Windmills of the Gods by Sidney Sheldon // Book Review
I read Sidney Sheldon after a long time. Windmills of the Gods is as Sidney Sheldon as it comes. He writes about the big people, politicians, movie stars, kings, and presidents, and amidst them are our protagonists. His books are part thriller, part conspiracy, and, in some places, drama.
He is inclined to kill the male counterparts of the female protagonist. Husband & boyfriend are not safe in his stories. The stronger their relationships are, the more sure you can be that the male will die. It is a notebook strategy of giving a conflict to the protagonist. Take the character at the bottom and trouble their life unpredictably, so the story forms when they find their way out of the spiral.
The same happens in the Windmills of the Gods. The premise begins too late in the book, Sidney cuts out many arcs too conveniently, and the result of the political concept introduced is not shown.
Globalization within Windmills of the Gods
Newly appointed presidents believe that having human-to-human conversations between America and third-world countries could improve trade. It could bring peace. The theory is you do not fight with the person with whom you do the business. Which is what we observe all around us.
Globalization has forced the world to become more cooperative and inclusive. Be it money or pure capitalism, companies like Starbucks and Apple support many things that they would not have done if it were not for the global market they were trying to capture.
No enterprise can afford to go against a community of people – by religion or color. They will not be answerable only to their country but to the entire globe. In their country, that thing could be acceptable, but if it is wrong in another country, and they want to serve the other country, which they want, they have to bring changes to their country, too.
For example, if Starbucks claims to support LGBTQ rights in America, it cannot be homophobic in another country where it is acceptable. Because they have to maintain an image globally. In a way, globalization makes all people more inclusive by making them potential buyers.
The books opens this discussion but never take it to any conclusion. But till 1987, globalization has happened, at least in European countries. But, well, this is not what we are discussing here.
President wants to increase trade with 3rd world countries and to do that; he wishes to send ambassadors that support his vision. Mary Ashley is the right person but does not want to leave her husband. So, her husband dies in an accident, and then she accepts the offer with some reluctance.
We see her getting trained and then working in Romania. Some situations happen to show decision-making and courage of Ashley. Here, I would suggest people read Sidney Sheldon to see how you make people see things through actions. He never says Mary is brave, confident, or intelligent. Instead, he creates problems and situations to make the Mary character go through. As a reader, I see her doing the right thing and believe she is smart.
There are some twists and turns. Then, there is the climax and a happy ending. It’s not a big finale, but it’s still believable. There are world-class assassins, backstabbing, sex, love, heartbreak, kids, agents, CIA, secret societies, excellent plans, FBI, pentagon, and whatnot.
They say easy reading is hard writing. Sidney Sheldon would have put in so much hard work in that case. Every book of him reads like butter. The pages turn themselves.
Although I am over-aged to read Windmills of the Gods type of book, one or two books now or then would not hurt anyone. However, the book does not leave much to review about. It’s fast, it’s predictable, and it’s easily digestible.
Do I Recommend Windmills of the Gods?
Yes sure. If you are looking for a fast read where you enjoy the book without putting in the effort, this one is good to go.