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Title:
The sky is falling
Author:
Sheldon, Sidney.
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Edition:
Unabridged edition.
Publication Information:
Prince Frederick, Md. : Recorded Books, [2000]

℗2000
Physical Description:
8 compact discs : digital, stereophonic ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
"Television news anchor Dana Evans is beautiful and intelligent. She is also fearless, having been a correspondent during the Bosnian war. But when she begins to investigate a string of murders that has wiped out one of America's most prominent families, she is shocked. The evidence points to powerful, international forces."--Container.
General Note:
Unabridged.

Compact discs.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780788751523
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Audiobook on CD

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Summary

Summary

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 are killed in a series of accidents. Beautiful young anchorwoman Dana Evans begines an investigation and stares 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 half a dozen countries in surch of a remorseless killer. As she closes in on her suspect, the shocking secrets she uncovers 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.


Author Notes

Born in Chicago on February 11, 1917, Sidney Sheldon entered Northwestern University on a scholarship in 1935, but was soon forced to drop out due to the Depression. He went to Manhattan in hopes of becoming a songwriter, but decided to try the west coast where he was hired as a script reader by Universal Studios. He had managed to break into screenwriting on a modest basis when World War II broke out. After he was discharged from the Air Force for medical reasons, he began to write musicals and comedies for the New York stage. At the age of 25, he had three musicals playing on Broadway-- Merry Widow, Jackpot, and Dream with Music. He went on to win a Tony Award for the musical Redhead.

Sheldon eventually returned to Hollywood and spent 12 years as a successful screenwriter at both MGM Studios and Paramount Pictures. His acclaim as a screenwriter was capped by the Oscar he won for the screenplay of The Bachelor and the Bobbysoxer (1947). He wrote 25 films during his lifetime including Jumbo and Anything Goes. He won a Screen Writers Guild Award for best musical of the year for Easter Parade in 1948 and for Annie Get Your Gun in 1950. He also wrote and produced several successful television series, including The Patty Duke Show, I Dream of Jeannie, and Hart to Hart.

One of the world's best-selling writers, Sheldon decided to try writing a novel when he got an idea that he could not adapt to a play or a screenplay. His first novel, The Naked Face, won an Edgar for the best mystery novel of 1970. He wrote numerous novels during his lifetime including The Other Side of Midnight, Bloodline, Rage of Angels, If Tomorrow Comes, Windmills of the Gods, and Tell Me Your Dreams. He died on January 30, 2007. His title Sidney Sheldon's Angel of the Dark made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Popular author Sheldon ventures into the world of television journalism and post^-cold war espionage. After her courageous and high-profile coverage of the war in Sarajevo, Washington reporter Dana Evans is offered the plum job as host of her own investigative television show. She decides to investigate the deaths of the entire wealthy Winthrop family. A clan reminiscent of the Kennedys, the Winthrops appeared to be a family dedicated to public service; the patriarch, Taylor Winthrop, once served as an ambassador to Russia. Most journalists believe that their untimely deaths are merely tragic, but Dana finds the fact that the whole family died within a year suspicious and tries to find the cause. Her investigation leads to Aspen, major European capitals, and Russia, and the more Dana discovers, the more rapidly the image of a great altruistic American family dissolves. Taylor Winthrop had long been considered a modern-day saint, but eventually an international list of people who Taylor wronged is unearthed, and it seems he was up to no good with the Russians. Meanwhile Dana's personal life is in arrears. Kemel, her Yugoslavian adopted son, is having difficulty adjusting to school, and her fianceis off taking care of his beautiful ex-wife. In addition to the pseudo-Kennedy appeal, Sheldon's entertaining plot has the feel of a James Bond film but with a heroine instead of a hero. --Whitney Scott


