The Aquitaine Progression by Robert Ludlum
The main character was not particularly likeable, the plot was not only excessively complicated but boring, and the "love story" was as dry as an overdone turkey. I've read cookbooks that were more engaging than this book. For those of you who have started this monstrous tome and are now looking for encouragement to continue: The last pages are as tedious as the first I only finished it because I'm doing that This was by far one of the worst novels I've ever read.
I only finished it because I'm doing that reading challenge and needed a book over pages. I'm done, and now I have great fodder for my fire pit. Dec 22, Julius Gewarges rated it it was amazing.
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Joel Converse is a Lawyer who just happened to come across a conspiracy Code name "Aquitaine" that involves retired generals from around the world and their dedicated soldiers that are aiming at world domination by means of chaos and world violence. In chaotic times, the military will be needed to control chaos and thats where the Generals come in and take over. While Joel is investigating this conspiracy, His cover gets blown and he is a living target by Aquitaine. This b Joel Converse is a Lawyer who just happened to come across a conspiracy Code name "Aquitaine" that involves retired generals from around the world and their dedicated soldiers that are aiming at world domination by means of chaos and world violence.
This book is a long a plus plus IMO intense Spy story. Ludlum stuffed ALOT in this book and true fans will stick with it. Okay so this is book number two on my Robert Ludlum kick I am on right now. I believe there are ten more books I have left to read. Anyway on with the review. I really liked this novel. Its Ludlum so you have the action and suspense and the plot twists that are standard in his works. In Aquataine you have this organization wanting to take over the world However I have said it before and I will say it again One thing that r Okay so this is book number two on my Robert Ludlum kick I am on right now.
One thing that really got me into this novel was the main character Joel Converse. Converse is not a spy or assassin who works for the CIA, or the State department, or Naval intelligence. On the contrary, Converse is an international business lawyer. Joel is manipulated by people in the government to bring down the evil Aquataine from within. Joel then uses all his legal prowess to bring them down through proper legal channels. However Joel comes to realize that in order to accomplish this he will have to do things he never thought he would do again. Converse has to tap into his experiences as a POW escapee in the Vietnam war.
Read it and love it. View all 3 comments. Oct 18, Velvetink rated it liked it Shelves: Jun 30, John rated it it was amazing. I can recall the trepidation of weeks leading up to release. Now its like release, buy, read, and start waiting for the next release two years ahead. I was able to start going back and devouring Ludlum's first novels. The Aquitaine Progression the world domination by fucked up ex generals. Perfect for the wa The Aquitaine Progression. Perfect for the wanting and waiting Ludlum lover.
I began to love how Ludlum intermixed nationalities and religious characters throughout his novels.
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Taught plenty of geo-political backgrounding for a neophile into politics. I read this when it was a fairly new best seller, back in It was the first action thriller I had ever read and I was blown away. Though I haven't read very many similar movies over the years, I was curious whether I would still feel the same way, given all the movies of similar style I have seen in the meantime, including several Ludlum films the Bourne series.
I enjoyed reading it the second time remembering virtually nothing from the first reading , but as I suspected, the level of I read this when it was a fairly new best seller, back in I enjoyed reading it the second time remembering virtually nothing from the first reading , but as I suspected, the level of angst and suspense was much less than the first time I read it, simply because of having been desensitized by exposure to so much of the genre on film in the interveneing years.
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Sep 22, Michael rated it liked it. Another attempt at world domination. The World saved from the fanatical Generals by an ex-Vietnam hero and now world class lawyer Mr Converse, despite the fact he has a mental block where languages other than English are concerned and spends most of his time in Europe not England. I'm sure it won't spoil the book to say that the world carries on and there is a happy ending, despite it happening at the very last minute. Jan 05, Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing Shelves: A few days ago I got myself a big old red hardcover of this book, and since the dust jacket was missing I decided to go into it without knowing what it was about at all.
I'm really glad I did, because this book was one of the most exciting ones I've read in a long time. Every page of it was a build-up to the suspense and it was near-impossible to put down. Had read this book during college days. Enjoyed the re-read as only outline had remained after so many years. If we draw parallels of ISIS over middle east, Trump getting elected, the world imagined by generals might still come true.
