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The Road to Gandolfo

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2004

    Staggering!

    When Robert Ludlum first began to write 'The Road to Gandolfo', it was supposed to be a serious espionage thriller. Ludlum's imagination, however, had something else in mind. The manuscript was turning out to be totally different from what he had originally intended it to be, but instead of giving up and tossing it into the trash, he figured, 'Hell, why not?', and went with it. The finished product is a hilarious comedy that is fun and ejoyable to read, and in reading it, you can tell the author had just as much fun writing it. Gen. Mackenzie Hawkins is forced into retirement due to some disgraceful conduct during a diplomatic mission in China. Unable and unwilling to adjust to civillian life, The Hawk hatches a plan to kidnap the Pope and ransom him for one U.S. dollar from every Catholic on earth. With help from his four ex-wives and his lawyer(unbeknownst to him, at first), his plan quickly comes together. A fast-paced but well thought out plot and great humor really make this story a winner. This book is meant to be a bit eccentric and silly, and that's what makes it work.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    not as funny as I remembered

    I read this when I was a college freshmen. That was a long time ago! Back then it struck me as hilarious. I suppose entertainment has gotten so outrageous today that some material that was fantastic in the Cold War Era seems tame. As I remember, the sequel, "Road to Omaha" is funnier and I will read it to find out.

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  • Posted August 8, 2013

    Great read

    Highly recommend this book. Couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Funny?

    I did not find this book funny. It was,however, interesting. The main character certainly pulled several impossible feats off without a flaw. Again Ludlum shows the short sighted nature of politics both in Washington and the military. There is also a view of the Vatican. And a pope happy with his kidnapping.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    spellbinding

    One of the funniest books I have ever read. Could only read a page or two at times without having to stop and wipe the tears from my eyes and control my laughing.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

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    Humorous and a Great Read

    My good friend was clearing out some of his old books and gave me this book to read. I enjoyed the book and I found it to be a very entertaining read. I always appreciate a bit of humor in stories and this book had a number of humorous moments. I laughed at some of the scenes and kept reading and laughed at the characters.
    I understand that there is a sequel to the book so I'll probably ask my friend if he has it. Assuming he can remember the title.

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

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    Not the typical Ludlum novel.

    Its hard to believe that a Robert Ludlum book can make you laugh, but "The Road to Gandolfo" made me chuckle more than once. Don't be fooled by the humor, because this book has the Ludlum's touch for creating a well written story that is meant to be amusing. For example, in this satire, the guy is discharged from the Army for becoming a political embarrassment. He later decides to do something even more politically embarrassing by kidnapping the Pope. Who would think of something like this? Ludlum did. So, once the Pope is kidnapped, one would think that he would be upset, but he isn't. In fact the Pope rather enjoys the idea of being away from all the headaches and stress of the Vatican. He relaxes, gabs away while downing some beers. Then there is ranson for the Pope. Someone must pay, but who?
    Read on to find out. Great story. Enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Different Ludlum

    Ludlum is intriging, on the edge of your chair suspense. This one is also laugh out loud funny in a strange kind of way.

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