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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (15 July 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1409118665
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409118664
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.3 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After a successful career in the theatre, Robert Ludlum launched his career as a bestselling writer with The Scarlatti Inheritance in 1971, the first of 22 consecutive international bestsellers. Robert sadly passed away in March 2001.


Here are the Bourne Novels in series order:

The Bourne Identity
The Bourne Supremacy
The Bourne Ultimatum
The Bourne Legacy (Eric Van Lustbader)
The Bourne Betrayal (Eric Van Lustbader)
The Bourne Sanction (Eric Van Lustbader)
The Bourne Deception (Eric Van Lustbader)
The Bourne Objective (Eric Van Lustbader)

Covert One series:

The Altman Code (with Gale Lynds)
The Lazarus Vendetta (Patrick Larkin)
The Moscow Vector (Patrick Larkin)

Other novels:

The Scarlatti Inheritance
The Osterman Weekend
The Matlock Paper
Trevayne
The Cry of the Halidon
The Rhinemann Exchange
The Road to Gandolfo
The Gemini Contenders
The Chancellor Manuscript
The Matarese Circle
The Holcroft Covenant
The Parsifal Mosaic
The Aquitaine Progression
The Icarus Agenda
The Road to Omaha
The Scorpio Illusion
The Apocalypse Watch
The Matarese Countdown
The Prometheus Deception
The Sigma Protocol
The Janson Directive
The Tristan Betrayal
The Ambler Warning
The Bancroft Strategy

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‘Terrific entertainment … the tension is fierce, the pace killing.’ Cosmopolitan

‘Fascinating to contemplate and absolutely within the realms of possibility.’ New York times

‘Fast, readable and stunning.’ Yorkshire Post

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Book Description

Pandora's Box is about to be opened...A brilliant, fast-paced thriller from the internationally bestselling author of the Bourne series.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James Pearson on 18 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
As with the Bourne thrillers The Gemini Contenders is a fast paced novel with a generous mixture of action, suspense and plot twists. The main crux of the story is the quest to unearth sacred religious documents from the contents of an iron box, which if exhumed, could trigger a holy war and have a profound impact on the Second World War. As the book moves into the 1970s the threat of holy war diminishes and instead its acquisition becomes a personal goal of the two main antagonists who wish to reveal its contents for their own deluded purposes.

Although the politics and events of the second world war are a pretext to what prompts the hiding of the box, they play less and less of a role as the story unfolds. The story soon becomes inherently focused on the characters own little worlds and their individual quests. Even so there are references to fascism, nazism, MI6 and the Blitz and very minor connections with the characters lives and senior political figures such as Mussolini and Churchill. If you like books with real events and historical backgrounds that impact on the lives of the characters then this is not the strongest.

Throughout the book the story is told from the perspective of three generations of the Fontini-Cristi's, a powerful Italian family whose role in the world changes as the story progresses. Each member of the family embarks on their own personal quest in relation to the contents of the box. Savarone Fontini-Cristi's quest is to hide the box whilst his son Vittorio's is to understand what his father had hidden and to try and locate it. Finally it is Vittorio's two twin sons Adrian and Andrew, the Gemini's, whose quest it becomes to finally get to the box and reveal its contents, all be it for very different reasons.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Meikle on 7 Aug. 2009
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This for me was Ludlum's best but then it was the first I read and read cover to cover in one sitting. The denuement was a little less than expected but it started me as a Ludlum collector.
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the authors knowledge of historical facts and dates adds to the interest of the story. an almost believable plot if a lirrle gruesome in places
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Great start to the book but the Gemini's characters are't evolved enough in the second half. Sadly feels rushed at the end.
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