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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,385 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Ludlum Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780449013182
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The name on the computer screen is James Barbous Matlock. Vietnam veteran. College professor. He’s Washington’s choice to stop a far-reaching conspiracy—an undercover assignment destined to put Matlock’s neck against the razor’s edge of danger. And the faceless men in Washington don’t care if it means savaging the women Matlock loves, or trapping Matlock in a maze of unrelenting terror. They care about only one thing: that Matlock is the perfect man for the job … for a reason that is disturbing, violent, and extremely deadly. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A sure winner…fast paced, suspenseful, and bound to keep you turning the pages.”

    Denver Post

  • “A scorching story!”

    Hartford Courant

  • “First rate…A taut, tense adventure in which the tempo never lets up.”

    Saturday Review

  • “Ludlum is at his best—creating an enigmatic wall of terror behind a commonplace front…Violence and action hammer the reader and build the suspense until it becomes unbearable.”

    American Statesman

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al | 1/12/2014

    " One of Ludlum's earlier efforts.....good....but not as good as many of his others. The plot is not quite as complex and there are not as many twists and turns as in many of his other works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rae | 12/10/2013

    " A college instructor gets involved with a government narcotic investigation on a New England campus. This Ludlum is a bit preachy but still action-packed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elaine | 12/3/2013

    " ok- just your standard thriller- predictable end but entertaining enough "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amog Sien | 10/22/2013

    " A novel with a mixture of Suspence And Thriller. An indeed enjoyable novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy | 8/26/2013

    " Ludlum is always good for non-stop action. I really wish there was a little more character development though. I could never really get my head around the main character and his motivations. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shrinidhi | 7/14/2013

    " Didn't get the feeling of reading a Ludlum piece. Maybe one of his earlier works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven Kent | 7/2/2013

    " Not Ludlum's best work, but intriguing nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 6/2/2013

    " Another of my Ludlum catch-up novels mid 80's. After falling for Ludlum with Bourne and the Parcifal Mosaic. Pretty good novel. Read this touring Ireland and Iberia in the 80's. Back pack fodder with a couple of other Ludlums. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peter | 5/23/2013

    " A bit strange. I mean who mixes drugs, academia, undercover agents and ethnic conflicts? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tashfin | 1/11/2013

    " This book is mellower than most of Ludlum's other titles. It provides a reader with a window into early seventies America. But at times, some chapters are too dramatic "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sahar Kharrufa | 11/3/2012

    " Well bellow average for Ludlum. I expected much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dustin Manning | 9/14/2012

    " rereading the good ludlum books after being disappointed with Van Lustbader's version of Bourne "

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About the Author
Author Robert Ludlum

Robert Ludlum (1927–2001) was the author of twenty-five 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. His works include The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Chancellor Manuscript, and, perhaps most famously, the Jason Bourne series—The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum—among others. The Bourne novels were the basis for three blockbuster films. Born in New York City, Ludlum received a BA from Wesleyan University, and before becoming an author, he was a United States Marine, a theater actor, and a producer.

About the Narrator

Stephen Hoye has worked as a professional actor in London and Los Angeles for more than thirty years. Trained at Boston University and the Guildhall in London, he has acted in television series and six feature films and has appeared in London’s West End.