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The Tristan Betrayalby Robert Ludlum
Synopses & Reviews
In the fall of 1940, the Nazis are at the height of their power — France is occupied, Britain is enduring the Blitz and is under constant threat of invasion, America is neutral, and Russia is in an uneasy alliance with Germany.
In this dark time, Stephen Metcalfe is living the high life in occupied Paris. The younger son of a prominent American family, Metcalfe is a handsome young man who is a notable guest at all the best parties, has been romantically linked to the elite's most desirable women, and is in great demand in the upper echelons of Paris society. He is also a minor asset in the U.S.'s secret intelligence forces in Europe, cavalierly playing the Great Game like so many socially connected young men before him. But what has been largely an amusing game becomes deadly serious — the spy network he was a part of is suddenly dismantled in the midst of war-torn Europe without a contact, orders, or a contingency plan.
With no one else in place, it falls to Metcalfe to instigate a bold plan that may be the only hope for the quickly dwindling remains of the free world. Using his family's connections and relying on his own devices, he travels to wartime Moscow to find and possibly betray a former lover — a fiery ballerina whose own loyalties are in question — in delicate dance that could destroy all he loves and honors. With his opponents closing in on him and the war itself rapidly approaching an irreversible crisis point, Stephen Metcalfe faces both a difficult task and an impossible decision, where success will have unimaginable consequences far into the future and failure is unthinkable.
"All of Ludlum's trademarks are in evidence: one-sentence paragraphs, a plentitude of exclamation points, ridiculous dialogue...but in the end there are few surprises in this unsatisfying behemoth. Perhaps it's time to let the master rest in peace." Publishers Weekly
"[I]n some regards far superior to most of the stuff Ludlum published during his lifetime. There is a level of detail here often missing from his early novels....
"While The Tristan Betrayal is an excellent read, without Ludlum around to put his finishing touches on the end product it lacks the robustness of his earlier novels....All in all, though, Ludlum's fans will be rewarded." Kate Ayers, BookReporter.com
Moscow-a city under siege by hardcore Communists threatening to plunge the country back into Stalinist darkness. Into the heart of the firestorm, American ambassador Stephen Metcalf has been summoned to find the one man who controls the levers of power in absolute secrecy-an official known only as the Dirizhor. His support of the bloody coup will bring the entire world to the brink of nuclear war. Metcalfe is the only man with the cunning to reach him and to convince him to resist. It's up to Metcalf to change the course of history. He's done it before.
For Metcalf, returning to Russia is also a personal mission that will stretch across three continents and fifty years into his past where the loyalties of a former love-a woman both impossibly beautiful and possibly treacherous-were tested; where the shadow of a Nazi assassin still haunts; a debauched German aristocrat manipulated the destiny of everyone he touched. Now, as past and present converge, Metcalf braces himself for a new trial of trust and betrayal, one with chilling implications that could threaten what remains of the free world.
The "New York Times" bestselling master of the international thriller returns with this fascinating and suspenseful novel about duplicity and secrecy in two of the most tumultuous settings in modern history: 1940s Europe and 1990s Russia. Martin's Press.
About the Author
Robert Ludlum's novels have been published in thirty-two languages and forty countries. Read by hundreds of millions worldwide, his books include The Bourne Identity, The Prometheus Deception, The Scarlatti Inheritance, and The Chancellor Manuscript.
Visit the Robert Ludlum™ Web site at www.ludlumbooks.com
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