Publisher's Weekly Review

Efficiently brisk and reliably suspenseful, Sheldon's (Tell Me Your Dreams, etc.) 17th novel demonstrates that this veteran master of commercial fiction has not lost his touch. Freshly returned to Washington, D.C., from a stint reporting in Sarajevo, TV newscaster Dana Evans (introduced in Sheldon's The Best Laid Plans) struggles to cope with her new adopted son, troubled 12-year-old Kemal, whose parents and sister were killed in the fighting. Back on the job, Dana interviews youngish millionaire Gary Winthrop, the scion of a Kennedyesque clan, only to learn the next day that the prospective Senate candidate and philanthropist has been murdered in his Washington townhouse. Unbelievably, Dana is the only person who finds it odd that five members of the Winthrop family have died violent deaths in the last year. Despite this weakness in the plot, Sheldon crafts a page-turner that takes Dana on a worldwide quest from France, Germany and Italy to Alaska and Moscow as she pursues her hunch that all the Winthrop deaths are related. Deceased family patriarch Taylor Winthrop, she discovers, was a manipulative, unscrupulous businessman, politico and womanizer with many enemies. And the senior Winthrop's connection to the real-life Siberian underground city of Krasnoyarsk-26 and its production of plutonium proves the source of the family's wealth and their ill fortune. A love triangle involving Dana, sports anchor Jeff Connors and his ex-wife, internationally known model Rachel Stevens, seems gratuitous, tossed in merely to add plot texture, but it does provide some viable moments of romance and schmaltz. When the villains behind the killings turn against Dana as she comes closer to the truth, the tension builds and holds right through to a seven-alarm finale. Agent, Mort Janklow. 750,000 first printing; Literary Guild and Doubleday main selections; Mystery Guild featured alternate; People Book Club alternate; 6-city author tour. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Dana Evans has everything a TV news anchor should have: brains, beauty, and curiosity. After returning with an adopted orphan from a stint reporting in war-torn Bosnia, she begins to investigate a story that has caught her eye. The powerful, popular Taylor Winthrop, a member of one of America's most prominent families, has been killed, and Dana senses that something more is at work here than mere bad luck. Little does she know that her efforts to prove a conspiracy will pit her against a powerful international organization. This is typical Sheldon (Tell Me Your Dreams) fare, though not as well crafted as some of his earlier books. Dana's relationship with her lover, Jeff, a handsome sports anchor, is rather predictable, and the dialog between them is as interesting as processed cheese. Kate Forbes does a fine job reading and rendering the uniqueness of each main character no small feat given that some of the dialog isn't exactly eloquent. The technical quality of this production is excellent. Listeners who want to break the boredom of the daily commute, or while away a lazy weekend, will find this satisfying. Recommended for most popular collections. Nancy Paul, Brandon P.L., WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

