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 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. Praise for Robert Ludlum and The Matarese Circle "A blockbuster . . . Ludlum's best."--The Wall Street Journal "A spellbinder."--The Dallas Morning News "Ludlum stuffs more surprises into his novels than any other six-pack of thriller writers combined."--The New York Times "Don't ever begin a Ludlum novel if you have to go to work the next day."--Chicago Sun-Times
It seems a little outdated now, but only because this was a groundbreaker, a giant shoulder which many since have stood on.
recently, as I found that was available a "reader" parsing most of Ludlum's writing career (the 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 :)