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This cloth-bound special edition of Danielle Steel’s Ransom is enhanced with gold leaf, comes with a special slip case, and is signed by the author. A violent crime brings together four lives in Danielle Steel’s sixtieth bestselling novel, the story of a mother’s courage, a family’s terror, and a triumph of human strength and dignity in the face of overwhelming odds. Outside This cloth-bound special edition of Danielle Steel’s Ransom is enhanced with gold leaf, comes with a special slip case, and is signed by the author. A violent crime brings together four lives in Danielle Steel’s sixtieth bestselling novel, the story of a mother’s courage, a family’s terror, and a triumph of human strength and dignity in the face of overwhelming odds. Outside the gates of a California prison, Peter Morgan is released after four long years and vows to redeem himself in the eyes of the young daughters he left behind. Simultaneously, Carl Waters, a convicted murderer, is set on the path of freedom with him. That night, three hundred miles south in San Francisco, police detective Ted Lee comes home to a silent house; for twenty-nine years, he has been living for his job—and slowly falling out of love with his wife. Across town, in an exclusive Pacific Heights neighborhood, a mother tries to shield her three children from the panic rising within her. Four months after her husband’s death, Fernanda Barnes faces a mountain of debt she cannot repay, a world destroyed, and a marriage lost. Within weeks, the lives of these four people will collide in ways none of them could have foreseen. For Fernanda, whose life had once been graced by beautiful homes, security, success, and stunning wealth, the death of her brilliant, brooding husband was already too much to bear. She simply couldn’t imagine a greater loss, until a devastating crime rocks her family to its core—and brings Detective Ted Lee into her life. A man of unshakable integrity, Lee will soon become the one person who tries to save Fernanda’s family from a terrifying fate. Fernanda must draw on a strength she never knew she had. Racing against time in the underbelly of the criminal world, buffeted by the dark side of power, and unmoored by loss and betrayal, no one can predict where this tragedy will take them. Danielle Steel brilliantly explores the collision of a shocking crime with the ordinary lives of its victims in a novel that mesmerizes from start to finish. Ransom is at once a riveting evocation of life’s inexplicable turns of fate and a testament to the human will to survive.


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This cloth-bound special edition of Danielle Steel’s Ransom is enhanced with gold leaf, comes with a special slip case, and is signed by the author. A violent crime brings together four lives in Danielle Steel’s sixtieth bestselling novel, the story of a mother’s courage, a family’s terror, and a triumph of human strength and dignity in the face of overwhelming odds. Outside This cloth-bound special edition of Danielle Steel’s Ransom is enhanced with gold leaf, comes with a special slip case, and is signed by the author. A violent crime brings together four lives in Danielle Steel’s sixtieth bestselling novel, the story of a mother’s courage, a family’s terror, and a triumph of human strength and dignity in the face of overwhelming odds. Outside the gates of a California prison, Peter Morgan is released after four long years and vows to redeem himself in the eyes of the young daughters he left behind. Simultaneously, Carl Waters, a convicted murderer, is set on the path of freedom with him. That night, three hundred miles south in San Francisco, police detective Ted Lee comes home to a silent house; for twenty-nine years, he has been living for his job—and slowly falling out of love with his wife. Across town, in an exclusive Pacific Heights neighborhood, a mother tries to shield her three children from the panic rising within her. Four months after her husband’s death, Fernanda Barnes faces a mountain of debt she cannot repay, a world destroyed, and a marriage lost. Within weeks, the lives of these four people will collide in ways none of them could have foreseen. For Fernanda, whose life had once been graced by beautiful homes, security, success, and stunning wealth, the death of her brilliant, brooding husband was already too much to bear. She simply couldn’t imagine a greater loss, until a devastating crime rocks her family to its core—and brings Detective Ted Lee into her life. A man of unshakable integrity, Lee will soon become the one person who tries to save Fernanda’s family from a terrifying fate. Fernanda must draw on a strength she never knew she had. Racing against time in the underbelly of the criminal world, buffeted by the dark side of power, and unmoored by loss and betrayal, no one can predict where this tragedy will take them. Danielle Steel brilliantly explores the collision of a shocking crime with the ordinary lives of its victims in a novel that mesmerizes from start to finish. Ransom is at once a riveting evocation of life’s inexplicable turns of fate and a testament to the human will to survive.

