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Robert Ludlum
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The Matarese Circle (Matarese Dynasty #1)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  31,914 Ratings  ·  249 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
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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
Adam Nelson
Jun 25, 2013 Adam Nelson 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
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
Asghar Abbas
Mar 01, 2016 Asghar Abbas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

One of his finest works.
So good.
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
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.
This is like James Bond, only better.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
Jimmy Sawczuk
Oct 20, 2015 Jimmy Sawczuk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spy-thrillers
Really good plot, typical Ludlum atmosphere, but man, the dialogue is hard to get through sometimes. Every character seems to revert into this Perd Hapley mode when talking to other characters: "I have three things to say to you and the first of those three things is this..."
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.
Travis Brown
Jan 09, 2017 Travis Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This started a little slow, but finished with a bang. After the first 150 pages or so, the story definitely picked up. There were a couple of grammatical errors any editor should have caught, which were a bit annoying.
Mandeep Singh
Dec 04, 2016 Mandeep Singh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easily one of the best of Robert Ludlum...The action is great...if you love spy genre...ludlum have his own niche
Feroz Dsilva
My first Ludlum... and i am not impressed. Avoidable book.
Oct 21, 2016 S'hi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, italy
not the sort of book I usually read but seemed relevant to current circumstances.
Víctor Guijosa
Jan 08, 2017 Víctor Guijosa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Muy buen libro, en Diciembre siempre me gusta leer novela negra y misterio. Fue muy buena experiencia.
Ramiro Rodriguez
Novela de espías internacionales, del autor de la saga de Bourne. Trama interesante aunque por momentos difícil de seguir; demasiada acción descrita con poco vocabulario que satura las páginas.
Las descripciones del mundo y la forma de actuar de los espías muy interesantes.
Lo recomiendo para entretenerse un rato y nada más.
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
Dec 29, 2016 Mutar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic plot involving numerous twists and turns the reader doesn't expect. The beginning was heavy to absorb but he tied it together brilliantly as the story progressed. The tactics and variety of counter-moves was impressive. Would love to see this adapted into a motion picture or film!
Dec 26, 2016 Damo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid entry from Ludlum. Although one of his older books so the writing is old-school spy style. A good read nonetheless and high impact action when at each crescendo.
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
Christian Scala
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
Jul 27, 2016 DV rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meet Robert Ludlum:

It is no coincidence that "Ludlum" is almost onomatopoeic of a heavy heartbeat… I challenge you to roll out of bed, get dressed, see the above in the mirror and be anything other than the King of (somewhat pulpy) spy thrillers.

The Matarese Circle is a cold war era, conspiracy classic with a plot that still holds its own in today’s global politic.

Ludlum delivers an almost timeless thriller.

I write “almost” because every now and then there is a piece of writing that reminds y
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
Pretty enjoyable popcorn novel from Robert Ludlum, most famous as the author of the books the Jason Bourne movies were based on. The plot is pretty standard issue: two super spies, one American and one Soviet, have to put their differences behind them and defeat the shadowy organization that wants to throw the world into chaos.

So it's not the most original thing in the world. It has your usual love interest. It has an extremely well-funded and staffed but simultaneously totally undetectable and
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