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The Apocalypse Watch

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  6,428 Ratings  ·  130 Reviews
Deep in the Hausruck Mountains of Austria, there is a remote hideaway - the fortresslike nerve center of an ominous movement, the Brotherhood of the Watch. American agent Harry Latham has penetrated the movement, a neo-Nazi organization that was born in the days after the Third Reich's defeat and whose deadly tentacles have spread to the United States and beyond. Now, afte ...more
Paperback, 800 pages
Published September 2nd 2010 by Orion (first published April 10th 1995)
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Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to imagine that the same person who wrote the Bourne triology wrote this book. The story itself is not bad. Neo-Nazis are preparing to start the 4th Reich which in itself is interesting and the protaganist has to stop them. What ruins this book is the dreadful dialogue. It seems as if all the dialogue is a cliche for pulp novels that were written in the 40s and 50s. The conversations simply defy realism. People just do not speak to each other this way. It's a shame that the editor didn ...more
Fredrick Danysh
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of Ludlum's last novel prior to his passing. The descendants of Germany's Third Reich are now attempting to rise from the ashes seventy years after the fall of Hitler. Harry Latham goes undercover to investigate but is captured and given false information following brain surgery. Attempts are made on the lives of him and his brother Drew as they seek the truth. A good thriller with a touch of romance.
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
Well, what is there to say about this book?
First, the number of stars. I gave it four even the book was between three and four from my side.
Why between? Well, because at the moments I was like hypnotized, couldn't let it out of my hands and on the other side it was to childish, some of the thing really unreal and even funny.

But, beside everything I really enjoyed the book and I will gladly recommend it to anyone who like the pretty much good thriller.
Rohit Enghakat
Mind-blowing plot...that's the reason why Ludlum is one of my favourite. Although, it would seem out of place in this age and time, still you are hooked.
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novela, policial
He leído varios libros de Ludlum (mucho antes de existir GoodReads!) y mis recuerdos, ya no tan recientes, son positivos. La serie de Bourne, por ejemplo, tiene un espacio de placer guardado en alguna neurona. Fue, sin embargo, costoso para mi acabar este largo libro -- largo, como todos los de Ludlum. No es, definitivamente, ninguna obra inicial del autor. Pero es sorprendente lo poco creíbles que son los personajes de cartón y lo falsos y huecos que suenan los diálogos. Nunca leí una historia ...more
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: espionage
Beware of the 4th Reich. Ludlum can make any scenario real and the most outlandish conspiracy come to life in vivid detail.
Sridhar Babu
Robert Ludlum..
Harry Latham, Drew Latham, Karin De vries,Fredrick De Vries, Gerhardt Kroeger, Stanly Witkowski, Claude Moreau, Wesley Sorenson and others..
Paris (France) and Washington (USA..)


Germany 1995....!!! 50 years after the fall of Nazi-Germany to allied forces, a new group called "Neo -Nazis" are raising all over Germany and France. These fanatics wants
Alena Gotz
Dec 26, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Unreadable, the dialogues are 99% wise cracks and silly, too. The generalizations are too much even for me, not exactly a raving liberal. The story idea or a Neo-Nazi conspiracy was attractive to me and plausible, but so much does not add up. I got it for 25c at a church sale because I liked the Bourne movies. They are great entertainment, so well acted, but Ludlum's writing was torture for me, more of a movie script actually. BTW on Rotten Tomatoes someone wrote that the TV movie was a stinker ...more
May 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zumutung, abgebrochen
Unlesbare Dialoge, Wiederholungen, inkonsistent, unzusammenhängend, schlecht recherchiert und der amerikanische, alternde Schauspieler hat keine Ahnung wie Europa tickt, aber Hauptsache er schreibt drüber. Zu allem Überfluss ist das Buch auch noch schlecht übersetzt, und es wimmelt nur so von Schlampigkeitsfehlern (bei Heyne hätte ich erwartet, dass die Profis als Übersetzer und Lektoren haben).
Grauenhafte Schrott, nicht zu empfehlen.
Haya Dodokh
Loved it!! It has so many twists and turns! Exciting all the way through.
May 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is pretty brutal at points. Plot points are forgotten. Dialogue is terrible. Things just magically work out all the time.
Larry Gundy
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like history, even with certain writers liberties.
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By Robert Ludlum. Grade: A
Robert Ludlum, time and time again, has been touted as the greatest writer of all time. He has been one of the busiest writers in literary circles with numerous bestsellers still warming bookstands. Some of his famous works include the Bourne series.
The Apocalypse Watch follows American agent Harry Latham, who has penetrated the fortress-like mountain hideaway of the Brotherhood of the Watch, a neo-Nazi organisation that was born in the days after the fall of the Third
N.T. Embe
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves tons of action and constantly being on the edge of their seats!
Recommended to N.T. by: My Mother
Shelves: suspense, thriller

