It begins in Geneva. There American lawyer Joel Converse meets a man he hasn't seen in 20 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 left behind. And only Converse, and the woman he once loved and lost, can wrest the world from the iron grasp of Aquitaine....
Read by Rob Shapiro. Rob Shapiro is a voice actor, narrator, musician, and writer. In his spare time, he is working on his first book.
©1984 Robert Ludlum (P)2012 Random House Audio
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"Aquitaine Progression - brilliant"
I loved this book almost as much as I disliked Ludlum's The Bourne Identity. The Aquitane Progression is full of suspense and manages to be both descriptive and fast paced at the same time. The plot is on the edge of fantastic - just the thing to appeal to conspiracy theorists, but a jolly good romp for all that.
The only aspect which I felt could have been worked better was the dialogue between Converse and his ex wife towards the latter part of the book; it felt quite stilted and fake.
I thought Rob Shapiro was very believable as the narrator of this book.
"Far too much detail"
This started with an intriguing plot and had the makings of a good book. But it seemed to be an edifice built on sand - even the analogy with the old Aquitaine Empire was tenuous. Huge amounts of irrelevant details, leading to a book so long it required constant repetition of the basic plot and characters in case the reader had forgotten what was going on. And some spectacularly bad decisions by a hero who we had been led to believe was very bright, led to a disappointing finale.
If you have a long car journey to get through, this will deliver, and Joel's frustratingly bad decisions will stop you falling asleep at the wheel. Otherwise, select a book with more substance.
"could not get in too it"
tried several times but found it long winded and in the end gave up with it.
More interesting characters
More interesting story
Endless progression of new characters being killed off quickly
Less hammy characterisations
"Ludlum at his best"
It is great to read a book with the classic tension that Ludlum creates. This is a masterpiece.
well written, loads of twists and depth of character. really well narrated he made each character sound different and alive. if you like Bourne you will love this book
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