Sidney Sheldon is a superb author capable of fabricating plots as multiform as a spiders web. Master of the Game entices the reader, keeping them thirstily rolling their eyeballs over word later on word, flipping page after page into the wee hours of the morning.
The book is a tale of a young Scottish teenager who ventures down to South Africa in 1883, and wrenches from the barren earth a fortune in diamonds. He is swindled by his lineage partner, Saloman Van Der Merwe, notwithstanding with his wits and braveness defeats his ex-partner and with his money builds up a massive conglomerate. Bantu tribes dispatch his son, and he suffers a stroke, leaving his wife to head the company. His wife Margaret heads the company, but it is his daughter Kate that is as driven and passionate as him and builds the conglomerate into an even larger one. She is a shrewd business woman and manipulates the lives of her offspring. Because of her passion for her company, she indirect requested her son to also have in it and build it up, however he did not want to- he had a passion for the arts. He was a quick-witted painter and he could have gotten far if Kate had not stipendiary off a Parisian critic to insult him so deeply that he could never be an artist, ever.
Kate manipulates her son into marrying a German girl named Marianne so that she could merge Mariannes fathers company with her own. Marianne had a condition that could possibly kill her if she had babies, but Kate kept that a secret from her son and Marianne had twins, and died. Tony found out and shot his mother, but she did not die. He had a lobotomy and went to a snake pit and the twins...
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