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The Parsifal Mosaic: A Novel Paperback – February 1, 1983
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“[Robert] Ludlum’s narrative imagination is a force of nature.”—The New York Times
“As fast-paced and absorbing as any he’s written.”—Newsday
“The suspense never lets up.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“A crackling good yarn.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review
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Michael Havelock's world died on a moonlit beach on the Costa Brava. He watched as his partner and lover, Jenna Karats, double agent, was efficiently gunned down by his own agency. There was nothing left for him but to quit the game, get out. Until, in one frantic moment on a crowded railroad platform in Rome, Havelock saw his Jenna alive. From then on, he was marked for death by both U.S. and Russian assassins, racing around the globe after his beautiful betrayer, trapped in a massive mosaic of treachery created by a top-level mole with the world in his fist--Parsifal.
"Massive melodrama... Ludlum does know how to put on a show."--Chicago Tribune.
"A crackling good yarn."--Los Angeles Times Book Review.
"The suspense never lets up."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
"As fast-paced and as absorbing as any he's written."--Susan Isaacs, Newsday
Top Customer Reviews
I started off with The Bourne Identity, which I still rank as one of the most original stories I have ever read. I waited quite some time before attempting 'Parisfal', and by the time I finally got around to doing so, it didn't take long to realize that I had cheated myself out of quite an adventure.
I was going through my library here not long ago fixing up my book shelves when I ran across my old copy, and decided it was time to crack it open yet again. I was amazed at how well it has held up over the years, and just how REALLY GOOD it really is. I won't attempt to go into the details of the plot, because quite frankly, Ludlum puts just too many twists and turns into his average novel that just to attempt to summarize 'Parsifal' in such a short amount of room would be incredibly disrespectful to the memory of Robert Ludlum (in my opinion). No, instead I would rather go into what makes his novels so darned fun...
Ludlum will never be confused with what some consider 'True Literature' but what he lacks in major character development, he more than makes up for with the sheer speed of his plots and how his stories seem to be several plots all going at once on a runaway train with no brakes...yet he manages to keep control at all of the crucial moments and never gives you more peeks into what is really happening than you absolutely MUST have, and yet you still have a grasp of what is going on, without knowing what is going to happen next. Is someone going to die in his books?
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Without giving away the inner layers of the story, Michael Havelock is a US spy with a tortured past, who has finally found some happiness with a fellow spy, Jenna Karasova. Unfortunately, he is shown that Jenna is a double agent, and watches her die for her betrayal. Preparing to abandon his agent-life and retire to become a teacher, he catches a glimpse of Jenna, alive, at a chance meeting in Europe. The chase is on, as he tries to track down Jenna and figure out why she's alive, and who was deceiving who.
There are a variety of interesting locations, from the docks of Italy to meeting rooms in Washington DC. The characters each seem to have an outward 'mask' plus an inner 'motive', and Michael moves from scene to scene trying to unravel it all. There are twists and turns as he gets closer and further away from the truth.
Maybe it's because I've read so many mysteries and thrillers, but I do have to say that a few things disappointed me. First, many of the situations were extremely staged and obvious. There were many things that I guessed long before the characters did, and with the lead characters made out to be extremely intelligent and quick, it was hard to believe they were still muddling through something for chapters after it had been made obvious. For example, Michael recognizes one of the guys killing Jenna - Michael knows he knows him but doesn't remember WHO he is. Throughout the rest of the story, while trying to figure out what is going on, he never bothers to try to track this guy down.Read more ›
...while he blows away five hundred people with machine guns.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was my first Robert Ludlum novel. My introduction to thrillers was through Jack Higgins and Frederick Forsyth, and I had never read any Ludlum novel till I picked this up. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mike K
Ludlum brings it again, another great read with the character dept you expect from this master word smith. Don't miss out, read it now.Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
As I have come to expect, Ludlum's storytelling is magnificent; which why I chose "Great" to describe the "author's writing". Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dave Ling
Edge of your seat suspense. You don't know who to trust, what is truth or what is imagined. The truth is not evident until the very last pages of the story.Published 10 months ago by Chris Woods
Well-researched and full of plot twists. I read it 25 years ago and enjoyed it as much again.Published 11 months ago by LiebsPhiPsi
Fun summer read, but could be better researched. The bad Soviet guys are represented by the "Voyennaya Kontr Razvedka" (Military Counterintelligence" that is somehow... Read morePublished 11 months ago by A Customer
Good story, fast paced, good interplay among characters. It keep my interest, even if a bit far fetched.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer