- Hardcover: 672 pages
- Publisher: Random House Inc (T); Stated First Edition edition (Mar. 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0394536746
- ISBN-13: 978-0394536743
- Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 14.5 x 5.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,931,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Aquitaine Progression Hardcover – 1 Mar 1984
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‘Ludlum at his best… a runaway bestseller’
‘Ludlum’s imagination has created what many experts find intensely believable scenes of espionage’
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When Joel Converse meets up with his old friend/aquaintance, Avery Fowler (now known as Preston Halliday), his life is turned upside down. He is recruited into the battle against something known as Aquitaine when Pres/Avery dies in his arms.
From that murder on, his life is in great danger as he seeks to discover the identity of the people behind Aquitaine along with trying to destroy their attempt to take over the world. Joel soon finds himself pretty much alone in this fight, being hounded by police in many countries along with the people in the Aquitaine group. Allies are found in unlikely places, but so, too, are enemies.
The plot is fairly straightforward and Ludlumish. Enjoy! I certainly did.
Converse gets drawn into international espionage, and eventually saves the world. He travels across Europe, killing baddies and generally kicking butt, at the same time as he's trying to uncover the plot.
It's not a bad read, just beyond believable (coordinated coups across the western world anyone?). In addition, I've just read The Parsifal Mosaic (by the same author), and this books extremely similar to that one. The biggest difference is the political hue of the baddies. It also feels formulaic. It's very much build-up build-up explosion, build-up, build-up, explosion.
Really slow to start with, but the story does pick up over time... it does have a kind of Bourne-ish feel to it, but it does not have the action you would expect from a Bourne book!
I found the book rather enjoyable, and would say that it is easily a top 10 of Ludlums books!
Only down side is the fact its a bit on the long side, with maybe just slightly to much filler material that did not need to be there, but in the end does add up to a really gripping story for you to enjoy!