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3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  14,435 Ratings  ·  129 Reviews
Oscuri traffici d'armi, misteriosi intrighi di generali, insidiose trame di agenti infiltratisi nei servizi segreti americani, inglesi ed israeliani stanno dietro a un diabolico disegno di militari esaltati. Chi vuole trasformare l'intero mondo occidentale in una tetra fortezza sotto un oppressivo governo dittatoriale? Un uomo solo lotta disperatamente contro la più diabol ...more
Paperback, 704 pages
Published January 1st 1987 by BUR Biblioteca Univ. Rizzoli (first published January 1st 1984)
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Mike Hernandez
Robert Ludlum, as you know, is a great author. I'd never heard of this book before picking it up, and it was surprisingly good. The plot was good and the writing kept you interested throughout, although the book reminded me a lot of the movie "National Treasure". Not so much in the storyline, but more in the suspension of disbelief that you must achieve to actually enjoy this novel. Some points I found myself saying, "puhhlllleeeeaaaase", but then again, I find almost all fiction books that way, ...more
Apr 03, 2015 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2015-list
This was by far one of the worst novels I've ever read. The main character was not particularly likeable, the plot was not only excessively complicated but boring, and the "love story" was as dry as an overdone turkey. I've read cookbooks that were more engaging than this book.
For those of you who have started this monstrous tome and are now looking for encouragement to continue: stop. Get out now. The last 500 pages are as tedious as the first 100. I only finished it because I'm doing that 201
Julius Gewarges
Dec 22, 2010 Julius Gewarges rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joel Converse is a Lawyer who just happened to come across a conspiracy(Code name "Aquitaine") that involves retired generals from around the world and their dedicated soldiers that are aiming at world domination by means of chaos and world violence. In chaotic times, the military will be needed to control chaos and thats where the Generals come in and take country at a time. While Joel is investigating this conspiracy, His cover gets blown and he is a living target by Aquitaine. This b ...more
Matt Crumpton
Feb 25, 2010 Matt Crumpton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay so this is book number two on my Robert Ludlum kick I am on right now. I believe there are ten more books I have left to read. Anyway on with the review.

I really liked this novel. Its Ludlum so you have the action and suspense and the plot twists that are standard in his works. In Aquataine you have this organization wanting to take over the world...this is also very standard in a Ludlum work. However I have said it before and I will say it again...its fun and entertaining.

One thing that r
Interesting, fast paced, slightly on the paranoia side where x WW2 Generals try to takeover the world and a smart NY lawyer called Converse & some M15 agents save the day. Not totally unbelievable.
Jun 30, 2012 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Aquitaine Progression. DAMN YOU LUDLUM. Now the smuggness of fame and riches makes the loyal readers wait TWO YEARS between book. I can recall the trepidation of weeks leading up to release. Going to the locale COLES book store and ordering a copy.
Now its like release, buy, read, and start waiting for the next release two years ahead. I was able to start going back and devouring Ludlum's first novels.

The Aquitaine Progression the world domination by fucked up ex generals. Perfect for the wa
Oct 14, 2014 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this when it was a fairly new best seller, back in 1984-5. It was the first action thriller I had ever read and I was blown away. Though I haven't read very many similar movies over the years, I was curious whether I would still feel the same way, given all the movies of similar style I have seen in the meantime, including several Ludlum films (the Bourne series). I enjoyed reading it the second time (remembering virtually nothing from the first reading), but as I suspected, the level of ...more
Another attempt at world domination. The World saved from the fanatical Generals by an ex-Vietnam hero and now world class lawyer Mr Converse, despite the fact he has a mental block where languages other than English are concerned and spends most of his time in Europe (not England). I'm sure it won't spoil the book to say that the world carries on and there is a happy ending, despite it happening at the very last minute. Great stuff.
Feb 03, 2017 itchy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: w
finally got the nerve to pick up another ludlum novel;
and i find out that he was still bashing adolf and his ilk in this book

