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The Gemini Contenders
The Gemini Contenders
von Robert Ludlum
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 5,81

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A classic, well-researched and believable!, 18. September 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Gemini Contenders (Taschenbuch)
Vittorio Fontini-Christi is the head of a highly regarded Italian family who harbours a deadly secret. When a vault from a religious order called Xenope is transported from Greece to Switzerland and Italy, his secret could alter the course of World War 2 - a secret which could shake the foundations of religion itself. From 1939 and on up to 1973(when this book was written, I should imagine), the feuding offspring of Vittorio - one a US Army soldier hardened by Vietnam, the other a radical peace campaigner, struggle to get their hands on the vault - but for what cause? Read on and you will be hooked. The action sweeps across well-researched European locations which I have visited and could relate to quite well, especially Rome and Milan. The action never stops and builds up to an awesome climax in the Alps. Unlike some of Ludlum's other books, the ending here builds up at the right pace - not too quickly and it certainly isn't an anti-climax - the last page will leave you breathless. A must read, and a Ludlum classic.


The Road to Gandolfo
The Road to Gandolfo
von Robert Ludlum
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 5,88

5.0 von 5 Sternen Extremely entertaining if you like something different!, 31. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Road to Gandolfo (Taschenbuch)
Originally published under the pseudonym MICHAEL SHEPHERD until Robert Ludlum became well-known, this story concerns a disgraced general Mackenzie Hawkins, aka THE HAWK, who is kicked out of the Army for defacing a national monument in Peking, and also exercising his bodily functions in an inappropriate location! I won't say any more . . . Anyway, he sets up a business and hatches an audacious plan to kidnap the Pope and hold him to ransom - for a dollar from every Catholic in the world! Not only that, his adversary Sam Devereaux is on his tail - and the Hawk's ex-wives are after Sam across Europe, America and Africa! And when the kidnap goes wrong, the results are hilarious. I won't say any more but you just have got to read this, you will not be disappointed! Intrigue and action combine oddly and well with satire, wit and farcical humour.


The Scorpio Illusion
The Scorpio Illusion
von Robert Ludlum
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 6,00

1.0 von 5 Sternen Disappointing, 29. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Scorpio Illusion (Taschenbuch)
Started out well setting up the characters of Tyrell Hawthorne and Amaya Bajaratt pursuing one another around the Caribbean. A potentially good story then falls flat with overlong narrative which makes the readers out to be stupid. Ludlum here instead on concentrating on the main two players throws in an over complex narrative with subplots that just seem to go nowhere and distract the reader. The military element in the book is also poorly researched. Supposedly tailor-made for the 1990s, it belongs in the 1970s - an era when Ludlum was writing his best material. And then he also falls for the trap of awful dialogue -overuse of the words 'darling' and 'my love' like a dime-store pulp romance for bored housewives! Cringe. Let us not forget the other cliche - constant references to TV, actors, personalities to bring out a characterisation or plot device. If you're new to Ludlum, avoid this one. Read THE MATARESE CIRCLE or THE BOURNE IDENTITY first.


Stargate Resistance
Stargate Resistance
von Bill McCay
  Hörkassette

5.0 von 5 Sternen Action-packed spin-off ideal for beach reading, 29. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Stargate Resistance (Hörkassette)
If you loved the movie STARGATE and also the SG-1 TV series, then give this a go. This was the first time I'd read any of the STARGATE novels, and for a TV/film tie-in product of sorts this is very good reading. I picked up a copy of the paperback whilst on vacation in Barbados and had a whale of a time reading it whilst relaxing on the beach. The story is one where Colonel O'Neil and Daniel Jackson lead the refugees from Abydos to a new world when theirs is attacked. But on the new world, there's a deadlier enemy - RAYGUN-WIELDING CATS! Yes that really was in the narrative which is sometimes as unintentionally funny as a grade-B sci-fi flick! The cat-like aliens are intent on a takeover, so it's up to O'Neil and his Marine Expeditionary Units to save the Abydans again. Great military action scenes, an archaelogical dig in Saudi Arabia subplot discovering alien artifacts and some interesting characters help to pull it along nicely. It'll tend to my SG-1 withdrawal symptoms until the new series hits the UK.(well, there's always the reruns . . .)


