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The Hadrian Memorandum (John Barron/Nicholas Marten #2)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  479 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
Hadrian Memorandum, The, by Folsom, Allan
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Forge Books (first published 2004)
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Apr 15, 2011 Tony rated it it was amazing
Allan Folsom- The Hadrian Memorandum (Tor Books 2010) 4.5 Stars

Sent to a small African country in the midst of rebellion and massacres, Nicholas Marten must meet with a priest who has photos that could anger some very rich and prominent people. He has been sent in secretly by the President of the United States, John Henry Harris. The president wants to know what is going on there, and wants the killing stopped, but the people behind it don’t want the photos found and will stop at nothing to see
May 27, 2013 Keith rated it liked it
Nicholas Marten, a landscape architect with a hidden past as an L.A. Police Detective, becomes involved in a misadventure in Equatorial Guinea that throws him headlong into tribal rebellion as well as murder and intrigue involving global oil interests, and possible international conflict, embroiling both the CIA and Russian espionage as well as various free-lance agents. Of course there is also a beautiful and mysterious woman but his major problem is that he has no idea who he can trust and wis ...more
May 03, 2012 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
A very complex and well written thriller. With as many twists and turns that this one takes it will serve the reader well to pay close attention to all of the action and who is playing for what team. The main character is actually Nicholas Marten of whom two books have been written previously. Strangely enough this one does not fall into that series even though Marten will make several references to his past that occurred in those books. That kind of cranked me off as I thought this was actually ...more
Jun 14, 2010 Frank rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novel, thriller
A great followup to The Machiavelli Covenant and The Exile. An enjoyable trilogy with lots of action without the feeling of trying to fit too much in. Folsom's novels flow easily and the characters are well defined. This was a complicated read, but the author very smartly refreshed vital points along the way to keep the reader from losing his way. Be sure to read The Exile first.
Feb 15, 2017 Patrick rated it really liked it
This is a book full of action and intrigue. It follows the exploits of Nicholas Marten, who is supposed to be a landscape architect, but has a background in law enforcement to East New Guinea to investigate what is going on there. He of course discovers some nasty things that lead to him being chased all over. Anyway it is an interesting follow up to his prior work the Exile.
Mar 10, 2013 Morad rated it it was amazing
This is the second Allan Folsom's book I read and both has been very satisfying and highly entertaining for me.
I'll start the review with negative things I didn't like about the book then what I like because they are more.

Negative points:
- The pace drops somewhere after the first third of the book. If you are reading a thriller you would like the pace to stay up as much as possible. I guess every book has that part where things are slow and a bit boring so we can excuse this book but this is wh
Aug 21, 2011 Mattias rated it it was ok
Without a doubt my least favourite Folsom novel this far. Folsoms books have always been very fast paced, action packed and with an intriguing story which usually contains some historical clandestine groups who are trying to obtain even more power. There have been plotholes some times(especially in the Machivielli covenant) the size of an oilplatform but the books have always been very entertaining. And Folsom usually have a great plot twist to stir things up a bit(see the day after tomorrow. Bu ...more
Victoria Moore
May 31, 2013 Victoria Moore rated it it was amazing
I don't usually read action-packed thrillers or mysteries because I'm more of a "Rebecca," "Thirteenth Tale," and "Half-Broken Things" reader, but when I got the chance t read Allan Folsom's "The Hadrian Memorandum" it opened up a whole new genre for me that had my mind doing flip-flops from all of the excitement. I discovered this is the type of drama I could get into for a number of reasons.
Besides keeping me intellectually enthralled the story featuring Nicholas Martin (aka John Barron) in
Dec 06, 2009 Tommy rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This book starts off rather slowly, with an uprising in Equatorial Guinea (I know, uprisings aren't supposed to be slow, but...). Then Nicholas Marten, a former L.A. cop turned landscape architect (!), gets inadvertently involved, and things take off. Basically, an oil company discovers a massive reserve under the African nation and will do anything--even provoke a civil war--in order to claim it. Add to that a ruthless security contractor out to impress his father, and you've got a chase that l ...more
Greg Dill
Sep 19, 2015 Greg Dill rated it really liked it
My first Folsom book. Overall, it was an excellent read. Full of adventure, mystery, and intrigue. Fast pace. Quite the page turner. I felt like I was watching the TV series, "24". Lots of action and unknowns with an international flair to it. But, I didn't care much for the X-rated sex scene between Marten and Anne. The details were not really necessary. And, there seemed to be a lot of unneeded rehashing of events throughout the book, resulting in a prolonged and stretched out storyline. And, ...more
Nov 05, 2009 Deanna rated it it was ok
I won another one... This one is a fiction book. I hope that it isn't too racy or I'll be skipping a lot.... (update: yes, skipping was necessary, and LOTS of four letter words. Why do people speak like that?)

