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The Osterman Weekend

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In Zurich. . .in Moscow. . .in Washington. Themachinery was already set in motion, while in aquiet suburb an odd assortment of men and womengathered for a momentous weekend. At stake was thevery existence of the United States of America. ..and the future of the entire freeworld....more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published April 1st 1985 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1972)
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Jeff
Early 1970’s spy thriller from Robert Ludlum, the Bourne guy. U.S. versus the Soviets, the Cold War. Ludlum levels up the paranoia to Paranoia and finally to PARANOIA!!

Do the Soviets have sleeper agents, code named Omega, working for them who will covertly topple the American economic system once given the word? The CIA enlists TV producer, John Tanner in order to take Omega out of the picture. He’s getting together with three couples for their annual week end; one or all three have ties with Om...more
Johann Coetzer
This book is a really boring read.

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I could not finished it and stopped at page 90.
It is not a regular Robert Ludlumit has no real urgency of excitement to it.
First I thought I can just soldier on but just could not.

On the First few pages you just want to fall asleep.

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I would say don't waste your time in trying to read this book.

This was time wasted, wish I did not by this book.

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Nina
I read this book while vacationing in Italy. I was visiting with two friends and we were at the end of the second week of a three week holiday. We were renting a villa in Tuscany and tempers had risen a little high while driving around - somehow the one who didn't want to drive or navigate KNEW the way to go. Needless to say some escapism was what I needed. I perused the bookshelf of the rented villa and was very pleased to see a Ludlum in their oeuvre. I escaped to the terrace with a glass of w...more
Chuck
Somone gave me a Ludlum title and I didn't have anything to read, and I started on it when I took a flight to St. Louis. I was riveted and got on this Ludlum kick--I must have read six or seven of his books this past month. Something of a debauach, I admit. I decided to read all of his books in order; this is his second.

Some of his older stuff is somewhat dated, but his ability to tell a tell that keeps you reading is unparallelled. And the "About the Author" section of 'The Chancellor' Manuscri...more
Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
The book starts out with murder and deception. A TV host of a 60 Minutes type show, is being summoned to Washington under false pretences and convinced by the CIA that his friends are conspiring against the country. The host, John Tanner, invites his friends to his home for the weekend in order for the traitor to reveal themselves so the CIA could capture them.

This is a clever, intriguing and fun book which has glimmers of the genius which Robert Ludlum is about to become. The characters come t...more
Luis
Una maraña total, con eso describiría a este libro, por cierto, es mi primer Ludlum, lo conozco por ser el creador de la saga "Bourne"(Papel interpretado por el actor Matt Damon)
Y sigue justamente mas o menos esa misma línea, recién hacia el final va aclarándose todo el embrollo, eso si, llegar al final es todo un reto, el libro puede resultar aburrido y monótono en ocasiones, pero una vez entendida la trama y todos los hilos que la forman, no queda mas que admirar la imaginación del autor.
No es...more
Jeremy Schoolfield
I enjoyed this quick novel (by Ludlum standards) much more than I thought I would. It's very different from his other works in that it doesn't feature some nearly superhuman government agent, but just a regular guy in his regular life that gets caught up in some very irregular stuff. Much of it feels almost like an Agatha Christie novel, as you're trying to figure out who's who and who did what do whom. That, and the final 100 pages are non-stop action, suspense, and thrills. Not a Ludlum "class...more
Jim
No one writes a suspense thriller like Ludlum could at his peak. Given some of the more complex international settings of his later works, this book feels almost austere in its New Jersey setting, but that doesn't the diminish the craft of Ludlum's ability to wind his way through twists and betrayals at every turn. For anyone who has never read a Ludlum work, this is a good place to start.
David Abraham
Read this in an evening, bit of a slow start but as with all Ludlum novels they hook you and you don't want to set them down. It is very short by Ludlum standards but it's still a very good story none-the-less. A few people in their reviews say that it's dated. What do they expect? Just set yourself in that time period and there shouldn't be a problem. Anyway, 4 out of 5 from me.
Endre Barath
Robert Ludlum was one of the original action, mystery and twist and turn writers of the 1970's and of course the creator of the Bourne Series as a fan of his for over a few decades I was glad that I finally read this one by him. This was his second book, but for some reason I never read it. If you love Robert Ludlum it is worth reading.
Wilkin Aves
"The difference between truth and fiction is that fiction has to make sense." this one doesn't make sense. another conspiracy eh? another far-fetched story. when i learned that the NKVD has an operation to destabilize the american economy, whut? seems a KGB operation to me. economic sabotage is not a role of the NKVD, and NKVD operates within the scope of the soviet union! and not at western countries! and 3 american families that are soviet agents? i can't see the reason why they committed trea...more
Chuck
I hadn't read a Robert Ludlum novel since the Jason Bourne series was popular years ago. This one was a quick read, full of action, clever and unpredictable. I had the bad guys figured out at least ten times. If you are in the mood for a quick, enjoyable mystery, this would a good choice.
Donovan Rowlands
Needed a book for a 8 hour flight. Found this book on the library shelf and grabbed it. It's an enthralling story isn't it? Anyways I found it to be a good & fast read. It made the flight go by faster so it did it's job.

I recommend it.

