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"So I suppose I equate suspense and good theatre in a very similar way. I think it's all suspense and 'what-happens-next'. From that point of view, yes, I guess, I am theatrical." - Robert Ludlum..
==ABOUT THE AUTHOR==
Robert Ludlum is perhaps the most successful American author of Thriller novels.His books are intriguing, fast paced and sometimes violent..many of his novels have been made into TV serials and successful films.
He is best known for his Bourne series, which has become famous after the film adaptations...
His first novel ' The Scarletti Inheritance' was published in the year 1971, which went on to become a bestseller after several hiccups...Then came the hugely successful 'Osterman weekend' which was later made into a film.
A lot of research goes into his books , and he travels to most places to get the feel of the place before he writes a novel...
Ever since, he has written 20 odd thrillers until his death in 2001.
The 'Sigma protocol' was the last novel written by Ludlum, which was published posthumously..
It is the story of Ben Hartman, an American Investment banker, son of a holocaust survivor, who becomes the target of an asassination attempt by his own trusted and close friend who gets killed....he is targeted again and again by the unknown enemy...
While dodging several attempts by the killers, he comes across Field agent Anna Navaro, who has been recruited to investigate the secret deaths of some influential people across the globe...Together they try to uncover the secret of SIGMA, a secret code word,...
But they realise that their lives have been put into danger and that the enemy is always one step ahead of them..
Ben meets his twin brother Peter, who was presumed dead, under mysterious circumstances. Peter hands over the picture of some influential leaders who have been collaborating with the surviving Nazi leaders, and one of them turns out to be their own Father........Peter gets killed, and Ben's and Anna's lives are put into extreme danger..
As Peter and Anna try to uncover the secrets of Sigma , they find solace in each other...
The action is fast paced and takes you through various parts of the world...including the United States,Germany,Austria and the Alps..
The climax is gripping and the book very interesting...
I personally consider this as one of his better novels.It is a must read novel for al Robert Ludlum fans..
Robert Ludlum is well known for his amazing creation of conspiracy theories, and in this novel, published in 2003, he brings out a great one, with an intense and deep plot to rival any other novel he has written.
Ben Hartmann, holidaying in Switzerland, is attacked by an old college friend for no reason. Fleeing, he finds himself embroiled in a conspiracy involving the company he has just inherited from his father. The company is SIGMA, and is a front for a group that was set up during the World Wars to ensure the safety of the future, but in controversial circumstances.
Elsewhere, US government agent Anna Navarro is investigating a death that leads her path to cross with Hartmann, and it transpires that members of the original group's descendants are being targeted one by one, but by who and why is the question. The two reluctantly team up to find out the answers, and the shocking truth.
Ludlum's books do follow a distinctive pattern in that the main hero of the story almost always teams up with someone else reluctantly. This is no exception, and the two main characters are well presented to the reader in a fashion that makes the plot believable. The conspiracy theory involves Nazi Germany. I won't spoil it for anyone, but the revelations at the end of the novel are quite deep and were they true they would be worrying indeed.
The writing style flows smoothly, and Ludlum takes us on a journey around the US and Europe, ever describing the beautiful locations and making us want to go on holiday there. At a touch over 600 pages long, it is perhaps a shade too long for me, but I enjoyed it nonetheless, and it is about par for a Ludlum novel. The book is available from amazon.co.uk for £4.54.
SIGMA PROTOCOL (NOT SIMGA) ISBN: 0752841785 PUBLISHER: ORION *Author information Robert Ludlum is still considered by many to be one of the best, if not the best thriller/crime novelist's of the past 3 decades, from his first book The Scarlatti Inheritance published in 1971 all the way to his last, ever book, The Janson Directive published in 2003. Born in 1927, his career as a writer spanned over 30 years, until his poignant passing on March 12, 2001, a shock and an immense loss to not only his family and friends, but also to his devoted readers and the rest of the publishing industry. *My initial Reaction after finishing the Book The book I'm writing about is, in short, a masterpiece of intrigue and mystery, one written by probably my best author because of his intense writing style, the way you are hooked on every word and can read for hours without realising how long you've spent in a magical world of mystery, espionage and conspiracy. The first, and by no means the last of Ludlums novels I've read or am planning to read, it is a masterpiece in its own right. *Synopsis Ben Hartman, (one of the main characters) reluctantly takes control of the investment firm started by his father, a Jewish holocaust survivor, after his brother is tragically killed in a plane crash. When in Zurich, Ben notices an old college buddy from some years ago, only to have an attempt made on his life by the very same person for some unknown and seemingly unfeasible reason. In another part of the world, Anna Navaro, (one of the main characters) a Department of Justice Agent, investigates a murder, which will soon transpire into being one of many that she will investigate in her journey that will take her all over the world in search of the unknown. The first murder she investigates seems to be abnormal, on closer inspection a number of foreign pollutants are found in the person's blood stream. When Navaro delves de
eper into this unknown world of corruption, conspi racy and cover-ups, she is getting too close for someone's comfort, she becomes in fear of her own safety after an attempt on her life is made. Hartman and Navaro, through a complex and mystical change of events eventually meet up to collaborate only to find that a secret group exists, an underworld Cartel that Hartman?s father is part of, a group called SIGMA. The group, known as SIGMA, was set up during the Second World War by various industrialists from Germany, America and others, concerned primarily with the prevention of communism by exploiting the present circumstances, then, the Second World War. Ben's Father's role in SIGMA is not as clear and straightforward as Ben first assumes. A Jew collaberating with the NAZI's, how could it be? The mysterious trail of deaths leading across Europe and other continents appears to be the assassination of various member of SIGMA, but who is killing them and why? Hartman and Narvaro set out to find out the cause, the reason behind the deaths and the organisation, they soon learn that people are not who they seem to be, on close investigation of people's past?s it seems impossible and implausible that these people could possibly exist. The ending of the story seems to be like the end of a bond movie in my opinion, but the events leading up to the climax, especially when you find out what the evil mastermind does to prolong life and how he gets the vital ingredients to complete this challenge, are unexpected, but intriguing. I would reccomend anyone who likes thrillers but has never read one by Ludlum to purchase this book, as they will not be disapointed. © James D 2003