- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (July 29, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345539176
- ISBN-13: 978-0345539175
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 66 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #534,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Robert Ludlum and The Rhinemann Exchange
“A superb plot filled with exciting chases, double crosses, secret codes, and beautiful women . . . a picture of the beastliness underlying the espionage world, a world of brilliance without scruples, brutality without restraint.”—Chicago Tribune
“A breathtaking pace . . . The plot is extraordinary.”—Bestsellers
“A paragon in the field.”—The New York Times
About the Author
Robert Ludlum was the author of twenty-one novels, each a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 210 million of his books in print, and they have been translated into thirty-two languages. In addition to the Jason Bourne series—The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum—he was the author of The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Chancellor Manuscript, and The Apocalypse Watch, among many others. Mr. Ludlum passed away in March 2001.
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The tradeoff is so bizarre that one wonders if Ludlum based his material on events that actually took place. I strongly suspect that Ludlum was heavily influenced by the 1946 Hitchcock classic Notorious with Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman, which has a similar plot device but a much weaker storyline. The Rhinemann Exchange is a better story, although Notorious (which takes place in Brazil in 1946) was, and always will be, a better movie than the t.v. mini-series The Rhinemann Exchange which was loosely based on the best-selling novel.
One aspect I liked about the novel as opposed to the television mini-series was the development of the female heroine Jean Cameron, a beautiful widow at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires who falls in love with our hero and eventually marries him. The book's femme fatale is the equally beautiful high society former debutante Leslie Hawkwood (the step-niece of a wealthy Haganah agent), who slept with David long before the war, seduces him again when he first arrives home during the holidays just before Xmas in 1943, and becomes his fiercest adversary down Argentine way.
In the mini-series, these two polar opposites were merged into one character portrayed by the model-turned-actress Lauren Hutton, who had great chemistry with Collins. She was never, however, Jean Cameron, whom they buried in the teleplay, but Leslie Hawkwood, who despite her opposition to Spaulding's mission, remains in love with him and marries him at the end. I was completely taken aback when I read the book and discovered how different the romantic angle was in the novel because the Leslie Hawkwood character in the book continually deceives Spaulding and will stop at nothing to abort the Rhinemann Exchange, while the lovely, virtuous Jean is totally loyal with no trace of the seductive treachery of the Hawkwood babe, who is loosely described as a high class slut.
I hope I haven't divulged too many spoilers because this is a great read for anyone who appreciates a spy novel with an unforgettable plot, a feverish pace, and fascinating characters.
Same o!d same old . Doesn't even resemble the dealings of US steel, standard oil and themany large corporations who did business with the Nazis prior to pearl harbor