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Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel, Book Review

Last week I did a teaser of best selling author Danielle Steel’s latest Thriller Dangerous Games and today I have a review of the same.

Title: Dangerous Games

Author: Danielle Steel

Publisher: Pan Macmillan India

Published: 9/3/2017

Format reviewed: Paperback

Rating: 3.5/5

Location: New York, USA 

Profession of lead characters: Investigative Journalist, Cameraman, Politicians. 


Bringing together a cast of fascinating characters in a riveting tale of ambition and corruption, politics, passion, and ultimate justice, Dangerous Games is a thrilling drama from #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel.

Television correspondent Alix Phillips dodges bullets and breaks rules to bring the most important news to the world—from riots in America to protests on the streets of Tehran. With her daughter in college, and working alongside cameraman Ben Chapman, a deeply private ex–Navy SEAL, Alix revels in the risks and whirlwind pace of her work. But her latest assignment puts her at the center of an explosive story that will reshape many lives, including her own: investigating damning allegations involving the Vice President of the United States, Tony Clark.

Alix begins with a nationally revered woman who may be the key to exposing frightening secrets. Olympia Foster is the fragile, reclusive widow of America’s most admired senator, who had been destined for the presidency before an assassin’s bullet felled him. Since then, Olympia has found emotional support in Clark, who once wanted her as his wife and now stands as her protector and confidant. When Alix digs deeper, federal agents pick up the trail. Then the threats start.

As the stakes rise in this dangerous game, Alix needs Ben’s help as never before. And soon they realize they are grappling with an adversary far more sinister than they had imagined.

My thoughts

Danielle Steel stays true to her writing style which is pretty much classic, timeless, true to the story and it’s characters’ core. Her story moves away from the distractions of frivolity, silliness which make up the humdrum of daily life. It focusses on the craft of journalism – reporting, filming, uncovering nasty truths and paving way for justice. What appeals to me about her stories is bigger things are at play like life and in today’s times where social media is a distraction even in Fiction this was a refreshing read. 

Alix and Ben are the Dare devil reporter, cameraman team covering and reporting top news items. With interesting backgrounds of having seen the world and more life than their ages from a young age makes them mature with a smart and level-headed outlook on life. In this story they are right in the midst of political scandal while going about their routine reporting. A scandal which starts as a nagging doubt but soon blooms into a full scale life changer for some of the characters. The details of political, reporting circles are well researched as expected from the author. The story is not just about politics, power, greed but a well balanced mix of some talented people going about life; some come out great while the  others burn themselves. 

It was definitely a nostalgic read as it reminded me of other works by the author on similar themes. 


Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 650 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Property of a Noblewoman, Blue, Precious Gifts, Undercover, Country, Prodigal Son, Pegasus, A Perfect Life, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death; A Gift of Hope, a memoir of her work with the homeless; Pure Joy, about the dogs she and her family have loved; and the children’s books Pretty Minnie in Paris and Pretty Minnie in Hollywood.

Connect with the author via her website.

Danielle taking on ABC News about Dangerous Games.

Reviewed by Bharti

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