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Title : The Matarese Circle
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ISBN : 9780553130980
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Number of Pages : 395 Pages
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The Matarese Circle Reviews

  • Bobby Underwood
    2019-04-11 07:00

    Some spy novels get better and more relevant with age, and Robert Ludlum's fabulous The Matarese Circle falls into that category. What it lacks in literary aspirations it more than makes up for in sheer excitement and fun.Written decades ago, the story-line of Matarese Circle seems almost prophetic despite it being dated, the world finally catching up to the plot. A spy thriller this wildly entertaining isn't supposed to give you such pause afterward, as you look around the globe, yet it does. Riveting is a word too often used by publishers attempting to hype their book and generate sales. It is the perfect word to describe the narrative between the covers of this terrific thriller.Two high level executions are mere tests of controlled reactions by a group whose name is not even whispered within the hallowed corridors of power in Washington or Russia. It began in the hills of Corsica decades before, and now moves covertly in the shadows. Two men on opposite sides, both the best in their field, are on the receiving end of one order: unsalvageable. Brandon Scofield and Vasili Taleniekov have been on a collision course for decades, but now the Russian will secretly reach out to his deadliest enemy in order to prevent the Matarese from controlling the world.This is a lightning-paced spy thriller with more globe-trotting action than any ten others in the genre combined, yet on some level, it comes off as eerily plausible. The Matarese foster chaos in governments through financial control and political upheaval, like a puppeteer. Violent groups remain unaware, however, that they are mere pawns of the Matarese. Unless Scofield and Taleniekov can stop them, the Matarese will soon, through assassination and through democratic election, control the superpowers completely. What began in those Corsican hills, will finally span the globe.A young woman from Corsica will give Brandon Scofield new life, but perhaps too late, as he may have to sacrifice it to save his country. And Taleniekov will discover just how far the fever has spread when he contacts old friends. Only Beowolf and the Serpent can track down the heirs and heiresses to a group so deadly and insidious a simple whisper means death. For the reader, it is a spellbinding ride that keeps pages turning late into morning. A book so exciting, written over thirty years ago, in the midst of a cold war which supposedly no longer exists, isn't suppose to be this much fun. Nor should it be so eerily disturbing.Ludlum later revealed to readers he patterned the Shepherd Boy after Spanish financier Juan March Ordinas, and the Matarese idea sprung from rumors that the Trilateral Commission was attempting to create one world government. He embellished on this premise and created one of the most action-filled spy novels ever written. A wild ride that is both gripping and tremendously enjoyable. If you read for entertainment purposes, you can't go wrong with this one!

  • Manny
    2019-04-23 13:20

    It turns out that the band of murderous criminals running the US isn't the Republican Party after all, but a different band of murderous criminals. I think a hot woman takes her clothes off at some point.Sorry. I know I shouldn't drop all these spoilers, but sometimes I can't help myself.

  • Chuck
    2019-04-08 12:59

    This is a re-read for me. I read this book when I was in high school when it was a new, current best seller. It's the book that made me a Ludlum fan. It's like an old friend, and I'm looking forward to spending time with it.I"m finally done--it's an intricate plot and it took me a while to read. This is about as good as Soviet-Era spy fiction got; you have two "master spies"--action hero types, initially duking it out but then combining forces to combat an evil (the Matarese) that causes them to put aside ideology, personal background, anda even personal hatred. Scofield (the American spy) and Taleniekov (the Soviet) are both drawn as beleivable characters, sympathetic while you are "in their head" or reading their narrative section.Scofield and Taeniekov are both thoughtful people; they are "action types" but we see their motivations, what makes them tick, the series of events that have made them what they are, and, at times, the regret at what they have become. The world that Ludlum draws, while fictional, is complex--there are no clear cut good guys and bad guys, and there is honor and betrayal on both. You also are introduced to Antonia, one of the truly strong women characters from this era and in this type of spy fiction.Maybe not the best I've read, but certainly "top five"--if the politics that made these novels interesting has changed, the human drama and compelling plot keep it fresh.

