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The Parsifal Mosaic Michael Havelock s world died on a moonlit beach on the Costa Brava as he watched his partner and lover double agent Jenna Karas efficiently gunned down by his own agency There s nothing left for hi

  • Title: The Parsifal Mosaic
  • Author: Robert Ludlum
  • ISBN: 9780553252705
  • Page: 314
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Parsifal Mosaic By Robert Ludlum, Michael Havelock s world died on a moonlit beach on the Costa Brava as he watched his partner and lover, double agent Jenna Karas, efficiently gunned down by his own agency There s nothing left for him but to quit the game, get out Then, in one frantic moment on a crowded railroad platform in Rome, Havelock sees Jenna Racing around the globe in search of his beautiful bMichael Havelock s world died on a moonlit beach on the Costa Brava as he watched his partner and lover, double agent Jenna Karas, efficiently gunned down by his own agency There s nothing left for him but to quit the game, get out Then, in one frantic moment on a crowded railroad platform in Rome, Havelock sees Jenna Racing around the globe in search of his beautiful betrayer, Havelock is now marked for death by both U.S and Russian assassins, trapped in a massive mosaic of treachery created by a top level mole with the world in his fist Parsifal Praise for Robert Ludlum and The Parsifal Mosaic Robert Ludlum s narrative imagination is a force of nature The New York Times As fast paced and absorbing as any he s written Newsday The suspense never lets up The Atlanta Journal Constitution A crackling good yarn Los Angeles Times Book Review

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    1. This novel was published in 1982, and it is the direct follow up in Mr.Ludlum s career to his legendary Bourne Identity novel In future years, Mr.Ludlum would seemingly forget how to write character depth, but at the time of this novel he remembered to include depth for most of the stories characters Some of the sequences are cookie cutter for this author, the first 200 pages of this book seemed so similar to the first 200 pages of Bourne Identity that I was debating if I was wasting my time, an [...]

    2. After the disasters of Holcroft Covenant and Chancellor Manuscript Ludlum is back to somewhere near his best This book is good because Ludlum sticks to what he does best spies and their strategic games leaving aside tedious politics and economics The story is essentially just strategies, traps, moves countermoves devised, executed and subsequently taken apart by the best of the spies in the Consular Operations and the VKR a right wing part of the KGB.Micheal Havelock, our hero and the best secre [...]

    3. Dec 2014 Rereadill love this a million times over Admittedly there are things I skim when I m reading something for the 20th or time But I love these characters, I love the clever espionage, and the mystery here is completely unique OLD My very very very very favorite Ludlum book I read these over and over again in high school and college, raiding my parents library I eventually had to start buying my own copies This is definitely my favorite.

    4. Third time was the charm for plodding through this conspiracy thriller Cold War spy Michael Havelock wants out after killing his KGB double agent girlfriend Jenna After a few weeks retirement, where he is approached by spooks on both sides making me wonder how great of a spy he could have been, if everyone knew him by sight , he catches a glimpse of Jenna in a train station What follows is a chase from Europe to the US to find his true love The questions begin to stack up Who wanted Michael out [...]

    5. Well i am glad I finally got this book read It has taken me 4 or 5 times to sit down and read the entire thing Well what did I think.In one wordNVOLUTED This book is so confusing Really, when you get to the end and you have some idea what the story is about, you seem to think gee I could have made it much coherent for the reader The plot is so simple, and in my opinion a little weak There is just so many words, and subplots and verbal beatings around the bush I just felt like shouting Get to th [...]

    6. The second Ludlum book I read After consulting several top 10 ludlum lists, this book figured in the top 5 in all of them My main gripe with this book is that it is too similar to the Janus Directive, the previous Ludlum book I read Though it easily trumps the Cry of the Halidon, the next book I am reading As a thriller, it does not disappoint Twists and turns abound The central conflict of the book, of a hero who is led to believe his love has betrayed him and his country, is interesting enough [...]

    7. I loved this when I was a teenager and I still do Ludlum s plot questions the power behind those in power and he creates a cast of characters that weave about so much it left me wondering who would end up being the good or the bad guys It s an intense read so if you like fast paced and fabulous, I d highly recommend this.

