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The Apocalypse Watch: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Robert Ludlum
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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Book Description

American agent Harry Latham has penetrated the fortresslike mountain hideaway of the Brotherhood of the Watch, a neo-Nazi organization that was born in the days after the fall of the Third Reich. But on the eve of his most spectacular success, after three years in deep cover, Harry disappears.
 
Drew Latham, Special Officer for Consular Operations in Paris, is frantic to discover his older brother’s fate. But when Drew receives the good news that Harry has surfaced, gut-twisting doubts arise. For Harry has emerged with an explosive document: a list of secret supporters of the Brotherhood, among them high-ranking officials of the United States and its allies. But is it legitimate? The search for the truth about Harry and the growing Nazi threat will plunge Drew into a labyrinth of deceit and death. And whoever makes it out alive will hold the fate of the free world in his hands.
 
Praise for Robert Ludlum and The Apocalypse Watch
 
“A powerful, exploding novel . . . vintage Ludlum in fine form.”Booklist
 
“If a Pulitzer Prize were awarded for escapist fiction, Robert Ludlam undoubtedly would have won it. Ten times over.”Mobile Register
 
“Bloody great fun.”Kirkus Reviews

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Identity.


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Amazon.com Review

American agent Harry Latham has prenetrated the fortresslike mountain hideaway of the Brotherhood of the Watch, a neo-Nazi organization that was born in the days after the fall of the Third Reich. After three years in deep cover, Latham has suddenly disappeared. His brother Drew, Special Officer for Consular Operations in Paris, is frantic to discover Harry's fate. But when Harry resurfaces, he's carrying dangerous cargo: an explosive list of the secret supports of the Brotherhood, including high-ranking US officials. Why has the Brotherhood let him live? Can Drew Latham still trust his own brother? Drew's search for the truth about Harry and the growing Nazi threat to the free world will plunge him into a labyrinth of deceit and death.

From Publishers Weekly

While Ludlum's readers will probably scoop up his latest thriller come what may, they may be disheartened to find it has a virtually suspenseless plot. Brilliant deep-cover American agent Harry Latham is captured and implanted with a mind-control microchip after he penetrates the secret Austrian headquarters of a contemporary movement to restore the Nazis to world domination. Programmed with false information incriminating legions of high-level officials around the free world, Harry is allowed to escape. Debriefed by the CIA in London, he contacts his brother Drew, also a secret agent for American Consular Operations in Paris. After revealing the name of one Nazi, Harry is assassinated by the sinister Brotherhood of the Watch, prompting Drew?aided by Karin de Vries, the beautiful and mysterious widow of Harry's former partner?to assume his identity. Dodging bullets from a seemingly endless series of assassination attempts, Drew and Karin, who become lovers, try to save the world?or at least London, Paris and Washington, from pollution of their water reserves by toxic attack via Nazi aircraft. Ludlum's first novel, The Scarlatti Inheritance, which appeared nearly a quarter century ago, dealt with Nazis. That his latest does, too, offers scant testimonial to his thematic imagination. His prose hasn't improved in the interim, either; it's still generic and blustery, if capable of hurtling across pages. What has changed is his plotting, once as dizzying yet as balanced as a gyroscope but now wobbly and predictable at the same time. That said, his fans probably won't care that there's absolutely nothing here that Ludlum hasn't done before. BOMC main selection; major ad/promo; audio rights to BDD Audio.
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Product Details