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Oct 26, Nathaniel Wyckoff rated it it was amazing. I read it years ago. It was gripping, fascinating and fun. Jul 16, Todd rated it really liked it. A little slow to start, but stay with it you'll be glad you did. Jan 27, Christopher Keating rated it really liked it. I first read this book about twenty-five years and ago and enjoyed it so much back then that I decided to revisit it. My memory didn't fail me - it was as much fun the second time around as it was the first. If you are at all familiar with Ludlum's works, you know the basic story line.
There is some tremendously evil plot going on and one man stands in the way. The Bourne sagas are the best known examples of that plot. He spins a good story and makes it very suspenseful. However, I find there is I first read this book about twenty-five years and ago and enjoyed it so much back then that I decided to revisit it. However, I find there is a flaw in his writing - the bad guys are simply too good at what they do.
As a result, the hero has to be correspondingly heroic, even to the point of being unbelievable Jason Borne, again.
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Aquitaine Progression is different in one main respect - the hero of the book is not some superhuman special forces master. You can't really call the hero of this book, Joel Converse, a regular guy. He was a pilot in Vietnam when he got shot down and taken prisoner. After three attempts, he succeeded in escaping from the POW camp and made it out.
At the start of the book, he is an international business lawyer living in Geneva, Switzerland. So, he isn't really a regular guy off the streets, but he's not special forces with a bunch of fake passports and closets full of weapons, either. Mostly, he just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time when he gets recruited to investigate some bad guys a childhood friend has uncovered.
When things go bad, he has to find a way to survive using just his wits. If you like Ludlum novels, I think this is one of his best. Aug 10, Ginny rated it liked it Shelves: Everyday man gets involved in global plot, only he, without much knowledge of the players, can save the world. I found this hard to read.
Assigned myself 2 chapters a day like it was a homework assignment. Basically, it is a good story but the dialog just doesn't do it for me. The relationship with the ex wife is to pat, and the conversations between Converse and Val make me roll my eyes.
Jan 04, Behrang Mansoorian rated it really liked it. Robert Ludlum doing what he does best and hopefully showing modern day thriller and espionage writers how it should be done. Masterfully constructed with a plot line that is held predictable, quite enjoyable. Excellent character and mood building in a book that then literally explodes for the finish. Nov 04, John rated it really liked it. Could not put it down.
Believe this is one of his best. In this day and age anything is possible. Very believable and frightening. Would recommend this to anyone who loves a good story. I' m a reader, not a writer. Jun 15, Jason W rated it it was ok. Jul 17, Mark Wesling rated it liked it. Way too long and too many repeated scenarios when an enemy is prepared to stop our hero and he goes "Rambo" on them and gets away. Could have wrapped this up pages ago! Sep 04, Annie Sem rated it really liked it.
Imagine all of the worst dictators in the world working together to control the world. Nov 24, Christian D. The late, great Robert Ludlum R. Fast-paced, loaded with tension, international intrigue, seemingly endless plot twists, and plenty of action though not exactly the "non-stop action" that the reviewers for Publishers Weekly and Richmond Times-Dispatch claimed. An international cabal of power-hungry generals an extreme fictitious example of the "military-industrial complex" that Dwight David Eisenhower warned about? Naval Aviator and Vietnam POW cum international business attorney, to expose and thwart their dastardly conspiracy.
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Sep 30, Pages. Aug 14, Pages. Jun 26, Minutes. One by one, he traces each thread of a lethal progression to the heart of every major government, a network of coordinated global violence that no one believes possible—no one but Converse and the woman he once loved and lost, the only two people on earth who can wrest the world from the iron grasp of Aquitaine. Robert Ludlum was the author of twenty-one novels, each a New York Times bestseller.
There are more than million of his books in print, and they have been translated into thirty-two languages. Buy the Audiobook Download: Apple Audible downpour eMusic audiobooks. Also by Robert Ludlum.
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