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The Sands of Time Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 1989


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 427 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reissue edition (December 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446356832
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446356831
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Big, broad splashes of action and crude but colorful characters are Sheldon's trademarks, as he demonstrates again in a new novel probably destined to join Windmills of the Gods and Rage of Angels on the bestseller list. The backdrop for this romantic adventure story is the conflict between Basque nationalists and a repressive Spanish government in the post-Franco years. Pitted against each other in a fight to the death are charismatic Basque guerrilla leader Jaime Miro and corrupt, sadistic Colonel Acoca. When Acoca brutally sacks a convent in search of Miro, four nuns escape at the urging of Sister Lucia, who has been hiding in the cloister since taking vengeance on the men who put her Mafioso father behind bars. Beautiful Sister Graciela, tomboyish, orphaned Sister Megan and Sister Teresa, who is teetering toward a breakdown, flee into the forest with Lucia, where they are grudgingly befriended by Miro and his gang. Before crossing Spain to a rendezvous point, the group splits up to more safely evade an increasingly enraged Colonel Acoca. Lucia's predicament presents an amusing counterpoint to suspense, as Rubio, the simple peasant who accompanies her, kindly explains worldly activities to a woman who knows a great deal more than he does. Not a breath of subtlety touches these pages, but goodwill and lively subplots move the book along at a spirited pace. First serial to Cosmopolitan; Literary Guild main selection.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Best known today for his exciting blockbuster novels, Sidney Sheldon is the author of The Best Laid Plans, Nothing Lasts Forever, The Stars Shine Down, The Doomsday Conspiracy, Memories of Midnight, The Sands of Time, Windmills of the Gods, If Tomorrow Comes, Master of the Game, Rage of Angels, Bloodline, A Stranger in the Mirror, and The Other Side of Midnight. Almost all have been number-one international bestsellers. His first book, The Naked Face, was acclaimed by the New York Times as "the best first mystery of the year" and received an Edgar Award. Most of his novels have become major feature films or TV miniseries, and there are more than 275 million copies of his books in print throughout the world. Before he became a novelist, Sidney Sheldon had already won a Tony Award for Broadway's Redhead and an Academy Award for The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer. He has written the screenplays for twenty-three motion pictures, including Easter Parade (with Judy Garland) and Annie Get Your Gun. In addition, he penned six other Broadway hits and created three long-running television series, including Hart to Hart and I Dream of Jeannie, which he also produced. A writer who has delighted millions with his award-winning plays, movies, novels, and television shows, Sidney Sheldon reigns as one of the most popular storytellers of all time.

Customer Reviews

Sidney Sheldon writes a good story, and this was one of his original books.
Barbara J. Giglio
The interesting of this book is that at the end everybody gets what he or she (almost) deserves.
Jorge Frid
The story, full of twists make you seat on the edge of the chair the whole time.
Marco Aurelio

