The Power Trip by Jackie Collins

Fun, fast, and trashy, with delicious characters skillfully woven into a complex plot and set against glitz and glamour, The Power Trip by Jackie Collins contains just the right amount of sex, mystery, greed and murder to make it the bestseller that it is. Five dynamic, powerful, and famous couples set sail on Russian billionaire Aleksandr Kasianenko's luxury yacht off the coast of Cabo San Lucas. Each of the couples accepted the coveted invitation for the cruise for their own - mostly selfish - reasons. The politically driven senator, the never-married movie star, the famous black UK footballer, the male Latin singing sensation, and the famous journalist frolic on the high seas with their mates...and sometimes not their only the rich and famous can. Then, disaster strikes. Russian mobster, Sergei Zukov, a man with a grudge against Aleksandr, takes over the yacht with his hired band of master pirates. You might be surprised at whom among the rich and famous have the courage to stand up to these vicious killers, and who survives. I won't give away the ending, but one of the last lines in the book reads; "It wasn't over ... not at all". I think I see a sequel in the future.

I would describe The Power Trip as one part Hollywood tabloid and one part action-packed blockbuster. Read "between the lines" and some of the characters closely resemble people you read about in the celebrity gossip rags. There is sex, violence, pirates, glamour and, of course, more sex, all written in Jackie Collins's signature style. Though her vocabulary is a bit vulgar at times for my taste, what I enjoy about her novels are that they are fast reads. She writes short chapters, each made up of short sections. Each section in a chapter highlights a particular character and incident, yet they all tie together. Though these sections are brief, you still get a clear idea of what is happening and really identify with the character(s) involved. And, they make you want to keep reading.

Fun fact: Collins spends about a year writing each novel, and does so entirely in longhand.

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