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Matarese Circle Uk (Matarese Dynasty #1)

4.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  30,034 Ratings  ·  222 Reviews
The Matarese Circle are the Corsican Brotherhood. Terrifying killers, their power could plunge the world into chaos and destruction within two years. Only two rival spies - and one mysterious woman - can stop them. Brandon Scofield, CIA, and the West's most professional assassin, and Vasili Taleniekov, former KGB, now wanted by the Politburo. They share a genius for espion ...more
Paperback, 533 pages
Published 1980 by Grafton Books (first published January 1st 1979)
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Manny
Jan 06, 2016 Manny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It turns out that the band of murderous criminals running the US isn't the Republican Party after all, but a different band of murderous criminals. I think a hot woman takes her clothes off at some point.

Sorry. I know I shouldn't drop all these spoilers, but sometimes I can't help myself.
Anshuman Padhee
Apr 05, 2008 Anshuman Padhee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
my favorite novelist.his novels were fast paced and suspenseful and the action was second to none.critics accused ludlum that his characters were paper thin in content and he relied on action a lot.i would say the critics should pay attention to the matatrese circle and the bourne series.the characters of these novels were memorable and had depth in them.
the matarese circle is fast paced and sets the tone from the first chapter.the suspense and action is top and the characters of the 2 protagoni
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Adam K.
Jun 25, 2013 Adam K. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had previously read The Bourne Identity, and while it was diverting enough, I wasn't in love with it. I felt the same about the movies. The problem was that I didn't feel there was a whole lot at stake, that there was much I should care about. It was just a very intelligently plotted thriller about a man who has no idea who he is, why he's so deftly skilled, or why he's being targeted. The Matarese Circle was quite a different experience. In the early going, I felt very much for the characters ...more
Chuck
May 17, 2008 Chuck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a re-read for me. I read this book when I was in high school when it was a new, current best seller. It's the book that made me a Ludlum fan. It's like an old friend, and I'm looking forward to spending time with it.

I"m finally done--it's an intricate plot and it took me a while to read. This is about as good as Soviet-Era spy fiction got; you have two "master spies"--action hero types, initially duking it out but then combining forces to combat an evil (the Matarese) that causes them to
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Asghar Abbas
Mar 01, 2016 Asghar Abbas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


One of his finest works.
So good.
Alison
Dec 29, 2015 Alison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm getting close to having all the Ludlum books done and even though I really, really enjoy them it makes me sad knowing there will be no new ones.
Markus
This is like James Bond, only better.
Al
Apr 10, 2012 Al rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A famous book, but not one which particularly appealed to me. The genre is James Bond, but unfortunately without the panache. The two heroes, respectively America's and Russia's top spies/espionage specialists, are sworn enemies to the death, but still see fit to team up to save the world (Mr. Ludlum doesn't do things by halves). That's right, the whole world is about to be subjugated by a shadowy threat which the Russian agent just happens to stumble upon. What's worse, they have to accomplish ...more
Kurt
Apr 22, 2016 Kurt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seemed long and a bit dull in the beginning, despite the great premise of a secret group of assassins working beneath almost every major terror incident around the globe. The relationship between Beowulf Agate and the Serpent is cool ... but ... believable? I tend to think they'd be happy just eliminating one another once and for all -- especially given the personal nature of their previous transgressions.

But something really nice happened: the story began to gain some momentum. Bray (Beowulf A
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Bev Taylor
Aug 04, 2015 Bev Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
boy - did this author know his stuff!

