Robert Ludlum is a Master of The Super Thrillers.His novels have all been extremely well written with a lot of detailing about places and organisations.He is able to keep a firm grip on all the sub plots that are an integral part of his novels, without loosing control..I am a great fan of his books and i have read most of his novels.It is hard to say which one is his 'best' as they all are different and special in their own way..
I can term The Parsifal Mosaic is a sophisticated Thriller, an automatic page turner, with lots of twists and turns and an extremely interesting plot.It is one of those books that cannot be put down.It has everything that is needed to keep one's undivided interest..fast paced action,interesting sub plots..
The Story in brief
The book has Cold War as a backdrop..
The story begins with a flashback where Michal Havelock a CIA operative witnesses the assasination of his beautiful lover Jenna Karasova on an isolated stretch of the beach on Costa Brava. , Jenna was suspected to be a double agent working for the KGB. After Jenna's death his life falls apart and he leaves his job at the CIA.
Coming to the present Michael has left the CIA and has been a walkabout so to say, visiting all those places and old haunts of his with Jenna .While at Rome he catches a glimpse of Jenna in a chance meeting, but he is surprised to see fear on her face after which she dissappears.Now he is determined to track down Jenna and figure out what exactly had happened on Costa Brava and why she's alive, and who was deceiving who..
He finally traces Jenna and together they discover that they had both been fed with misinformation.They decide to discover the truth , but they are hunted down now by both his former employees and a fanatic branch of the KGB...Trying to keep themselves alive they flee from one place to the other trying to look for pieces of information that forms the whole mosaic...
My views on the book
It is a very interesting book and what i most like about Ludlums books is the introduction to various parts of the globe , mainly the remote European countries, which is there in plenty in this book.
Half the charm of his books lie in these narratives, and the manner in which he makes his characters so very real...
This is a very involving book and great read..
Paperback: 704 pages