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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (November 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553576143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553576146
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #955,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ludlum's tale of international intrigue was originally published under a pseudonym in 1975.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Praise for Robert Ludlum
 
“Don’t ever begin a Ludlum novel if you have to go to work the next day.”Chicago Sun-Times
 
“Ludlum stuffs more surprises into his novels than any other six-pack of thriller writers combined.”The New York Times

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If you can find this book at a used book store buy it.
Melvin Hunt
I've enjoyed several Ludlum novels, but this one is very slow and it seems to be going almost no where.
Daniel N. Lionsden
The plot was weak, the characters were artificial and didn't have any real substance.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Edmund Khoo on August 3, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Taut with international intrigue and frenetic action, Robert Ludlum's novels are generally highly entertaining and rich with suspense. The standard of The Cry of the Halidon, however, is well below his usual.

Unlike most of his other books, The Cry of the Halidon is rarely suspenseful and does not build to a recognizable climax. The plot is typical Ludlum fare, with Alexander Tarquin Mcauliff selected by a company, -Dunstone Limited- to head a survey team deep into the Jamaican forests. Minutes after successfully attaining the survey assignment, he is approached by British Intelligence and informed that the motives of Dunstone are far from honest.

Naturally, he finds himself involved not only with British Intelligence, Dunstone and the rebel factions of Jamaica but also with a third faction, an organization known only as the "Halidon." While initially this may seem gripping and interesting, the text quickly becomes confused and rambling. With so many hostile organizations and no primary antagonist, it is frequently difficult to comprehend the plot, let alone the actions of the main character.

Although the novel does become more interesting at its conclusion, I found The Cry of the Halidon to be ultimately unsatisfying, with its more suspenseful elements overwhelmed by a confusing plot, a sprawling diction and a lackluster climax.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Asimov on August 16, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A weak story line and a confusing plot ensured that I was complete lost somewhere in the middle of Jamica in the first few chapters.Was disappointing to read this work of Ludlum, who otherwise has had an untarnished reputation so far.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By pravin on February 14, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
being a ludlum fan,i took this book with great expectations.this book not onlylacks speed and action but also good characterisation.totally it is a big disappointment for ludlum fans.for new ludlum readers i would like to recommend the bourne identity
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melvin Hunt on March 28, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After you have read Ludlum's other better books "Cry of the Halidon" is without question a bitter dissapointment.The main
characters involved in the book fail to carry the story. The plot is very confusing and nearly impossible to read and understand.Ludlum must have wrote this book to pay a Lexus note.
It is not on a caliber of his previous or later books. If you can
find this book at a used book store buy it. Otherwise leave it alone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Bonavia VINE VOICE on December 25, 2007
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It's sometimes a mistake when a writer re-issues a very early work that was done before he had really mastered his craft, and this is such a case. The earlier version was one of those written under a different pen-name, which makes one think that possibly it was written even quite a bit earlier than the publication date of 1974.

Anyway, the story does show a typical Ludlum theme - the evil conspiracy that wants to gain global power (though not for any very specified purpose). This organization has acquired all sorts of resources so that they can control or at least have information on almost any event anywhere. Insofar as this idea grips readers, it's a pandering to current-day paranoia. Then on the other hand he has this revolution-plotting sect that in many ways are righteous, or indeed Utopian: he really stresses their excellent physical health (if they weren't in Jamaica I'd be looking for references to Aryan purity). The only problem is, they have just about as totalitarian an organization as the bad guys, plus a nasty habit of treating assassination as a normal solution to any problem. A third element is British Intelligence, presented as capable but really amoral. The hero is batted about between these elements like the ball in a pinball machine.

The preoccupation with the British element stems, I imagine, from his travels in Jamaica and seeing the extreme contrast between grinding poverty and a well-to-do lifestyle that floated above it, the residue of colonialism. There's a strong undercurrent of social indignation, and a cutting portrait of a jingoistic Brit who minces no words in describing the "natives" as inferior. (Would anyone have been quite as obnoxious in 1974? Another reason to think it was written earlier).

All in all, not a very satisying read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 26, 1999
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I picked up this book in desperation in an airport several years ago. I couldn't put it down! My mother was travelling with me, and had the same response that I did. The most telling thing was that we bought two "throw away" paperbacks (or leave in hotel rooms) to take to Portugal, and brought this one home with us! Excellent Ludlum.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ALAN LESLIE on September 30, 1999
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I have read most of Ludlum's novels, and I usually can't put them down. I found that I was so distracted by the need to correct his grammar, usage, and spelling that I almost didn't finish the book. The story was not bad, but too contrived even for Ludlum, and not nearly as polished or compelling as his later novels. Also, of his dialogue was downright embarrassing in its naive lack of credible inter-sex conversation. Very disappointing for Ludlum.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 1998
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I have read numerous Ludlum books and I have never had trouble following story line, characters and their importance. However I was quickly proved wrong with The Cry of the Halidon. The abudance of meaningless characters makes the reader annoyed and at sometimes confused. If you are looking for a good book by Ludlum may I suggest The Matarese Countdown.
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