Sky Is Falling, The Chapter One She was hurrying along Pennsylvania Avenue, a block from the White House, shivering in the cold December wind, when she heard the terrifying, earsplitting scream of air-raid sirens and then the sound of a bomber plane overhead, ready to unload its cargo of death. She stopped, frozen, engulfed in a red mist of terror. Suddenly she was back in Sarajevo, and she could hear the shrill whistle of the bombs dropping. She closed her eyes tightly, but it was impossible to shut out the vision of what was happening all around her. The sky was ablaze, and she was deafened by the sounds of automatic-weapons fire, roaring planes, and the wump of deadly mortar shells. Nearby buildings erupted into showers of cement, bricks, and dust. Terrified people were running in every direction, trying to outrace death. From far, far away, a man's voice was saying, "Are you all right?" Slowly, warily, she opened her eyes. She was back on Pennsylvania Avenue, in the bleak winter sunlight, listening to the fading sounds of the jet plane and the ambulance siren that had triggered her memories. "Miss'are you all right?" She forced herself back to the present. "Yes. I'm'I'm fine, thank you." He was staring at her. "Wait a minute! You're Dana Evans. I'm a big fan of yours. I watch you on WTN every night, and I saw all your broadcasts from Yugoslavia." His voice was filled with enthusiasm. "It must have been really exciting for you, covering that war, huh?" "Yes." Dana Evans's throat was dry. Exciting to see people blown to shreds, to see the bodies of babies thrown down wells, bits of human jetsam flowing down a river of red. She suddenly felt sick to her stomach. "Excuse me." She turned and hurried away. Dana Evans had returned from Yugoslavia just three months earlier. The memories were still too fresh. It seemed unreal to walk down streets in broad daylight without fear, to hear birds singing and people laughing. There had been no laughter in Sarajevo, only the sounds of exploding mortars and the anguished screams that followed. John Donne was right, Dana thought. No man is an island. What happens to one, happens to us all, for we are all made of clay and stardust. We share the same moments of time. The universal second hand starts its unforgiving sweep toward the next minute: In Santiago, a ten-year-old girl is being raped by her grandfather . . . In New York City, two young lovers are kissing by candlelight . . . In Flanders, a seventeen-year-old girl is giving birth to a crack baby . . . In Chicago, a fireman risks his life to save a cat from a burning building . . . In São Paulo, hundreds of fans are trampled to death at a soccer match as the stands collapse . . . In Pisa, a mother cries with joy as she watches her baby take its first steps . . . All this and infinitely more in the space of sixty seconds, Dana thought. And then time ticks on until it finally sends us into the same unknown eternity. Dana Evans, at twenty-seven, was lovely looking, with a slim figure, midnight-black hair, large, intelligent gray eyes, a heart-shaped face, and a warm, contagious laugh. Dana had grown up as an army brat, the daughter of a colonel who traveled from base to base as an armament instructor, and that kind of life had given Dana a taste for adventure. She was vulnerable and at the same time fearless, and the combination was irresistible. During the year that Dana had covered the war in Yugoslavia, people all over the world were spellbound by the beautiful, young, impassioned woman broadcasting in the middle of battle, risking her life to report on the deadly events occurring around her. Now, wherever she went, she was aware of signs and whispers of recognition. Dana Evans was embarrassed by her celebrity. Hurrying down Pennsylvania Avenue, passing the White House, Dana looked at her watch and thought, I'm going to be late for the meeting. Washington Tribune Enterprises took up an entire block of Sixth Street NW, with four separate buildings: a newspaper printing plant, newspaper staff offices, an executive tower, and a television broadcasting complex. The Washington Tribune Network television studios occupied the sixth floor of building four. The place was always charged with energy, its cubicles humming with people at work on their computers. Wire copy from half a dozen news services constantly spewed out updated news from around the globe. The immensity of the operation never ceased to amaze and excite Dana. It was there that Dana had met Jeff Connors. An All-Star pitcher until he injured his arm in a skiing accident, Jeff was now an on-air sports reporter for WTN and also wrote a daily column for the Washington Tribune Syndicate. He was in his thirties, tall and lean, with boyish looks and an easy, laid-back charm that attracted people to him. Jeff and Dana had fallen in love, and they had talked about marriage. In the three months since Dana had returned from Sarajevo, events in Washington had moved swiftly. Leslie Stewart, the former owner of Washington Tribune Enterprises, had sold out and disappeared, and the corporation had been bought by an international media tycoon, Elliot Cromwell. The morning meeting with Matt Baker and Elliot Cromwell was about to begin. When Dana arrived, she was greeted by Abbe Lasmann, Matt's sexy redheaded assistant. "The fellows are waiting for you," Abbe said. "Thanks, Abbe." Dana walked into the corner office. "Matt . . . Elliot . . ." "You're late," Matt Baker grumbled. Baker was a short, gray-haired man in his early fifties, with a gruff, impatient manner fueled by a brilliant, restless mind... Sky Is Falling, The . Copyright © by Sidney Sheldon. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold. Excerpted from The Sky Is Falling by Sidney Sheldon All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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