The Icarus Agenda

The Icarus Agenda Colorado Congressman Evan Kendrick is trying to live out his term quietly when a political mole reveals his deepest secret Kendrick was the anonymous hero who freed the hostages held by Arab terrorist

  • Title: The Icarus Agenda
  • Author: Robert Ludlum
  • ISBN: 9780553278002
  • Page: 352
  • Format: Paperback
  • Colorado Congressman Evan Kendrick is trying to live out his term quietly when a political mole reveals his deepest secret Kendrick was the anonymous hero who freed the hostages held by Arab terrorists in the American embassy in Masqat, and then silently disappeared Now, brought into the light, Kendrick is a target, pursued by the terrorists he once outwitted Together wColorado Congressman Evan Kendrick is trying to live out his term quietly when a political mole reveals his deepest secret Kendrick was the anonymous hero who freed the hostages held by Arab terrorists in the American embassy in Masqat, and then silently disappeared Now, brought into the light, Kendrick is a target, pursued by the terrorists he once outwitted Together with the beautiful woman who saved his life, Kendrick enters a deadly arena where the only currency is blood, where frightened whispers speak of violence yet to come, and where the fate of the free world may ultimately rest in the powerful hands of a mysterious figure known only as the Mahdi Praise for Robert Ludlum and The Icarus Agenda Robert Ludlum is light years beyond his literary competition in piling plot twist upon plot twist, until the mesmerized reader is held captive Ludlum pulls out all the stops Chicago Tribune An intricate story of conspiracies within conspiracies Once you start reading you just can t stop Library Journal Readers will be hooked The New York Times

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    1. I read this for the first time over ten years ago. Its a quite dense tome, and my copy had very tiny type-script lettering but I remember thinking that R.L. must be really smart to have written something like this, I was so impressed by his depth of imagination and flair for the dramatic ( what can I say, I was 13). Now years later, I'm still impressed, by his flamboyance and blatant over-the-top hero!I keep returning to this book every couple of years, and its like its new again.d I can't help [...]

    2. This novel is frustrating, insubstantial and very very improbable. A caucasian US Congressman dons dark makeup to pass for an Arab, infilrates a terrorist organization in Oman, convinces them he is a fellow terrorist, and somehow foils their plot. All this despite his obvious non-native accent which isn't even mentioned by Robert Ludlum. He then keeps the entire caper a secret until one covert agent recognizes him from a photograph.The only interesting plot involves a secret star chamber-like or [...]

    3. maybe 4 & 1/2. The first half left me wondering how well the author portrayed the Arab world, but it moved quickly. The last half was so intriguing and thought provoking that I couldn't put the book down, and it's a very long book! I kept stopping to discuss some of the ideas with my sounding board, my husband. It's disturbing to read that there could be a government within the government (so to speak) that causes us to pit ourselves against ourselves. So often we believe what we read in the [...]

    4. I lasted about 50 pages (approx. a tenth of book). Had to mercifully put it down. It's bad. The writing is static, the characters are asinine (the protagonist is a Caucasian US Congressmen who 1. speaks a foreign language, 2. speaks Arabic fluently, and 3. represents a rural Colorado district -- because you know rural Colorado districts always elect junior politicians that are fluent in Arabic. And to top it off, the protagonist literally dons skin coloring to look like an Arab and then infiltra [...]

    5. I haven't read all of Ludlum's output, only four (this, the Chancellor manuscript, Trevayne and The Road to Gandolpho). But of those I've read, this is my favourite. Interestingly, the only other one that I've read that he wrote under his own name (the Chancellor Manuscript) was also about Inver Brass, that shady organization of high-minded people who intervene when necessary to make the world right.I read this some time ago (it was published in 1988) and the only thing I remember is that was in [...]

    6. I'm re-reading Ludlum. He's often copied, borrowed from, outright stolen from, but nobody comes close. He crams more ideas in one book, than any other writer out there. Story unbelievable? Who cares! It is a fun, well written wild ride of a book, and at 770+ pages over all too soon. Nobody does (did) it better. Highy recommended.

    7. Airplane fodderLudlum writes great thrillers. Picked up this oldie but goodie on the cheap at a yard sale or something.As I was reading this I thought, "Hmmm, this could make a good movie. Maybe two movies given the depth." When I finished it I looked around to see if there was a sequel. Imagine the representative from Colorado as the president What I found was the prequel, currently in production as a movie! Leo DiCaprio as the lead. Ugh.A little dated by today's standards in terms of technolog [...]

    8. I keep forgetting that I need to concentrate if I'm planning to read a book by Robert Ludlum. Seem to spend half my time confused about what is going on.Enjoyable book in 2 halves - 1st half concentrates on a crisis in the Middle East and then the 2nd on the repercussions when the hero returns home and is catapulted to the top of political life.

    9. So much for the suspension of disbelief. An unbelievable character in an unbelievable plot doing unbelievable things. I could only get through this novel by treating it as satire, and laughing with the author and publishers who conspired to make the critics believe it was a thriller.

    10. Has to be one of the most idiotic books I've ever read.It twists historic events, antisemetic at some points, the dialogues are not natural, the sotry line is not believable, it's not funny when it tries to be and fails to create even for a second.I abondened it the moment I got my hands on a different book.This book is comparable to reality TV. It's THAT stupid.

    11. My first Ludlum, which at 900+ pages, was a meaty start (in fact I read a few other books while reading this one). I was a little nervous there'd be a jingoistic undertone to the story but nope, there is a lot of exploration of all sides, particularly with regards to character development. Like a few other reviewers I was fairly ho-hum that the blue-eyed lead character, US Congressman Evan Kendrick, would've made a convincing Arab, but I ran with it and I'm glad I did. It became one of those boo [...]

    12. Good writing (of course,it's Ludlum). But Amazingly convoluted plot, and so loo-o-ong. By the time I reached page 400, I was crawling on the floor from sheer exhaustion, checking every 30 minutes how many pages I still have to battle through. (The total in this edition is 678.) More than once, I considered dropping the book, but that would probably have put a hole in the floor (just kidding). By the time I finished, I was seeing double and my tongue was hanging out of my mouth.Not that it's not [...]

    13. Take out the romance angle and there's a good story here. (Please note that this is coming from a romance author so)

    14. A good, entertaining book and sadly the plot close to what the world is experiencing because of terrorism.

    15. Evan Kendrick was a successful energy executive in the middle east who left because of the violence there and became a Congressman. He wants to bring down the Mahdi who he thinks killed his associates and he thinks is financing fundamentalists who are holding American hostages so that he could own a monopoly on Middle East business. The Mahdi streamlines his organization so if governments fall he is there to pick up the pieces. Evan wants to destroy the Mahdi in order to avenge his friends and s [...]

    16. Entertaining not as over the top as a Matthew Reilly story but certainly along the lines of a Raiders of the Lost Ark lots of action and twist in the 900+ page book.A great holiday read but don't look for anything to deep.Although written some time ago, current political events make it still relevant.

    17. Very good book - thoroughly enjoyed. Didn't read quite to the end as the resolution I sought was before the very end of the book, and I wasn't so enthused to get to the very end (short attention span/impatience). Defs recommend for a quick and enthralling read.

    18. This was terrible. Sloppy writing, shocking plot, awful use of italics and gung-ho emotive outbursts. Rubbish.

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