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
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 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
Although not an original idea: that of a man, a rogue special ops secret agent, losing his identity or having it stolen and attempting to find out about himself and expose a plot to kill someone important - rarely, perhaps never in my experience has it been done so well.
There is a lot of jargon in The Ambler Warning, but I never felt swam ...more
This book was all over the place with the plot lines..and the most ridiculous and unlikely scenarios. The characters were barely developed, and the story seemed to be following an obvious formul ...more
Somehow it all seemed familiar but I still couldn't recall how the thriller resolved itself... I had trouble figuring out why the main character was continually setting himself up after escaping from his mental prison. I wanted to tell Hal Ambler to go to ground and hide for a day, to stop stirring up the mystery of h ...more
But it got me safely to and from Bos ...more
In the Ambler Warning we meet Harrison Ambler, who finds himself adrift in a world he doesn't ...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.
DO NOT RECOMMEND TO ANYONE.
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