The Matarese Circle

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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 ...
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Overview

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
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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553258998
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/1983
  • Series: Matarese Circle Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 229,446
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 6.85 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

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 February 23, 2009

    Good book

    Typical Robert Ludlum thriller. Good plot... maybe a little slow in the beginning but that is needed to develop the story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2008

    Incredable!

    ABsolutely fantastic! If you are a Ludlum fan you MUST have this book. Amongst his finest work, the Matarese Circle is a thriller that starts at the beginning and never let's up. Taleniekov, and Scofield are both good characters, and the plot comes into focus at just the right pace. This is a great book that I highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2007

    first Ludlum book

    The Matarese Circle was pretty brilliant. I've read the other reviews and they are pretty much dead on. I can only hope all of his other books are as good as this one cause I'm going to read many more soon.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2004

    The Best of All

    This is the best book I have ever read! About every three to four years I pick it up and read it again. I have read it four times and it is still suspenseful and I can't put it down, even though I know the ending. I have recommended this book to everyone I know who is an avid reader of novels. Great! Great! Great!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2003

    The Greatest!

    I have no idea how many books of Ludlum you've been chanced to read, perhaps a lot, perhaps a few. But I tell you, in all, Matarese Circle is the greatest book ever written by this man. As a matter of fact, Matarese Circle is the greatest of it's kind, in this genre. Ludlum was undoubtedly at his finest, when he wrote this great thriller.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2003

    This may be his finest work

    I was quickly addicted to Ludlum after beginning this novel. Never before had I seen so much DETAIL in a book before. With Lulum's style of prose, it is easy to picture the scene in your mind as you read. Fast paced and full of surprises and action, THE MATARESE CIRCLE, along with the BOURNE IDENTITY, will probably be the two works Robert Ludlum should be most proud of. They will most likely never work in Hollywood, as they are too complex and lengthy to adapt to a screen plot. This past summer's release proved that.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2007

    favorite book of all time.

    Brilliant. Being pregnant and not working I've had a lot of time on my hands, and ended up powering through this book in 4 days, not doing much else but reading, eating, and sleeping.. a lot of each. This is by far the best book I have ever read, and no other book has come close to taking hold of my attention like this one did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2004

    The Best of Ludlum's Novels

    Without controversy this the best of all Ludlum's novels. I read this book at 18 and even at 42 the plot and the names of the two main characters are indelibly engraved in my mind.I have not read any book by any other author which comes close.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2002

    Great Book

    I've always been a fan of Ludlum's books since in my teens thanks to my mom so my review might seem a little biased. But the way how this book makes you want to turn the page to find out what is going to happen next makes it a must for what i call people who like a GOOD BOOK it has a good deep plot and very exciting I'm glad my wife found that book now i can just add it to my collection

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2002

    Just can't put it down!!!

    Robert Ludlam helps the average insomniac pass the time with this amazing book! Suspense, intrigue, action, a touch of romance, thrills, and much more are all packed within the cover of this book. Definitely made me a Ludlam fan!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2002

    getting through the holidays.....2001

    During this past Thanksgiving weekend, I was debating what novel to pick-up to get me through the holiday blahs.... My modest bookshelf in the basement had several choices to keep me from going to my local B & N. Besides... I had 3 books on my Xmas list to wait for, so I resisted temptation and picked up Robert Ludlum's 'Matarese Circle'. Even though this selection is over 20 years old (published 1979), I had a hunch I couldn't go wrong...passing through the holidays with a good old fashioned spy thriller. I hadn't seen the 'call letters' for the CIA and KGB for some time. My hunch was right! World domination at the core of the plot with some terrorist overtones...got a little too close to home on occasion, but for the most part a great read. This was one of Mr. Ludlum's early efforts and it may be one of his best...exotic locations, skilled adversaries, descriptive violence and a rapid-fire pace. Elements that are the cornerstones for the successful thriller. Mr. Ludlum passed away in 2001, but any novelist in this genre will continue to try to imitate this spymaster for years to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2001

    the best book i've read in 10 years

    i not an avid reader, but this book made me want to read more ludlum books. if you like action you'll love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2000

    You won't regret- You can't reject!

    If you like action then you'll love this book. JUST READ IT!! I found this book in between my grandfathers books by mistake. I opened the first page and started reading and read on and on and on and on... and the time I could leave it down on the table was when I finished the last sentence... I read and slept for 3 days and finished it. It was probably the best book I've ever read and the most thrilling one. I guess this book is enough to make you a Ludlum fan. Just give it a go you won't regret! And afterwards you won't be able to reject another Ludlum novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2000

    One of the Greatest!

    Great book, ranks up there with all the Ludlum's I've read. Nobody puts more surprises in a book. Nonstop action.

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