The list author says: "During the Cold War, one author stood head & shoulders above the rest, and Ludlum IS that man. He wrote such great stuff that I was almost sad to see the Cold War end...almost. The literary world lost one of the all-time greats when he suddenly passed away. But even in death Robert is one busy guy...so far I believe at least 5-6 books have come out featuring his name on the front as THE only author. Some have actually been really good, too (The Sigma Protocol, & The Janson Directive) but unfortunately the rest have been sub-par--even for when Ludlum wrote poorly. Still, nobody can beat him for sheer narrative force...and if you enjoyed the Bourne movies, you simply MUST read the books -- this may be hard to believe, but they are infinitely better. Go ahead, prove me wrong..."