. Just no. You do not get to churn out this silly drivel and expect me to keep my mouth shut. This is the last time you make a mockery out of me.

Danielle Steel loves 3 things in over abundance:

1. Sentence fragments.

2. Creepy old dudes marrying women far too pretty and young for their nasty asses.

3. Stating "So 'n So felt sorry for him/ her." In.every.single.book. Seriously, who wants a "friend" like that? You can take your superior attitude and sticky it up your nasty bits, or
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Kelsi
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, meh
WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS AND VERY ANGRY RANTS REGARDING THIS BOOK. IF YOU ARE ROMANCE AND DANIELLE STEEL FANS, I URGE YOU TO STEER CLEAR OF THIS REVIEW. THANK YOU.


1.5 stars. 1 star because it was crap, .5 because it had the horse in it.

Now, let's get started. First off, I hate romance. Why am I reading a Danielle Steel book then? Well, honestly, I'm a sucker for covers with horses on them, and, before a family member helpfully pointed it out, I didn't even know who Danielle Steel
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Wendy
Mar 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
This is one pretentious, awfully written, piece of shit. I saw it at at the library and laughed when I read the insert: "In a rich historical novel of family and World War II, #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel unfurls a powerful saga that spans generations and continents. This is a story of courage, friendship, and fate, as two families face the challenges of war . . . and the magnificent stallion that will link them forever." No. This is leagues worse than a Lifetime movie, it ...more
Shawn
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow this book was so good, but I definitely recommend some tissue. This is a tear jerker,eye opener about the German war involving Hitler vs.. The Jews. I was so angry with some of things that happened in this book,,Steel did such a good job making the reader experience this awful part if history. I was in the edge of my seat for half this book. It was sad though and now I need a pick me up book! I am never disappointed with Danielle Steel books!
Alison McDonough
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm always a sucker for a horse story!

But why DS? Why? Why did Alex have to do that?
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Lauren Stoolfire
Nick and Alex are titled members of the German aristocracy and have been best friends since childhood as they have grown into men with families of their own. They are accustomed to lives of luxury on their Bavarian estates. Everything Nick knows changes after the Nuremberg Laws are passed and as Hitler's ideals take greater sway over the German people. A secret that his father has kept from him his entire life forces him to take his sons and flee to America to save themselves from labor camps. T ...more
Lynn
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Danielle Steel doesn't write a lot of historical novels these days, but when she does, they are always wonderful. Pegasus is no exception. Set against the backdrop of the 1940's and Nazi Germany, it tells the story of two close friends, and the extraordinary breed of horses that were bred by one of them, and saved the life of the other.

Alex and Nick were born and bred to be aristocrats, and not much else. Living on neighboring estates, their days were taken up with riding, hunting, and in Alex'
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Karyn
Apr 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
No, it didn't take me this long to read this drivel, I have just wanted to block it out of my memory. It was super repetitive, poor sentence structure, didn't leave me wanting more after each chapter, I didn't care about any of characters and it could have ended about 50 pages earlier. I don't know why Danielle Steele gets such good reviews until someone pointed out to me that most of her fans aren't big readers and have nothing to compare it to, so to them, this is Shakespeare. I can now say th ...more
Jane
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful book by this great author. The Nazi Germany background made for a wonderful thought-provoking storyline. I was not expecting the last chapter and will reread it again because I loved it so much!
Christian West
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
I've never read a Danielle Steel book, so apologies for this review if you are a fan. Also the book needed a rant so sorry about the length of the review.

This book follows the lives of two aristocratic German families during World War 2 and how they survive through the war when they are spread across the globe.

The first two chapters were absolute rubbish. I only persevered after them because I am reading 50 horse books through 2018 and I hadn't yet read one aimed at adults. I am glad I persevere
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Jean Owens
Mar 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
I haven't read a Danielle Steel book in over 20 years and this one reminded me why.

This is the most poorly edited book I have ever read. It is full of run-on sentences, sentence fragments and incoherent paragraphs. I would suggest Ms. Steel slow down and write one book at a time so that she can remember what she has written and maybe then won't repeat herself over and over and over and over... If this book was actually edited, then shame on the editor. If Delacorte Press decided that a Danielle
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Sheila
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


This book starts out in the mid to late 1930's in Germany where adult friends Alex and Nicholas lead the aristocratic life on beautiful horse farming estates. Alex breeds and trains the famous Lipizzaner Stallions for the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. Their lives are about to change in ways they can't imagine as Hitler comes to power.