  • Anshuman Padhee
    2019-04-09 10:04

    my favorite novelist.his novels were fast paced and suspenseful and the action was second to none.critics accused ludlum that his characters were paper thin in content and he relied on action a lot.i would say the critics should pay attention to the matatrese circle and the bourne series.the characters of these novels were memorable and had depth in them.the matarese circle is fast paced and sets the tone from the first chapter.the suspense and action is top and the characters of the 2 protagonists brandon scofield and vasili taleinikov is top notch.the cat and mouse scenarios in the matarese circle is worth the read.i would rate this novel higher than the bourne identity simply on terms of entertainment value.great novel!!!

  • Adam Nelson
    2019-04-03 08:01

    I had previously read The Bourne Identity, and while it was diverting enough, I wasn't in love with it. I felt the same about the movies. The problem was that I didn't feel there was a whole lot at stake, that there was much I should care about. It was just a very intelligently plotted thriller about a man who has no idea who he is, why he's so deftly skilled, or why he's being targeted. The Matarese Circle was quite a different experience. In the early going, I felt very much for the characters of Scofield and Taleniekov (apologies if I'm not spelling that right--too lazy to look it up at the moment). Ludlum intersperses increasingly deeper layers of the complicated history between the arch-nemeses and why their hatred for each other burns deep. The, he devises an ingenious way of getting them to have to overcome their desire to kill each other and focus on a larger issue at hand that could embroil not only their own countries, the US and Russia still in the thick of the Cold War, but the entire world in mass chaos and destruction. The novel is a masterpiece of spy intrigue and strategy, but there are deep interpersonal issues that captivate you as well. Ludlum reveals the origins of the Matarese and their plan at just the right moment in the book. He builds up the suspense to the revelation, and when it comes, I was glued to the page. Conspiracy theorists will love this book, as it provides rich fodder for discussion. All fictional, of course, but questions of "what if?" will abound. I loved this book. I'm not sure how The Matarese Countdown could possibly live up to this, but I'm willing to let it try.

  • Al
    2019-04-26 13:11

    A famous book, but not one which particularly appealed to me. The genre is James Bond, but unfortunately without the panache. The two heroes, respectively America's and Russia's top spies/espionage specialists, are sworn enemies to the death, but still see fit to team up to save the world (Mr. Ludlum doesn't do things by halves). That's right, the whole world is about to be subjugated by a shadowy threat which the Russian agent just happens to stumble upon. What's worse, they have to accomplish this rescue singlehandedly (make that doublehandedly) even though their opponent is a massive, multinational, totally invisible organization which somehow has been able to infiltrate all significant governments and most multinational corporations at the highest levels. Not only that, this organization has countless highly-trained warriors who somehow always know where the heroes are, but for some reason always just miss in their efforts to kill them. And to top it all off, both the US and Soviet governments are also doing their best, albeit unsuccessfully, to execute both agents. Well, I told you Mr. Ludlum doesn't do things by halves. Sounds like a problem, right? Not really. In fact, the US agent, supposedly emotionally dead for years, even finds the time and energy to fall in love while avoiding assassination and figuring out who the bad guys are. Heck, it's a fantasy, right? Might as well live the life. It's all pretty exciting, but just too far over the top, especially the climactic sequence.Good escapist fare if you need it.

  • Vikalp Trivedi
    2019-04-14 09:07

    'The Matarese Circle' written by Robert Ludlum is a thrilling spy adventure of Beowolf Agate and The Serpent. Two men who were once the greatest assets their respective agencies had but now are their greatest liabilities. To be added more importantly that Beowolf Agate and The Serpent are sworn enemies. These two legendary spies, past assets and current liabilities and sworn enemies have to stop The Shepherd Boy and his flock from their dream of dominating the  world and ultimately making the entire world as their flock. The characters in the novel are very strongly built. Every main character has many layers of their haunting past which make ithem what are at present. The background of the characters were drawn wonderfully. The story was stout, moving and pacey. One of the most important, subtle and astonishing thing I found about the book was that the how the form, plan and means change of the Matarese with time. How they evolve and their domination plan mainly concentrates on economic domination. The same theme I found in films like 'Madras Café' and 'JFK'. Both of them delt with assassination of Rajiv Gandhi and John F. Kennedy respectively. Both films have scenes where a character is explaining to the lead characters that what we think of political, religious or any other kind of assassination, are nothing more than corporate assassinations. I am writing about the similar theme of these two films and the novel because all of them left a question in my mind - Who holds the real control ? Overall the book was a great spy- thriller. 5 Stars.

