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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; First Edition edition (August 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765340526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765340528
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,014,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Maybe next time around, Robbins's anonymous ghostwriter will get jacket credit-he or she certainly deserves a little recognition for this latest posthumous production, a sprawling, sparkling international romp featuring the diamond industry. Win Liberte is the trust-fund playboy son of a prominent jeweler whose cash flow dries up when his late father's uncle gambles away the family fortune. After breaking off a relationship with his supermodel girlfriend, Liberte journeys to Africa to try to resurrect the last bit of his legacy, a foundering diamond mine in Angola. The Angola chapters are crisp and propulsive, as Liberte battles a corrupt mine manager and the local strongman in a war-torn country to restore the facility and discover why a supposedly dry mine has been put up for sale. The tail end of that subplot also features some cat-and-mouse chase scenes in which Liberte squares off against a Portuguese rival of his father's for possession of a priceless red diamond known as the "Heart of the World." The story loses momentum after Liberte returns to America to try to reestablish the family diamond house, but despite the slow stretches, this is first-rate Robbins from start to finish. Dashing if improbable adventures alternate with libido-laced sex scenes; in a romantic subplot, Liberte courts academic humanitarian Marni Jones, who is distributing food in Angola. The swashbuckling but self-effacing Liberte is a prototypical Robbins creation, and the details about the diamond industry give this novel more depth than usual; there is a chilling reference to a Saudi billionaire and potential diamond buyer named Osama bin Laden. Robbins's literary legacy remains very much alive, and his thousands of fans should experience a pleasant sense of deja vu as they race through this latest installment.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

If you've been holding your breath waiting for another entry in the Robbins' oeuvre, this is your lucky day. The deceased yet still prolific author (actually a ghostwriter working with ideas Robbins left behind) has released yet another of the author's trademark contemporary soft-core porn novels. In this one, we meet Win Liberte, a spoiled rich guy (and babe magnet) who inherited his family's diamond company at the age of 11 and who prides himself on having never worked a day in his life. Unfortunately for Win, his trusted investment banker has been making lots of bad decisions lately, and our rich playboy soon finds himself flat broke and with only a bankrupt diamond mine in Africa to his name. The real meat of the story is in his climb back up the golden ladder, which means traveling to Angola to get the old diamond mine up and running, and despite immense difficulties, regaining his wealth and this time a work ethic to go along with it. This novel contains much of Robbins' characteristic smut, including studly older men who have an unexplained magnetism for sexy young women, and young women who have nothing on their minds but sex and money. This book mirrors Robbins' style fairly well, and since he probably still has some readers lurking about, librarians may want to pick up a copy. Kathleen Hughes
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By Marcin Rawicz on August 1, 2014
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Just a time killer
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julie L. Willmore on March 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have never read Robbins before but I enjoyed this book because it was a pleasant, fun and easy read. This is not a book I would read a second time but I would recommend it to anyone who wants to read something that isnt too taxing on the old brain cells.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Ramos on November 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Reading this book is almost watching a tv-movie. I wouldn't be surprised if they'll turn into one. I enjoy the way it was written, whoever the ghost writer is. I believe that even Mr. Robbins left this idea/plot of the story - It will of course goes down how it was written and the way it came out.
3 Stars!
Shirley (San Leandro, CA)
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