p471: ...finding the shadows and letting them envelope him.
p689: ...and reached into his pocket for some kind of small, multifaceted tool. (hmm, must be a hexagonal key wrench)
Rebecca McNutt
A few days ago I got myself a big old red hardcover of this book, and since the dust jacket was missing I decided to go into it without knowing what it was about at all. I'm really glad I did, because this book was one of the most exciting ones I've read in a long time. Every page of it was a build-up to the suspense and it was near-impossible to put down.
May 27, 2016 Dishit rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had read this book during college days. Enjoyed the re-read as only outline had remained after so many years. If we draw parallels of ISIS over middle east, Trump getting elected, the world imagined by generals might still come true
Nathaniel Wyckoff
I read it years ago. It was gripping, fascinating and fun.
Jul 16, 2013 Todd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little slow to start, but stay with it you'll be glad you did.
Christopher Keating
I first read this book about twenty-five years and ago and enjoyed it so much back then that I decided to revisit it. My memory didn't fail me - it was as much fun the second time around as it was the first.

If you are at all familiar with Ludlum's works, you know the basic story line. There is some tremendously evil plot going on and one man stands in the way. The Bourne sagas are the best known examples of that plot. He spins a good story and makes it very suspenseful. However, I find there is
Christian D.  Orr
Nov 24, 2014 Christian D. Orr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The late, great Robert Ludlum (R.I.P.) in his 1980s prime here. Fast-paced, loaded with tension, international intrigue, seemingly endless plot twists, and plenty of action (though not exactly the "non-stop action" that the reviewers for Publishers Weekly and Richmond Times-Dispatch claimed).

An international cabal of power-hungry generals (an extreme fictitious example of the "military-industrial complex" that Dwight David Eisenhower warned about?) plots to impose a global militaristic governmen
Christian, Kelanth, Scala
Dec 02, 2010 Christian, Kelanth, Scala rated it really liked it
Shelves: spionaggio
Aquitania, in originale "The Aquitaine Progression" è un romanzo del 1984 del compianto Robert Ludlum. 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 milioni e 500 milioni. I suoi libri son ...more
A good book and a great plot. The only negative was that it is a lot longer than it should be. Ludlum is great with any story where the clandestine services are involved, and even though thats not precisely the case here, the hero could very well be an intelligence agent. Even if at times it tends to drag, on the whole this is a well-written and decently paced book.

A group of formerly highly-regarded but extremely right-wing generals from some of the west's biggest countries (US, UK, Germany, Fr
Iwan Sutisna
Bisa dibilang ini adalah Buku pertama Robert Ludlum yang bikin saya mulai melirik pengarang yang satu ini. Sekali lagi, Ludlum berhasil menebar jaring-jaring ketakutan di mata para pembacanya. Membaca novel ini, kita ikut merasakan ketegangan dan ketakutan yang selalu membayangi si tokoh utamanya di mana ia selalu berpikir bahwa mata musuhnya selalu ada di mana-mana.

Converse[namanya mirip merek sepatu:]adalah seorang pengacara sukses yang tiba-tiba saja karirnya berantakan setelah ia bertemu den
Jun 06, 2016 Manoj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story beginning from a straight forward meeting with an old acquaint, who for reasons not told changes his name, meeting Joel Converse under the pretext of discussion a merger, proposes a more dangerous task to him, to find out about the Aquitaine. He falls for the manipulation, thus beginning his race against the unknown. Very soon he is wanted all over Europe as a psychotic killer on the loose, putting him back in his old times. A wonderfully written novel, with no bare threads left lying ...more
Jun 02, 2015 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Oh... good... grief. Could this be any stupider? This book is about Joel Converse, an international lawyer (and former Vietnam Vet who was a PoW) who travels the world managing the legalities of transcontinental mergers when he gets approached by a former classmate who suspects nefarious wrong doing and asks Converse for help.