  • Sydney Mugerwa
    2019-03-27 06:15

    To cut a long story short, one could simply say, “This is Ludlum, what else would you expect?” if such a statement doesn’t capture the sheer brilliance of the man, I don’t know what can. The Matarese Circle is an old book, written many years before I was born actually but regardless: One would think it a recent publication. As it was decades ago, America-Russia relations are as frosty as ever. To read a book that chooses not to capitalize on this age-old enmity but rather has characters from both countries portrayed on an equal footing and to work together towards world peace –this is music to my ears. The delivery of the thriller is riveting. Ludlum whips up a tantalizing tale of high espionage, treason, murder with streaks of love as a counterpoint. Reading the Matarese Circle has been a satisfying endeavor I would like to repeat with Ludlum’s other works.

  • Asghar Abbas
    2019-04-23 12:23

    Okay, this was an emotional book and tad bit sentimental. So good. Sure, Ludlum was an emotional writer. Half the time, I didn't know what he was ranting about. But his theories were fun. Now this sort of thing is more relevant than ever, the way shape of sounds are right now. What's happening is not right.This world, we don't need villains let alone heroes.

  • Shom Biswas
    2019-04-01 09:04

    Why does one read thrillers?The apparent answer is rather simple. The edge-of-your-seat thrill-a-minute ride is a departure from the ennui of everyday living. Most of us live still lives. Most of us do not actively seek out the extreme thrills in real life; the mundane is boring but comforting. Thrillers allow us to nonetheless enjoy the excitement vicariously through the exploits of our protagonists. Sure, it’s transient, but often, it’s the shot of adrenaline the reader needs.The best thrillers are the ones that are grounded in reality. The reader would like to know that the events, sinister as they may well be, are within the realms of the possible. Otherwise, it’s either fantasy or supernatural – different, excellent genres in themselves, but not the same as thrillers. It’s important that the events are catastrophic enough for the reader to be engaged to see to it that the disaster does not actually happen. The main protagonists in the thriller, the ones the reader would root for, are often extremely competent physically and mentally, but the best thrillers distinguish themselves in not making the lead characters superhuman. They have to be relatable, the same concerns, fears and troubles as the readers have, would have to be troubles for them too.Robert Ludlum was perhaps the most successful thriller writer of the last millennium. Today’s recommended thriller, The Matarese Circle, is a fine expression of the standard Ludlum template. There is a secret society, which is led by a shadowy, all-powerful leader – this society could have been germinating for a long time. In this while, it has been able to infiltrate through every layer of the government. Now, the secret society wants to move on to the next stage, that of complete world domination - and right now, they are awfully close to their goal. There is one specific task that has to be accomplished by the society before that goal is accomplished. In parallel, there is our protagonist, a troubled and embittered secret-service man: a soldier, or a spy; who has been recently discredited, injured or traumatized. He somehow gets in the middle of this maelstrom started by the secret society, and at some point, becomes the only man that can stop the secret society from its ultimate goal. How is our protagonist able to save the world from going to the hands of this nefarious secret society?That is the template. And an excellent example of this template is our recommended novel. This is 1979, the year the novel was published. The secret society, the Matarese Circle, has been able to infiltrate the American and Russian governments at all levels except for right at the top. Instead of one, we have two spies, US agent Brandon Scofield, and Russian KGB agent Vasili Taleniekov – and they have a back story. Taleniekov has previously murdered Scofield’s wife, and Scofield Taleniekov’s brother, and the two spies have been plotting to kill each other for a long while. And now, as they independently discover the Matarese plot, and since their governments are compromised, they will have to learn to work together to stop the Matarese.Visceral and action packed, it’s a rip-roaring read. Reviewed previously at The New Indian Express

