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Well Put-Together Action Book
on August 10, 2003
The Aquitaine Progression tells the story of an attorney, Joel Converse, who is in the middle of a business deal when he is recruited by a long-lost friend to uncover a conspiracy that would allow a group of generals and ex-generals to overthrow civilian governments and take over the major governments of the West and crush communism. He only has a short while to do this, he has little information, and he is soon on the run.
Robert Ludlum often uses one of two themes: an everyman is suddenly put into a position where he has to save civilization even though he has no special skills (e.g., The Osterman Weekend and The Holcroft Covenant) or a man with very specific and useful skills has to save the world but is reluctant to draw on those skills (e.g., this book and The Bourne Identity).
In The Aquitaine Progression, the hero learned his skills in a prison camp in Vietnam, but the horror of that experience and the dislike of the war make him unhappy to use them. I think this category of Ludlum book is more plausible, because there is a reason why the hero is able to outwit his enemies.
Overall, the book is well-done with gripping action and suspense, as well as the ever-present worry that the hero is trusting the wrong people or not actually one step ahead of his foes even though he thinks he is. Readers who like Ludlum will like this book.