I had a hard time getting into this and wondered if I was going to make it. After about 40 pages it started to pick up. This book is full of lots of action, chase scenes around the world, violent murders, bad guys, blah, blah, blah. My problem is that I'm not a big pop fiction/thriller type
Nov 05, 2009 Natalia rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, 2009
I stayed up way too late to finish it, which is definitely a good sign!

It's a good thriller, with a great slow build up to an exciting chase, the usual fun. Unfortunately, like most thrillers, I was disapointed with the ending, though that's not the author's fault - when a whole book is suspenseful and tense, the resolution is always a bit of a let down, since it's never as exciting as the build-up.

The only other thing that really stuck out is that it felt a little anachronistic - with the CIA a
Nov 21, 2009 Corny rated it liked it
This overwritten, overlong thriller is nothing else if not cleverly plotted. The problem comes when the author keeps invading the mind of his characters with meaningless soliloquizing. "If I do that, he will do that etc.." This becomes tedious and breaks the rhythm of the story which is a good one.I found myself skimming pages to get to the next event in the story. Although the characters are not believable, especially Conor White, the story is carried by the twists and turns of an interesting p ...more
Greer Andjanetta
Mar 04, 2016 Greer Andjanetta rated it really liked it
A lengthy, far fetched story about CIA and US oil corruption in Africa and some compromising photos of CIA operatives supplying arms to African rebels to safeguard a massive new oil field for US use. A friend of the US president is sent to investigate the goings on and learns about and later comes into possession of the photos. The bad guys chase him and his foul-mouthed (courtesy of the author) girlfriend across 2 continents killing everyone who gets in their way but the intrepid heroes manage ...more
What an intriguing, and not always in a good way, thriller. A vast dark conspiracy between the CIA, a huge oil company and an infoamous private security company try and 'steal' a huge oil patch from an unknowing African Country. Discovered by a landscape gardener/secret agent, the good guys (hard to tell without a program) and the bad guys (easier to spot if only because of their tells) chase each other all over Europe..with out giving too much away, the use of weird slices of Freudian psycholog ...more
Fredrick Danysh
Apr 13, 2013 Fredrick Danysh rated it really liked it
Nicholas Marten is a former LAPD homicide detective under another name. Formed to flee for his life amid the corruption of the LAPD he changes his name and flees to England where he becomes a landscape architect. The US president asks him to meet with a priest in Equatorial Africa who has some information for the president involving genocide and untold riches. When the priest and his village are destroyed by the army, a chase across Europe begins with murder , deceit, and mayhem constant compani ...more
Nov 29, 2009 Tristen rated it it was amazing
Wow. I have never read a book with a format like this (the story being told hour by hour, sometimes minute by minute) and if I can find more that are anything like the Hadrian Memorandum it will not be my last. This really was a book that I had a hard time putting down. At one point I just wanted it to end so that I could know the conclusion, but then I realized that was just my own impatience. The characters were likeable, and the action was suspenseful. I thought that this book was great and I ...more
Feb 11, 2011 Jennie rated it liked it
I typically love Allan Folsom's books, but this one wasn't quite as good as his others. It was definitely a thriller, though, and had me on the edge of my seat more than once. If you've never read Folsom, go to some of his other works first--Day of Confession, Day After Tomorrow, The Exile, and The Machiavelli Covenant are ALL worth reading. Save this for last, in case you are disappointed. By reading the others first, you'll know the potential of the author and won't be tempted to shy away from ...more
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
think this is my favorite of the three Alan Folsom books I have read. He is an excellent storyteller who keeps readers at the edge of their seats through many twists and turns, dangers and escapes. In this one, however,his lead character Marten is involved in a more down to earth plot than the two earlier--Day after Tomorrow and Machiavelli Covenant which stretch the reader's credibility. The characters seem more human this time as they confront the ugliness of revolution in Equatorial Guinea an ...more
Nov 09, 2009 Evelyn rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
Former police detective Nicholas Marten is asked to travel to Africa by the president where he learns about abuses by mercenaries hired to protect oil workers. When rebels attack and murder a German priest, Marten must find out who he can trust before an all-out war begins.

