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This superior thriller does more than entertain: it questions the nature of power and the lengths people will go to acquire it.' Christopher Matthew, Daily Mail 'A conspiracy thriller of the highest order... a tight and always intriguing novel which examines the depths to which people will sink in their quest for power. A masterly debut.' Evening Herald 'McBain has a talent for creating believable characters and situations... For those who thought he was going to carry on in the usual vein of thriller writers, this will be a surprise; for those who enjoy good writing, a pleasant one.' Richard Pedley, Jersey Evening Post

About the Author

Scott McBain was born in Scotland. He has worked in international banking and law, and travelled extensively. He has now decided to write full time.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; 1ST edition (January 17, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002259192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002259194
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,264,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book tends to be shelved with the mystery authors but it is more than just a murder mystery even tho people do get killed. The book is well crafted, the characters nicely developed and the premise of a super secret but benevolent, almost zen-like organization that advises rulers of the world is a seductive premise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Varona on October 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
The Mastership Game is a great unknown thriller that explores the nature of "power".

I literally could not put this book down once I started reading it, and everyone I have lent my book to have concurred that this is a wonderful read. The Mastership Game is not a well known novel (which is a shame) and it is more than just a thriller. It is a discourse on the nature of power. "The College" is one of the most powerful and secret organisations in the world, and is under the control of the "Master". It is time for a new Master. Five "Fellows" are chosen to be part of the ultimate competition - The Mastership Game. They are all given the same task to complete by the following New Year's Eve and the only clue is a Chinese Puzzle Box. With quotes from Machievelli and The Art of War, this book will cause the reader to consider the nature of power, how far one will go to attain it, and who is worthy of wielding it. I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angie Garcia-Myers on August 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a very well written story. Its intriguing, mystifying and always enthralling! Scott McBain's use of Niccolo Machiavelli and Sun Tzu and Taoism, ensure a story interwoven with philosphy, personal truths, double-crossing, the quest for peace and the Mastership. For me a fantastic read, so I recommend this book
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The world that Scott presents in this book is not so far away from our current world and its events. The twist and turns and the mystery and depth of detail and reference made the story so real, in my mind I was living it.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By timediver® on March 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
In the beginning 13th Century, in front of Jerusalem the severely wounded crusader James McDonald carries out an oath: If he should ever see his scottish home again, he would create an autonomous institution with persons with their only task, to consultate all rulers of all countries for the purpose of keeping the peace ....
...in the year 1217 James could fulfill his oath, when he became first "master" of the "collegium" furnished on his island Tirah. Further 80 members, among them five arbitrators, belong to the organisation in accordance with their statutes beside the master. The determination of a new master is incumbent on this group of five. Until today the arbitrators are choosing several candidates from all members to join in a selection by a special procedure. The candidates are introduced with the "competition" by the acting master and then they are asjked, whether they would like to participate. To those, who agreed, the master presents the task of testing, who have been determined by the arbitrators....
...nearly 800 years after the establishing of the collegium, physicist Rex Boone, politologyscientis and economist Ivan Radic, Andrew Brendon UN-advisor in military questions and the Expert of financial politics Sebastien Defrage and his girlfriend, computerexpert Tanya Johnson, following the invitation of the master. After all five candidates have assured their participation and become acquainted with a small chinese box, the task is opened to them: Within period of one year, each candidate must appear with 20 billion dollars in presence of the arbitrators....
Now begins what the title promises: "The Mastership Game" In addition to it belongs the knowledge of power and the ways how to abuse it in "logically" way, because the master has to be trusted with all cases.
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