  • Jhbyu
    2019-04-17 13:20

    Robert Ludlum, has the same general scenario in all books, an estranged spy fighting some international corporation. Not bad, entertaining if you haven't read too many of his books. Moderately fast, fairly easy read

  • Jimmy Sawczuk
    2019-04-19 14:24

    Really good plot, typical Ludlum atmosphere, but man, the dialogue is hard to get through sometimes. Every character seems to revert into this Perd Hapley mode when talking to other characters: "I have three things to say to you and the first of those three things is this..."

  • Alison
    2019-04-04 09:21

    I'm getting close to having all the Ludlum books done and even though I really, really enjoy them it makes me sad knowing there will be no new ones.

  • Markus
    2019-04-10 06:56

    This is like James Bond, only better.

  • Ben Coes
    2019-04-26 13:55

    The first thriller I ever read. Made me want to be a writer. Great book.

  • Bojan
    2019-03-26 11:11

    Matareški KrugBrilliant written,full of plots,government behind a government,secret Agents.There is so much at stake that keeps your eyes on reading more and more.The Best Thriller and book I have ever read.An Amazing story !

  • Paul Lyons
    2019-04-01 10:17

    It's tough to write about a book when you have strong, yet mixed feelings about it. There is a part of you that wants to expound on the good, and ignore the bad. Then, there's that other part of you that just wants to talk about the bad. With Robert Ludlum's 1979 complex, 600-page thriller "The Matarese Circle," I found myself swaying from one position to another, with no clear winner at the end. However, the cost of such as a position has not been forgotten.In simpler terms, it took me a few hundred pages to finally become fully engaged in Ludlum's story...perhaps half the book. For too long, each page felt as if it took an hour to get through. Ludlum's prose is far from easy to digest. It's not that the author speaks (writes) in riddles, it's just that his great story ideas, and plot points are filtered through words and sentences that seem to come from a language only Robert Ludlum seems to understand. Though I don't believe I lack the intelligence to comprehend a Ludlum novel, I too often found myself reading and re-reading pages over again, just do I could get a clearer picture as to what was going on.What's frustrating is that story of "The Matarese Circle" is very good: two brilliant, seasoned intelligence men (sworn enemies from fiercely opposing camps) have to team up in order to defeat a horrendous, extremely powerful foe who threatens to destroy the world as they know it. The enemy, "The Matarese," is one the greatest antagonists I have ever read.It's an amazing set-up for sure: US intelligence agent Brandon Scofield (aka Beowolf Agate) is a very human superhero, with knowledge and capability beyond that of most men. His rival, KGB legend Vasili Talenieko (aka The Serpent), is just as brilliant and extremely capable as Scofield. Both men are the absolute best at what they do, no one could compare. Because of the Cold War (still prevalent in 1979, when the book was first published), these men found themselves hurting each other, and hating each other in the worst way possible. They were enemies who swore to murder each other. Then comes along The Matarese.What I loved about the idea of The Matarese organization, was that it was ubiquitous, all-powerful, yet not illogical.. Ludlum does well in making sure the reader has a deep, and thorough understanding of The Matarese. However sets the timeline of one's understand based on how much our protagonists find out each step of the way. More to the point, as each clue is uncovered, the complexity of The Matarese, and the book for that matter, starts to make more sense. Once you've read it all, and finally understand it all, you realize how brilliantly efficient The Matarese plan was. It all makes sense....however it takes forever to get there. At 400-500 pages, "The Matarese Circle" could have been a great book. Yet with 600 pages to slog through, one finds oneself struggling with a slow story, and too much repetition in the story beats (i.e. Scofield and Talenieko have to go through many Matarese personnel the same way, learning nothing just about each and every time). I loved the last quarter of the novel, with a very satisfying climax and conclusion, and felt good when I finished the book: "good" in the sense that was impressed where the story went, and how it ended up. Kudos to Ludlum for that. If only the previous three-quarters of the novel were as good, I would have enjoyed "The Matarese Circle" so much more.