The Kill Box
The Kill Box
von Chris Stewart
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen This technothriller rocks, 19. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Kill Box (Taschenbuch)
A timely and thrilling story which revolves around Iraq's plans, or more precisely Odai Hussein acting against the wishes of father Saddam, developing biological weapons of devastating effect. Who can stop him? Enter the CIA's black ops specialists at a secret base in the Tigris valley, an ace F-15E pilot and his weapons officer Killer, Aria, a half-British, half-Kurdish spy who must get to Hussein to learn of the weapons manufacturing plant that Saddam prohibits the UN from entering at the start of the story and a squadron of B-1 bombers who are the last line of defence. THis collection are up against Hussein and his terrorists who down Air Force One, then proceed to carry out a plan which could devastate the US! Who will save the day? The outcome isn't so obvious as you think, there's some interesting twists towards the end! I read this one in less than a day, and can safely say it has everything - easy reading narrative with all technical detail descriptions adopting the KISS approach(that's keep it simple stupid), well-researched locations and well-crafted characters and suspense. Enough flying sequences as well to keep fans of Dale Brown happy until his next one's out!


The Apocalypse Watch
The Apocalypse Watch
von Robert Ludlum
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen Exciting espionage adventure on a well-used subject!, 17. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Apocalypse Watch (Taschenbuch)
Ludlum is back. Once again, an evil group of former military and industrialists is planning to reshape the world - now who is the protagonist THIS time? Hmmm. Anyway, this is a cracking thriller in the usual Ludlum mould. You'll either love this or hate this, judging by the other review I've read. I loved it, in spite of a few inaccuracies in some of the German grammar(it's Ihrer MAnn and not Ihr Mann, to pick but a few) and military procedures. But then again there's poetic license. In this book, Harry Latham, a Consular Operations agent, has infiltrated a neo-Nazi base and stumbled upon a plan of diabolical proportions. He undergoes neurosurgery and becomes one of them, then returns to Paris where neo-NAzis are infiltrating the FRench government. When he is murdered, his brother Drew is ordered to assume HArry's identity and seek revenge on his death. Along the way there's plenty of plot twists and sticky situations for Drew and his love interest KArin de Vries to get out of. And is her husband really dead? What secret is being held from the world by the Fourth Reich? What exactly is OPeration Water Lightening? Read and find out, you won't regret it. Mainly exciting and page-turning, but sometimes predictacle reading that requires no thought. On the whole, if you're new to Ludlum, try THE MATARESE CIRCLE and THE BOURNE IDENTITY first and then read this one.


The Bourne Supremacy: Jason Bourne Book #2
The Bourne Supremacy: Jason Bourne Book #2
von Robert Ludlum
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 5,50

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Power-packed sequel!, 7. Juli 2000
Jason Bourne is back, this time his life and recovery process from his memory loss in THE BOURNE IDENTITY is disrupted when the Chinese vice-premier is assassinated in Kowloon, and Bourne is indicted for his murder. Then his wife Marie is kidnapped and taken against her will to Hong Kong. Bourne travels out there, seeking help from Britain's MI6 and assorted Asian and American agents, and discovers a Triad plot to destabilise the Far East! In the process, he takes down several bad guys with his martial arts skills and the best in firearms from a Hong Kong dealer(a bit like Marler in a Colin Forbes book actually - he knows where to buy guns secretly!), and then Marie escapes of her own accord! Can they reunite? The trail eads Bourne to Beijing and more lethal encounters with baddie Sheng's henchmen, and the final climax detonates in Hong Kong, literally! This 700 page superthriller is one I could not put down, it is just as well-paced and action packed as the first BOURNE book. Now to read THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM!


