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Born on three adjacent beds, a mere three seconds apart, our three heroes are united by nature but divided by nurture. As a result of their different upbringings, they spend their lives chasing three very different things: Money, power and love.

This is a human story: A tale about people like ourselves, cajoled by the whimsy of circumstance, who find themselves performing t
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ebook, 1.0, 357 pages
Published October 7th 2017
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Cathy
Nominally set in the 1800s, the author vividly depicts the sights and sounds of the London streets of the time, such as this description of traders taking advantage of the crowd gathered to witness a hanging. ‘Surrounding this scrimmage, costermongers were selling just about anything which could be eaten, to just about anyone who could eat. Their rickety barrows were overflowing with ice-cold oysters and burning hot eels; pies and puddings , crumpets and cough-drops, ginger-beer and gingerbread; ...more
Keep Calm Novel On
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The author provided a copy of the ePub in exchange for an honest review.

Money Power Love by Joss Sheldon is a brilliant read. The author writes with such insight and understanding of the human spirit. Mayer, Hugo and Archibald were born seconds apart and they were tragedy separated at an early age. Their formative years defined them in so many ways. Their quest for success—money, power and love shapes each character. Each journey reveals their individual definition of happiness. The strength of
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Samuel Bigglesworth
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
On the US site, this is advertised as a 'Critically acclaimed novel'. Two self -published, targeted ads on amazon displayed the headlines 'The New Salman Rushdie is here' and 'Sheldon is a maverick, a rebel, and a genius'. This felt misleading to me. I was put off and although I was not offended, I can see why people might be.

This book contains a lot of interesting material and is a great concept. No doubt it could be developed into an interesting novel, however the writing style felt very youn
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Khyati Gautam
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Money Power Love is a tale of humans. Oh yes! It is a story of three heroes - Archibald, Mayer, and Hugo who are born around the same time with a difference of 3 seconds. They are best buddies, they have spent their little childhood together and a mishap took away their innocence all of a sudden. They are drawn in different directions but their destinies keep rebounding and bringing them back together. Strangely, they fall in love with the same lady, Lola, and surprisingly, at the same time. Thi ...more
Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
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Authors like Joss Sheldon are the reason I love indie published books! Every so often I discover a unique and exciting voice such as his, writing informative and thought-provoking novels that are also great fun to read. If you've followed my Literary Flits reviews for a while you might already have seen me singing the praises of Occupied and The Little Voice. Money Power Love is just as good.

Set in the dawn of the modern banking era, Money Po
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Virginia Arthur
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Money Power Love by Joss Sheldon

A few years ago, when I tried to find a publisher for my first novel, Birdbrain, besides being told all sorts of things like one should not combine real science with "real fiction", I was told literary fiction in America is dead. Basically the book was too weird and experimental for the 'marketing categories' of the book world (which by the way, have expanded significantly over the past few years). This was in the height of the Twilight vampire and fantasy fad, yo
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Richard Sutton
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Imagine, three close brothers who lose their family at a very young age. They are suddenly adrift, at the mercy of an unmerciful world. They can either rely upon the kindness of strangers or their own wits and skills. Author Sheldon’s novel, Money. Power. Love., is an almost Dickensian telling of their story. It put me right into the hearts of these three boys growing into men who fate has driven apart, into the hard times at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in England. Each must find ...more
Eva Lazar
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was very frustrating to me.

I really wanted to like it. It was clear that a lot of thought and effort had gone into this book, and that it was written to be enjoyed. Yet, I found that I couldn't enjoy it as I had hoped I would.

