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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,655 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Ludlum Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9781415928240
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Amaya Bajaratt is beautiful, elusive, deadly—and she has set in motion a chilling conspiracy that a desperate government cannot stop. An accomplished assassin and mistress of disguise and deception, she has set in motion the boldest act of terrorism yet conceived.

Tyrell Hawthorne was a naval intelligence officer—one of the best—until the rainswept night in Amsterdam when his wife was murdered, an innocent victim of the games spies play. Since then he's been sailing charters in the islands. Now he's called out of retirement for one last assignment. For Hawthorne is the only man alive who can track down the world's most dangerous terrorist.

Now, with his life and the life of the President hanging in the balance, Hawthorne must follow Amanya's serpentine trail, a path of seduction, betrayal, an instant death.

Racing from a millionaire recluse's fortress to the social whirl of Palm Beach and from the Oval Office to treacherous Caribbean waters, Hawthorne will uncover a sinister network of well-placed men and women who exist to help this consummate killer—and the shattering truth behind the Scorpio Illusion. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Don't ever begin a Ludlum novel if you have to go to work the next day. Chicago Sun Times.
  • Breakneck... readablity. The New York Times Book Reveiw.
  • A high-voltage tale of drama and suspense. The Denver Post.

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 QueenAmidala | 2/20/2014

    " Didn't realize I hadn't read this one. Seemed very current, was surprised to see the copy date. Fun to have one of the originals again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jess | 2/16/2014

    " I thought it was horrible. The plot was decent, though far-fetched. The dialogue & narrative were trite, verbose & irritating. The book could easily have been condensed to 400 pages, rather than the 664 pages it was. When I started it, I thought, 'OK, this is bad, but I'll give it 100 pages to improve.' It didn't, but by then I was hooked on the plot itself. That's the reason I gave it 2 stars instead of 1, which I would have if I'd put it away when the thought first hit me. I'll never pick up another Robert Ludlum book. I give myself 1 star for wasting the time reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aparna | 2/8/2014

    " Well written, but not as extensive as it could have been.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julius Gewarges | 2/4/2014

    " After reading the masterpiece novel "The Parsifal Mosaic", it was hard to think of the Scorpio Illusion as one of Ludlum's greatest books, but that does not mean I did not love it. I enjoyed this spy thriller very much. Got to love a great book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Fallon | 1/22/2014

    " An oldie but goodie. Much higher body count of high-level politicians than in any of his other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robbie | 1/22/2014

    " Robbie hasn't read this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 1/18/2014

    " This book starts with everything rolling and just continues along. It is very exciting. A complex scheme involving people from many countries who have been planted as sleeping spies for years comes together. The objective is to kill the American President, along with the British PM and the French president. Does it succeed? How many people are double crossed along the way? There's even a love story thrown in. The only problem is I find it difficult to read books of 600+ pages. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kevin | 1/17/2014

    " One of the worst books I've ever read. Extremely disappointing and absurdly farfetched. Total waste of my time to read it. Very disappointed after such great thrillers as the Bourne series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dan | 1/4/2014

    " this was really bad, even by popular fiction standards. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 12/20/2013

    " I'm not a big spy novel kinda guy, but I must say that I truly enjoyed this book. Plenty of action and thoughtful character developement made this a page turner for me. Didn't matter that it was kind of long by todays standards; it kept me wanting more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachelle | 12/18/2013

    " Very good, You have to pay attention but very very good... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda Arellano | 12/15/2013

    " Loved it. Definetely one of those that you can't put down until you've read the final word. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thom Swennes | 12/14/2013

    " Very readable..... very Ludlum. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rita Bettencourt | 11/18/2013

    " One of my classics. A book never to let... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dani Schechtel | 11/13/2013

    " THE ONLY BOOK ON ACTION AND WAR THAT I'VE READ, AT LEAST BASED ON OUR ERA (this exceptuating Conan's Adventures and many MiddleAges-setupon books) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elvis | 8/2/2013

    " Also a good one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rae | 7/22/2013

    " This is vintage Ludlum with the plot revolving around Bajaratt, a vicious female terrorist who is out to assassinate the President of the United States. The bodies fall often in this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vera VB | 5/29/2013

    " Robert Ludlum never disappoints, another fine plot, great pageturner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dj | 5/21/2013

    " A fast paced fantastic read. I'll be looking for more of Robert's works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Alvino | 3/26/2013

    " After Bourne this is Ludlum's best novel is my opinion. It has everything you could want in one of these books. International espionage, assassination attempts, guns, etc. It doesn't try to be something that it isn't. Pure thrill and adventure without the verboseness of a Clancy novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jose | 10/24/2012

    " I liked how the main character "Commander" Hawthorne kept it real during the book... especially not taking crap from other people and always sticking to his ideals. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 7/22/2012

    " Another evil conspiracy for world domination. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 6/28/2012

    " Tyrell Hawthorne is a favorite Ludlum character . Why do I like CIAish - Naval intelligence officers? Wife is murdered and now Tryrell need to help protect the life of the POTUS. Interesting when read. Not sure if re-read is wanted or needed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 4/18/2012

    " Another highly enjoyable Ludlum with all the twists & turns and good-guys-who-are-actually-bad-guys I have come to expect. The "world's most dangerous terrorist", Amaya Bajaratt, is a wonderfully deadly baddie and one of Ludlum's best characters to date. "

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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

Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles-based actor who has played several thousand characters during his career, over one hundred of them in theater and film. He is primarily heard as an audiobook narrator, having recorded well over five hundred full-length books. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award for Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman and six AudioFile Earphones Awards. He was named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine. He holds an MFA in theater from the University of Southern California.