The Tristan Betrayal
Moscow --- a city under siege by hardcore Communists threatening to plunge the country back into Stalinist darkness. Into the heart of the firestorm, American ambassador Stephen Metcalfe has been summoned to find the one man who controls the levers of power in absolute secrecy --- an official known only as the Dirizhor. His support of the bloody cou ...more
But unfortunately, much of it fell flat half-way through the novel. Nothing changed, except that the patterns of the author became apparent. *Minor spoiler* Every time the main character tries to do something undercover, his cover is blown. That's interesting the first time, but ...more
Anyway, the story was pretty interesting, ...more
The content of the book is based on a secret mission and spy operation executed by top level intelligence officials extremely close to president of United states of America.
From a reader's point of view, extent of proximity, information has to actual facts can never be truly ascertained. However, overall content about how powerful countries carry out such missions and undercover operations is fascinating to know.
As other reviewer had stated, this book kind of having two side of coin in it.The first 2 part is classic Ludlum plot, fast, complex and brilliant. But as the plot goes, you can see the plot somewhat get bored, drag for far too long and somewhat repetitive, as Stephen Metcalfe consistently being outwitted and outplayed by NKVD, Gestapo and Kleist. The choose of some words also sometimes to complex ...more
As others have noted, Ludlum wrote the outline for this novel, but it was ghostwritten by another author. The extent of just how much the ghostwriter filled in is evident fairly quickly in the dialogue/internal monologue of the main character, as well as from the lack of the typical Ludlum complexities and intricacies - but most obviously in some of the obvious statements, followed by unnecessary exclamation points (which I found to be the ...more
As mentioned by other reviewers, a pattern starts to emerge in this book. Soon, you find yourself asking 'What ELSE could possibly go wrong?' onl ...more
I reluctantly picked up "The Tristan Betrayal" and was just BLOWN AWAY by it. Very clever, very brutal book. Even when Ludlum's not writing about contemporary spy missions, he's still THE MASTER.
I recommend this book to anyone who thinks WW2 stories are just boring, as I did prior to this title.
Agent Stephen Metcalfe is assigned to one of his most difficult and important assignments of life ...more
Moscow-a city under siege by hardcore Communists threatening to plunge the country back into Stalinist darkness. Into the heart of the firestorm, American ambassador Stephen Metcalf has been summoned to find the one man who controls the levers of power in absolute secrecy-an official known only as the Dirizhor. His support of the bloody coup will bring the entire world to the brink of nuclear war. Metcalfe is the only man with the cunning to reach him and to convince him to resist. It's up to Me...more
Thriller - Recorded version - Ivy-leaguer businessman Stephen Metcalfe signed on with an American Intelligence agency in 1940. While in Paris, his cell is exposed; all other members murdered and his identity is compromised. He is sent to Moscow to renew his acquaintance with a beautiful Russian ballerina and to work on a plot for the downfall of Nazi Germany.
The main character was maybe my favorite part of this book. In the very beginning he is considered a below average spy ...more
This particular spy novel was leaps and bounds better than the junk I'd read before. The characters had dimension and lacked any miraculous superpowers or super-foreknowledge, there were almost like real people.
The story was a little hard for me as I'm not used to all the spinning spy stuff and the twists and betrayals, but ...more
The action was non stop,there was not a single page that is not explosive in total Ludlum way.The tension just goes on building up as there are events one after the other going on and on in this.I just couldn't keep this book down.
The only thing that i don't like about Lud ...more
That said, my next book might also be a ...more