Nicholas gets a total shock when his father informs him that not only did Nicholas' mother NOT die in childbirth when he was born, but that she was also 1/2 Jewi
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Cheryl
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book. It seems so many on Goodreads are so critical of Danielle Steel's books, but I love her books, always have. My tastes are so broad in the different books I read, and I find her books refreshing, touching, and many full of families caring for one another. This had the added feature of the horses, the Lipizzaners. Set right before WWII, through WWII, in both Europe and the United States, I felt the anguish of the families and the very difficult choices that had to be made. Absolute ...more
Kathy  D.
Mar 12, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Good, but the whole thing felt a bit rushed, too easy, and superficial. People fell in love within a few pages and had no real obstacles to being together. The relationships were trouble free. People lost loves and gained new ones within a few pages. It all felt like an outline, albeit an entertaining one. The ending was sweet and tied things up well. A nice piece of fluff to cleanse your brain between dystopias.
Sandy
Mar 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Normally I don't read Danielle Steel anymore; however this caught my eye because of the name and then when I opened the fly in the book, it said a man who had to leave Germany because he found out he had Jewish blood and the Nazi's would be coming for him and his two sons. His friend gave him two Lipizzaner horses and six other pure bred Arabian's. I was hooked. The book did not leave me
disappointed. A good read.
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Jackie
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
This was repetitive and in numerous cases grammatically incorrect. I will never again read a book by Danielle Steel.
Misty Aucoin
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was AN AMAZING book!
Parichita Gupta
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another gripping story just like The Ring!
Hailey Higgins
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
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Crystal
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: danielle-steel
what an awesome read from Danielle Steel. Set in the 30s with World War 2 as the backdrop, two friends discover asecret and make the decision to do what they must to survive. this separates them and takes them on different paths. This book was one of the best Steel novels I have read since the Ring though in some ways better because it involves more people than just one family. Highly recommend this book.
Roxy
Dec 11, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf
I wonder if her name wasn’t attached to this, would it have even been published?

I suppose I’ve always been a critic of Mrs. Steel. Just because she can write several books in a year doesn’t mean they’re spectacular. *shrug*
Rita Chapman
Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Easy to read combining romance, sorrow and heartbreak. I enjoyed it because of the involvement of the horses.
Erin Frost
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I felt like an idiot explaining the plot to someone.
Kim Grandizio
Yeah, I'm done with Danielle Steel. Get a better ghostwriter for Christ's sake! ...more
Tanya Boulter
Apr 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
after reading the reviews I'm a little scared to read this. ds hasnt written anything good in about the last 30years. but here goes....
well I should have taken notice of the reviews, this is bad, and I mean really bad. ds repeats herself soooo much you can skim read and still follow the story. I gave up when nick meets christianna and tells her how she should be living.
such a shame because the blurb sounds so interesting.
gave this 1 star wish I could give it less!
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Margie
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This an okay read. A wealthy father and his two sons need to leave Germany when it is discovered they are considered Jewish. Hitler is committing terrible crimes against the Jewish people during the 1930s and 1940s and taking all their property and many of their lives. Though the family does escape to America, there's little money but through their horses, that they managed to get out of Germany, they are able to start to rebuild their lives in a circus. ...more
Pearl
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pegasus written by Danielle Steel for me was a another fantastic read from an author who certainly knows how to create characters that me as a reader cared for them from the first page.
Why I loved this book so much was mainly because of the marvellous characters especially Nick who at the beginning of the book is living a life of comfort and pure indulgence, that is until the moment he finds out the true facts of his birth which will lead him and his family to flee from Germany a land he loved a
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Pam
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
AUTHOR: Steel, Danielle
TITLE: Pegasus
DATE READ: 09/20/15
RATING: 4.5/B+
GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Fiction/2015/Random House/340 pgs
SERIES/STAND-ALONE: SA
CHARACTERS AUTHOR: Nick Bing/horse trainer
TIME/PLACE: 1930's to present
FIRST LINES: It was already nightfall when the stable boys heard the horses approaching.
COMMENTS: One of Steel's better books, I always think she does the historicals very well. Nicholas von Bingen aka Nick Bing is a German aristocrat. He has never worked and just ove
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Kate Vale
Feb 27, 2015 rated it liked it
The cover suggested the book was about horses, who intrigue me. It was, but only as a vehicle for moving people out of danger. What kind of danger? The growing menace of Hitler's hatred for the Jews in Germany in the late 1930's. To get his best friend and two sons out of danger when it is discovered that his wife was half-Jewish, Alex gives Nicolas two Lippizaners and six Arabian horses and they leave for America to become part of the Ringling Brothers circus. Somewhat later, Alex' own daughter ...more
Amy
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
World War II is on the brink but although Hitler has started to take power, the Bavarian countryside feels shielded from the storm. Best friends Nicolas and Alex are born to privilege but have faced tragedy in both losing their wives to illness. Despite having means, it's a challenge raising their children alone.

As Hitler increases his hold over the country, Nicolas' true ancestry is revealed which forces his family to flee his home. His life-long friend steps in and gives his prized Lipizzaner
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