It begins in Geneva. There American lawyer Joel Converse meets a man he hasn't seen in 20 years, a covert operative who dies violently at his feet, whispering words that hand Converse a staggering legacy of death: "The generals ... they're back ... Aquitaine!"
Suddenly Converse is running for his life, alone with the world's most shattering secret. Pursued by anonymous executioners to the darkest corners of Europe, he is forced to play a game of survival by blood-rules he thought he'd long left behind. And only Converse, and the woman he once loved and lost, can wrest the world from the iron grasp of Aquitaine....
Read by Rob Shapiro. Rob Shapiro is a voice actor, narrator, musician, and writer. In his spare time, he is working on his first book.
©1984 Robert Ludlum (P)2012 Random House Audio
Expert knitter, novice seamstress, avid devourer of the spoken word. Mainly because audio allows me to continue knitting and sewing!
I loved this book almost as much as I disliked Ludlum's The Bourne Identity. The Aquitane Progression is full of suspense and manages to be both descriptive and fast paced at the same time. The plot is on the edge of fantastic - just the thing to appeal to conspiracy theorists, but a jolly good romp for all that.
The only aspect which I felt could have been worked better was the dialogue between Converse and his ex wife towards the latter part of the book; it felt quite stilted and fake.
I thought Rob Shapiro was very believable as the narrator of this book.
admittedly lost concentration a few times as some parts were slow and/or dull.. BUT i found myself back tracking as i soon learned they were important to the story!! very good book, very good story, and very good performance!!!
Took a couple of chapters to get into and then there was no stopping. Really complex and clever story lots of twists and turns. Great character development and really believable situation.
I'd tried reading a Ludlum that wasn't Bourne before and disliked it so was apprehensive about this but all my fears were allayed and I really got into it, listening at every available moment.
This started with an intriguing plot and had the makings of a good book. But it seemed to be an edifice built on sand - even the analogy with the old Aquitaine Empire was tenuous. Huge amounts of irrelevant details, leading to a book so long it required constant repetition of the basic plot and characters in case the reader had forgotten what was going on. And some spectacularly bad decisions by a hero who we had been led to believe was very bright, led to a disappointing finale.
If you have a long car journey to get through, this will deliver, and Joel's frustratingly bad decisions will stop you falling asleep at the wheel. Otherwise, select a book with more substance.
More interesting characters
More interesting story
Endless progression of new characters being killed off quickly
Less hammy characterisations
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