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
The novel itself sees Hal Ambler in a fairly similar premise to The Bourne Identity. That is, he's lost his memory and must fight to work out who and what he is. The differences are that instead of being rescued by some fishermen he's in an, 'off-the-books', psychiatric facility. The patients are all kept medicated ...more
I have to admit, I do enjoy reading a brain-dead thriller every once in a while. Robert Ludlum, a deceased thriller writer, wrote almost 30 novels and had over 200 million copies of his books in print. Needless to say, while his critics savaged him, he certainly managed to find what appealed to many readers. (And I realize only in retrospect how terrible the "brain-dead thriller" line sounds in this context).
Unfortunately for his fans, the la ...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
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
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
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
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
Anyway, it was a good story with ...more
Once you see the similarity, you lose interest. However, I went through the book somehow.
It has been 2 months since I read the book. Unable to remember how difficult it was to go through.
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
Harrison Ambler (a.k.a. Tarquin) is a very intriguing man and the intrigue builds as more of his b ...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
I also enjoyed the ...more
It's an action-for-action's-sake book, and I get the feeling that Ludlum (the author of the Bourne Identity) simply wrote it because his editors were facing him with a deadline.
I read the whole thing, and it kept me entertained enough so that I continued to flip the pages, but I wouldn't say that I was overly impressed. Worst of all, I had the whole ending worked out at least 100 pag ...more