30 review for Ransom (Limited Edition)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tea Jovanović

    One of her better ones... The house the author discribes in this book reminds me of her own house I had the pleasure to visit in last century... :) Again she picked up a hot topic... kidnapping... real and constant nightmare to the wealthy...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    In many ways this is a typical Danielle Steel book, but in others it's a bit different. I enjoyed it overall, and was anxious to see how the story would unfold. The last 100 or so pages had me so riveted that I ended up staying awake until nearly 6 am to finish it. The negatives: Ms. Steel has a really annoying habit of repeating herself, over and over. I find it to be insulting to the intelligence of the reader. Often she repeats almost the same exact sentence within the same paragraph. It In many ways this is a typical Danielle Steel book, but in others it's a bit different. I enjoyed it overall, and was anxious to see how the story would unfold. The last 100 or so pages had me so riveted that I ended up staying awake until nearly 6 am to finish it. The negatives: Ms. Steel has a really annoying habit of repeating herself, over and over. I find it to be insulting to the intelligence of the reader. Often she repeats almost the same exact sentence within the same paragraph. It really surprises me that editing doesn't take care of that, but there must be a reason since I've noticed it in every one of her books that I have read. I also thought the ending was too predictable and a bit rushed, but that's typical of her books too and to be expected, so I don't mind that as much as the constant repetition. The positives: Often Ms. Steel describes the protagonist in such glowing terms that it becomes annoying. They are usually just too perfect - beautiful, smart, caring, and extremely attractive to men. And often I think they become unlikable because of various things they say and do. This book was an exception. Fernanda is beautiful, yes, and a loving mother, etc. But I actually pretty much liked her throughout the entire book and I cared about what happened to her and her family. So that was refreshing. I also thought the story was interesting, and - although it was easy to guess how things would turn out - I was very curious to read how it all transpired and got to that point. I do wish that we were allowed to give half-stars for our reviews. This would have been 3-1/2 for me. Overall, it was an interesting book with well-drawn characters and an interesting plot, and one of Ms. Steel's better books.

  3. 4 out of 5

    BaiLing

    Read an English copy. Wondering~~Is it soooooooooooo easy to become a "best seller writer"? The first and the last book from this author.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kristi Vu

    This is actually one of my favorite books I have read from Danielle Steel...It is more complex than most of her books and you have to pay more attention at first to get how all the different characters tie together. It's a true book of love, redemption and sacrifice. I really liked this one.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Adrielle

    This is the first Steel book I've ever read and only a couple there after. I did enjoy this. The title says it all, it's about a ransom, a ransom gone wrong. The POV splits between different characters involved and not involved.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    Reader, Ron McLarty, does a fine job. Police lose their own to save a kidnapped child and one loses his marriage. Long read, perhaps, overlong. 2006 Reader, Ron McLarty, does a fine job. Police lose their own to save a kidnapped child and one loses his marriage. Long read, perhaps, overlong. ©2006

  7. 5 out of 5

    Joyce Stewart Reviews

    Loved the story line but not how it kelpt repeating itself.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marta

    dnf-ed at 13% i read the first three chapters and understood i wouldn't enjoy this because i couldn't care less about the characters. maybe i'll give it another try some day, but probably not.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Haider Hussain

    I gotta admit. DS is good at BS! But then again, this is not the first time a piece of crap is a "bestseller". Who says shit doesn't sell! Half way through and I've had enough. Good thing is, I bought it at a fire-sale price (less than $1). First few pages were actually good. Kind of hooking the reader in. But then all I saw were loopholes and half-baked sub-plots and it started feeling like Danielle Steel thinks her readers are idiot. Now, speaking of loopholes... (view spoiler)[ 1- Can you assume I gotta admit. DS is good at BS! But then again, this is not the first time a piece of crap is a "bestseller". Who says shit doesn't sell! Half way through and I've had enough. Good thing is, I bought it at a fire-sale price (less than $1). First few pages were actually good. Kind of hooking the reader in. But then all I saw were loopholes and half-baked sub-plots and it started feeling like Danielle Steel thinks her readers are idiot. Now, speaking of loopholes... (view spoiler)[ 1- Can you assume a seasoned criminal cum shady businessman hiring a rookie to plan and execute a crime as serious as kidnapping? 2- And that seasoned criminal is after the kids of a deceased businessman who made a lot of high-risk investments to see his entire wealth going down the drain in a stock market crash. Whole world knew it, but that seasoned criminal doesn't know jack about it. Or probably he is too idiot to think that the deceased businessman’s widow still has a hundred mil stacked somewhere. And it gets better.... 3- Two ex-cons know each other from the prison (they just know each other, but were not friends). Suddenly, ex-con ‘A’ shows up on the doorstep of ex-con ‘B’, tells him that he is in deep trouble, offers him good money, and asks to kidnap three kids. And guess what, ex-con ‘B‘ immediately agrees! Right there and then, without even giving the venture a serious thinking! And do I need to tell you that ‘B’ recently got out of prison after serving 24 years and was studying law inside? This is what I found in just half of the book. Whatever else is there in the remaining half does not seem worth reading. (hide spoiler)]