  • Sebastien St. Vil
    2019-04-21 06:12

    I was given this book by my dad whom had read it more than a decade ago; the french edition which was nonetheless spectacular. It starts in Russia but there will be no borders as you will be taken for a joy ride across most of Europe to America. As a spy book, the meticulous aspects it possesses are brilliant but essential (Settings and Plot). The very way that Ludlum uses his mastery of suspense is astonishing. I was given this book on a Monday but had already finished it by Weekend. I felt so trapped and engaged that I would read 8 chapters on some nights. As an 19 year old, I was very pleased to be taken along this intense and unpredictable drive across continents. Even though it's a fictitious book, i learned many elements of Russia's history and America's, politics in general.

  • PenNPaper52
    2019-04-19 06:14

    If you are ever planning on becoming a Ludlum fan, then read this book and be dazzled. This is the best follow-up book after his Bourne masterpieces. The interaction between Brandon Scofield, CIA operative and Vasili Taleniekov of the KGB is the best I have ever read so far. Their mutual hatred which turns to respect is unprecedented. I was never really present during the so called Cold War, but this book transcends you to those spy world days. The title was actually inspired by a steak house in Newington, Connecticut. And here I thought Robert had spent nights trying to come up with the perfect name.

  • Ben Tuthill
    2019-04-26 09:02

    A decent espionage story, though the themes seem both tried and tired. Many others have expounded upon the Russian vs United States during the Cold War and have done just as good if not better. The espionage tactics are entertaining but fairly rote. Ludlum does good work but this certainly isn't the Borne trilogy.

  • Fredrick Danysh
    2019-04-10 06:58

    An international group of assassins are determined to take over the world. Rival spies from the CIA and the KGB must work together to defeat an eneny of their respective countries for the good of both.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-04-18 12:21

    I read this some years ago when I had just discovered Ludlum. This is a good conspiracy that's in charge of everything action adventure. Plots and counter plots, nothing going as planned leading to a violent climax and escape. Good read.

  • Jamie
    2019-03-27 13:58

    Certainly one of Ludlum's better novels. A conspiracy so much larger than life. A classic. And supposedly they are making this into a movie.

  • Daniel
    2019-04-12 13:55

    Very fast-paced action thriller that keeps you on the edge for the whole book without suffering from any serious pacing issues. Very dialogue-centric; this seems to be Ludlum's strength, writing how the characters actually talk and interact and demonstrating the relationships among different characters through their speech. This book has an somewhat outlandish and slightly communist premise. The main antagonish is not entirely unlike spectre from the Bond novels, but there is a certain condemnation of the free market, if vague and undefined. The attitude of this book is somewhat reminiscent of the anti-merger/trust buster movement of the early 20th century, but this does not reveal itself in earnest until the final third of the book.

  • Madzeuxis
    2019-04-10 13:24

    Not my typical genre, but this book surprised me and I enjoyed it a lot. Interesting characters made for entertaining dialog, and a lot of near-death drama combined with a complex mystery led to a fast-paced enjoyable book. I'm not sure I became a full spy-vs-spy convert, but I'll definitely consider reading Matarese #2!

  • Rodger Prois
    2019-04-26 06:56

    May be too close to reality!Good Ludlum spy thriller. Well developed characters. Given the international financial markets, might be a probable scenario. Looking forward to book 2.

  • Glory Dey
    2019-04-02 08:11

    Fantastic book, absolute thriller. I love Robert Ludlum books. He is a genius in spy thrillers. His plots are action packed suspense, keeps one guessing, full of exciting twists. Enjoyed reading the book. They should make a movie on it, will be a success! Cheers..

  • Nakia
    2019-04-03 11:06

    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.

  • Daisy
    2019-03-28 12:01

    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.

  • Lucie
    2019-04-14 06:54

    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.