The Carpetbaggers

The Carpetbaggers

Book - 1961
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"Jonas Cord coveted his father's fame, fortune, even his young, beautiful wife. When his father died, Jonas swore to possess them all. But Rina Marlow was the celebrated screen goddess no man could master. Her sizzling sensuality might inflame and enthrall millions, but her personal boudoir was no Hollywood fantasy. She consumed her lovers on the fiery rack of her burning desires. Rina and Jonas took Hollywood, the airplane industry, America itself by storm. From New York to LA they brawled, lusted, and carved out an empire, blazoned in banner headlines and their enemies-blood-only to learn that money and power, revenge and renown were not enough. Too much would never be enough - not for Jonas Cord and the relentless Rina Marlowe. The higher they soared, the more their ambition demanded . . . the darker and deadlier their fiery passions grew"-- Publisher description.
Publisher: c1961
ISBN: 9780765351463
9780340952849
Branch Call Number: Robb

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smarjano
May 30, 2017

Harold Robbins' ode to cut-throat free enterprise and his most famous novel is a very long, but entertaining saga. The sex is tame by today's standards, the business deals are ruthless and the violence is very cruel. And, yes, it is "The Aviator" as it would have been written in 1960 - the main character is based on Howard Hughes. He is not very sympathetic, as are none of the other characters. Do not expext deep psychological insight: the actions speak for themselves, and they carry the plot very nicely indeed.

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