    8. I think this was one of my top 2 favorite Robert Ludlum books He is an awesome writer Keeps me reading till my eyes are red and the sun is coming up

    9. Started slow for me, but the intrigue keeps you guessing until the final chapter Cross and double cross, moles and enemies and friends are all called into question A good cold war story I just wish Ludlum didn t use so much description at times, as it holds up the story.

    10. The story was interesting but there were so many unnecessary details that the book seemed to drag on too long.

    11. phew So it took me almost 11 days to finish this book not because I m a slow reader but but there are a lot of buts Mr Ludlum fed me too many characters and led me to too many events before the build up to his plot most of which caused me to put the book down on several occasions I don t know about others but it seemed to me that he unnecessarily lengthened the buildup I won t say the story was bad but why feeding readers too many unnecessary pages,why making things so convoluted I liked what he [...]

    12. Il mosaico di Parsifal, in originale The Parsifal Mosaic , un romanzo di spionaggio scritto nel 1982 da Robert Ludlum Sembra che Ron Howard stato contattato dalla Universal per dirigere l adattamento cinematografico di questo libro Il mosaico di Parsifal il romanzo di Ludlum che si concentrata interamente sulla guerra fredda , e sulla possibilit di una guerra nucleare Altri romanzi come Il circolo Matarese e Aquitania usano la guerra fredda come sfondo, ma non si basano su di essa come invece ac [...]

    13. I don t have time to write a full review and do this fine novel justice I intend to return to this review and write one worthy of this brilliantly complex spy thriller which I believe qualifies as some of the authors finest work That s right I said finest and this definitely qualifies for top three status amongst the authors impressive body of work I first this in jail in 1992, I proceeded to read most of the authors back catologue and although they were all very good this, the Holcroft Covenant [...]

    14. The Parsifal Mosaic followed the Bourne Identity and is one of his greatest works Parsifal was originally an Opera by Wagner, Parsifal being a wandering youth in Spain who safeguarded the spear that pierced the side of Christ It certainly took Robert Ludlum time to develop his craft His earlier works were absurd, illogical, and disjointed The Parsifal Mosaic was an international thriller In both the Parsifal Mosaic and the Bourne Identity Ludlum has developed character depth and logical flow, wi [...]

    15. I read this first when I was in High Schoolybe 16 years old I read almost all of Ludlum s library while I was in High School My mother liked them, so they were always around This was one that made a strong impression on me at the time.Some of Ludlum s work has not held up terribly well It is too deeply rooted in a geopolitical climate that no longer exists I put The Bourne Identity in that column This one holds up better While it does live in the Cold War era of Soviet US China relations, it s m [...]

    16. As a big time Ludlum fan, I walk into any Ludlum book with high expectations I think this is a good book, but it was bit of a roller coaster for me in ways that other Ludlum novels weren t At moments I was confused and a little frustrated, and at others I was captivated By the end, overall, I was impressed with the scope and the detail of the story.The story is layered and complex, so than any of his other stories I have read It felt confusing and convoluted at times in the midst of it, but by [...]

    17. Now, this was my first book of Ludlum that introduced to me all possible intricacies that can exist in the world of espionage The fact that Ludlum remained king of espionage thrillers was mainly due to the fact of tragic loving reminsces that the protogonist experiences The emotional struggle of Havelock for the lost love takes second seat when he faces the dilemma the living conundrum of his mentor Anton Matthias mental state International dealings, God knows whether they happen the way Ludlum [...]

    18. Good book Really a 3.5 for me.Lots of action with twisty turny plot I found it difficult to get into, but was into it by page 200 yes, at 200 you re only just beginning and it continues to page 684, but was an enjoyable read and I found myself wondering what was happening when I wasn t reading it For a summary of the book read the publisher s blurb Enjoyed the characters, specially the bad guy Arthur Pierce The whole scenario of Russian agents integrated into American society from birth and brou [...]

    19. I started with this when I was in high school, as a sopho I think It was very likely during the summer vacation, before I turned 13 The most memorable part that stuck was the arrival of the Apache That s it I didn t even understand the context of this story when I was reading it then I wasn t that mature enough to completely know the why s of their actions and where the hell are they going to I do remember though the romance part that s one why I somehow understood, but in a rational way than e [...]

