The Matarese Circle

by Robert Ludlum

Hardcover, 1982



Intelligence experts of the United States and the Soviet Union join forces to foil an attempt by a group of terrorists to topple the world's governments.


½ (386 ratings; 3.7)

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LibraryThing member TiffGabler
Scofield and Taleniekov are characters that redefine what spies are. Ludlum uses imagery that removes any suspicions of reading a cliche spy novel replete with FBI interviews, fast cars and such. It's more like a Spy Odyssey, that is how rich this story is.
LibraryThing member brettjames
A classic read, somewhat long in the tooth. While Ludlum might not write with the flare of Fleming, it's definitely his plots that they used for the Bond movies. This one in particular has the enemy spies working together that we saw in The Spy Who Loved Me (the book itself had little to do with
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Bond, but was Fleming's try at a coming of age story about a girl.)

It seems a little outdated now, but only because this was a groundbreaker, a giant shoulder which many since have stood on.
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LibraryThing member TadAD
Another of Ludlum's better novels.
LibraryThing member JoAnnSmithAinsworth
Exciting and complex plot which kept me reading despite the number of pages (536 pp.) in the novel.
LibraryThing member aleph123
after watching long ago movies extracted from his books (of course, the Bourne series- both the old one with Chamberlain and the more recent ones), I bought long ago an audiobook on one of those stories

recently, as I found that was available a "reader" parsing most of Ludlum's writing career (the
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owner of a London bookshop said that he kept writing book after he died- to which I retorted, "as Bob Marley did with music"), after buying by change a second-hand copy of "Icarus" (mainly because I was thinking to "I comme Icare, a post-Kennedy movie about a political conspiracy and an investigating magistrate) and reading it, I was curious.

well, Le Carré and others (in movies: Woody Allen) can turn boring, when they recycle too often their clichés

but this book is as farcical as it was the last part of "The Firm" from Grisham- from page 1

so, I dropped out after a couple of hundreds of pages (out of over 600)- maybe I will have a better disposition and will read it end-to-end few years down the road: for the time being, I still prefer a farce that claims to be a farce, than a spy story that is trying to stick together just thanks to a backbone story that is walking on chopsticks :)
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LibraryThing member pastor_jac
This might be my favorite Ludlum novel. Toss up between this and the Bourne Trilogy, perhaps.
LibraryThing member christinejoseph
An international circle of killers, the Matarese will undoubtedly take over the world within just two years. Only two rival spies have the power to stop them: Scofield, CIA, and Talaniekov, KGB. They share a genius for espionage and a life of explosive terror and violence. But though these sworn
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enemies once vowed to terminate each other, they must now become allies. Because only they possess the brutal skills and ice-cold nerves vital to their mission: destroy the Matarese.
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