Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Aquitaine Progression

A good book and a great plot. The only negative was that it is a lot longer than it should be. Ludlum is great with any story where the clandestine services are involved, and even though thats not precisely the case here, the hero could very well be an intelligence agent. Even if at times it tends to drag, on the whole this is a well-written and decently paced book.

A group of formerly highly-regarded but extremely right-wing generals from some of the west's biggest countries (US, UK, Germany, France and Israel) are planning a military takeover of the entire west under the codename Aquitaine. This daring, ambitious and meticulously executed plan hits a bump when a former POW and current attorney in international law, Joel Converse, is brought in to expose the generals. His efforts take him all over Europe and on the way, he's forced to become the lethal soldier he was in NAM in order to survive. A string of false charges, thanks to a compromised Surete, Interpol and almost every law-upholding agency in Europe makes him a pariah, a fugitive running from everyone and able to trust no-one. Just when all is lost, his ex-wife enters the picture. With her resourcefulness he finally manages to make contact with the few people in Washington who he can trust and the generals' plan is thwarted at the eleventh hour.

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