The writing was too artificial. Extremely many cliches are used, both in the literary style and the story itself. While there were some attempts at being unique, the attempts seemed forced. Parts of the story did not fit in at all; the use of words such as "frene
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Sarah
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While not what I would typically read, I truly enjoyed this book, and devoured it in a day.
The premise is fantastic and the travel through the characters lives is fast paced and well structured. A delight to read.
Elizabeth
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Joss Sheldon has written a fabulously fanciful farcical fictional fable firmly founded upon fact. His story, set in the late 18th and early 19th century England, takes you on a wild ride through every social strata and situation imaginable. At times, the author's always active alliteration approaches abusive absurdity but just when you've had enough he turns it around and makes you shake your head, sigh and smile! The point of the story was sometimes elusive, yet the author's voice is so unique ...more
Russell Sanders
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! Joss Sheldon’s Money Power Love is—to use one of his own words—amazetastic! A parable, this is a tale of three men, born in three adjacent beds a few minutes apart who pursue the same woman throughout their lives. One becomes a banker, one an activist, and one a soldier, but the bonding feature is that they are all in love with Lola, one of the funniest characters I’ve encountered in modern literature. Sheldon sets his novel in the late eighteenth century, mostly in England, bu ...more
Katie
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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If you are a fan of Joss Sheldon's works like I am, then you're definitely waiting for this book to be released!
After reading too many economic research papers, Money. Power. Love came as a fresh air and a really good read. As a big fan of historical novels, I couldn't not enjoy the setting of 19th century, with Sheldon telling a story of politics and finance in his writing style, that just makes you get more curious about it and then find out more asap.
However, if you think that this is your
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Melissa
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A historical fiction novel with a contemporary and timeless literary reflection, Money Power Love is on par with the author’s previous work, The Little Voice. The prose is poetic and thought provoking, weaving a social debate through the narrative in a readable and engaging way. We follow three different main character who take three very different paths in life. I like how each character contrasts the next, offering wider explorations of the novels themes. I thought it would be a little cliché ...more
Pani Books
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I absolutely love this book. At the beginning, I wasn’t convinced to read it, but when I started to read I couldn’t stop. This book introduce you into the story so well. The characters ( Hugo, Archibald and Mayer) each one, has its own definition of what makes them happy (love, money or power) and I learned so much with them. Also, I was surprised by the things that happened in the story. The plot twists área amazing.

I recommend this book Specially to young- adult who want something different.
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Whitney Bookout
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My favorite book is Candide by Voltaire. The moment I started reading Money Power Love I was shocked at how much it reminded me of Candide. Quirrky, yet Classic. The story is intriguing from the start. Three families wiped out by a fire, leaving three orphans, sounds less than appealing, but the manner in which the plot is delivered is anything but sad. You are forced to turn just one more page, and one more page, and just three more chapters...

First book I've read from Joss Sheldon but now I am
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Ferda Ak
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it

This is a truly remarkable book. I really enjoyed it. It is a Dickensian story about three men , from their birth to their old age. While one reads about them , one learns about London at the end of 16 th century and beginning of 17th Century, the birth of capitalism, banking and the implementation of imperialism. It's also about love and obsession. And all this with a style which makes you smile. I highly recommend it.
Ivona Kafedjiska
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Money Power Love" is one of those books that comes once in a while when you do not know what to expect, but it ends up surprising you so pleasantly! This historical fiction novel is a lovely juxtaposition of three mutually interwoven stories that make you think and feel at the same time. A story of love, friendship, struggle, pain and life in general, "Money Power Love" is a book that will have you hooked up from the first to the last page. The writing style is so effortless, yet so touching an ...more
Taylor
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Money. Power. Love. is not a book you'll want to miss. From the first page, I was roped into the concept of this story and was curious to see where it would take me. The story is really well written, with sophisticated language that still reads smoothly- it's a perfectly balanced writing style for experienced readers and those who pick up a quick read from time to time. The author includes vivid descriptive language, with my absolute favorite being "Zebedee's belly was as soft as a brioche roll ...more
Galya Varna
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Money Power Love

In “Money Power Love” the master of metaphor Joss Sheldon paints a complex and exciting picture of the human condition.

His story features three boys - born on the same day, on 3 adjacent beds, a few seconds apart. A deep connection exists between the three characters but as the author puts it - united by nature, they are divided by nurture. Their lives develop in three different ways as they choose one of the 3 paths – the ones of money, power and love.

The story is set in earl
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lisa kaela
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Joss Sheldon is a literary visionary whose work entices readers through his syntax and his use of contemporary form.

What especially stood out to me was Sheldon's consistent use of quotes under each chapter title (which are thought-provoking enough on its own). Another thing that stood out to me is how Sheldon's writing engages the reader to be productive, keeping us on our toes: for example, the chapter titled "The Cauldron" begins with:

"Our story begins at three minutes past three, on the mor
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Njihia Joseph
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book, set in the late 1700s and early 1800s, is a breathtaking romp through history, packed full with excellent character development and plenty of lessons which are still relevant today.

