The book starts off as a decent read, not great. The the following flaws are encountered:
1. A very DUMB idea for a conspiracy--ooh, Omega might blackmail businessmen around the country and create a depression! Better to try it in 2002, not 1972, heh heh.
2. A very STUPID plot, which just isn't believable. EG, if your family were gassed with ether and left in an abandoned railway depot, would you just keep following the advice of this one CIA guy who was your only contact? I think not. And in the end, none of it makes any sense at all.
3. Ludlum is no master dialog writer. His adults mumble, grumble, fix each other drinks, smoke cigs, and try to act like good 1970s grownups, but it's just silly, just plain silly.
4. Corny, off-key elements that make the book seem even dumber: a dog's head is severed, etc.
In short, this book is flat-out FOOLISH. The recommendation must therefore be DO NOT READ. Thanks for reading this review.