the power of the matarese ciurcle could plunge the world into chaos and destruction

it all started 70 years ago on the island of corsica. now they seek power not greed. but the people who carry out the killings on their behalf r like suicide bombers and once committee members gave served their worth they r eliminated. who r the main characters? only two rival spies can stop them - on russian and one american who r deadly enemies

as they start exposing the ci
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Sydney Mugerwa
May 18, 2015 Sydney Mugerwa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To cut a long story short, one could simply say, “This is Ludlum, what else would you expect?” if such a statement doesn’t capture the sheer brilliance of the man, I don’t know what can.
The Matarese Circle is an old book, written many years before I was born actually but regardless: One would think it a recent publication. As it was decades ago, America-Russia relations are as frosty as ever. To read a book that chooses not to capitalize on this age-old enmity but rather has characters from bot
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Bobby Underwood
Nov 17, 2014 Bobby Underwood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some spy novels get better and more relevant with age, and Robert Ludlum's fabulous The Matarese Circle falls into that category. What it lacks in literary aspirations it more than makes up for in sheer excitement and fun. Written decades ago, its story-line seems almost prophetic, the world finally catching up to the plot. A spy thriller this wildly entertaining isn't supposed to give you such pause afterward, as you look around the globe, yet it does. Riveting is a word too often used by publi ...more
Sebastien St. Vil
I was given this book by my dad whom had read it more than a decade ago; the french edition which was nonetheless spectacular. It starts in Russia but there will be no borders as you will be taken for a joy ride across most of Europe to America. As a spy book, the meticulous aspects it possesses are brilliant but essential (Settings and Plot). The very way that Ludlum uses his mastery of suspense is astonishing. I was given this book on a Monday but had already finished it by Weekend. I felt so ...more
Jhbyu
Aug 10, 2009 Jhbyu rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Robert Ludlum, has the same general scenario in all books, an estranged spy fighting some international corporation. Not bad, entertaining if you haven't read too many of his books. Moderately fast, fairly easy read
Fredrick Danysh
Oct 29, 2015 Fredrick Danysh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An international group of assassins are determined to take over the world. Rival spies from the CIA and the KGB must work together to defeat an eneny of their respective countries for the good of both.
Gord
The Matarese Circle is a decent ride , though I personally found the protagonists unengaging and disconnected. I was more intrigued and enthralled with the antagonists, the Matarese and the Sheppard's boy. I found it difficult to live and die with the good guys and found myself at times rooting for the bad guys.

Lots of twists and turns in the plot but the characters were a little thin for me. Ludlum was one of my favorites in the 90s , though ironically I was never into his Bourne series , th
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Jamie
Certainly one of Ludlum's better novels. A conspiracy so much larger than life. A classic. And supposedly they are making this into a movie.
Amy Malone
While the characters lack the depth of Ludlum's Jason Bourne novels, The Matarese Circle still takes you on a fun ride. Be prepared for it's datedness - e.g. the supporting actor is in the KGB, and of course, gets neither the prize nor the woman (American supremacy, you know). A good beach read for conspiracy theorists.

Quote: "'Over the years I've learned that when a client is asked to outline a deposition, he always shows himself in the best light; that's understandable. But he also invairably
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Ben Coes
Sep 01, 2010 Ben Coes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first thriller I ever read. Made me want to be a writer. Great book.
Dharason
It was thrilling. The book really explored the complexity of leaving the past. It is never just forgive and forget. The past changes you, molds you. It can corrupt, but it can also save. Another interesting point was the inheritors of the Matarese, they weren't always direct descendants but who was willing to get the job done. Guess, Power is stronger than blood,eh? It was wonderful filled with incredibly complex characters, and insights to international power plays, I really can't wait to read ...more
Kelanth
Mar 08, 2016 Kelanth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spionaggio
Il Circolo Matarese, in originale "The Matarese Circle" è un romanzo di spionaggio scritto da Robert Ludlum e pubblicato nel 1979. Le vicende di questo libro vengono riprese in "Circolo Matarese: conto alla rovescia" sempre dell'autore. Nel 2008 la Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer comprarono i diritti cinematografici del libro con l'intenzione di trarne una trasposizione per il grande schermo. Alla regia dovrebbe esserci David Cronenberg e come protagonisti sono stati contattati Denzel Washington e Tom Cruis ...more
Gastón Nusimovich
I bumped into one of Ludlum's novels in the early 1980s, and I was hooked on in an instant.

After that, I read many of his novels in quick succession of each other, devouring each one of them as soon as I could get a hold of the next of his thrillers.

