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The Osterman Weekend

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  7,063 Ratings  ·  139 Reviews
In Zurich. . .in Moscow. . .in Washington. The  machinery was already set in motion, while in a  quiet suburb an odd assortment of men and women  gathered for a momentous weekend. At stake was the  very existence of the United States of America. .  .and the future of the entire free  world.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published April 1st 1985 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1972)
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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
Dec 30, 2012 Nina rated it really liked it
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
Johann Coetzer
This book is a really boring read.


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.


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.


Benjamin Thomas
Jul 02, 2016 Benjamin Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller-spy
This is the 18th Robert Ludlum novel I’ve read. I had devoured the first 17 books decades ago when I was in my early 20’s and I feel confident in saying they had a great deal to do with my career ambitions at the time. The fictional worlds of espionage and intrigue were just what my young indestructible self considered ideal at the time. But alas my life took a different and much more realistic turn and I was destined to experience my love of such things through reading.

I’ve read hundreds of nov
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.
Apr 30, 2008 Chuck rated it liked it
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
Zohar -
May 25, 2010 Zohar - rated it really liked it
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
Jeremy Schoolfield
Jan 30, 2008 Jeremy Schoolfield rated it really liked it
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
Mar 20, 2011 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
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
Mar 25, 2010 David Abraham rated it really liked it
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
Jun 16, 2011 Endre Barath rated it really liked it
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.
Donovan Rowlands
Jun 13, 2013 Donovan Rowlands rated it really liked it
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.
Rupesh Goenka
May 30, 2017 Rupesh Goenka rated it liked it
The Osterman Weekend is an unusual story of a weekend spent by four friendly couples who possibly could be or not be an active member of a espionage set up. The author thickens the plot with soaring tension of suspicion & paranoia which strains the relationship of the core group of characters. NICE.
Oct 08, 2011 Huma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: robert-ludlum
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.

SPOILERS Ahead. Consi
Jun 27, 2012 Dipanjan rated it it was amazing
"The Osterman Weekend" is yet another timeless classic by the Master of Espionage, Robert Ludlum. If I remember correctly, I had read this book sometime around 1989. This is the continuation of my journey back in time, into the world of Robert Ludlum which I had started in July 2016 with "The Scarlatti Inheritance". As I had expected, "The Osterman Weekend" was much more exciting and enjoyable now as my own knowledge and awareness about the human psychology simply adds to deeper levels of unders ...more
Jun 08, 2013 Jamie rated it really liked it
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
Jan 07, 2008 Nagesh rated it really liked it
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
Paulo Goulart
Aug 05, 2016 Paulo Goulart rated it it was ok
Shelves: espionagem
Argumento confuso e pouco credível... Começou razoavelmente, ainda que sem história e um pouco aborrecido. Acabou com muita acção, mas muita confusão, sem pistas para se poder seguir a trama e tentar perceber o que se estava a passar... Bem me tinha dito a minha mulher que este escritor não era grande espingarda...
Aug 22, 2010 Mel rated it it was ok
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.
Nov 13, 2012 Luis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Una maraña total, con eso describiría perfectamente a este escrito.
No es un mal libro, pero no lo recomendaría.
Ash Bryant
May 09, 2015 Ash Bryant rated it it was amazing
The first Ludlum book I read and it is dear to my heart. That Ludlum thriller is he? is she? will they? A fantastic story all round. Must read.
May 08, 2017 Deborah rated it really liked it
I read all of Robert Ludlum's books when they first came out, beginning in the early 1970's and decided to re-read them all in order. This is his second book and was a good read.
Gloria Mccracken
Mar 04, 2017 Gloria Mccracken rated it it was ok
This cold war thriller shows its age. That and Ludlum's reputation for tricky plots results in an all too predictable resolution.
Christian, Kelanth, Scala
Striscia di cuoio, in originale "The Osterman Weekend" è il secondo romanzo di spionaggio scritto da Robert Ludlum, pubblicato nel 1972. Si tratta di un romanzo che è un mix di suspense, dramma, azione e thriller.

Robert Ludlum, come già detto molte volte nelle mie precedenti recensioni è un maestro indiscusso del genere spy-story, tanto da meritarsi l'appellativo di "Mr. Plot" -signor complotto-. Ha scritto 27 romanzi thriller. Il numero di copie dei suoi libri in stampa è stimato tra 290 milion
Jason Seftas
Pretty Amateurish

Clearly it wasn't unenjoyable since I read it in a single night, but compared to Ludlum's later writing or Clancy's stuff, this story seemed almost childish. Not polished writing at all, and very different from his first novel The Scarlatti Inheritance. While that was very slow and measured in it's plotting this was extremely frenetic. The difference is so glaring it's almost as if he reacted to some negative criticisms of that novel and did a complete 180.
But as I said, it w
Oct 17, 2012 Tony rated it liked it
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
Wilkin Aves
Feb 19, 2014 Wilkin Aves rated it did not like it
"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
Oct 16, 2015 Karen rated it liked it
I usually like Ludlum's works--loved The Road to Gandolfo, for example. I was confused by this mystery, even though it gets explained (mostly) in the end. Quite a bit of suspense and many twists and turns. But, I thought that there were a couple too many characters, and a major one was thrown into the mix towards the end--supposedly on the side of good, but a despicable character. Perhaps you can guess what twist that fellow took! A lot of energy went into setting up the "hero" for a fatal fall ...more
Dick Edwards
Jul 04, 2011 Dick Edwards rated it it was ok
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
Jeff Anderson
Sep 01, 2013 Jeff Anderson rated it liked it
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
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Robert Ludlum was the author of twenty-seven novels, each one a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 210 million of his books in print, and they have been translated into thirty-two languages. He is the author of The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Chancellor Manuscript, and the Jason Bourne series--The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum--among others. Mr. Ludlum ...more
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