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on January 5, 2016
This Ludlum book, at least for me is typical of the whole spy novel genre... Book starts off well, then gets complicated, then many more characters are introduced so that the book becomes hard to follow, and then the thing ends up as one big chase scene wth an ending that is somewhat implausible. Usually I stop about half way through books like this and just sh&tcan it but I kept reading this as I liked the two main characters.

Also, this book has got to be the WORST Kindle conversion ever, with mistakes on almost every page. Hundreds of periods left out, garbage characters inserted, and meaningless words in a sentence whcih require you to go back and read the sentence 2-3 times to figure out what Ludlum is trying to say. I also got pretty tired of reading "Liver Brass" instead of "Inver Brass". Shocking to see that after the Kindle conversion this book was never proofed.
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on January 29, 2002
I am hooked on Robert Ludlum's books. I gave up romance after I turned 20, moved on to murder mysteries (Ellery Queen genre), but I never experienced an author that could keep me awake until 3:00 in the morning, not only with this book--but with all of them!
I have read The Chancellor Manuscripts, all three of the series of the Bourne books, and just finished the Holcroft Covenant, which teases and hints at a sequel in the last few pages, and I'm crossing my fingers there is one (have to still check out his list of books).
The twist, as expected in any Ludlum novel, occurs about half-way through the book, from a direction the reader would never guess, and involves a woman (the hero always has to get his gal in Ludlum's novels!), and this right after he experiences something that forces him to run for his life, hide from those he loves, and/or forces him to cut his communications from any normal life that the hero would normally use if this was real life.
While Ludlum's books smack of a 'formula,' I'm hooked--you know that something unusual is going to happen to the main character, he's going to be forced to give up his normal life to go out and 'save the world,' he'll use life-long aquaintances for help throughout the book (although about 85% end up in a morgue by the end of the story), there's lots of shooting of the bad guys, a damsel in distress who will initially hate or distrust the main character, then fall in love with him, and after which everybody shoots at each other and more bad and good guys die, then the hero either ends up being 'savior' of the world, or he ends up chopped to pieces (ouch), but survives to take on the bad guys again.
Don't try this plot at home--only Ludlum can add enough realistic and believable imagery to convince you of the reality of the story with his details. I was surprised that this is the only book of Ludlum's so far to have the scenery completely fall within the continental USA versus his European settings for all his other books. While the details are pretty amibiguous in this book, they are realistic enough to give you a feel for the location (versus his precise details and descriptions of European sites in his other novels).
If you haven't tried a Ludlum novel, pick one up--any one, and enjoy an espionage thriller that only a master like Ludlum can write.
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on June 21, 2016
Bought the book for my Kindle. Whatever process is used to convert the text to the Kindle format needs some serious tweaking. It is very disconcerting to a coherent read to have broken sentences, miscapitalized characters etc and have to reconstruct sentences. The story itself was ok but became confusing as the protagonist borders between lunacy and sanity to ferret out a dynamic but disorienting cast of characters.
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on January 5, 2014
This was my first Ludium book, that I read nearly 30 years ago. I always remembered how much I loved it, but could not remember the story. So when I saw it in the Kindle store I decided to read it again. I was not disappointed.

A typical great Ludium read that keeps you guessing the whole ride. The one man against what seem to be all the power in the world is always a great story, and this one does not let you down. You will find yourself asking..."could be the true?"

Read it for the first time, or read it again. What a great read!!
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on March 16, 2017
This is a classic thriller, a conspiracy theory. It is fast paced and believable story.
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on January 15, 2016
The novel is a thriller within a thriller where fiction and reality merge to the point of becoming unidentifiable. Other writers have adopted this style, but Ludlum's delivery is one of the kind. The suspense and surprises are astonishing. This is a really good book, in that it is entertaining, educative, and certainly very well written.
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on October 7, 2016
There were an unusually large number of typos and missing punctuation throughout the book - don't know if that is a Kindle problem, but it was very distracting. Also, the pace lagged in some spots - perhaps the plot was overly complex and needed lots of extra pages to support it. Not my favorite Ludlum, but a pretty good read.
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on February 2, 2015
First, the Kindle version is replete with errors. It appears to have been assembled by poor quality character recognition software and was never proofread afterward. Some sentences contain a nonsense word, many are missing punctuation, and some blend together in incoherent paragraphs. Apart from that, the book starts off rather slow, and ultimately comes across as a gimmicky self-indulgent story about writing a story. Probably my least favorite Ludlum novel.
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on March 22, 2017
Boring unless you seriously want to kill time..but that just me.
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on May 3, 2013
By the time you finish this book, you will definitely wonder if it is based in reality. I can definitely see possibility of this. It is a real page-turner, almost impossible to put down. There are a few editing-type flaws in the e-book version that were not present in the original hardback, but it was great to find the book again. Kudos to Amazon for getting in e-book format! Definitely a must read for fans of thrillers.
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