After the third novel, as far as I remember, I started getting a strange feeling of "deja vú", but I could not figure it out at the time.

It took me a while to realize that all of his novels that I have read were actually beautifully crafted variation
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Paul Lyons
It's tough to write about a book when you have strong, yet mixed feelings about it. There is a part of you that wants to expound on the good, and ignore the bad. Then, there's that other part of you that just wants to talk about the bad. With Robert Ludlum's 1979 complex, 600-page thriller "The Matarese Circle," I found myself swaying from one position to another, with no clear winner at the end. However, the cost of such as a position has not been forgotten.

In simpler terms, it took me a few hu
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Lalit Sethia
The plot of a KGB and his CIA counterpart coming together to take down an evil organization, while naïve, could have provided with enough fodder for an entertaining fast paced thriller with really powerful characters.

"The Matarese Circle" loses on most counts. It has neither strong characters nor a gripping plot.

Both Agate and Serpent are more like cheap action movie heroes with some intelligence training rather than super agents (claimed on more the one occasion to the best). Scofeild love af
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Karyn
I read The Matarese Countdown many years ago during a boring summer vacation and it ended up being one of the favourite things i did the summer. Endless re-reads later it is still one of my favourite books.

The Matarese Cirle is the first book in this two part series. After searching for it quite a bit, i finally managed to get my hands on a copy. I've always wanted to read about the famous Bray Scofield and what actually happened all those years ago that were described so grippingly (is that a
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Ronny Mailindra
Jun 17, 2009 Ronny Mailindra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ludlum, thriller
Novel The Mataresse Circle yang aku punya boleh beli bekas di JaCC tanah abang. Buku ini memang buku lama karya Robert Ludlum. Dari halaman depannya tertulis buku yang kupegang merupakan cetakan ke-9—Dicetak Oktober 1981. Edisi pertamanya sendiri terbit Maret1979.
Kesimpulannya, aku percaya ini best seller.

Buku ini dibuat saat perang dingin masih berlangsung, saat cerita tentang KGB dan agensi-agensi dari Amerika masih merupakan topik yang sangat memukau. Ancaman perang nuklir masih sangat menak
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David Roberts
Sep 06, 2013 David Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am reviewing the novel The Matarese Circle by Robert Ludlum which is an excellent thriller which I bought from Amazon. Ludlum has over 300 million books in print and is one of the most successful authors of all time. He was a film producer prior to becoming an author. He's probably most famous for the Jason Bourne series of novels. This novel is a standalone thriller about an American Army General who is murdered along the others in a high class brothel and at first they think it's the KGB. Th ...more
Karen Wiland
Mar 16, 2016 Karen Wiland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only two rival spies--and one mysterious woman--can stop them: Scofield, CIA, and Talaniekov, KGB. They share a genius for espionage--and a life of terror and explosive violence. Sworn enemies, they have vowed to terminate each other--yet now they must become allies. Because only they possess the brutal skills and ice-cold nerves vital to destroy an international circle of killers, the Matarese. Ludlum is an awesome writer and knows how to keep you in suspense.
Anie  Bats
Apr 20, 2016 Anie Bats rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All character of this book were memorable and also had depth in them. It was thrilling. in the Matarese circle, the suspense and action are of great level. The book displays that power is stronger than any other aspect. This was an exciting book. The book really covered the past times in the decade of cold war. The past can mold your character, make you corrupt and also save you in certain situations. There were many complex characters who had insights to power plays.
Paul Dinger
Aug 22, 2015 Paul Dinger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a boring book. It is a fast paced thriller. This is all that it wants to be. Is there a problem with the book? Well, it does say a few bad things about how terrible fanatics are. Yet, as it says it, doesn't it realize that few are as fanatic as the two cold warriors who are it's heros? One has to wonder. Still, it is good.
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Robert Ludlum was the author of twenty-seven novels, each one a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 210 million of his books in print, and they have been translated into thirty-two languages. He is the author of The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Chancellor Manuscript, and the Jason Bourne series--The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum--among others. Mr. Ludlum ...more
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