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Vicky Khroundina on December 11, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read almost all of Sheldon's books, and this one is one of my favorites. Sheldon creates 4 exciting, vivid and very different heroines and sends them on an adventure of romance, excitement, murder and betrayal set in the lush valleys, little villages and picteresque buildings of the Spanish countryside. Fun all the way! Definitely a must-read if you enjoy sweet'n'sexy all rolled into one! Appropriately named, this novel focuses on 4 nuns who are riden out of their safe and very strict convent in a little town in Spain due to an attack brought on by the Spanish Army who are searching for Basque leaders and believers; who in their eyes are terrorists. The 4 nuns set out to deliver a sacred cross to another convent, but on the way meet Jaime Miro, the charismatic Basque leader and his men. Along their journey they became friends, remember their pasts, and fall in love with the men they are forbidden to love. An excellent and exciting book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brandon T. on December 23, 2000
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THE SANDS OF TIME is a great book that has something for everyone. It is filled with action, intrigue,danger, and a hint of romance. This is the story of four nuns in Spain who are driven from their convent (they are Trappists one of the strictest orders of nuns)and forced to make a long journey to another convent for safety. Taking the only thing of value (a gold cross) with them, they set out on this journey, and face a world that will bring back memories for each. This journey is the focus of this grand novel.
This book is vividly described and takes us around the world. Sheldon does a great job providing a wonderful story in war-torn Spain. If you love Sidney Sheldon's works or just a fantastic novel, Sheldon's THE SANDS OF TIME is a book you should read. It's well worth the money, so buy it today.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. K. Leggate on February 27, 2003
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Set in a time of political unrest in Spain, four nuns find themselves running for their lives from a ruthless tyrant who holds a lot of political power. All four women have secrets that help complicate matters as they flee their once safe haven, and they all learn very important lessons about who they were, and who they will soon become.
This is a wonderful novel that I would recommend to anyone. It has action, adventure, romance, intrigue and of course style which is something Sindey Sheldon's books never lack.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Beverley Strong on April 2, 2006
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This really does read like a super opulent soapie...perhaps it has been put on film and, if it was, it must have looked gorgeous. In the turbulent days of the seventies following Franco's death and the return to the throne of the Spanish royal house, bitter fighting still continued between the members of the Basque underground, ETA, and the Spanish army. Killings occurred on both sides with reprisals being swift and horrifying, especially the manner of execution by the Government...the garrotte, a brutal, slow and inhumane method of death. Under the command of Colonel Ramon Acoca, the Spanish army is searching for the leader of the resitance, Jaime Miro, and in his determination to capture Jaime, Acoca orders the search and desecration of a convent. Some nuns are killed, others raped and four of the nuns escape the slaughter under the protection of Jaime. The nuns are hoping to reach the sanctuary of another convent some distance away, with the exception of one of them, who is the daughter of an Italian Mafiosa, who has been hiding from the police in the convent, biding her time to escape to Switzerland. Romances flourish, traitors are exposed and lots happen on their trek through the hills of the Spanish countryside. Perhaps it's predictable fiction but it was a fun read in vivid Technicolour !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marco Aurelio on July 13, 2000
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Wonderfully written, this book portraits you to a world unlike any other. That was the first book by Sidney Sheldon I read, a long time ago, and it's still my all time favorite.
The story, full of twists make you seat on the edge of the chair the whole time. You suffer, laugh, run and have fun with the characters. It's the kind of book that Mr. Sheldon seem to have forgotten how to write. The adorable scenarios in Spain are only a little thing of the whole that the book shows. Believe me, reading this book it's like watching a movie, like the ones we watch and never forget and want everyone we know to watch it too. That's the way I feel about that book and I guarantee you that's the way you will feel after taking this piece with you to bed.
Marco Aurelio.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Roth on December 19, 2001
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This book is entertaining. It is not as enthralling like other books Sheldon has written such as The Conspiracy Theory, The Stars Shine Down or Nothing Lasts Forever. I found myself bored at times when reading this and then in a "can't put it down" mode at other times. If you are a Sheldon fan, it is worth reading, but if you are new to this author try a different title first. He is an exceptional story teller.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric C. Forbes on May 17, 2001
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Sidney Sheldon's potboiler dwells on a compelling subject matter: the turmoil of a nation embroiled in a bloody civil war. Set against the timeless and haunting landscape of Spain, Sheldon weaves intricate strands of Spanish history and politics into a tangled tapestry of adventure and romance. By depicting the enigmatic and rugged Spanish terrain with broad but deft strokes of colours, Spain comes across as a colourful juxtaposition of the past and present, a land of eternal passion and unceasing bloodshed. He is adept at capturing a historical ambience and the nuances of affinities between people thrown together by circumstances....
The Sands of Time has a dramatic poignancy that demonstrates Sheldon's measured writing style, which through sheer imagination succeeds in creating a drama of political intrigue. There was no dearth of dramatic punctuation and the narrative was not bloated with extraneous dialogue; his dialogue is irrefragably excellent for the revelation of characters and his command of the idioms of ordinary speech permits him to achieve a fine naturalness.
The Sands of Time deals with the tragedy of a land torn by strife, unfolded with an insight into the characters that people the vast Spanish landscape. It pricks and provokes...a people and their ideals, beliefs and freedom, and at the same time delves into the subtle territory of forbidden love. Much of the novel is a joy to read and it may linger in our minds long after other easily assimilated pulp of the same genre have passed beyond our memory. This is also Sheldon's last well-written novel; his more recent flaccid potboilers have somehow become a reviewer's nightmare.
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More About the Author

Best known today for his exciting blockbuster novels, Sidney Sheldon is the author of The Best Laid Plans, Nothing Lasts Forever, The Stars Shine Down, The Doomsday Conspiracy, Memories of Midnight, The Sands of Time, Windmills of the Gods, If Tomorrow Comes, Master of the Game, Rage of Angels, Bloodline, A Stranger in the Mirror, and The Other Side of Midnight. Almost all have been number-one international bestsellers. His first book, The Naked Face, was acclaimed by the New York Times as "the best first mystery of the year" and received an Edgar Award. Most of his novels have become major feature films or TV miniseries, and there are more than 275 million copies of his books in print throughout the world.

Before he became a novelist, Sidney Sheldon had already won a Tony Award for Broadway's Redhead and an Academy Award for The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer. He has written the screenplays for twenty-three motion pictures, including Easter Parade (with Judy Garland) and Annie Get Your Gun. In addition, he penned six other Broadway hits and created three long-running television series, including Hart to Hart and I Dream of Jeannie, which he also produced. A writer who has delighted millions with his award-winning plays, movies, novels, and television shows, Sidney Sheldon reigns as one of the most popular storytellers of all time.

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