  • File Size: 1978 KB
  • Print Length: 772 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00D6Y60K6
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reissue edition (August 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008XCLZVK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,882 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
It seems to me that Robert Ludlum who, during the 70's and 80's could do absolutely NO wrong when it came to writing the best spy novels EVER, is still living IN the 70's...as far as writing goes. Let's face it, NONE of Ludlum's novels are gonna win any awards based on the dialogue of his characters...b-u-u-u-t if you are searching for the guy who could propel a novel based upon sheer narrative talent alone, Ludlum would win hands down.
As I read 'The Apocalypse Watch' I kept getting the distinct impression--at first--that this was a direct sequel to the wonderful 'Holcroft Covenant'...but that isn't quite the case. Then after reading a bit further, I felt that this was a quasi-re-write of 'Covenant' instead...but again, that isn't quite the case, either. As far as plot goes, it wasn't exactly Ludlum's most original, but I have to say, it certainly moved with the usual pace of his average thrillers. As I read this book, I felt somewhat saddened that truly one of the great Adventure/Thriller authors of all-time had begun to reach that point where his edge, his ability to be fresh has started to come to an end. What seems to have started with 'The Scorpio Illusion' has now continued with 'The Apocalypse Watch' and although I have high hopes for his future novels, it DOES appear that the 'absolute master of the superthriller' has seen the decline of his ability to dominate the audience he himself helped to create. But even so, I still enjoyed this book more than a LOT of other novels released in the past 5 years or so that were hailed as genius literary works of art. In my opinion, Ludlum just cannot escape his earlier novels, and his faithful reading audience has a very difficult time indeed reading his books without comparing them to his other tremendously entertaining novels. If we could do that, his novels (including his more recent ones) would stand up rather well.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Ludlum is back. Once again, an evil group of former military and industrialists is planning to reshape the world - now who is the protagonist THIS time? Hmmm. Anyway, this is a cracking thriller in the usual Ludlum mould. You'll either love this or hate this, judging by the other review I've read. I loved it, in spite of a few inaccuracies in some of the German grammar(it's Ihrer MAnn and not Ihr Mann, to pick but a few) and military procedures. But then again there's poetic license. In this book, Harry Latham, a Consular Operations agent, has infiltrated a neo-Nazi base and stumbled upon a plan of diabolical proportions. He undergoes neurosurgery and becomes one of them, then returns to Paris where neo-NAzis are infiltrating the FRench government. When he is murdered, his brother Drew is ordered to assume HArry's identity and seek revenge on his death. Along the way there's plenty of plot twists and sticky situations for Drew and his love interest KArin de Vries to get out of. And is her husband really dead? What secret is being held from the world by the Fourth Reich? What exactly is OPeration Water Lightening? Read and find out, you won't regret it. Mainly exciting and page-turning, but sometimes predictacle reading that requires no thought. On the whole, if you're new to Ludlum, try THE MATARESE CIRCLE and THE BOURNE IDENTITY first and then read this one.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Inept Twaddle October 19, 2002
Format:Paperback
I had never read Ludlum before so I picked this one to sample him. If this is representative of his writing, I am totally at a loss as to why he was so popular. The writing in this book appeared to be unedited and much of the language was unintentionally funny. The character development was haphazard and uninteresting. All the characters were cliched and the action sequences contained no effective build-up and were extremely unexciting. I resolved to finish the book although it was an excruciating 700 plus pages. All I can say is this book made Tom Clancy's writing seem like Shakespeare. Thank God for LeCarre.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not one of Ludlum's best November 8, 2002
Format:Hardcover
In the past, I have enjoyed Ludlum's novels. So it was with great anticipation that I opened the pages of this one. What a diappointment! After 150 pages I was still waiting for the book to improve, but alas, it was not to be. The main character/ "hero" Drew Latham is so wretched conceived that if stupidity were an Olympic event, he would rate a perfect score of 10 from every judge. He simply isn't believable and neither were any of the other characters. Pass this one by, and reread The Holcroft Covenant or The Matarese Circle.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Ludlum's work continues to decline in quality October 15, 1998
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Format:Paperback
I used to buy and read every Ludlum book, but Apocalyspse Watch has to be the bottom of the barrel. His attention to detail and plots have deteriorated to the point I think someone is ghost writing after Mr. Ludlum develops the plot. An example is the scene in the Rhine River - no thought whatever to the constant barge traffic which would have interfered with most of what is happening. I've bought my last Ludlum book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring from beginning to end September 15, 1999
Format:Paperback
After reading this book I decided to avoid any other Ludlum books to protect my time and money. This is my second dissapointment, the first one was with The Parsifal Mosaic. In my opinion, as an experienced reader, this author lacks the skills to create action packed suspense no matter what other people and critics say.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Death Watch April 11, 2002
Format:Hardcover
I may be the one guy out there that does not like his books. What makes me mad is that I have gone through about three of them because he gets some much good press. I find the writing wooden and he just does not hold my attention. I also did not like the location descriptions. It may have been different when the book came out, but I find the plot tired - so many times has it been done well that I did not need this version. To be honest I only got about 175 pages into the book. I just thought there should have been something, anything, to keep my attention. The story just kept going on and on with not real light at the end of the tunnel. Maybe I just have a mental block with him and the movies will be better.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read. Kept me interested throughout.
Published 24 days ago by Gary Dion
3.0 out of 5 stars Haven't finished it yet which is unusual for me as ...
Haven't finished it yet which is unusual for me as I usually read Ludlum's books fairly quickly. This one however, is a little wordy... Read more
Published 27 days ago by David Houghton
4.0 out of 5 stars Another page turner.
I'm bias, being a bigtime Ludlum fan.

However, this book has all his trademark features. Likeable characters that are complex, big plots that are reasonably believable,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gerald Mack
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Okay
A bit scattered. A lot of things going on and a little more implausibility than his previous novels. It tended to drag about three quarters of the way through.
Published 3 months ago by Kenneth V. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling.
Compelling story. Never know, maybe not too far fetched.
Published 4 months ago by Lois F. Levitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
My husband likes anything by Robert Ludlum. We used to have in hardback and he has been asking and asking so I just downloaded them all to his Kindle.
Published 10 months ago by Mary-Theresa Dameron
1.0 out of 5 stars 1 is too generous- a former fan
I still re-read Ludlum books. So, I forced myself to finish this.
DON'T START THIS BOOK - it is terrible. 95% obvious plot. Ridiculous narrative. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mark Taragin
4.0 out of 5 stars Robert Ludlum
For a long time he was my favorite author and I enjoyed reading this book twice. I wanted to have it stored in my Kindle so I could read it again.
Published 21 months ago by Charles Beymer
2.0 out of 5 stars Too predictable
I found this novel very corny and predictable. I usually like Ludlum's stories but became increasingly exasperated with this "story". Read more
Published 21 months ago by Linda
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good novel
Ludlum's nineteenth, and another New York Times Bestseller. I've read and enjoyed all the others. The story: Agent H. Read more
Published on August 23, 2012 by carl brookins
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Robert Ludlum was the author of twenty-seven novels, each one a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 225 million of his books in print, and they have been translated into thirty-two languages. He is the author of The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Chancellor Manuscript, and the Jason Bourne series--The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum--among others. Mr. Ludlum passed away in March, 2001.

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