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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

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Politician or not. A real hero.

I just couldn't stop on this one. I even spent more time hiking just so I could listen longer.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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The characters come alive

Would you consider the audio edition of The Icarus Agenda to be better than the print version?

I have no idea if the audio version is better because I have not read nor seen the print version

What other book might you compare The Icarus Agenda to and why?

Daniel Silva books, because of the character development

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

Love Scott brick.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Cry .....almost

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Couldn't Even Finish It.

I have been a Ludlum fan for years – long before the Bourne films. I just couldn't get into this one. The suspension of disbelief necessary is just too much. So, there's a congressman, who used to be a businessman, who now, for some reason, is the only one at the government's disposal who can end a hostage situation, who is now being manipulated into being the president, or something. I just can't.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Engaging from start to finish

I have thoroughly enjoyed this book and hope that there is another in the series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Good book

This was one of the better books, both story and narration, this from an 82 year great grandmother.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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I wanted to like it

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.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Will not hold my attention at all

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Not sure, the book is all over the place and is written badly. Unbelievable plot, story line and suspense is teeth "gnashingly" painful.

Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Ludlum again?

Sure would, but only his oldest works.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Brick?

Of course, he does a superb job with all the material he is given to read.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None for me and I have listened to thousands of books in last 20 years.

Any additional comments?

Just disappointing.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Like intrigue?

The Icarus Agenda was excellent! Twists and turns that kept me guessing and wanting to hear more!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Scott needs to brush up on Arabic pronunciation

A long but great story, the only distraction is badly pronounced Arabic, with a little time invested Scott could have gotten it to a point where it was not totally inaccurate.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good after into it but no good reader

Brick seemed not to be able to modulate voice in different circumstances. Kendrick always was, even when not in dire straits, talking as if in dire straits. Unfortunate. I almost stopped and returned. Kept going, though, and found the last third of the book pretty good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful