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Twist after twist from start to finish.
on 30 October 2003
After reading Ludlum's new Covert-One novels, I fancied reading one of his older ones. I have to say, i feel i made a very good choice with The Apocalypse Watch. The action is established from the very beginning and there are unexpected twists throughout the novel, both factors of course being crucial to thrillers.
Ludlum never eases up on his wonderful descriptions, and, although some parts are very technical, you find yourself much better informed about why the characters are doing what they are doing.
Speaking of the characters, once again, Ludlum has created people who you can quite naturally believe are real. I would not be surprised if there really was a Drew Latham in the world, perhaps under a different name, but nontheless, someone who acts like him. What i really like about his characters is that they are basically normal people. They are never geniuses trying to be superheroes, they're just your average John Doe.
Another thing i like about this novel is the subtle language variences. The plot is set in France and Germany, so every now and again, the characters will say something in French or German. This helps the reader comprehend the fact that they are in another country, even though the majority of the novel is written in English.
One thing i find a little difficult with Ludlum novels is that there are quite often very complex sub-plots that sometimes get lost or forgotten about. This is not a criticism, but it does sometimes get confusing in a book of 600+ pages!
I would reccomend this book to anybody who likes a thriller or a mystery. I think this novel incorporates both genres. Also, there are references to Nazi Germany, so people interested in 20th century history would probably enjoy this book.
Overall, there is not really anything bad you can say about a Robert Ludlum novel. It is just a shame that he is no longer around. One thing is certain though; The Apocalypse Watch will definitely be remembered as part of the great Robert Ludlum Legacy.