10 April 2017

Review #594: Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”

----Friedrich Nietzsche

Danielle Steel, the #1 bestselling author, is back with a bang with her new political thriller, Dangerous Games that revolves around a senior journalist cum single mother who would risk her everything to feed the world with the latest and the honest scoop of the happening news but when she is assigned to keep track of the vice president's money flow and recent activities, she had no idea that she was going to stumble upon a dangerous track that would jeopardize not only the security of her life but also her daughter's life.


Danielle Steel tears down the walls of power at the heart of the White House in the thrilling Dangerous Games.

Television correspondent Alix Phillips dodges bullets and breaks rules to bring the most important news to the world. With her daughter in college, and working alongside cameraman Ben Chapman, an ex-Navy Seal, Alix exhilarates in the risks and whirlwind pace of her work. But her latest assignment puts her at the center of an explosive story that will reshape many lives, including her own: investigating damning allegations involving the vice president of the United States, Tony Clark.

Alix starts with a nationally revered woman who may be the key to exposing frightening secrets. Olympia Foster is the fragile, reclusive widow of America's most admired senator, who had been destined for the presidency before an assassin's bullet felled him. Since then, Olympia has found emotional support in Clark, who once wanted her as his wife and now stands as her protector and confidant. When Alix begins to dig deeper, federal agents pick up the trail. Then the threats begin.

As the stakes rise in this dangerous game, Alix needs Ben's help as never before. Soon they realize they are grappling with an adversary far more sinister than they had imagined.

Alix Phillips, a daredevil news reporter, known mostly for her courage to cover even a daring and risky news from around the globe, alongside her ex-Navy cameraman, Ben Chapman. Together when they are assigned on a new project to unravel the scandals behind the life of the Vice President, Tony Clark, of USA. Gradually they stumble upon Clark's connections with the Afghan lobbyists and other notorious men funding the campaigns that lead them on the undiscovered track behind the assassination of the former senator of USA. Little did, Alix or Ben knew that this investigation of theirs would lead them on a groundbreaking discovery about the death of the former US senator and that it would throw them on a dangerous track where the lives of their loves ones would come under stake.

Danielle Steel, the household name in the world of crime drama and suspense, spins a gripping political thriller that will blow off the minds of its readers. This novel has got enough drama, juicy scandal and actions with random twists that make the whole reading experience as of one riding a fast roller-coaster with unpredictable tracks. Steel knows how to grasp the minds of her readers right into the heart of her very story and also how to keep them engaged all through out the story line. Even though Steel's books are an instant best seller, yet this is the first time that I managed to get my hands around a Steel novel.

The author's writing style is coherent and powerful enough to hook the readers easily into the story. Although there are not many layers to this story, yet the edgy suspense keeps the heat in check thereby making it an intriguing and exciting read for the crime fiction readers. The narrative is arresting and free flowing and which is something easy to comprehend with. The pacing is really fast as Alix and Ben journeys from one part of the world to another while on their quest.

The author has well concocted the mystery that flows deep into the depths of this story and the unraveling of that riddle is done equally tastefully and thoughtfully. The twists and turns, not many, yet they come at an unusual pace that will tense up the already anticipating mood of the story. The adrenaline rushing action scenes are excellently portrayed through this story that intensify the story line.

The characters from this story are well developed with a slightly realistic side to their authentic demeanor. The portrayal of the main character, no matter how much fictional she sounds, Alix depicts the strength of the modern day career minded and dedicated woman, whose prioritizes her profession over her personal life. her determination to get to the bottom of every story is something really enlightening to read about her. the rest of the supporting characters are kept interesting to a level and never once make the story feel dull or boring.

In a nutshell, this is an electrifying novel filled with action, mystery, murder and mayhem with a twist and lots of drama, perfect for both serious and occasional crime fiction readers.

Verdict: Because of a powerful protagonist and an equally strong plot, this is a must read book for one and all.

Courtesy: Thanks to the publishers from Pan Macmillan India for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.

Author Info:
Since 1981, Ms. Steel has been a permanent fixture on the New York Times hardcover and paperback bestseller lists. In 1989, she was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having at least one of her books on the Times bestseller list for 381 consecutive weeks. But Guinness was premature. The fact is that one or more of Ms. Steel's novels have been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 390 consecutive weeks.
Twenty-one of Ms. Steel's novels have been adapted for television, each earning high ratings and critical acclaim, including two Golden Globe nominations for JEWELS, a four-hour mini-series that starred Anthony Andrews.
In addition, Ms. Steel is the author of the "Max and Martha" series of books for young readers. They are ten illustrated storybooks written to comfort the young as they face problems, such as a new stepfather, new baby, new school, loss of a grandparent, and other crucial dilemmas in a child's life. She has also written the "Freddie" books, four of them, about real-life situations in children's lives, like a visit to the doctor and the first night away from home. Ms. Steel has also written nonfiction, HIS BRIGHT LIGHT, about the life and death of her son Nicholas Traina, released by Delacorte Press in September 1998 and immediately jumped to the New York Times Non-Fiction bestseller list and "Having a Baby." She has also written a book of poetry entitled LOVE: POEMS BY DANIELLE STEEL.
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