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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (19 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752858556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752858555
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 4.2 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 955,045 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.


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The Matarese killers will take over the world within two years... The No.1 bestseller from 'the world's most read writer' [GQ]

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In this gripping best-seller, Robert Ludlum spins a web of suspense and highstakes intrigue as two men who are sworn mortal enemies must cooperate in order to foil a sinister plot to topple the world's governments.

From opposite sides of the Iron Curtain, these two hard-bitten professionals are the best at what they do. And they do whatever is necessary.

With a special dramatic reading by Martin Balsam, this double cassette abridgement sweeps you into the world of the master of modern espionage.

'The Matarese Circle' – a shadowy grouping of the most ruthless terrorists in history. They have been responsible for countless assassinations and massacres throughout the twentieth century, but none as horrifying as their plan to throw the superpowers into chaos before making their boldest move…

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Jan. 2006
Format: Paperback
Having seen The Bourne Identity film and learning it was adapted from a book I was interested in reading it. It was read within a matter of days followed by Supremacy and Ultimatum. Now hooked on Ludlum's work I bought more.
The Matarese Circle is a brilliant read. Fast-paced, exciting and the real crux of the book is the unlikely partnership of it's two lead roles - Scofield and Taleniekov. Ludlum's description of the action is always good and it doesn't disappoint in this book.
If you like Ludlum this book is a must. Also, The Janson Directive is highly recommended too.
Someone should make more of Ludlum's books into films.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Clark Gillies on 18 Jan. 2007
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Robert Ludlum... you either hate his books, or you like them, and this book I love!!!

After Jason Bourne, probably his two best two characters!

In recent years a few of his films have been made in to movies, and this one should really be next!

After the "Bourne Identity", it is probably Roberts best page-turner and a really gripping story!

Only down side is Roberst lack of being able to write a man-woman relationship and not make it sound like a bad eppisode of "Hart to Hart", but if you look past the "Oh my Darling how much I love you" stuff, it is a REALLY great story and a great addition to anyones book shelf!
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In this book, two 1970s spys (one from the CIA, th other from the KGB) have to come together from oposite sides of the Iron Curtain to fight The Matarese Council, a group of businessmen who try to pit governments against each other in an attempt to gain power, money and influence on both sides of any conflict (a conflict often manufacturered by them).

I'm not alogether sure about this book. On occasions I've read books that have been set in the 1970s and the author often likes to remind the reader about the amount of research he did about the period. There's none of that showing off in this book, because it was written in the 1970s for a 1970s audience (who presumeably knew much of what he was talking about first hand).

Having said that, however, I will say that the book might feel dated to the reader now, because it appeals to a 1970s sensibility, rather than a 2000s one and trust me, there's a difference. The other thing is, other than fights, not much happens for long periods. It took a third of the book to bring the two agents together (when having them being ordered would have achieved as much in 200 less pages). It took another third of a book for the two agents to come up with a plan, so by the time the agents finally did something I was mentally urging them to get on with it already.

So all in all not a great book, but it might occupy you if you've nothing to entertain you on a long flight!
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I was an avid reader of Robert Ludlum novels in the 80's and 90's, when he was the world's best selling thriller writer.
Sadly, his books have aged very quickly and are very dated now...'The Matarese Circle' in particular.
Two cold war agents, one from USA and one from USSR who have history and are sworn to kill each other are plunged into a far greater war in which they must work together to stop global domination by a mysterious cartel....typical Ludlum! Hunted by agents from both their respective countries, the action moves across Europe and North America. As ever with Ludlum,pace is the key, but I did find the dialogue tired and full of cliches and now, all these years on from its original 1979 publication, it all seems silly and totally unbelieavable.
Times have changed and sadly those times have not been kind to Robert Ludlum's conspiracy thrillers. His next novel though was to be his best, the timeless 'The Bourne Identity' which does still stand the test of time...
He brought us great entertainment in a bygone time, he died only a few months before the world changed due to 9/11 and I do miss him. I hope one day his books will come back in to vogue, if not relevence.
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Schofield, the CIA's best European agent has been cut loose. His Soviet arch nemesis, Taleniekov hassuffered a similar fate. They have vowed to kill each other, but must now unite against a dark and sinister power that seeks to throw the world as they know it into chaos.

Ludlum spins a terrific Cold War yarn at the best of times, and this will not disappoint.
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The Matarese Circle is one of the most well-known novels of Robert. I've collected 8 of others, and am planning to collect the whole set.

The story of this thriller-novel is kind-of 007 style but more practically reflect the background of the Iron Fist times.

Good for thriller-lovers, but if you have work to do tomorrow, do not use it as bedtime reading!
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The book is one of the finest thrillers I've ever read-It's full of action,plots,mysteris...I recommend this book because ,once you start reading it will make you force to read further and further....like a drug addict this book will become your drug without you can't stop reading. ! A 5 star !
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