The first part of the book, I was reading along, just enjoying a what I thought was a fluff book, then a sentence grabs me and I had to finish it right then. This is one of the better Sidney Sheldons to me. Not very long, super easy to read. Anyone who has ever planned and plotted revenge on someone needs to read this book. Highly recommended.
This is the story of a woman scorned. When Leslie Stewart meets handsome governor of a southern state, Oliver Russell, she is convinced she will marry him. What follows is a story of revenge that leads from America's bastions of power to the world of newspaper publishing. I give this story a B+! It was a page-turner.
The Best Laid Plans tells the explosive story of the beautiful and ambitious Leslie Stewart, who learns that for some men power is the greatest aphrodisiac, and of Oliver Russell, the handsome governor of a small southern state, who finds out why hell has no fury like a woman scorned.
UAB, cass, 9 hrs. A good audio that takes the listener inside the world of politics with it's scandals, corruption and cover-ups; and the world of newspaper publishing.
Left me hanging on....
The latest from the indefatigable Sheldon is full of manipulators, dirty dealers, and dastardly rascals, all snatching at power--political, financial, sexual, or all the above; in other words, business as usual in Sidney's World. The Best Laid Plans begins with the meeting and mating of Oliver Russell, a promising young attorney-cum-gubernatorial candidate, and Leslie Stewart, the beautiful go-getter who is running his public relations campaign. Just as the pair is about to be wed, Russell's mentor, Senator Todd Davis, offers him a deal he can't refuse: marry my daughter and I will make you president. Russell accepts and Stewart vows revenge. The lion's share of The Best Laid Plans revolves around the young pol's rise to power and Stewart's byzantine plotting to bring him to grief. Russell gives his phony wife plenty of opportunities because, like every fictional president (and some real ones), Russell has an unruly libido. Reading this book is like waiting for a train wreck, bracing for the inevitable collision; but to Sheldon's credit, the titanic scandal that ends the novel is not quite what you expect...
The story of the beautiful and ambitious LEslie Stewart, who learns that for some men power is the greatest aphrodisiac, and of Oliver Russell, hte handsome governor of a small southern state, who finds out why hell has no fury like a women scorned.
Overall, a good, quick read. Ending was a little rushed. Also, one character seemed to not fit w/the whole story line (could have probably evolved into her own book though). Her part seemed pointless to the story and w/out her, he could have not rushed the ending.
Sometimes a person gets so focused on revenge that they do not realize that the only person they are really hurting is themself. That is what happens to Leslie Stewart when she decides to take down Oliver Russell, the President of the United States. Leslie was suppose to have married Oliver when he was an Attorney in Kentucky. Fortunately he marries the daughter of US Senator and becomes the Governor of Kentucky and then the President of the United States. Leslie cannot forget the humiliation of being dumped so she plots a revenge against Oliver. Meanwhile, a couple of young girls have been found murdered while using Ecstasy and the girls are somehow linked to Oliver. Leslie who recalls Oliver trying to persuade her to use Ecstasy when they were dating begins to think that this might be her big break in her quest to bring down Oliver. But is she on the right track? Read the book and find out. You will also meet Dana Evans, a star reporter for the Washington Tribune which is owned by Leslie. Dana will be key character in exposing the truth. You can also read more about Dana in Sidney Sheldon's "The Sky is Falling".
Leslie Stewart is a woman scorned.She sets out to mass a newspaper industry and ruin the man who left her to follow his dream for power and the prediency of the United States. I couldnt put it down--a very interesting book.
For me this story was far more contrived than it was clever.
This was my second time reading it; I first read it when it was first released in 1997.
As a previous reviewer mentioned, the storyline with Dana Evans was a complete tangent that detracted from the main Leslie Stewart/Oliver Russell plot that was outlined by the synopsis. Dana's character and entire storyline felt like plot bloat. So it could've been woven in a lot better.
The other plot twists were quite predictable for me, and as a huge fan of Sidney Sheldon's earlier works, this read really let me down.
For die hard fans, I'd have to say skip this one. I could really only recommend it for teenagers. C+
The Best Laid Plans begins with the meeting and mating of Oliver Russell, a promising young attorney-cum-gubernatorial candidate, and Leslie Stewart, the beautiful go-getter who is running his public relations campaign. Just as the pair is about to be wed, Russell's mentor, Senator Todd Davis, offers him a deal he can't refuse: marry my daughter and I will make you president. Russell accepts and Stewart vows revenge.
"The Best Laid Plans" tells the explosive story of the beautiful and ambitious Leslie Stewart, who learns that for some men power is the greatest aphrodisiac, and of Oliver Russell, the handsome governor of a small southern state, who finds out why hell has no fury like a woman scorned. With the unexpected twists and turns that are the hallmarks of his novels, Sidney Sheldon spins a tale of two equally determined people headed on a collision course. Oliver has a strategy to win the White House; Leslie has a scheme to make him wish he'd never been born. They both should have known that even the best-laid plans can go dangerously astray...with deadly consequences. "The Best Laid Plans" takes readers inside two of America's most powerful and ruthless institutions: the world of politics with its scandals, corruption, and cover-ups; and that of newspaper publishing, where it is not unusual to use the power of the press to destroy lives - or bring down heads of state - in pursuit of a story or to settle a score.