Converse gets drawn into international espionage, and eventually saves the world. He travels across Europe, killing baddies and generally kicking butt, at the same time as
Mar 16, 2016 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
More first-class writing by Ludlum. It begins in Geneva. There American lawyer Joel Converse meets a man he hasn't seen in twenty years, a covert operative who dies violently at his feet, whispering words that hand Converse a staggering legacy of death: "THE GENERALS... THEY'RE BACK... AQUITAINE!" Suddenly Converse is running for his life, alone with the world's most shattering secret. Pursued by anonymous executioners to the dark corners of Europe, he is forced to play a game of survival by blo ...more
This was my first time reading Robert Ludlum, and it was something of a letdown. The Aquitaine Progression feels very much like any generic spy-thriller. I tried to put myself in the right mindset for it, allowing myself to just enjoy a fast moving action story, but this text makes it difficult.

The major problem is that at around 750 pages, this book is at least twice as long as it should be. The many rounds of run/capture/escape become repetitious pretty quickly, and the plot, while I did my be
Mar 20, 2016 Jeffrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well. Something like 24 hours of listening. But still such a rich novel. Just like other Ludlum works, there are times where I just said, "Get on with it!". Like chapters on the dossiers of the generals. Geez.... almost a chapter a piece. But the words, and intricacies of 2/3rds the book were amazing.

However the last 1/3rd is cleaned up way too nicely or neatly. Oh it is satisfying. But it IS too convenient. Still Ludlum is/was a good wordsmith. And the number of times one thought things would
Mohan Das
May 02, 2014 Mohan Das rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author takes the readers to the edge of their seats by putting the protagonist in a high intensity, action packed scenes with a lot of suspense yet to unfold. He gives an interesting insight into the world of espionage and secret deals between people of authority in some of the highest positions in the government and military around the globe. United by their common belief to create a stable world by ridding it of its present turmoils by the use of their military might. How the hunters becom ...more
Jay Zay
May 25, 2016 Jay Zay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was written during Ludlum's prime but it probably isn't his best. Still, it contains enough of the typical Ludlum genius to remain enthralling and it *should* captivate most through to its end. It's essentially a chase story of the type for which Ludlum is known and even Ludlum at his less-than-best is better than 95% of thriller writers today.

Give this a chance and don't let the h8'rs around here dissuade you from enjoying this terrific story. If you're looking for possibly better examples
Jun 24, 2014 Conina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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It begins in Geneva. There American lawyer Joel Converse meets a man he hasn't seen in twenty years, a covert operative who dies violently at his feet, whispering words that hand Converse a staggering legacy of death: "The generals ... they're back ... Aquitaine!" Suddenly Converse is running for his life, alone with the world's most shattering secret. Pursued by anonymous executioners to the darkest corners of Europe, he is forced to play a game of survival by blood-rules he thought he'd long l ...more
Jan 30, 2008 Craig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
This book firmly falls into the thriller / suspense category. Some folks will recognize this author's work from the trilogy of movies starring Matt Damon, where Damon played the character Jason Bourne.

Like many Ludlum novels, the main action sets an American battling intrigue throughout Europe. There is plenty of plot line to this story, surpassing Vince Flynn's "The Third Option" in that regard by a long distance. I still put Ludlum at least into the same conversation as approaching the quality
Dennis Henn
Not nearly in the same class as the Bourne trilogy. Ludlum tells a good story of intrigue and for the first three hundred pages this was a thriller. But how many times can the conspiratorial bad guys catch our one-time Vietnam prisoner of war only to see him escape? To further extend my agony, or accelerate my page turning, Ludlum added good guys who required a recap of previous events. They might have needed such info. We, the readers, did not.
Fear not, despite the resources of five countries a
Billy Maise
May 31, 2009 Billy Maise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first Ludlum book I read after the Bourne series. The very beginning was hard to understand, but once I got into the story things started to pick up. It's your basic spy adventure: a guy discovers a big evil conspiracy and then the conspirators try to kill him. But the plot was well-handled where it could have easily been clunky. It had a lot of talking and scheming and not that much action. I didn't mind that too much, though. Not every protagonist in a Ludlum book can be as deadly ...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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