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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Both sides are snazzy, April 2, 2001
This review is from: The Other Side of Midnight (Mass Market Paperback)
OK, here's a book you'll like. I have just two complaints, and I'll get them out of the way quickly: 1. The sex scenes are hokey. And 2. At one point a horde of bats attack our heroine in a cave. Not likely. We don't need more bad publicity for our furry, little friends. Almost all of them mind their own business, and they are vital to the ecosystem. Even vampires sneak up on their sleeping victims. They do not attack en masse.

But, I digress...our cast includes Catherine Alexander, a good, beautiful, naive woman; Noelle Page, a bad, beautiful woman, really dreadful; Bill Fraser, a great guy who deflowers young Catherine (but that's OK with her); Larry Douglas, a debonair flyboy with nary a scruple in his handsome head; and Constantin Demiris, a Greek billionaire with a definite taste for revenge! I'll say no more.

Here's the deal: Catherine and Noelle are both born in 1919. Catherine, from Chicago, grows to young adulthood, somewhat naive.

Noelle, from Marseille, France, grows to young adulthood somewhat naive too, but early on she falls in love with Douglas, who inadvertently twists her. He beds her and dumps her, and she never recovers. She turns into a cold-hearted Harpy...plotting revenge for years! Catherine, on the other hand, falls in love with an older man, Fraser, a stolid Washington bigwig, but she too later falls under the hypnotic spell of the devilishly passionate Douglas who, by the way, is an ace fighter pilot in WWII. How romantic for a tender, impressionable young woman! No wonder they can't resist: a fighter pilot with handsome, chiseled features and a devil-may-care attitude. A male fatale.

OK, so we have parallel stories for a while. Caring Catherine and Fraser in Washington. Noxious Noelle, who becomes a famous actress with a string of influential lovers, in Europe. But remember this: Noelle is plotting revenge on Douglas, the cad. Noelle finally takes up with Demiris, and maneuvers Douglas into being hired as the Greek's personal pilot. At this point, the two stories move closer, ending in Greece, spiraling down a slippery slope of murder schemes, failed plots, romantic nights, successful plots, mountains in the clouds, rickety foot-bridges, bottomless volcanic lakes, terror in dark caves, hokey sex, stunning Mediterranean vistas...all that stuff.

It's a well-crafted yarn, and it has a dilly of an ending. Certainly blindsided me. Probably will do the same for you, but maybe you're sharper than I am. It's possible.

We have some good secondary characters, the best of whom is Colonel Mueller, a bald, albino, homosexual Gestapo officer. Unlike everybody else, he was not blinded by Noelle's charms. Of course not, he's gay. Did she escape his clutches? You'll just have to read the book and see. I recommend it to you. Trust me on this.
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Initial post: Nov 7, 2011, 6:19:09 AM PST
Sally Emley says:
Hilarious review. Almost makes me want to re-read this book which I read about a hundred years ago when I was young. Maybe I will.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2011, 6:21:42 AM PST
And I wrote that review a hundred years ago. Glad I provided a moment of amusement. Chuckles are good.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2013, 2:52:22 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 15, 2013, 2:53:11 AM PDT
Couldn't agree more. Richly deserved praise for a great review. Noxious Noelle, I love it.....

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2015, 12:41:48 AM PDT
tm says:
And here we are another hundred years later, and your review is still entertaining!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2015, 5:17:27 AM PDT
Thanks, TM, but I think it's nearly 115 years later now.

Posted on Jan 20, 2017, 10:58:13 AM PST
Cathy says:
Good report! I like this book and I also find it funny that Sheldon mentioned Greek myths as if they actually happened...some readers could possibly believe it if they don't know about Greek mythology. Mrs Piris, the old crone who could read your future is another star! as well as August Lanchon, who fancied himself as a debonair rich lover! Lol ! Btw, Sheldon's heroines always look pale and beautiful when they are tried in court even if they're scared out of their wits!
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