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The Cry of the Halidon

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Alex McAuliff has received an offer he can’t refuse: two million dollars for a geological survey of Jamaica. All Dunstone Limited requires is his time, his expertise, and his absolute secrecy. No one—not even McAuliff’s handpicked team—can know of Dunstone’s involvement. But British Intelligence is aware of the deal, and they’ve let Alex in on a secret of their own: The la ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published November 1st 1996 by Bantam (first published 1974)
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Jan 16, 2016 Arielle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
A friend lent me this book, and since I read The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum and absolutely loved it, I was very eager to start The Cry of the Halidon. If left on my own I probably would not have picked up this book, but I never refuse a book, I read anything that I can get my hands on and I always make it a point to finish a book that I started.

Alexander McAuliff was chosen by Dunstone p.l.c. to head a survey team in the depths of the Jamaican jungle, otherwise known as the Cock Pit. Alex
Fredrick Danysh
Jamaica is up for grabs as a secret investment group, British intelligence, and locals battle for control of the island with different objectives. Alex Mcauliff is is caught in the middle as be is hired by the investors to conduct a survey of a remote location on the island. and he doesn't know who on his team that he can trust. This is a good thriller in typical Ludlum style.
Don Delaney
Jul 26, 2015 Don Delaney rated it really liked it
Typical Ludlum book - well-defined characters, an interesting plotline with a number of surprises along the way, and very detailed descriptions of the surroundings.
Sep 07, 2015 Nicki rated it it was amazing
A slow start while all the greedy folks are outlined. But there are lots of twists and turns to the story. I enjoy this genre. This book did not disappoint.
John Burnham
Jul 19, 2016 John Burnham rated it liked it
Not an important book but a very entertaining book. More twists than a snake with a broken back.
Joe S.
Feb 09, 2017 Joe S. rated it it was ok
Not a great book by Ludlum. I much prefer the ones that take place in the European stage. This one takes place mainly in Jamaica.
Sridhar Babu
Nov 26, 2015 Sridhar Babu rated it liked it
Robert Ludlum..
London (UK), Kingston, Jamaica( Caribbean, west Indies..)
Alex McAuliff, Alison Booth, ferguson, charles whitehall, sam tucker,julian warfield, Hammond and others.

Dunstone Limited, London ,is the corporate headquarters of an organisation of international financiers from sensitive areas in London, Paris, Rome and washington . This corporation is masterminded by Julian Warfield, who wants to setup their own government in Jamaica, funded by thes
Dec 11, 2014 Nick rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
The Cry of the Halidon is an old Robert Ludlum thriller that feels very much in the vein of the author's standard work, but does add a few minor intricacies that stand this tale apart from straightforward fare. Mainly, the main character is a geologist, hired to conduct a survey in Jamaica. Large sections of chapters are devoted to describing the team's work, including rock type, formations, topography, etc. in addition to much devotion to Jamaica itself, which Ludlum fondly recalls in his intro ...more
Christian Scala
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. . I suoi libri sono stati tradotti in 32 lingue in oltre 40 paesi. Il totale delle vendite dei suoi libri supera i 200 milioni di copie.
È diventato celebre per la serie di romanzi The Bourne Identity ai quali sono stati vagamente ispirati tre film.

In questo libro, esce un po' dai suoi classici scenari e ci racc
Don Cram
Mar 04, 2012 Don Cram rated it it was amazing
If you write fiction, you should read this book. Fifth among Robert Ludlum's twenty-three thrillers, this book is a gem. The story keeps advancing, the characters are complex and interesting, and every time the reader thinks things are about to slow down there is a new worry added. That's suspense.