There that's my review.
Mel
I read the book three times and watched the film twice and I'm still not certain I really "get it". An overly complicated story involving the C.I.A., revenge, betrayal and who knows what else. Not Ludlum's best.
Huma
This is a strange tale of suspicion and paranoia. I enjoyed it immensely from the very start, but somehow I felt as if Ludlum was writing a parody of his work. Maybe it has been too long since I last read Ludlum!! However it was still a very enjoyable book. There were a few hidden gems like the one I quote below,that reminded me that it is the same author who wrote the Bourne Series;

The Tremaynes, the Cardones, the Ostermans.
All there. None accounted for.
Any or all.
Omega!


SPOILERS Ahead. Consid...more
Tony
Oct 18, 2012 Tony rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: spy
A novel less about espionage than paranoia, quite reflective of its time I suspect. Robert Ludlum's second book has the wrappings of Cold War intelligence but he focuses on a core group of characters, riven by fear and suspicion in a complex battle of counter-espionage.

Ludlum's writing doesn't make me fall in love with the material; it's solid but unspectacular, the writer stronger with narrative and pacing than he is with character. Our lead, John Tanner, is rather bland and the other main play...more
Andreasoldier
Dated thriller about descendants of Cold War Russia who ready to rise up and start a revolution in USA.
A CIA agent enlists through blackmail a TV journalist, Tanner, he believes can turn a group of these Russian agents. Tanner nows all the spies through college and other ties, and invites them to a weekend house party.
Themes are a distrust of government, distrust in relationships, and lots on betrayal.



Pete Allen
Reading the book now and realizing it was written in the 70s is quite something. Then, the idea of corporate conspiracies and Snowden like leaks were radical, but reading it now and seeing those ideas thought of as radical is a bit stunning. Ludlum was quite prescient, and of course never fails to write a good tale.
Kevin Gillette
This was one of his best, albeit his most confusing. To be honest, I'm still not entirely sure who the good guys and the bad guys are. But that's part of the fun, and don't let my lack of comprehension steer you away from this masterpiece! The film adaptation, with Craig T. Nelson, Rutger Hauer, and Meg Foster is pretty good, too!
Tracy
Since the first several chapters of the book introduces characters (and there were many), it was tough to get into the book. I finished it, but it wasn't my favorite read.
Jamie
I remember watching the movie and remembering crossbows. There are no mention of crossbows in this novel at all. A newsman, John Tanner, is told at a secret meeting that all his best friends are Soviet agents and it is up to him to stop Omega, which is about to start an operation that will destroy America's economy. The Cardonnes, Tremaynes and Ostermans have a planned weekend at the Tanner home. But this time the friends have been agitated by agents to prime them for the weekend. No one is them...more
Dick Edwards
The following contains some spoilers, so do not read further if you want to read the book and be surprised. This book suffers from the fact that the author doesn’t dwell at all on the reason for the antagonist’s defection, and doesn’t even state what he is defecting to. One must only assume that it is the USSR. No explanation of the reasons for this action are given, nor is there any discussion of ideology. The rest of the story resembles a “who-done-it” narrative. The resulting culprit is a sur...more
Nagesh
Without exaggerating, the first time when I read this book (during my first year of engineering) I had to take a shower to get rid of the excess sweating.

I had never read such a chillingly thrilling novel until that time ... it was like being in one of those kinky horror situations where your heartbeat has all but come to a standstill imagining some unbearable experience you are about to encounter ...

However the second time I read it (I had totally forgotten about the storyline, characters and a...more
Jeff Anderson
Four dissimilar families get together every so often and have an unusual bond at many levels. The reader wonders if the bond is a natural one or if there is perhaps something external (and sinister) that augments their relationships. This is a classic "who should I trust" type of mystery/thriller. It is a little difficult to get excited about a spy novel in which wire taps and pay phones are state of the art, but it is a nice reminder that a reader's imagination used to be required equipment. I...more
Krista
Super awful. Or should I say, "super awful!"
Ludlum really liked exclamation marks.
Katy
Good vacation read.... Read in a day. Thought I had it figured it... Almost!
Thomas Roth
Complex story, lots of intrigue. I could see the beginnings of the strength of Ludlum's male character develop.
Ruth
C1972. FWFTB: CIA, Omega, secret, family, conspiracy.
This was the second book written by Mr Ludlum so it was well before the hype of the Bourne books. This book showed off the author’s pace and conviction of conspiracies! I really enjoyed the read. The Observer thought it was “Acutely suspenseful… nobody is quite what they seem and there is a concussive finish.” FCN: John Tanner, Tremayne, Blackstone, Cardone. “Ali sat on the bed and listened to her husband’s story. There were moments when she w...more
Mike Philbin
the first part of this book, I'd tried to read a couple years back.

Got real bored - didn't get much further with it.

I FORCED myself to read it all, this time, and I must say, "It went like totally mental," as soon as all the invited guests of the Osterman Weekend turned up.

Was it brilliant? Not really, it was only Ludlum's second novel and he was still honing his art.

But as an example of hyper-paranoid super-twist fiction it was a DAMN GOOD STAB at the genre.

:)
Ira
Many parts made no sense.
Put this book at the end of your list.
I listen to a lot of ebooks and don't normally write reviews because I generally like everything I read but this one was really odd. Many parts I listened to several times to make sure I didn't miss something.


Spoiler alert.



Eg. Near the end Tanner goes to the neighbor's house and leaves 15 minutes later with a Mercedes Benz and a gun with 3 clips. All I remember about the neighbor is that they were robbed.
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