  10. 5 out of 5

    Annabel Rose

    I bought this book in a second hand shop, on holiday, after finding another brilliant book by the same author on the 'leave a book you liked' shelf in our hired cottage. I was rather disappointed- I spent years trying to read the book, and failing after a few chapters, primarily because there were, in my eyes, too many similar characters, and I was having difficulty in differentiating between them... Not so long ago, I decided it was time I defeated the book. I settled myself down, determined to I bought this book in a second hand shop, on holiday, after finding another brilliant book by the same author on the 'leave a book you liked' shelf in our hired cottage. I was rather disappointed- I spent years trying to read the book, and failing after a few chapters, primarily because there were, in my eyes, too many similar characters, and I was having difficulty in differentiating between them... Not so long ago, I decided it was time I defeated the book. I settled myself down, determined to 'beat' it, and found myself drawn in to a thrilling story, which sent shivers down my spine. More than once, I jumped, and every noise I heard was interpreted into some threat- in the early hours of the morning, I eventually finished it, and it was well worth the day I spent exhausted afterwards. The book is really slow to get going, but give it a chance, battle through that, and the story is worth it. Don't start it when you need to be somewhere, though- you'll be hooked!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    I believe this is the first book I've read by Danielle Steel. I enjoyed the story, however, either her writing style is annoying or the editor didn't do a very good job. Practically every sentence had multiple commas. I mean EVERY sentence. I believe many of the commas were used incorrectly. Also, she repeated a good deal of her information, often in the exact words just used. I would find myself skipping over sentences because I had already read them. I couldn't do that much, though, because I I believe this is the first book I've read by Danielle Steel. I enjoyed the story, however, either her writing style is annoying or the editor didn't do a very good job. Practically every sentence had multiple commas. I mean EVERY sentence. I believe many of the commas were used incorrectly. Also, she repeated a good deal of her information, often in the exact words just used. I would find myself skipping over sentences because I had already read them. I couldn't do that much, though, because I was afraid I would miss something that hadn't been said yet. She's apparently a very popular author so I will probably try another book. Maybe I just happened to pick a bad book. But as I already said, the story itself was very good.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christine Rennie

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. At times the storyline seemed fanciful but having never had the wealth or ever likely to have the wealth talked about, the kidnapping idea made sense in the end. The relationship between the characters as always with any Danille Steele book was excellent and believeable. It was a good read!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Candy Tiley

    While I am not a fan of Danielle Steele's general writing style (too fluffy) I did enjoy most of this book. The story was focused on bad men doing bad things and she rose to the occasion with more gritty writing than other books of hers that I have read. A good story line.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Bacon

    Not really a big fan of Danielle Steel's work, but some feel the need to get her books for me to read. This book is no exception. It lacked any kind of suspense and you pretty much knew what was going to happen before it did. Big disappointment.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Darcia Scates

    Ransom is one of Danielle Steel's better works. It's almost as if she has an alleged ghostwriter, the ghost writer was Sidney Sheldon's distant relative. The last part held my attention. The ending was infused with Danielle's Steel's romantic touch. This is worth taking the time to read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dvir Andre

    Awful. Boring. Repetitive. Do. Not. Read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    kimberly taylor

    One of the best so far This is not Danielle Steel's usual book. This has suspense and drama with a little romance. I enjoyed this book all the way through

  18. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    The last of the Danielle Steele left from my MIL's house! Although I don't care for her style of writing, the story behind it was engaging.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Forbes

    I really enjoyed this one by Ms. Steel, it was a rather fast paced book, full of intrigue and suspence, it made it hard for me to put it down! It involves four ex-cons and a woman, Fernanda Barnes, who recently lost her husband, Allan, to an apparent suicide. Allan had, at one time, made many millions (billions, really) of dollars in shrewd business deals, but then lost it all in a matter of just a few short years by foolish spending, and poor business decisions. Fernanda is left figuring out I really enjoyed this one by Ms. Steel, it was a rather fast paced book, full of intrigue and suspence, it made it hard for me to put it down! It involves four ex-cons and a woman, Fernanda Barnes, who recently lost her husband, Allan, to an apparent suicide. Allan had, at one time, made many millions (billions, really) of dollars in shrewd business deals, but then lost it all in a matter of just a few short years by foolish spending, and poor business decisions. Fernanda is left figuring out how she's going to support her children, when the ex-cons come up with a scheme to get a share of the money they think she still has, unaware that her husband squandered it all. What happens after this, I won't say, as I don't want to spoil it, but it is full of "what's going to happen next"kinds of events. There is actually very little romance in this book, but that was fine with me, as all the action and intrigue made up for it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    rachid idjiou

