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Friday, March 31, 2017

Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel: Review

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So some time back I received the book Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel. As most of us have done through our younger years, I also read a lot of her books and found them very easy and quick reads, entertaining and fun.

Of course over the years her writing style has also changed in some ways, and this I realized especially after reading this latest from her. By the way, she is set to come up with 4 more new titles this year, so that is something that I am definitely looking forward to!

You can read an excerpt from the first page of the book here.

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Cover Jacket

corruption, ambition, power and international intrigue..

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 centre 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 but 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 like never before. Soon they realize they are grappling with an adversary far more sinister than they had imagined.

My Take

*I will keep it brief as I don't want to reveal any spoiler.

I liked the character of Alix, as she is one of Danielle Steel's more mature female protagonists. There is nothing flighty about her, and she felt more of a solid woman, with brains to match the overall personality.

As the story is set in a political backdrop, the pace is never dull, and there is a lot of action to keep the reader moving through the pages. It has just about 300 pages, so is quite a fast read as well. The characters are well built and you know a good deal about them without taking up too much time and space. This helps the reader connect more with the story, especially as you know the emotional undertones playing through the book.

There are quite a few interesting twists and turns of course that I will not get into. As the cover jacket already makes it clear, the story revolves around certain political twists that lead to some really dangerous games.

I would say that if you are looking for a light yet fast and interesting read, this book should surely be in your handbag, as it will be perfect to read during a commute. Or even when you are chilling at the beach or relaxing at home on a lazy day. Go for it :)

- Debolina Raja