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In peak form, Steel examines the effects of power on the lives of male and female CEOs in this insightful, all-too realistic novel. Divorcée Fiona Carson has only two priorities in her life: her two children and her corporation. Other than those focuses, her life might as well be spent in a convent. Her concern at the moment is finding the person on her board of directors who is leaking sensitive information to the press. CEO Marshall Weston is her opposite. He splits his out-of-office time between his two families: his wife and his three nearly grown children and his mistress and their seven-year-old twins. Marshall is able to keep all the balls in the air until a cancer-surviving former employee claims he bedded her and then fired her, and she’s ready to tell her story to the press. Suddenly Marshall is on the denial trail, trying to keep his private life from imploding. Steel forthrightly juxtaposes the private lives of Fiona and Marshall to dramatize just how differently men and women handle corporate power and personal responsibility. --Pat Henshaw --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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“In peak form, Steel examines the effects of power on the lives of male and female CEOs in this insightful, all-too realistic novel . . . to dramatize just how differently men and women handle corporate power and personal responsibility.”Booklist
 
“Connecting two powerful CEOs through their children’s romantic involvement, the author uses her signature low-key . . . style to examine personal and professional morality. . . . Appealing fare from Steel.”Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • Series: Random House Large Print
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Large Print; Lrg edition (March 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804121125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804121125
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,218 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #394,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world's most popular authors, with over 590 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include 44 Charles Street, Legacy, Family Ties, Big Girl, Southern Lights, Matters of the Heart, One Day at a Time, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina's life and death.

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40 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reviewer TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Power Play by Danielle Steel is the story of two successful and powerful captains of industry whose lives are poles apart. It is a parallel story of ambition, trust and morality brilliantly told. Fiona Carson and Marshall Weston have a lot in common. They both are ambitious, brilliant, committed, shrewd, hardworking and successful. They both are leaders in their own rights. In a way, both are broken and searching for happiness.

However, one is a woman and the other a man. One is based in Palo Alto and the other is based out of San Francisco. Forty-nine years old Fiona Carson is divorced and the mother of two college-going students. She is committed to her job as a CEO of a tech company as much as she is committed to her children. On the other hand, Marshall Weston leads a double life. One of them involves a mistress who is thirty-year-old, Ashley. She lives with their twin daughters in Malibu. His legal wife Liz lives with their three children in Marin. But a chain of events set off by Marshal Weston's uninhibited lifestyle threatens to reveal and destroy everything.

Power Play by Danielle Steel is a fascinating and mesmerizing look at the lives of two diametrically opposite characters. It is deep, thoughtful and engrossing.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By I love books! on March 16, 2014
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Reading a good Danielle Steel book is like eating comfort food. And this book was one of her best!
I read my first book by her over 30 years ago and have read many more through the years. I strayed for awhile - been reading a lot of Marie Force's books (love her). But I hope Danielle Steel continues writing books as good as Power Play.
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39 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Lynn W on March 30, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Terrible grammar. I cannot believe that the editor's allowed this, it was awful. The sentences were incomplete and it seemed as if every other sentence started with the word "And". She repeats the same things over and over multiple times what the characters are thinking which was very repetitive.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Janet L Padget on April 15, 2014
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I am sorry but I feel Danielle Steel (much as i love her) has not changed her story line. Of course, if it works don't change it and it has worked for so many years why should she change it now. Only thing I see her changing is the names, times, locations but she is using the same formula she has used for years. Keep hoping each time a new novel comes out it will be fresh and different,...but it isn't.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Birdie14 on March 16, 2014
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I like most Danielle Steele books but what happened to this one. The story bounces all over and I really don't understand why she thought it would flow together. There's to many stories without enough depth in any of them. Huge waste of money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By glc on February 19, 2015
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This was my first Danielle steel book and I am in shock as to why her books are so popular. Due in part to my stubbornness to finish books that I start and in part to the secret hope that the book would eventually get better I eventually got through the book. Barely. I had to skim a lot of passages though (repetitive doesn't even begin to describe it). Simply put, her writing sucks but that doesn't even begin to cover all the bones I have to pick with this book. For example,
-she does a lot of "telling" us what the characters are feeling and who they are instead of "showing" through actions and dialogue. It leaves nothing open to interpretation for the reader to wonder and make up their own mind about the characters not to mention it becomes extremely grating and annoying after the 2md time she does it.
-along the same lines, main characters are very 2 dimensional and minor ones are basically caricatures.
-there is no plot, and any tension is resolved by very obvious deus ex machina devices.
-her arm chair philosophy that is at the center of this book (men vs women in power and character) is talked about over and over again with absolutely no subtlety.

I am basically ranting at this point since I'm so upset with the quality of this book. Save your money people, this book is absolutely not worth it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Katie on April 2, 2014
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It was good if you are tired and just want something to read so you can fall asleep. Otherwise it was predictable and wordy.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on March 21, 2014
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Enjoyable read. Was too short - I wanted it to go on a bit longer! I would recommend reading it if you are a Danielle Steel fan.
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