Colorado Congressman Evan Kendrick is trying to live out his term of office quietly—when a political mole reveals to the world Kendrick's deepest secret: that Kendrick was the anonymous man in Masqar, the man who courageously freed the hostage held in the American embassy by Arab terrorists; the unknown hero who performed an act of outrageous daring then silently disappeared.
Now, suddenly, Kendrick is a living target pursued by the terrorists he outwitted. Together with the beautiful woman who once saved his life, Kendrick enters a deadly arena where the only currency is blood, where frightened whispers speak of violence yet to come, and where Kendrick's life—and the fate of the free world—may ultimately rest in the powerful hands of a mysterious and deadly figure known only as the Mahdi.
©2012 Robert Ludlum (P)2012 Random House
I have no idea if the audio version is better because I have not read nor seen the print version
Daniel Silva books, because of the character development
Love Scott brick.
But I just could not suspend disbelief. This book is comprised of two different stories (one a political intrigue, the other a super hero spy story) that the author was unable to stitch together convincingly. It is presented as three books, but each book consists of the two stories badly stitched together.
I've always been a big fan of Ludlum. The Chancellor Manuscript was my favorite...until The Icarus Agenda! Love that he brought back Inver Brass with a new conspiracy and set of characters. It was fast paced, funny at times and still pretty current with today's current events. Scott Brick was an excellent narrator.
Many explorations and adventures await!
Not sure, the book is all over the place and is written badly. Unbelievable plot, story line and suspense is teeth "gnashingly" painful.
Sure would, but only his oldest works.
Of course, he does a superb job with all the material he is given to read.
None for me and I have listened to thousands of books in last 20 years.
The author lays it on pretty thick with the saccharine patriotism and the pretty much unbelievable main character. The end was just way too much and really took away a lot of the enjoyment.
Fantastic narrator! Brings individuality to every character and makes it easier to follow as there are MANY important personalities at play in this story.
Again, the author just goes way overboard with the almost smarmy patriotism of some of the characters and so forfeits any credibility he had built up for them. Hope he doesn't try so hard next time to force us to like some of the people.
The story requires you to listen carefully as the events move back and forth quickly, however the story is exciting and pulls you in and doesn't let you go until the end.
I am so tired of listening to this book i ave to stop; I keep hoping it will get to some cohesive point but it just keeps unraveling and wandering down random paths. Not to mention I quickly realize it was written in 1988 which makes it kind of silly with references to "high tech" items like car telephones and word processors.
Professional woman, reading constantly
This is my second attempt at reading this book. There are SO many characters, so many names, I lost track, and had to rewind to figure out what I had already forgotten. Seriously, I have loved past Ludlum books, got very involved with the story and characters, etc. But this one left me holding the bag on who did what, with whom, for whom, and what characters have been taken out? I needed a road map. Scott Brick's reading is, of course, the best, but even HE couldn't save me from this character crash..........lol.
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