The Icarus Agenda

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Colorado congressman Evan Kendrick is trying to live out his term of officequietly--when a political mole reveals to the world Kendrick's deepestsecret...that Kendrick was the anonymous man in Masqar, the man whocourageously freed the hostage held in the American embassy by Arab terrorists;the unknown hero who performed an act of outrageous daring then silentlydisappeared. Now, suddenly, Kendrick is a living target pursued by theterrorists he outwitted. Together with the beautiful woman who once saved hislife, ...
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Colorado congressman Evan Kendrick is trying to live out his term of officequietly--when a political mole reveals to the world Kendrick's deepestsecret...that Kendrick was the anonymous man in Masqar, the man whocourageously freed the hostage held in the American embassy by Arab terrorists;the unknown hero who performed an act of outrageous daring then silentlydisappeared. Now, suddenly, Kendrick is a living target pursued by theterrorists he outwitted. Together with the beautiful woman who once saved hislife, Kendrick enters a deadly arena where the only currency is blood, wherefrightened whispers speak of violence yet to come and where Kendrick'slife--and the fate of the free world--may ultimately rest in the powerful handsof a mysterious and deadly figure known only as the Mahdi.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ludlum's 14th suspense caper has the earmarks of all his others: the mysterious cabal involved in global conspiracy; the surges of sudden violence; the careful veneer of local color to provide authenticity; and the rather graceless prose punctuated with breathless italicizing to keep the suspense going. The protagonist this time is Congressman Evan Kendrick, who secretly goes to Oman to rescue a large group of Americans held hostage there. Disguised as a terrorist and aided by the young sultan and a beautiful American-Arab agent, Kendrick succeeds so well that his anonymity is betrayed, and he becomes an instant hero back home, as well as a reluctant presidential candidate. After his cover is blown, however, he also becomes the target for terrorist assassination. Behind all the evildoing is a cabal headed by a man who calls himself the Mahdi, its purpose to acquire the power that money brings by selling arms to religious fanatics. And on this side of the ocean there are other secret forces at work, with awesome power at their command. While violence piles on violence, Ludlum does some high-flown moralizing. The story's underlying philosophy can be found, or at least sought, in the characteristically fuzzy statement: ``The arrogance of blind belief led all the mendacities of human thought.'' Hardcore fans will have fun with this one, but it's not Ludlum's best by a long shot. 500,000 first printing; BOMC main selection; author tour. (March)
Library Journal
The American embassy in Oman is seized by terrorists who threaten to execute their hostages. Evan Kendrick, a Colorado congressman who had made a fortune as a builder in that part of the world, offers to help free the captives, but asks that his role be kept secret. His mission to Masqat alone would have been a thrilling novel for another writer, but for Ludlum it is only the start of this long, intricate, exciting story of conspiracies within conspiracies. A year after the rescue, Kendrick finds himself famous as the hero of Masqat. The secret group Inver Brass (from Ludlum's The Chancellor Manuscript ) has determined to propel him into the highest offices. Is Inver Brass behind the murders of people close to Kendrick? Are the terrorists, assisted by top government figures, seeking revenge? Once you start reading you just can't stop. BOMC main selection. Charles Michaud, Turner Free Lib., Randolph, Mass.
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Praise for Robert Ludlum and The Icarus Agenda
 
“[Robert] Ludlum is light-years beyond his literary competition in piling plot twist upon plot twist, until the mesmerized reader is held captive. . . . Ludlum pulls out all the stops.”Chicago Tribune
 
“[An] intricate story of conspiracies within conspiracies . . . Once you start reading you just can’t stop.”Library Journal
 
“Readers will be hooked.”The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394570907
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/13/1988
  • Edition description: Abridged Audio
  • Pages: 688

Meet the Author

Robert Ludlum

Robert Ludlum was the author of twenty-one novels, each a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 210 million of his books in print, and they have been translated into thirty-two 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.

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.

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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 June 18, 2006

    CREME DE LA CREME

    Or the best of the best.... Icarus Agenda stands the test of time. I read it years ago, and I still remember the title and recall the suspense. It is the barometer by which espionage books are measured, and stands at the pinnacle of the suspense-thriller genre. A must read for espionage fans!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2004

    Excellent

    Congressman Evan Kendrick went to Oman to help free the hostagues at the American embassy in Mascate from some arab terrorist group but once inside the country he found out that the embassy crisis is not an isolated case but one of a serie of well planned act of violence by somebody called Mahdi is directing to create caos in that area and gain economic, political and spiritual leadership over the arab countries. Evan with the help of his old friend Manny Weingrass, the sultan of Oman, a Mossad comando and Kalila destroyed the complot but once in USA the congressman is launched by a secret society to Washington as a candidate to the vice presidency of USA and began involved in another trama, his one of corruption in the highes spheres of the government. A very well written novel and very actual, some personages like Mahdi has a clear resemblance with Osama bin Laden, the Inver Brass Club with the 'the secret establishment' or the so called power behind the throne which indirectly govern Washington or the arab-israeli conflict or the nowaday international terrorist histeria. A story that has a little of everything, espionage, terrorism, action, romance, intrigue and international and domestic policy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2008

    Awesome Book

    This was given to me from a friend who got it from a yard sale. I read it because I was bored one day. I couldnt put it down!!!! Its one of the best books I have read in a long time. The only regret-I cannot go out for a drink with Manny (emmanuel weingrass).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2013

    Not up to snuff

    If this is indeed a story by Ludlum, it is a poor offering all around. First off, it is written in a style that I can only describe as herky-jerky. The text does not flow smoothly as in other offerings from Mr. Ludlum. In fact, it is annoyingly as dry as the desert area in which the beginning of the book is set. Making matters worse, the book is fraught with technical and other errors that were so egregious by Chapter 2 that I almost chucked it aside as a wasted effort. I take issue especially with a "converted" F106 aircraft that is so insanely configured that it shows a total lack of familiarity and no research whatsoever into this fighter plane. There is no way that an F106 can be configured to have side-by-side pilot and navigator seating with behind the cockpit enough room for there to be seating for two passengers in commercial airplane seats, seating for an attendant and still more room to accommodate a refreshment galley. RIDICULOUS! No conversion of what was at best a cramped two-seater (pilot and navigator/EWO) in its day. Next, an Air Force "corporal" as a flight attendant? Not likely; the rank of "corporal" does not exist in the USAF--try A1C (Airman First Class). Perhaps thr most laughable (or should I say pitiful) technical error is the use of a Brigadier General (one star) as a glorified taxi driver (the pilot) would have been and still is a criminal waste of a command officer. To give some idea of how bad this book, everything I have written so far applies only as far as Chapter 2 and is only a preview of what is to come in later chapters. The story line is weak, the chatacters are just as weak, the writing style bogs down the narrative and my feeling as I read the last chapter was: over at last! I really am an avid fan of Robert Ludlum and have been during his entire writing career, "The Icarus Agenda" is a total dog (no offense to dogs intended). This book does not read like anything Ludlum wrote before or after it. Could it be that he did not actually write it or the publisher put the wron name on this book?

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