What's there ever to say about a Ludlum novel except that IT WAS AWESOME?!

No seriously! What can you possibly say about a book that has this much action packed into it? Robert Ludlum's books threw me into a completely different world ever since I saw the Bourne trilogy of movies on TV and decided that I wanted to read the book counterparts. I found the movies to be barely 1% of what the books had to offer me, and thus an entirely different world of reading was opened up and came my way. It got
Carl Brookins
Ludlum’s nineteenth, and another New York Times Bestseller. I’ve read and enjoyed all the others. The story: Agent H. Latham has penetrated a neo-Nazi organization called the Brotherhood Of The Watch. BOTW is actively planning the Fourth Reich with a new Fuhrer and a high-tech brain implant and much infiltration, undercover work, and Lebensraum. Latham returns to France from the neo-Nazi camp deep in totally protected German mountain ranges with a list of neo-Nazi collaborators from around the w ...more
Shay Schanaman
"The Apocalypse Watch" by Robert Ludlum is about the younger brother (Drew Latham) of an undercover agent named Harry Latham who has become apart of the up and coming fourth reich, he must decide who to trust and if what the people closest to him say is real or not. A group that has one goal, which is world domination. The neo-nazi group known as "The Brotherhood of Watch" knows that Harry works for the CIA. They then use technology to upload false information to his brain which he then relays ...more
Christian, Kelanth, Scala
Ludlum è il maestro indiscusso del genere spy-story. Se vi piace questo genere potete tranquillamente infilare la mano nel paniere dei suoi scritti e pescherete sempre storie di qualità.

Ludlum è una garanzia per questo genere di thriller ambientati nel mondo dei servizi segreti, i suoi libri sono sempre ben documentati e strutturalmente ben progettati, non ci sono falle e l'autore cerca sempre di tenere il lettore sulle spine e ottimizza i colpi di scena in modo di non annoiare mai durante la le
Feb 14, 2017 marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
Better than a sleeping pill!
I liked it for the fast pace and the use of foreshadowing. However, I was disappointed by a few of the twists. Overall, it's just another thriller with the Nazis.

