You say this is a blog, do you?

September 27, 2009 at 11:34 am (Reviews) (, )

That kind of suggests that there might be content at some time.  Oops.  So as not to overwhelm, I’ll talk about one completed book at a  time.  Today’s pick?  Robert Ludlum’s The Ambler Warning.  Something that I noticed when I first picked up this book?  Robert Ludlum is a trademark.  In fact, The Ambler Warning wasn’t written by Ludlum at all.  It was published 4 years after he died, and written by an unnamed author. Perhaps it comes from notes or outlines that Ludlum did write… This quote is from an inner page: “Since his death, the Estate of Robert Ludlum has worked with a carefully selected author and editor to prepare and edit this work for publication”.  This explains a lot.  Now, I know Eric van Lustbader has written subsequent “Bourne” novels, but he’s well know enough that he gets a cover credit.  This poor dude…nothing!  Hopefully there’s at least a large pay cheque involved.

I’ve read a bunch of Ludlum in my past, and had the same problem each time.  I always found they started off strong, had a dullness in the middle and then rewarded you for sticking to it with an awesome finish.  This book was missing the dullness…which was my second clue that it wasn’t written by Ludlum.  I did enjoy it; it was fast-paced, grabbed my attention, and I didn’t figure out the double cross until I was only sentences away from it.  It would be a good beach read…not too mentally taxing, but a lot of fun.  I’m not sure how I feel about the estate business though….

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