The Matarese Countdown

The Matarese Countdown

by Robert Ludlum
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The Matarese Countdown by Robert Ludlum

November 1997

Long considered a master of the international-espionage superthriller, novelist Robert Ludlum has written eight number-one New York Times hardcover-fiction bestsellers and 11 number-one New York Times paperback-fiction bestsellers. With his latest offering of suspense and high-stakes intrigue, The Matarese Countdown, Ludlum brings back the Matarese, the sinister cabal whose ultimate purpose is worldwide economic domination via a deadly Machiavellian manifesto: by any means necessary.

Originally destroyed by a tenuous KGB-CIA alliance in 1979's The Matarese Circle, the insidious Matarese dynasty has returned in all its glory and evil to the highest reaches of global finance and government. CIA agent Cameron Pryce is the lone man with enough knowledge to stop them, but as the title suggests, he may not have enough time -- Matarese assassins have already struck with brutal efficiency, eliminating all who stand in their way.

Pryce's only hope lies in the faint last gasp of a dying victim of the Matarese: "Find Beowulf Agate...." "Beowulf Agate," as Pryce soon discovers, is the code name for retired field agent Brandon Scofield, the only man ever to penetrate the Matarese organization and survive. Now Pryce must draw Scofield and his wife out of their blissful Caribbean paradise and back into a place they never thought they would have to go again: the chilling Matarese circle of death.

Reaching from the oil fields of the Persian Gulf to the boardrooms of Manhattan, from the hills of Corsica to the halls of power in Washington, the circle is closing, and the panic is spreading. And Pryce has made a shocking new discovery: The Matarese conspiracy may have penetrated further than anyone could have imagined -- to deep within the very walls of CIA headquarters itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553106671
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/13/1997
Series: Matarese Circle Series , #2
Pages: 487
Product dimensions: 6.45(w) x 9.58(h) x 1.36(d)

About 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.

Date of Birth:

May 25, 1927

Date of Death:

March 12, 2001

Place of Death:

Naples, Florida


B.A., Wesleyan University, 1951

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The Matarese Countdown 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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VassiliKikezos More than 1 year ago
I began reading it and was unable to put it down till I finished it.The best ever thriller!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Book was the Best one ever written By Robert Ludlum. The Matarese Circle and The Matarese Countdown. One of the best spy novels I ever read. I enjoyed this book so much I could not wait to continue reading it the next day and the next until I was done. I felt like I was in this story. You never knew what was going to happen next until you got to the next chapter. I really hope a movie version comes out of this incredible book. whoever did not like this book, needs to read it over to fully understand it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ludlum's sequel to The Matarese Circle doesn't live up to its predecessor. The main characters aren't as engaging as the first one. And I agree with another review, the dialogues were awful. The storyline keeps you reading, but also keeps you wanting more. If you read the first one and were wondering if you should read this one, DON'T! Just pretend the story ended with The Matarese Circle.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was truly disappointed, the writing and dialog were horrible. The constant use of insults between the main charaters was high schoolish.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert Ludlum has done it again. He has created yet another astonishing masterpiece leaving you with a final question of 'Could this really happen?' The book is a sequel of the Matarese Circle, a group of people powerful enough and willing to, ultimately, take over the world. They do this not through violent wars but through the takeover of international companies. They also leave a trail of blood as killing is of little concern to them. Ludlum's hero in this book is Cameron Pryce, even though I truly enjoyed the antics of Beowulf Agate. The latter is a very amusing character seldom seen in Ludlum books. The Matarese Countdown has the usual Ludlum hero, villain and woman, but they are taken to a new level. You grow strongly attached to the characters, feeling love or hatred, compassion or anger at their actions. I truly recommend this book to any avid Ludlum reader or to someone who is interested in suspence and actioned filled books. Make sure you read the Matarese Circle prior to reading this sequel as you need to understand what the Matarese is. My congratulations go out to Robert Ludlum for a work well done.