    Peters father died when Peter was 3 years old, his mother married an Aristocrat young man. The stepfather married a year after his mother died. His new wife saw no reason why her husband should support Peter financially, who was not his own child. Peter learned to live by his own means. He got a full scholarship to Harvard Business, he got a job on Wall Street, he married Janet, daughter of his boss, all he talked about was making money a lot of money. He was ambitious, all he wanted was to get Peters father died when Peter was 3 years old, his mother married an Aristocrat young man. The stepfather married a year after his mother died. His new wife saw no reason why her husband should support Peter financially, who was not his own child. Peter learned to live by his own means. He got a full scholarship to Harvard Business, he got a job on Wall Street, he married Janet, daughter of his boss, all he talked about was making money a lot of money. He was ambitious, all he wanted was to get rich fast. He started doing drugs, he spent 7 years in Pelican Bay prison, when Peter was released he had no intention of getting into trouble again, he couldn't find a job how could he live? Addison forced him to kidnap Sam if he didn't he would kill his two daughters. Same is the son of Fernanda and Alan, her husband before he died, he was the richest man, she will pay a ransom. The Police saved Sam.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I got this audiobook at a library book sale for $2 and want my $2 back. This book was awful so I'm thankful I at least got the abridged version of the audiobook. I find it ridiculous for any woman to leave all financial knowledge & decisions to their husband so I didn't like Fernanda from the start. I did not like most of the characters (Peter did have a choice, why portray it like he had no choice? Why was everyone drawn to Fernanda who just seems like a worthless doormat?, etc) so really I got this audiobook at a library book sale for $2 and want my $2 back. This book was awful so I'm thankful I at least got the abridged version of the audiobook. I find it ridiculous for any woman to leave all financial knowledge & decisions to their husband so I didn't like Fernanda from the start. I did not like most of the characters (Peter did have a choice, why portray it like he had no choice? Why was everyone drawn to Fernanda who just seems like a worthless doormat?, etc) so really didn't care what happened in the story. I never felt any connection between Ted & Fernanda either so that was more unbelievable junk in the story. Skip this book!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mike Day

    This book started out with a good premise, but was predictable from start to finish. But I finished it, hoping it would be something that it never turned out to be. But that is okay I guess. Not every book is going to be a 5 star book. This wasn't fit for my "totally lame" shelf, but was also not even average, hence, 2 stars.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Christine Skowera smith

    It was just ok for me. It wasn't a typical Danielle Steel book. And I found it super repetitive. The same thing would be repeated in each paragraph at times. The 3 stars are given because I was compelled to finish it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    I enjoyed this so much! I read it during free reading time in class mostly. It was a challenging read in Spanish, but really good. It took me a while to get into the story line, but by the end, I was hooked! Well done!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Naliza Fahro-Rozi

    Danielle Steel brilliantly explores the collision of a shocking crime with the ordinary lives of its victims in a novel that mesmerizes from start to finish. Ransom is at once a riveting evocation of life's inexplicable turns of fate and a testament to the human will to survive.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Juanita

    Only recently returned to reading Danielle Steel. So glad I did. If you're tired of novels that have too much sexual innuendo in them, now's the time to read this novel. Made me feel like I was right there with the family and the kidnappers. This author is back on my list!!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Loos

    This was my first attempt at Danielle Steel and let me be honest, it was a rough start. It took me a while to get into the book, but once it got going the storyline was good. No big plot twists or surprises just a good old fashioned kidnapping story with a happy ending.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Drishti Rao

    The love of a mother for her children and the foolhardiness of some who cannot manage money and fame is portrayed excellently in this thrilling novel. One of Steels best works. It shows the having hope and courage is the most important thing in life and will finally bear sweet fruit in the end.

  29. 5 out of 5

    david blundell

    Excellent read Really enjoyed this book, it is a bit different from Danielle Steel normal novels. Got engrossed very quickly had difficulty putting it down, had a really good ending.

  30. 5 out of 5

    kathy connors

    Fantastic Really good read sad in places very true of the world today a good romance and story line makes you very aware

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