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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (1 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752858653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752858654
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,290,839 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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‘A writer who bests the bestsellers’
Daily Telegraph

‘A fast-paced thriller from a reliable master’
Daily Mail

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The Third Reich is in its death struggle...A spellbinding story of international terror and intrigue, greed and cunning, suspense and murder from the No. 1 bestselling master storyteller.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dominick Brett (dom_brett@lineone.net) on 28 Nov 2001
Format: Paperback
This was my second Ludlum novel and I will certainly be reading more. It has everything required of a first rate novel encompassing both World Wars.
It has no real hero which I liked considering its American stance but one BAD villain. The plot centres around Matthew Canfield, a US government intelligence officer and his involvement with the Scarlattis, a powerful industrial family from the US. As the plot unfolds he, and the reader, become ever more entwined in the adventure, unable to rest until the fitting finale.
I certainly found myself wondering how close to the truth this story might have been. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Mar 2014
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When I first stumbled across the Scarlatti Inheritance, I did not realise it had been written as long ago as 1971. The story covers the period up to the end of the Second World War and certainly does not read as in any way dated or stale. The main thrust of the tale concerns the aged matriarch of the Scarlatti clan, Elizabeth, and her son Ulster who, whilst he has much in common with his mother, particularly ambition and a search for power, chooses to turn his talents to a completely different cause.

I thought this was a well thought out and entertaining book which, quite rightly, is rated highly amongst Robert Ludlum’s not inconsiderable output. If I had a criticism it is that Ulster is so irredeemably evil in every respect that he comes across as almost a cardboard cut out villain. After all, and whilst I do not know it for a fact, I imagine that even Hitler or Stalin might have been kind to children and/or small animals. No such character failings for Ulster! To be sure, his mother is conniving and manipulative, but at least, on some level, she does seem to realise that her son must be denied his intentions. However, all in all, it’s not an attractive family.

Over the years I have read a few of this author’s works and, in my opinion, this is certainly a book which is worth reading. I tend to read recent books in the main, but picked this up because I was short of reading material. I was, however, glad that I had.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Ratcliffe on 8 April 2013
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One of the best Robert Ludlum books, and really worth reading. A classic thriller based around the two world wars.
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By Gerard McGuinness on 6 Jan 2014
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Found this to be a good read while not outstanding, the plot moved along quite well but then it seemed as if the author decided it was time to wrap things up and everything was pushed into a quick ending. Probably not Ludlum's best book but still enjoyable.
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By Paul on 30 Nov 2013
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After having read the Bourne series and the covert one series and reviewing the comments of other readers about these books, I decided to try the Ludlum originals. I bought The Janson Directive which I enjoyed and then bought The Scarletti Inheritance. If my info is correct this was his first book which acclaimed him as one of the top authors of his time. I found the story line weak and quite predictable and the characters were much the same. I felt at times the author had lost direction and was amazed that there is a Luger pistol of World War 1 origin that has a external hammer and a revolver that has its magazine checked. Whilst not important to the story it begs the question as to how much in depth research is actually done. I will purchase another of his books in the future but for the moment I will give him a miss and try some other authors of high acclaim.

Paul Cordier.
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