The Aquitaine Progression

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In Geneva, American lawyer Joel Converse meets a man he hasn’t seen in twenty years, a covert operative who dies violently at his feet, whispering words that hand Converse a staggering legacy of death: “The generals . . . they’re back . . . Aquitaine!” Suddenly Converse is running for his life, alone with the world’s most shattering secret. Pursued by anonymous executioners to the dark corners of Europe, he is forced to play a game of survival by blood rules he thought he’d long left behind. One by one, he traces...
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In Geneva, American lawyer Joel Converse meets a man he hasn’t seen in twenty years, a covert operative who dies violently at his feet, whispering words that hand Converse a staggering legacy of death: “The generals . . . they’re back . . . Aquitaine!” Suddenly Converse is running for his life, alone with the world’s most shattering secret. Pursued by anonymous executioners to the dark corners of Europe, he is forced to play a game of survival by blood rules he thought he’d long left behind. One by one, he traces each thread of a lethal progression to the heart of every major government, a network of coordinated global violence that no one believes possible—no one but Converse and the woman he once loved and lost, the only two people on earth who can wrest the world from the iron grasp of Aquitaine.
 
Praise for Robert Ludlum and The Aquitaine Progression
 
“You won’t be able to put it down. (Don’t ever begin a Ludlum novel if you have to go to work the next day).”Chicago Sun-Times
 
“Ludlum at his best.”Publishers Weekly
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“You won’t be able to put it down. (Don’t ever begin a Ludlum novel if you have to go to work the next day).”Chicago Sun-Times
 
“Ludlum at his best.”Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553262568
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 344,541
  • Product dimensions: 4.17 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 1.19 (d)

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 May 27, 2008

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    Robert Ludlum¿s The Aquitaine Progression is a thrilling novel dealing with a massive worldwide conspiracy and the attempt to destroy the movement. Ludlum creates characters with diverse backgrounds and unique motive. The plot follows a lawyer, Joel Converse, as he attempts to destroy the inner circle of the conspiracy on legal grounds. The book follows a somewhat similar pattern as The Bourne Identity, layered with several different sides and dozens of characters. It also looks at the effects of war on veterans, as readers follow Converse. One major theme seen in the book is that war affects all. The group behind the conspiracy, Aquitaine, uses assassins to tie up loose ends during the progression of the operation. This eliminates any chance of governments finding out, especially since most of the men who are killed have some influences. Another much stronger way that war affects people is through veterans. The main character, Converse, is only a lawyer. However, he is also a Vietnam veteran. He has nightmares, like most veterans. However, he retains many of his soldier talents. He didn¿t even think that he would need to use them. In fact, he doesn¿t even try to use them. Being a lawyer doesn¿t give him much opportunity. However, he finds himself doing things he hadn¿t done in ages, including killing. While veterans are affected, the general population is also affected. Some of Converse¿s killings become very public, such as an accusation of an ambassador. It makes the front page of German newspapers, alerting the entire country to his presence. The people also became frightened, and Joel heard people talking about him all over Europe. The acts of war in this book show how everyone becomes entangled in war. Robert Ludlum brings people a story told in a style like no other. He uses a balance of dialogue, action, and description to capture a reader¿s attention. Occasionally, he overdoes the description and basic writing parts, but those parts are usually brief and infrequent. Colorful language and complete descriptions suck people into the setting, and the plot contains just enough details and motives to keep readers interested. On the downside, it is a Ludlum novel. Therefore, there are dozens of characters, and Ludlum makes each one of them important to the plot. Not only that, but there are three or four different parties that seem completely disconnected from each other. However, it all resolves itself at the end, and the reader is left with a desire to read more. Just make sure to take a break before your next book. Without a doubt, The Aquitaine Progression is a brilliant novel by Robert Ludlum. Mature people could definitely handle this book, although it might be a little confusing for some. Similar to The Bourne Identity, only less confusing, anyone who enjoyed the Bourne novels will definitely enjoy this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2007

    A thriller fan...

    This was my first Ludlum novel to read...needless to say, it won't be the last...This book was involving from the first chapter...totally engaging...twisting and turning courtesy of the end of every chapter...the feeling of isolation was marvelously executed...if you like any form of suspenseful fiction this is highly recommended...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2007

    A terrific gut wrenching thriller.

    am a bookworm,but this novel was so great and terrific,because it seems to speak about something of which I have a personal relationship,but its ethics forbid me from elaborating.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2003

    Terrific Book

    This is a terrific book. It was the first Ludlum book I ever read. My father-in-law gave me an old hard cover copy and I've been hooked on Ludlum ever since. This book not only is a thriller, but it touches on the minute detail that a covert agent would use in an operation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2003

    Outsdanding

    I'm 14, this was my first Ludlum book. It is great, it is very suspencefull and the action keeps on coming. This is no literary work but it is very enjoyable and suspencefull. If u have read this book please write a review, I'd like to know what u think

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2003

    Cool Cold War Paranoia/Thriller

    I read this book when I was 15. It was a really awesome book to me at that time and I became a Ludlum fan overnight. Till date he is my favorite Fiction author. I like his pace and style and in 'AP' he excels in both.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2013

    Slick writing with lots of plot twists

    Robert Ludlum delivers a real punch with this delicious spy novel in the 'Bourne tradition'. Ludlum knows his way around Europe where this takes place and the book is a page turner with twists and turns that make the reader want to keep turning the pages. Highly recommend

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