Stephen King has written much about the importance of writers reading. "Can I be blunt on this subject?" he wrote in On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. "If you don't have time to read, you don't have t
Wilkin Aves
Nov 06, 2013 Wilkin Aves rated it it was ok
action packed. the tale of the halidon lurking at every corner of the world is far-fetched. why? the assassination of several key figures around the world. do you think that a black man is not noticed every time an assassination occurs? the halidonites are black, and it seems to me that it is impossible that such black people are not noticed lurking before the assassinations. and how the hell alex mcaullif learned to become familiar in "spy ways" in such short notice? it's impossible, since it t ...more
Jul 08, 2011 PenNPaper52 rated it really liked it
This was a dark book with savage rituals and culture... in other words Ludlum tries to infuse terror of the African wild to Jamaica. Alex is a geologist who is hired to go to Jamaica to do a geological survey. Once there he discovers things are not as they appear.The last survey group sent by Dunstone, the company that has hired him, had vanished completely out of sight. He is also pegged by the British Intelligence who want him to do a little snooping for them. The Cry of the Halidon isn't the ...more
Oct 20, 2011 Suby rated it liked it
This book by Rober Ludlum somehow lacks the grandiose structure that is usually associated with the author's novels.
The key elements are a multinational corporation based in London, a professional Geologist who agrees to survey an area of Jamaica for the corporation, a split tribe of runaway slaves who have founded an organization in the thick Jungles of Jamaica, their immense wealth and resources, the MI5 & MI6 involvement and a bid to take over Jamaican government gone wrong. Finally the
Feb 07, 2013 Al added it
McAuliff has been given two million dollars for a geological survey of Jamaica's dark interior. All Dunstone Ltd requires is his time, his expertise, and absolute secrecy.But British Intelligence is aware of the deal, and they've let Alex in on a secret: the last survey team Dunstone despatched to Jamaica vanished without trace. For Alex, it's too late to turn back. He already knows about Dunstone - which means he knows too much.From the moment he lands in Jamaica he is a marked man. But who wan ...more
Dec 12, 2010 Charlie rated it liked it
Shelves: spy
A couple of years ago, I lucked out and found a Barnes and Noble that was going out of business. Unfortunately, I didn't discover it until the last day, but I was able to pick up a couple hundred dollars’ worth in books.

In this lot were 20 or so Robert Ludlum books. I'm an absolute fan of that genre, so I figured what the heck. I've read a few from that stash and picked this one to read over the Thanksgiving holiday. I felt that this book started out slow, but it grew on my and it definitely ha
Ronald Wilcox
Feb 10, 2013 Ronald Wilcox rated it liked it
Shelves: spy-thriller
I usually love Ludlum (he is one of my top ten favorite authors) but I think this is the weakest of all his books I have read. Alex McAuliff is hired to lead a "geologic survey" of Jamaica by an English company that plans to take over the country of Jamaica. In reality he is sent to obtain a list of names. He is also coerced into helping British Intelligence against the company that hired him. In the meantime he forms his team and falls in love with one of his team members. While in Jamaica he r ...more
Feb 10, 2016 Mary rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on
Quite a disappointment. Thirty-ish years ago, when Ludlum was churning out his thrillers, I used to look forward to each one. The plots are always a bit outlandish with conspiracies galore, but still thrilling. Nothing in this book made me care. The main character was a dud. The writing was amateurish. For instance, the author kept saying "the black revolutionary ", "the white geologist", like the reader ( or maybe the writer) couldn't be relied upon to remember the main characters. I quit after ...more
Oct 26, 2013 Rob rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2013, fiction
This is a book that requires ones attention. I started to read this as a side line but found I'd need to review the previous chapter to refresh myself on the story and where all the characters were at. The pace of the book was such that I finally gave up trying to read it piecemeal, and from then onwards was caught in the relentless flow of the tale. Readers should bear in mind the publication date and that this is one of Ludlum early works. I can see myself re-reading this at some point in the ...more
May 10, 2012 Douglas rated it really liked it
As a writer of fiction, it is important to me that I read the masters. Robert Ludlum’s “The Cry of the Halidon” was originally written in 1974 using the pseudonym of Jonathan Ryder and the story is just as believable in today’s world as it was back then. Reminiscent of some of Alistair McLean’s work, I’m impressed with the way Ludlum uses a well researched setting and develops his characters. He moves the action right along and you never really know who the actual good guys and the bad guys are ...more
Manley Ranch
May 07, 2013 Manley Ranch rated it liked it
This book could have been a lot better if the author didn't keep changing the use of the names of the main character. There is no pattern to when the character is referred to by his first name proper, first name or last name only. It throws the reader for a loop for a second or two to realize who the author is referring to then he switches it again. It is a real pain in the arse to keep track of and to me is a poor writing style.

