Wind Mills Of The Gods Novel By Sidney Sheldon. Windmills of the Gods is a 1987 thriller novel by American writer Sidney Sheldon. She's on the glinting edge of East-West confrontation, a beautiful and accomplished scholar who has suddenly become the new US ambassador to an Iron Curtain country, a woman who is about to dramatically change the course of world events ??? if she lives. For Mary Ashley has been marked for death by the world's most proficient and mysterious assassin, and plunged into a nightmare of espionage, kidnapping and terror. Only two people ??? both powerfully attractive and ultimately enigmatic men ??? can offer her help. But soon she comes to believe that one of them is out to kill her.