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The Parsifal Mosaic | [Robert Ludlum]

The Parsifal Mosaic

Michael Havelock's world died on a moonlit beach on the Costa Brava. He watched as his partner and lover, Jenna Karats, double agent, was efficiently gunned down by his own agency. There was nothing left for him but to quit the game, get out. Until, in one frantic moment on a crowded railroad platform in Rome, Havelock saw his Jenna alive. From then on, he was marked for death by both U.S. and Russian assassins, racing around the globe after his beautiful betrayer, trapped in a massive mosaic of treachery.
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Publisher's Summary

Michael Havelock's world died on a moonlit beach on the Costa Brava. He watched as his partner and lover, Jenna Karats, double agent, was efficiently gunned down by his own agency. There was nothing left for him but to quit the game, get out.

Until, in one frantic moment on a crowded railroad platform in Rome, Havelock saw his Jenna alive. From then on, he was marked for death by both U.S. and Russian assassins, racing around the globe after his beautiful betrayer, trapped in a massive mosaic of treachery created by a top-level mole with the world in his fist.

©1983 Robert Ludlum (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Mr. Ludlum's narrative imagination is a force of nature." (The New York Times)

"Massive melodrama... Ludlum does know how to put on a show." (Chicago Tribune)

"A crackling good yarn." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)

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    HIII Grants Pass, OR, United States 07-26-12
    HIII Grants Pass, OR, United States 07-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Lumbering Ludlum"

    It is a good thing Robert Ludlum writes a good adventure because this book is long and full of great detail. To tell the truth I selected it over several I was considering because of Scott Brick who I think is fantastic. If you are feeling that you want to get lost in an endless story this is a great choice.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marc SOUTHINGTON, CT, United States 08-10-12
    Marc SOUTHINGTON, CT, United States 08-10-12 Member Since 2002
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    "A twisted spy novel"
    What did you love best about The Parsifal Mosaic?

    The best thing I liked about this book is the way that they kept you guessing who was the top enemy spy until near the end of the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Scott Brick does a good job of portraying the characters and keeping them real.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is when the enemy spy master sends people to kill the doctor and his body guards only to find out that it's a trap so he sends another of his teams to take out the first team he sent so they can't get caught in the trap, really cold.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    G Matt Seongnam, Korea (South) 04-16-13
    G Matt Seongnam, Korea (South) 04-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic!"

    It has been a long time since I read Ludlum. I enjoyed his books when I was in college 20 years ago. I had forgotten how good his books are. Although times have changed with the end of the Cold War, this book is superb with universal themes of love, loyalty and betrayal. Listening has been even better than reading because Scott Brick is an incredible narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charlie DUMFRIES, VA, United States 01-22-14
    Charlie DUMFRIES, VA, United States 01-22-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Disappointing"
    What disappointed you about The Parsifal Mosaic?

    I'm not sure if it was the reader, story or both, but I tried four times to get into this book and with each attempt I became even more disappointed. The attempt at suspense was more like drama and too overwhelming. The reader just exacerbated the issue.


    What could Robert Ludlum have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It almost felt like Ludlum out his name on a book that someone else threw together. Perhaps the book was really missing a story.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm hoping to see if I can return this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Edward United States 07-30-12
    Edward United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Still a good story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Robert Ludlem's books always have a good complicteed story line and plot. This one even though is an old book is still extremly enjoyable.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Scott Brick is one of my favorite performers and he does a great job with this story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It's over 20 hours long so that for me would be impossible.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary White Plains, NY, United States 06-03-12
    Mary White Plains, NY, United States 06-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A GREAT STORY NOT A BORING SECOND, A MUST LISTEN"
    What made the experience of listening to The Parsifal Mosaic the most enjoyable?

    THE MOST ENJOYABLE LISTENING IS MADE BY THE NARRATOR, SCOTT BRICK.HE IS A AUDIBLE SELLER, HE IS THE STORY.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    SCOTT BRICK'S VOICE, DIALETS MAKES THE STORY MORE INTERESTING,, HE MAKES THE STORY COME TO LIFE AND KEEPS YOU INTERESTED EVEN THOUGH SOMETIMES THE STORY GETS BORING. OVER 20 HOURS OF GREAT LISTINING.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    NO.


    Any additional comments?

    I WILL USE MY POINTS ON ANY NOVEL MYSTERY OR LOVE STORY THAT SCOTT BRICK NARRATES.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence PHOENIX, AZ, United States 03-26-13
    Lawrence PHOENIX, AZ, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow!!!"

    This is by far the best and most exciting of the Ludlam books in my opinion. I would have liked to get all the way through in one sitting but I do have to eat and sleep. I'm sure glad I'm retired so I could listen for longer periods at a time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nimfa United States 11-15-12
    Nimfa United States 11-15-12
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    "Dated, Slow Moving, Vague Story"
    Would you try another book from Robert Ludlum and/or Scott Brick?

    I might try another Ludlum, but this plot was so dated and mired in the 70's balance of power power world, it was hard to relate to. The plot moves very slowly and is vague and obtuse. Scott Brick does his usual good job, but it seems that even he has a hard time staying interested in this book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Ludlum again?

    Probably not.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, but that's not a good thing. The story was so bad, it was hard for the narrator to keep it interesting.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed. Some of Ludlum's other books or co-authored books have been interesting.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maxim Russia 03-31-13
    Maxim Russia 03-31-13 Member Since 2005

    For we shall win through, no matter the cost!

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    "How can I return a title?"
    What would have made The Parsifal Mosaic better?

    Very boring. Just awful. Nothing can make it better.


    What could Robert Ludlum have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing. Wait a minute! He could have not writtten it! Thats' it!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

    Joe Barrett


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    There are so many Russians in the USA! Is it SO hard to consult with them regarding pronunciation of several Russian words?? Ask me, if there is no other option.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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