The story itself is a good one and I really liked it even though i
Adam Shields
Short review: A geologist is paid to survey Jamaica by a secret cabal of financiers that wants to take over the island and create their own country. MI-5 enlists him to get to the bottom of the plot.

I like some of Ludlum's books, but this is not one of his better books. It is written as a suspense book, but is not suspenseful enough and just doesn't grab you the way the Bourne books do.

My longer review is on my blog at
Marlene Chabot
Mar 09, 2016 Marlene Chabot rated it really liked it
I haven't read a book by Robert Ludlum in years, but I've always enjoyed his writing style. The Cry of the Halidon was worth picking up. He originally wrote the story under a different name. A wonderfully weaved story involving Alex Mc Auliff, a geophysical surveyor, who is hired to do a study in Jamaica for a very wealthy man. Complications arise right away. The story is full of intrigue involving British Intelligence, and other undercover operations.
May 10, 2009 Brent rated it it was ok
This wasn't a bad book, but from the author of the Bourne trilogy, I have to admit I expected something a little better. I found the first half to two thirds of the book a little plodding as the author had to set in place a great deal of information which led to the climax. Once the action really started up it was a great story. I nearly gave it 3 stars because of the ending. But ultimately it was just ok. And I see why this was not made into a movie ;)
Rohit Enghakat
What a drag this book was !! Thought that Robert Ludlum would churn out something of his class. I was disappointed. After reading about 200 pages I was wondering whether to leave it half finished. Then I made up my mind to complete it. Finally completed it yesterday. Not recommended for Ludlum fans. They would be disappointed.
Mar 03, 2016 Ginny rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, mystery-suspense
Just when you think you know who the characters are and which side they represent, wham, things change. Ludlum takes his time developing this story and the intertwined relationships between the characters, but once the action really gets going, grab your hat and your seat because it moves very quickly.
Feb 07, 2013 Susan rated it liked it
I found it interesting that early in Robert Ludlum's career his publisher told him he would be consided a "hack" if he wrote more than one book a year. He wrote this book under the name of Jonathan Ryder for that simple reason. A good story about what people will do to gain wealth and power and what their opposition will do to protect their way of life and the country they love.
Mar 12, 2012 Balachandra rated it liked it
This is not so good book like other RL's books. Some plots are not explained clearly. I still didnt understand many plots.
1. Why Halidon keep quiet on Dunstone though they're aware of what's happening?
2. What British intelligence exactly wanted?
3. Why 5 defectors were sent to vanish Survey members?
4. How did first survey team disappear?
Ronald Ball
Nov 20, 2012 Ronald Ball rated it liked it
This was my first Robert Ludlum book so I did not know what to expect. To me it started out very slow and a lot of characters were introduced. It was difficult at times to follow all of the characters as many were short lived, literally. The story got more interesting about midway through it and finished well. It was a bit outdated but held up well. It reminded me quite a bit of Ian Fleming.
Odie Damaolao
Jan 27, 2013 Odie Damaolao rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It took me 3 painful weeks to realize that I am not going to finish this book... It was too slow, too predictable and too boring to be the work of Ludlum. I don't now probably it's just me but after reading the first 160 pages the pace of the story did not change but it became predictable. Definitely not going to recommend this book to my friends...

Different strokes for different folks...
Kathryn Wilson
Jun 24, 2009 Kathryn Wilson rated it liked it
A fairly good read - the uncovering of mystical secrets and super-spy crimes all at the same time in an exotic location. This is an older book and really shows its age with some of the language. Didn't really love the characters in the story and in particular found the love interest a bit irritating. The plot itself had enough turns to keep life interesting however.
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