The Ambler Warning
But this one, The Ambler Warning is different. Not completely different though because Hal Ambler here is also a man who doesn't kno...more
The Ambler Warning is a little different - Hal Ambler escaped from an institution for loonies however he is not a loony. He doesn't know who he is: his past life, his relatives, his plans for the future. He use to work in a highly-sensitive government intelligence units but than some powerful people in the government put him away t...more
On Parrish Island, off the coast of Virginia, lies a psychiatric facility. Far from prying eyes, it is a government-run hospital for former intelligence employees in possession of highly classified information. Former Consular Operations agent Hal Ambler is one of these patients whose mind is filled with secrets of state--and is considered such a security risk that he is kept heavily medicated and closely watched. But there's one critical difference between Ambler and the other patients--Ambler...more
I do not normally give a 5-star rating to fiction novels, but this is probably the best novel of its type that I have read. I see by glancing at the other reviews that most everyone else was less enchanted than I was, but Hey--different strokes for different folks. It certainly is the best book by Robert Ludlum that I have read so far, even better than The Bourne Identity … which is interesting, as this book was produced four years after Ludlum...more
Anyway, it is an entertaining action read - just don't expect something like the Jason Bourne films because a lot has been added and improved by screenwriters and directors there. It's not...more
The book starts out in a mental hospital that is designed to handle cases of agents with knowledge of national secrets who have become security risks due to their mental illnesses. Harrison Amble...more
When a friend mentioned this book I was reminded of my introduction to Ludlum via “The Osterman Weekend”. I bought “Osterman” on a whim on a Saturday in the mid 1980s and started reading it...more
This novel is crisp regarding the plot. Ludlum's...more
The book starts with him in a high security mental asylum where he eventually escapes from because of the help of a nurse who had fallen in love with him. He knew he had been put in there by his government but he had no idea why or who he was. He did not remember his...more
Once our main character clears from the drugged haze and remembers bits and pieces of his former life as a spy--and he remembers his name, he finds that the entire world has no record of him existing and no one knows him. His old College...more
Not the genre I particularly care for, but the bit about Ambler being able to read people's facial expressions was interesting. Big hole in plot though for me was that he hadn't had problem with ALL the people he'd ever been sent to assassinate. You're going to tell me that every person except for the Taiwanese politician was exactly the monster the CIA had said they were? I don't...more
Harrison Ambler (a.k.a. Tarquin) is a very intriguing man and the intrigue builds as more of his b...more
Robert Ludlum had passed away before the publication of this book and there is a little note that there was another author who did some work on the manuscript. This...more
A government agent has been brainwashed and put in a Psycho ward. He escapes, but not without help, unfortunately, because of his memory wipe, and his record cleared, no one he contacts knows him, even when he checks the mirror, he does not know his own face. Friends may not be who he thinks they are. He gets help from an odd source, an accountant in the CIA who realizes not all is as it seems.
The world is in...more
The book has some, but very little sexual content. I think I may remember an F word or two, but the book is very good. I...more
I had forgotten about this book until I saw it while I was looking for a good thriller to listen to. I listened to this book two years ago. I thought it was good but espionage is not really one of my favorite genres. Now that I think about it, though, I do remember this kept my attention to the very end and that I was kind of disappointed at the end but this was a pretty good read anyway.
For anyone that likes The Bourne Identity, they will more than likely enjoy this which has a very...more
This is the first time Robert Ludlum has included China into the international espionage/counter terrorism scenario in which he usually deals in. Not very convincingly though!
It took almost a week and a lot of patience to complete the reading of the book. I feel I must look for older books by Ludlum. The later ones like this are written by ghost authors trying to cash in on Ludlum's popularity, I suppose.