The Ambler Warning

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HE'S SEARCHING FOR SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T EXIST—HIMSELF.

On Parrish Island, off the coast of Virginia, lies a psychiatric facility. Far from prying eyes, it is a government-run hospital for former intelligence employees in possession of highly classified information. Former Consular Operations agent Hal Ambler is one of these patients whose mind is filled with secrets of state—and is considered such a security risk that he is kept heavily medicated and closely watched. But there's ...

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Overview

HE'S SEARCHING FOR SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T EXIST—HIMSELF.

On Parrish Island, off the coast of Virginia, lies a psychiatric facility. Far from prying eyes, it is a government-run hospital for former intelligence employees in possession of highly classified information. Former Consular Operations agent Hal Ambler is one of these patients whose mind is filled with secrets of state—and is considered such a security risk that he is kept heavily medicated and closely watched. But there's one critical difference between Ambler and the other patients—Ambler isn't crazy. Now he must find a way to escape the facility, find out who put him there, and uncover the truth of who he was…and why someone is willing to risk everything to see him dead.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
For some bestselling authors, death is no impediment to an enduring career. But the latest Ludlum (d. 2001) novel, penned by an unnamed hired hand, reveals the problems inherent in such an arrangement: neither sufficiently like Ludlum's originals nor compellingly distinctive, it inhabits a kind of thriller purgatory to which only the most dedicated Ludlumite will be eager to venture. After a two-decade career as a clandestine operative, Hal Ambler is drugged and warehoused in the Parrish Island Psychiatric Facility, a government nuthouse for spies. A sympathetic nurse aids his escape, and soon Ambler is on the run, trying to figure out who he is and, more importantly, who he was. There are a few interesting characters particularly CIA accountant Clayton Caston, a man who knows little about feelings but who can tease a mountain of information out of a spy's expense account but the villains are mostly invisible and everybody else ends up dead before you really get to know them. Just because a writer can copy what was once a successful style does not automatically assure his publisher a successful book. (Oct. 25) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Escaping from a psychiatric facility where wacko intelligence agents are stashed, the perfectly sane Hal Ambler finds that there's no record he ever existed-and that the face he sees in the mirror isn't his. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A State Department assassin escapes from a secret federal loony bin and finds that although nobody remembers or recognizes him, somebody wants him to start murdering again. St. Martin's ghostwriter keeps the Ludlum franchise viable with this tale of Hal Ambler, onetime employee of the State Department's secret little office for the removal of annoying statesmen. With the help of increasingly attractive psychiatric nurse Laurel Holland, Hal has weaned himself off the mind-fogging drugs administered in a secret federal psychiatric hospital, reviving his preternatural ability to detect lies. Until now, Hal couldn't even remember how he came to be locked up, but his newly cleared brain works like a Rolex, making it possible to outwit teams of government goons sent to recapture him. (Hal occasionally gives his location away when using a cell phone or computer to try to get information about his past.) While there is no trace of him in any of the data banks he hacks into, somebody knows who he is. A Ross Perot-type take-charge Texan believes that while Hal may not be the Hal Ambler he thought he was, he is almost certainly "Tarquin," his State Department nom de guerre. And a famous nom it is. He's the guy who used to make a specialty of knocking off Chinese heads of government. If only he could remember why he did that. And who it was that sent him on those jobs. Is he about to do in another Chinese official? And why is a CIA accountant being so helpful in sorting it all out?Perfect substitute for the in-flight movie.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312990695
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2006
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 359,021
  • Product dimensions: 4.16 (w) x 7.39 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Ludlum was the author of 25 thriller novels, including The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum—the books on which the international hit movies were based—and The Sigma Protocol. He was also the creator of the Covert-One series. Born in New York City, Ludlum received a B.A. from Wesleyan University, and before becoming an author, he was a United States Marine, a theater actor and producer.

Biography

Robert Ludlum was the author of 21 novels, each a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 210 million of his books in print, and they have been translated into 32 languages. In addition to the Jason Bourne series—The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum—he was the author of The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Chancellor Manuscript, and The Apocalypse Watch, among many others. Mr. Ludlum passed away in March, 2001.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Jonathan Ryder and Michael Shepherd
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 25, 1927
    1. Date of Death:
      March 12, 2001
    2. Place of Death:
      Naples, Florida

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Highly Recommended Series

    Dr. Jon Smith is my hero. The writter create the appropiate suspense, emotion & action & at the same time our hero is very human!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    This was my first thriller book, I was experimenting other genre

    This was my first thriller book, I was experimenting other genres of literature and I was not disappointed. I would give it a five but a book has to cook and clean for me for me to give a five star review. Altogether a good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    LordLudlum

    To be honest I hadn't read any of Ludlums books before I picked up this pageturner, in fact the only peek into his world was "The Bourne Identity" movie.
    I read this book straight through and I am not a.person that rips through book after book. Books like this grab your attention and you get lost in the world that is painted with energy and suspense.

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  • Posted February 16, 2012

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

    Non stop action, a real page turner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2010

    Classic Ludlum

    A good "what will happen next?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2007

    Surprisingly good!

    Incredibly well researched, well drawn characters (the most psychologically compelling Ludlum character in years) and exciting. I found some sections even wryly humorous. I was immensely entertained.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2007

    Good book

    I thought this was a good read. Its not Bourne, but I liked it and recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2006

    this is ludlum?

    I have recently had surgery and wanted a fast, easy entertaining read. Remembering the Bourne series, I was happy to find this book on sale at B&N. Sadly, I could not even finish this one, it was so bad. I think if Ludlum really wrote this, he had passed his prime or was really not himself at the time

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2005

    Agonizingly long and predictable

    This 'thriller' could have been 150 pages shorter had the author not been so busy describing the scenery in excruciating detail. We got to know very little about most of the characters but learned too much about the colors and size of the backdrops at the big meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Too bad Mr. Ludlam did not finish this novel as I am certain he would have written a much more enjoyable novel. I finished it - but only because I forced myself to do so. And, the ending was so predictable that I had figured it out some 200 pages earlier. With so many fine books out there - my advice is try something else.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2006

    I Miss The Real Robert Ludlum!!

    Whomever wrote this book and put Ludlum's name on it must have read The Bourne Identity a few too many times! While this story has some of its own original elements, there are far too many parallels to the original Ludlum classic. I actually went back through the last 50 pages or so twice, and still wasn't sure I fully comprehended the mystery in this tale. So...it's a so-so read for a really rainy day.

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