Sidney Sheldon had a sparse, almost journalistic writing style. He did not linger heavily on detail, except where it was really essential to setting a scene. He was very good at setting up a mystery and constructing a story, as well as drawing believable characters quickly and efficiently.¬† Also, a lot of his dialogue was very dry and bare-bones, giving just information to keep the story moving but not revealing a great deal about the characters’ inner thoughts or motivations. Please note this is very much my own personal opinion, and other readers may disagree, strongly or otherwise.
Here’s a List of the Best From Sidney Sheldon you can’t afford to miss!
(A) Master Of The Game
Kate Blackwell is one of the richest and most powerful women in the world. She is an enigma, a woman surrounded by a thousand unanswered questions. Her father was a diamond prospector who struck it rich beyond his wildest dreams. Her mother was the daughter of a crooked Afrikaaner merchant. Her conception was itself an act of hate-filled vengeance. At the extravagent celebrations of her ninetieth birthday, there are toasts from a Supreme Court Judge and a telegram from the White House. And for Kate there are ghosts, ghosts of absent friends and of enemies. Ghosts from a life of blackmail and murder. Ghosts from an empire spawned by naked ambition! Sidney Sheldon is one of the most popular storytellers in the world. This is one of his best-loved novels, a compulsively readable thriller, packed with suspense, intrigue and passion. It will recruit a new generation of fans to his writing.
(B) The Doomsday Conspiracy
Commander Robert Bellamy of US Naval Intelligence is dispatched on a top secret mission. A weather balloon carrying sensitive military information has crashed in Switzerland. Bellamy must locate the ten witnesses to the incident so that they can be sworn to secrecy.
But as he conducts his search Bellamy begins to suspect that he, too, is being hunted, by an unknown lethal force that what he was told about the balloon was only one part of an almost unbelievable happening.
From Washington to Zurich, Rome and Paris, the story unfolds to reveal Bellamy’s past why the women he loves the most cannot return his love, why his friends become his deadly enemies, and why the world must never learn the incredible secret hidden on the Swiss Alps. Alone and betrayed on every side, Bellamy must run for his life ‚Äî holding an astonishing secret and the key to the planet‚Äôs very survival.
(C) The Best Laid Plans
He wanted power. Oliver Russell is fated to rise to the pinnacle of power, the office of President of the United States. She wanted revenge. Leslie Stewart is his betrayed fiancee, a woman dedicated to a single purpose-the downfall of Oliver Russell. Amassing her own media empire, marshaling all her forces against him, she stands poised to destroy Russell on the eve of his most dazzling triumph. From Sidney Sheldon, the unchallenged master of bestselling fiction, comes a story of blazing ambitions and thwarted love that enthralls and surprises with every page.
Sheldon’s sweeping saga of greed and betrayal, sabotage and danger, and the ties that can kill. Roffe and Sons is a family firm, an international empire filled with desperate, cash-hungry family members. At its head was one of the wealthiest men in the world, a man who has just died in a mysterious accident and left his only daughter, Elizabeth, in control of the company. Now as this intelligent, tough, and beautiful young woman dares to save – not sell – Roffe and Sons, she will have to outwit those who secretly want her power, and the unknown assassin who wants her life.
(E) Tell Me Your Dreams
Computer whiz Ashley Patterson is convinced she is being stalked. Coworker Toni Prescott has a penchant for Internet dating and little time for anyone else. And Alette Peters prefers quiet weekends in the arms of a beefcake artist. They know virtually nothing about each other‚Äìuntil the three women are linked by a murder investigation that will lead to one of the most bizarre trials of the century.