In the Sultanate of Oman over two hundred hostages are being held at gunpoint. And the world watches helplessly as the madness begins. The spirit of the Mahdi is abroad, intent on complete financial and political domination.
Evan Kendrick, a quiet Congressman, is an unlikely hero. But in his past is a violence that he cannot forget.On the other side of the world, five very eccentric, very rich people are meeting. They are the Inheritors of Inver Brass. Their aim - to utterly transform the world. They seek a new saviour, an innocent messiah. Evan Kendrick is to be their unwilling victim....
Read by Scott Brick. Actor and writer Scott Brick has performed on film, television and radio. His stage appearances throughout the U.S. include Cyrano, Hamlet and Macbeth. In the audio industry, Scott has won over thirty Earphone Awards, as well as the 2003 Audie Award in the Best Science Fiction category. Having recorded over 300 books to date, AudioFile Magazine named Scott "one of the fastest-rising stars in the audiobook galaxy" and proclaimed him one of their Golden Voices.
©1988 Robert Ludlum (P)2012 Random House Audio
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Really enjoyable and quite fun. There really does seam to be a conspiracy and Ludlum leads you along like a true master.
"How have the mighty fallen"
I had never read a thriller when I first opened The Bourne Identity and was so gripped by it that I read it in one sitting. I can't say the same about this. Even the excellent Scott Brick narration can't save it. It's meant to be a thrill but frankly it just doesn't. I'm surprised that I actually stuck with it until the end because it was dull, repetitive and unnecessarily long. It's actually two stories in one, the first setting up the second. If it had been two books I would never have picked up the second. I'm reluctant to waste anymore time on it except to advise anyone, other than real diehard Ludlum fans, to stay well clear. There are so many good books out there, why waste time with a mediocre one. A long mediocre one.
"well performed, good story but hard work."
The verbose writing style and unnatural dialogue obstructs a complex and entertaining story with memorable characters. If I was reading it myself, rather than listening, I would've given up early on. That might be just a personal thing though because I prefer more succinct prose and dialogue that I could imagine real people saying.
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