Book Reviews

Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer Book Review (Book 1)

“Fortune favours the brave”

I remember reading this book just as I entered High School about 20 odd years ago and I can say upon re-reading it that it has aged well in some aspects and it’s still a very entertaining read.

The story follows (much like First Among Equals and The Fourth Estate and As the crow flies) two men locked in a battle of wits spanning across multiple decades.
One is William Lowell Kane, the son of a Boston Millionaire, the other is Abel Rosnovski, a penniless Polish immigrant who becomes the head of The Baron Group and multi-millionaire by the time he’s 50.

Growing Up

How to command and influence people

The Styles and Methods of Power

Power is the ability to get things done – your way. Sometimes it’s a direct order that you give, sometimes a suggestion you make, or a request or the asking of a favor; but the result (if you have power) is always that the other person acts and you derive a benefit from the other person’s actions.

Once can have power in many different ways. You have it over your employees because you pay their salaries. If you are an expert in a special field, it’s because you know the best way to handle matters. In a legal dispute it’s because you have the law on your side.

spending-002If you have credit cards, it can be part of your lifestyle to go into a store, hotel, or restaurant, in any city, and order whatever you wish. In politics it’s because folks will give you their votes, hoping that you’ll work and succeed in getting the government to serve them in their area. 


Cloud Atlas Excerpt * On the power of men

“Power.” What do we mean? ‘The ability to determine another man’s luck.’
You men of science, building tycoons and opinion formers: my jet could take off from La Guardia, and before I touched down in BY you’d be a nobody.
You Wall Street moguls, selected officials, judges, I might need more time to knock you off your perches, but your eventual downfall would be just as total.

…Yet how is it that some men attain mastery over others while the vast majority live and die as minions, as livestock?
The answer is a holy trinity.
First: God-given gifts of charisma.
Second: the discipline to nurture these gifts to maturity, for though humanity’s topsoil is fertile with talent, only one seed in ten thousand will ever flower — for want of discipline.
Third: the will to power.”

This is the enigma at the core of the various destinies of men. What drives some to accrue power where the majority of their compatriots lose, mishandle, or eschew power? Is it addiction? Wealth? Survival? Natural selection? I propose these are all pretexts and results, not the root cause. The only answer can be, “There is no ‘Why’. This is our nature.” “Who” and “What” run deeper than “Why.”’
Romance Books

Jessica Ruston’s Luxury Book Review

Sex, glamour, night life, sexy rollers, business tycoons and a lot of drama!

The book starts off slow (I nearly abandoned after the first 10-20 pages), but with a bit of coffee and a lot of determination, I started plowing through it and I was surprised how good it turned out to be! It’s a solid 3.5/5 🙂 So if you bought it, there is definitely a case for you to finish it! If you like Jackie Collins books, Sydney Sheldon and also some Nora Roberts, you will definitely enjoy this one!

This is the story of 4 people and a love triangle. A story about a dream of an island resort and about the rise and fall to power of the rich and famous.