I found the bits on the history of money particularly interesting – I never knew about the things people used to use instead of money! Britain must have been very fraudulent back then.

The first two sections were mainly set up – throwing three similar orphans into different worlds, where their adopted parent
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Charles Ray
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Money. Power. Love by Joss Sheldon is a tale of three men; born seconds apart, but divided by tragedy, Mayer, Hugo, and Archibald share thoughts and desires, and fall in love with the same woman, at the same time, but, though united by nature, they are divided by their different upbringings.
Written in Sheldon’s somewhat disjointed style, this is a historical tale; the story of how bankers controlled the world’s economy in the 19th century, forcing the government and military to do their bidding
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Shefali
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ah, what an engaging and enlightening read. While the love and power theme of the book was quite significant, it was the money issue that was truly an eyeopener! Let's go back to the history of banks, right? With no prior knowledge of how the financial world works, this book has made me wish to steer clear of the power hungry world of money and finances, and their vicious tentacles. Apart from being an interesting plot about three men running after three different things (the three things being ...more
Marian Adams
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Sheldon, you've done it again....made me think! This story, so full of human foibles, risking throughout the possibility of falling off the ledge, while keeping the reader engaged with thoughtful prose and wonderful deep expressions like: "Maybe one day I can have a reunion with myself." Sebastian Bach Or....There's never been anything as deadly as simple men with an abundance of good intentions.
This book helps one understand the world of banking, the world of "the Con", the world of "honest
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Lynn Dixon
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Money Power Love by Joss Sheldon is a well-planned book that subtly teaches the banking and economic systems through the lives of three childhood friends. They grow up together and move toward adulthood as each takes a separate life path. The one thing that binds them through the years is their mutual love for a young woman named Lola.

Yet, life moves on and one attains a reasonable amount of power; another is lucky in love but the third finds great wealth.

Sheldon is a great storyteller and the
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Jennifer
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am in love with historical pieces and this one ranks up there with some of my favorites. Joss Sheldon tells a unique story about four characters in the 19th century, when money and finances were taking the forefront of everyone's minds. He does fantastic at setting the scene and stringing the reader along for a crazy ride that money, power, and love tends to bring. The book wasn't just a political commentary, which I enjoyed. He presented some thought provoking ideas in the form of a well-writ ...more
Jenifer Owens
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Which is greater?

I loved this book. The characters kept me reading until the very end. I couldn't decide who I liked better, Archibald, Hugo, Mayer or Lola. They were all flawed. They were complicated, tortured. They were pieces of a bigger picture. I couldn't decide if I liked them at all but i had to know what happened to them. Mr. Sheldon does a- great job of making you think about the themes that echo through the book. The pursuit of power, money and love and how that pursuit corrupted them
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Steve Pickard
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this book thinking it was mostly going to be about money. A character called Mayer, the quote on the opening pages... I was quite excited to read about the founding fathers of the banking world. For anyone who might make the same mistake: the clue is in the title. While the story does revolve around money and currency, it is truly a tale about balance, society and personality. Nevertheless it was an enjoyable read, and there was plenty about fractional reserve banking and debt too. N ...more
Emily
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very quotable book - not only the quotes at the start of each chapter but also within the book itself. Thought-provoking, interesting and a clever way to explain complex ideas and how they came about. Some parts were horrific - especially the parts about power, some parts were very sweet.

It took a while to get into but was worth persevering with. Even if it has left me with many unanswered questions and more frustrations with the system we all live in.
Jenifer Owens
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. The characters kept me reading until the very end. I couldn't decide who I liked better, Archibald, Hugo, Mayer or Lola. They were all flawed. They were complicated, tortured. They were pieces of a bigger picture. I couldn't decide if I liked them at all but i had to know what happened to them. Mr. Sheldon does a- great job of making you think about the themes that echo through the book. The pursuit of power, money and love and how that pursuit corrupted them all. Bravo!
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With a degree from the London School of Economics to his name, Sheldon had spells selling falafel at music festivals, being a ski-bum, and failing to turn the English Midlands into a
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