Sequel to The Machiavelli Covenant by can stand alone. Fast-paced and entertaining, but some long narrative passages can be hard to digest. Recommended.
Bill Thibadeau
Feb 01, 2013 Bill Thibadeau rated it liked it
This is the third Allan Folsum book that I have read. I really enjoyed the Day after Tomorrow (4.5 stars) and liked Day of Confession (4 stars). As I was reading this book, I wondered what had happened - was this written by the same author? I was thinking that this was a 2 star book. Thankfully, the last third picked up sufficiently to raise my rating to 3 stars overall.
I found this book to be too slow with less than stellar characters. It is an average mystery/intrigue novel.
Dec 08, 2009 Victoria rated it it was ok
Another thriller in the "let's throw in everything but the kitchen sink" mold. Clunky, overly complex with superficial characters who get it on for no apparent reason. I liked it for a while, then kept thinking "if I skip a few pages I won't miss much and I'll finally finish it." I didn't skip any pages, but I probably wouldn't have missed much. The last line took me from "liked it" to "just ok"... Allan Folsom should be ashamed of himself for such triteness.
Apr 09, 2010 Tulara rated it liked it
I like the way this book began - intrigue, far-away places - people who are not what they seem. Then - it's heart-stopping chases, who do you trust, money, greed, private agendas. I enjoyed it, but I found it a little too long - I kept thinking I could go to the end and know the ending.
I thought maybe if there were two or three "revealing events" they could do without, it would make it an enjoyable read.
Feb 18, 2014 Sergio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"L'esule" 2 anni fa mi aveva molto intrigato e adesso che ho appena finito di leggere quest'altro libro di Folsom, confermo la mia simpatia verso questo scrittore, l'apprezzamento per la sua abilità a tessere trame complicate ma convincenti, a creare personaggi credibili, scenari pieni di suspance. Tutto nelle sue pagine fila alla perfezione, senza cadute di tono e di tensione fino all'apprezzabile finale.
Feb 24, 2010 Kim rated it it was ok
This book is a sequel to The Machiavelli Covenant. It was good and fast paced, but a lot more violent. In some parts it was like watching a Van Damme movie just one person after another getting killed. I was disappointed that the author didn't pick up where the cliff hanger of The Machiavelli Covenant left off. This story was completely different and didn't really fit with the previous story. This book was okay, but I probably wouldn't recommend it.
Lori Tatar
Nov 05, 2009 Lori Tatar rated it really liked it
The Hadrian Memorandum is a fast-paced thriller loaded with action and characters the reader isn't sure whether to like or hate. Who is on whose side? You don't find out until the end, while the plot twists and turns with every chapter. You'll be guessing right along with the protagonist, Marten, and he knows any mistake can be deadly. The book also offers some political insight into how wars are fueled and insurgencies fought. Everybody has a motive, whether in dollars, pounds, euros....
Jan 06, 2010 Liz rated it liked it
The complicated plot may turn some off, but give the book a chance. When ex-LAPD detective Nicholas Marten finds out about a huge conspiracy by a U.S. oil company and security firm, it sets off a chain of events that will lead readers throughout Africa and Europe. Marten hopes to get the truth out, even though his life is threatened. While the plot drags at times, the pursuit of Marten hooked me. Entertaining read.
Nov 05, 2009 Melissa rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Won on first reads. As the world lost a great lady when my wonderful friend, Ramona, just passed away, this review will serve for both of us. She will be dearly missed and cancer will be cursed for taking her from us so young.

Good book for anyone who likes danger and action. This has both. I wondered if things would get worked out in the end or if the bad sector would win out this time.
Nov 05, 2009 Lauren rated it it was ok
I won this book off of Good Reads and couldn't wait to begin reading it. However my excitement was short lived once I started reading it. I wouldn't say that it was bad, just ok, and not really my cup of tea. The story was alright but I found myself skipping a few pages here and there so I could finish it. It was decent but just really wasn't what I was expecting.
Feb 08, 2011 Peter rated it liked it
this book is a good chase!!!characters are not to bad and area where story takes place, africa france germany spain and potugal is interesting...but i found it was just a story nothing special better than some and not as good as others.....could have been better premice was a good one or story idea was quite good but part of it got lost somewhere
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Until the international success of THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, Allan Folsom was a jobbing screen writer, contributing to such series as Hart to Hart. He lived in Santa Barbara with his wife, an artist, and their young daughter. Mr. Folsom died of complications of melanoma.
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