The Sky Is Falling

The Sky Is Falling

Large Print - 2000
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If America had a royal family, the Taylor Winthrops would wear the crown. The popular, charismatic Winthrops have captured the imagination of the world with their public service, their enormous charity, and their glamorous lives. But in the period of one year., all five members of the family are killed in a series of accidents. Beautiful young anchor woman Dana Evans begins an investigation and starts unraveling compelling evidence that she can hardly believe.

In her determined pursuit of the truth, Dana never anticipated the cat-and-mouse chase that leads her through a half dozen countries in search of a remorseless killer. As she closes in on her suspect, the shocking secrets she uncovers place Dana and her young son in dire jeopardy. Can Dana outwit her pursuers and expose the truth that will astound the world?

A dynamite thriller filled with all the elements that have made his previous works phenomenal bestsellers) The Sky Is Falling is Sidney Sheldon at his sizzling best.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2000.
Edition: 1st Harper Large Print ed. --
ISBN: 9780060199128
0060199121
Characteristics: 385 p.

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Aug 07, 2017

This book almost reads like a television script -- bite size pieces of action never poising too long on one scene, shifts from frame to frame, the characters are predictable (eg. Dana the erstwhile anchor desk news reporter). It's an easy read.

I was fascinated because this book took me, albeit in a fictional way, to the formerly closed underground city of Krasnoyarsk in Siberia. The description fleshes out what it might have felt living there in its heyday in the early 60's, and ultimately how it and its residents were left to languish in the economic chaos following the break-up of the USSR in 1989. This city was one of 13 or so spread across the USSR, not identified on any maps, its residents living in isolation (in this case partially underground), given relatively high salaries, and more goods and services to sustain them than afforded the average Russian living elsewhere at this time, but subject to lack of freedom to leave as well as constant intense scrutiny by the KGB. Krasnoyarsk in particular was dedicated to processing high-grade plutonium for atomic weaponry purposes.

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