    20. Michael Havelock, a U.S spy with a tortured past, finally finds some happiness with a fellow spy, Jenna Karas aka Jenna Karasova Unfortunately, he discovers that Jenna is a double agent, and watches her die for her betrayal Preparing to abandon his agent life and retire to become a teacher, he catches a glimpse of Jenna, alive, at a chance meeting in Europe The chase is on, as he tries to track down Jenna and figure out why she s alive, and who was deceiving who.Loved the book a lot and enjoyed [...]

    21. Great read, lots of excitement and suspense Michael Havelock s world died on a moonlit beach on the Costa Brava He watched as his partner and lover, Jenna Karas, double agent, was efficiently gunned down by his own agency There was nothing left for him but to quit the game, Get out Until, in one frantic moment on a crowded railroad platform in Rome, Havelock saw his Jenna alive From then on, he was marked for death by both U.S and Russian assassins, racing around the globe after his beautifl bet [...]

    22. Re read this after about 25 years Yikes It s still a page turner, but I had forgotten how complicated it was At one point, the characters spent 10 pages explaining the plot to themselves And then they did it again perhaps Ludlum felt that it got complex then he had anticipated It also took me a while to realize that the Secretary of State character with a God complex could perhaps be modeled after Henry Kissenger At first I thought it was interesting, almost quaint to go back and see the parano [...]

    23. This is a strange book of two parts The first part is a sort of serious Mr and Mrs Smith you know the Brad Pitt, Angelina Jollie film the might or might not have contributed to Pitt s divorce In the second part, it suddenly becomes a question of whether Michael Havelock and Jenna Karas the Smith s of this book can save the world from hawkish factions within the KGB, and US State Depatment, who seem intent on starting World War III.It s a silly book, if I m honest, and perhaps takes itself a litt [...]

    24. Too long, complicated than need be, too wordy, etc etc About 1 4 of the way into this story I found myself speed reading, and wishing that I could read faster Of the 600 pages, at least 200 are not needed I admit a like hate relationship to Ludlum s novels, but this one was too drawn out I m giving it a three, but just barely.I look at my books to read and see five resting there, several thick one s to boot, and almost dread picking the next one upybe 6 months or so down the road, or else give [...]

    25. Ok This was the VERY FIRST Ludlum novel for me , followed closely by The Bourne Identity These were given to me by my sister Helen who thought that my Lord of the Rings period was due for an ending and I need to expand out of Tolkien and novels like Watership Down.Fantastic international intrigue with great characters and fast paced action.I learned the flashlight on the end of a cord swing trick from this book to trick people to forested locations Worked several times in my life Woot.This is go [...]

    26. Took me 3 attempts to finish this book Have enjoyed q a few of Ludlum s books Found this one draggy Have been told this is one of the great espionage books Perhaps, the concept of a Soviet in super deep cover, being raised as an American, living, studying and working in the USA was mind boggling at the time this book was released Perhaps Perhaps Found the pace too slow Too wordy Unnecessary details Found myself looking forward to the end the book I refused to quit I much prefer Frederick Forsyth [...]

    27. This is my favorite Ludlum book to date , probably because the love story made it very personal and less spy detailed sorry, folks if that s what you prefer I do not seek out the love story angle in my books, but I find that this often just adds a emphatic note for me to connect with the story long as the author doesn t run it into the ground with sappy detail just the human nature of relationships that are so very vital to keeping people like Ludlum s characters real and connected as opposed t [...]

    28. Unlike most other Robert Ludlum novels, this one is somewhat tedious Its about a Secretary of State is brought under tremendous mental pressure and his mind is cracked by Russians to make him sign treaties with Russia and China the disclosure of which could result in an all out nuclear war which could annihilate Earth The hero manages to find the original copy of the treaty eventually along with its authors The pace of the novel is fast but tiresome to read.I think Vince Flynn usually depicts th [...]

    29. Typical early Ludlum storytelling A complex interwoven plot that is perhaps a bit dated for today I first read this novel back when it was published in 1982 and, while it is not his best work, it is still one of those stories that, at times, is so exciting that you can t wait to turn the page.Tip When you start this book, take a deep breath and start running with it Just don t forget to breathe out

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