Ludlum delivers another fast-paced, action-filled, cinematic story in The Apocalypse Watch. Drew Latham is a Special Officer for the American Consular Operations in Paris while his older brother, Harry, is in a deep undercover operation in Germany, penetrating the Neo-Nazi Brotherhood of the Watch. Harry disappears suddenly
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An American secret agent penetrates a secret Neo-Nazi base in Austria. He's captured but manages to escape w/ a list of Neo-Nazis at the highest levels of government & other leading private citizens in the U.S., U.K., France & Germany. But are the names on the list for real, opposition leaders that the Neo-Nazis want to discredit or a mixture of both? While the western intelligence agencies are trying to sort that out, the Neo-Nazis are planning to launch attacks on the water supplies in ...more
Eric Stockwell
Jan 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read_but_unowned
This might be the worst book I've ever read. (Plot summary: Nazis hiding in the forest, implanting chips in people's brains to turn them into Nazis so they can take over the world, but their brains explode after a week or so.) Robert Ludlum is such an awful writer that I find it hard to believe his career wasn't some elaborate prank. The characters are flatly useless and offensively cliched stereotypes, the dialogue is stupid and fatuous filler, and the ideas are something that would be generate ...more
Gene Lee
Others have delved into the storyline and characters well enough that I can leave that alone, I think. I'm a huge Ludlum fan. In fact, I've spent many years and many dollars building a full 1stEd/1stP collection of his writings as well as books written and articles written about him. I did write that I enjoyed this book, and I did. However, I also agree with others that the dialogue got tiresome at times and probably added 50 unnecessary pages. While a fascinating writer, in my mind, I don't con ...more
Gary Thompson
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a must have for every gentleman’s book club. The thoughtful plot will keep club members reading and researching for at least two weeks. The fiction is so enthralling, so real that I almost felt cheated when the “head honcho” turned out to be a 100+ years old Hitler. I would much rather have ended the book wondering if the real German Chancellor was the head of the “Neos”! However, my disappointment aside, Robert Ludlum’s use of words to create vivid images in the minds of his reader ...more
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After three years deep under cover, US agent Harry Latham has penetrated the fortress-like mountain hideaway of the Brotherhood of the Watch, a neo-Nazi organisation born after the fall of the Third Reich. Then, on the eve of his most spectacular success, Harry disappears. Drew Latham, a Consular Operations officer at the American Embassy in Paris, is frantic to discover his older brother's fate. But when he receives the good news that Harry has surfaced, serious doubts arise. Has Harry's cover ...more
May 19, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was terrible. Somewhere in the 750 pages the plot jumped the shark from being an amusing spy novel to something with 50+ minor characters with random, but very convenient skills or back stories that show up in the nick of time to assist the amazing Drew Laytham, hockey player and spy extraordinaire, avenge his brother and save the broad- I mean lady. Maybe because the book was written in the 80s (based on my reading), but I found the insistence on equal treatment/abilities of women pat ...more
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Drew Latham, Special Officer for Consular Operations in Paris, learns his brother, Harry, has disappeared. He had been undercover in a neo-nazi organiztion for three years. Was his cover blown? Then emerges with information of the secret supporters of the movement, among them some of the highest-ranking officials in the United States and its allies, names synonymous with honorable service to their nations. It is all in a document that could topple governments 14but is the list legitimate? Can Dr ...more
Jun 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not sure
Recommended to Sheila by: myself
Shelves: robert-ludlum
It's hard to understand that the author wrote so many other better books. It is about Neo-Nazis followers who are preparing to start the 4th Reich and the protagonist have to stop them. The book was ruined by the dreadful dialogue. The plot is very nice but so much of unnecessary dialogue creating 751 pages made it boring at times. The conversations simply defy realism as people just do not speak to each other such manner. It's a shame that the editor didn't re-write dialogue in a way that story ...more
Jun 06, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
By now, if you haven't figured it out, I am a big fan of author Robert Ludlum. Just a few days ago, I blogged about the Tristan Betrayal and now I've had a chance to finish Apocalypse Watch. The master of the spy novel does it again!

This story is set in the recent past but focuses on the growth of a neo-Nazi group intending to take over the world under the 4th Reich. As you expect from Ludlum there are always plot twists. Who you thought was whom isn't really and the guy you tought was dead wasn
Aaron Kleinheksel
I read this book a long time ago, based entirely on the synopsis, which appealed to me. Unfortunately the idea of the book was the best part about it, because the rest of it fell almost entirely flat, and served as a deterrent to ever reading any of Ludlum's other books, regardless of how much I enjoyed the Bourne movies. Actually, I think based on this book, perhaps his writings serve better as screenplays than as novels. /shrug

This book fails on multiple mechanical levels, from dialogue to rid
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Duro de terminar, pero lo hice. Es un libro pesado, a pesar de que la trama se veía muy interesante. Fue una pena llegar al final porque en ningún momento mejoró. solo se mantuvo en el mismo nivel Con diálogos en circunstancias irreales: los perseguía alguien armado y en vez de hablar lo elemental, como en una situación de vida o muerte, se ponían a dialogar de su infancia, o se ponían a alabar sus cualidades como agente, padre, hermano, etc... e incluso salían unos chistes sin gracia precisamen ...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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