The Bourne Identity: Jason Bourne Book #1
The Bourne Identity: Jason Bourne Book #1
von Robert Ludlum
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 5,50

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Classic vintage Ludlum!, 30. Juni 2000
WOW! Even today, this novel is one you will not be able to put down, even though it was written in 1980 during the Cold War era. But this only reflects slightly on the narrative. The story concerns Jason Bourne, who is shot and thrown overboard in the Mediterranean Sea, only to be washed ashore and discovered by a Dr Washburn. And this is only the start - he is suffering amnesia and Washburn finds a microfilm detailing a Swiss bank account of four million dollars surgically implanted in his hip! Bourne travels to Zurich and discovers people out to kill him, and so let the chase begin! Marie St Jacques is an unwilling hostage who develops a bond with Bourne - she's a Canadian diplomat with a secret. What is the secret as well of Treadstone Seventy-One, and why are the authorities trying to use Bourne as a pawn against Carlos Sanchez, famous assassin extraordinaire? The action does not stop for over five hundred pages, it grabs you from the start and never lets go until the final pages. Very typically, there are numerous surprises and unexpected twists - what is Bourne's connection with clandestine activity during the Vietnam War which keeps haunting him, stirring up lost memories? The locations, particularly Paris and its environs and Zurich are well-described and easy to relate to having been there myself. I remember reading and loving this book at the age of fifteen, and it will always be an all-time favourite. Recommended!


The Icarus Agenda: A Novel
The Icarus Agenda: A Novel
von Robert Ludlum
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 5,62

4.0 von 5 Sternen Extremely good but a trifle overlong, 22. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Icarus Agenda: A Novel (Taschenbuch)
ICARUS AGENDA has all the hallmarks of a typical Robert Ludlum thriller - suspense, mystery, surprises around the corner, memorable characters and well-researched locales - also, the elephantine narrative which in this case unfortunately seems to go nowhere, particularly in the midsection. Hence a 4 star rating. However, the book's finer points are many. The story concerns Evan Kendrick, a quiet, mild-mannered Congressman who becomes an unlikely hero when over two hundred hostages are held by Islamic terrorists at the US Embassy in Muscat(spelt MASQAT in the book), Sultanate of Oman. Kendrick dares to avert the crisis by using his work experience in the Middle East and the deaths of several of his employees as a platform for vengeance against the Arab terrorists. He infiltrates an Omani prison to gather information, but when he is hailed a hero for bringing the hostage situation to an end, Israeli Mossad agents seek revenge as his intervention has prevented their rescue of a Mossad agent, Ben-Ami, who holds a secret. Someone is controlling both sets of terrorists, and who is the Mahdi? One year after the Oman affair, Kendrick's life is shattered again as the Arabs come after him, corruption in the White House and CIA is rife as his past is revealed, then his home is attacked. Events lead to a massive arms dealing ring. Can Kendrick save the day in 808 pages time! This Ludlum monster is well worth a read, but I'm surprised his editor didn't do any more cutting and editing, in my view. A lot of the political White House talkative scenes could have been cut down . . . obviously Ludlum's not renowned for the KISS(keep it simple stupid) approach! So, summing up, a great and susupenseful(in most parts) read, but if you're new to Ludlum, THE AQUITAINE PROGRESSION or MATARESE CIRCLE are the best ones to read first.
Nick Warren.


Carrier 14: Typhoon Season
Carrier 14: Typhoon Season
von Keith Douglass
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Storming! If you'll excuse the wordplay!, 14. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Carrier 14: Typhoon Season (Taschenbuch)
This was the first I'd read in the CARRIER series, and I will be definitely ordering the rest as soon as I can! An easily understandable and technical so as to be enjoyed by even non-military readers, this action adventure is full of non stop military action. When a yacht carrying industrialists and an arms billionaire is attacked by Chinese naval forces outside Hong Kong, the USS Thomas Jefferson and escort vessels are sent in. Hmm, so that's where Patrick Robinson got the name from for NIMITZ CLASS! Ha ha. Anyway, as tensions escalate and Chinese and US fighter pilots do battle over the South Chnia Sea, there's more trouble brewing. Admiral McGruder is taken hostage by Chinese forces and discovers a horrifying secret behind a new aerial drone project. A typhoon is heading for the JEFFERSON, which is attacked by Chinese gunboats armed with a variety of weapons. WHo will win through? Read this exciting yarn and you'll be hooked.


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