The Matarese Circle Paperback – 19 Aug 2004
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Praise for Robert Ludlum and "The Matarese Circle"
"A blockbuster . . . Ludlum's best."--"The Wall Street Journal"
"A spellbinder."--"The Dallas Morning News"
"Ludlum stuffs more surprises into his novels than any other six-pack of thriller writers combined."--"The New York Times"
"Don't ever begin a Ludlum novel if you have to go to work the next day."--"Chicago Sun-Times"
Praise for Robert Ludlum and The Matarese Circle
"A blockbuster . . . Ludlum's best."--The Wall Street Journal
"A spellbinder."--The Dallas Morning News
The Matarese killers will take over the world within two years...
The No.1 bestseller from 'the world's most read writer' [GQ]
Top customer reviews
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.
The hucksters and pretenders who have swooped in on Ludlum’s lucrative legacy since his death in 2001 really should hang their heads in shame – it’s a lucrative form of mimesis but, on the evidence of the 1980s alone, no-one is ever going to get close to him in terms for complexity, verisimilitude and the kind of understated sprachgefühl that makes it all so damn readable. This really is the point where he breaks out of his nonage and explodes into full-fledged superstar mode, practically forging single-handedly a genre of such audacity and brilliance that so many of his ideas have been recycled to death now due to their sheer potency first time round: there’s nothing left to try that Ludlum didn’t invent.
Do not be misled by the cover apparently depicting a man peeing off the edge of a cliff: this is a Very Serious Book, possibly a bit too poker-faced and maybe 50 pages too long, with little of the first section’s spiralling brilliance once that is past. Nevertheless, as an insight into espionage it’s probably second to none, with the entire plot shifting sometimes in the space of a sentence, or a situation reversed entirely on account of a lighted cigarette, the ramifications of every action cascading through the plot at light speed. He was a one of a kind author, and deserves to be read more widely, and for the books he actually wrote. Well, here’s as good a place to start as any...
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