The Sigma Protocol Mass Market Paperback – Oct 13 2002
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Robert Ludlum's trademark skills of intricate plotting, breakneck pacing, and high-wire drama are all on display in this gripping thriller. After his twin brother dies in a plane crash, Ben Hartman reluctantly takes his place in the investment firm started by their father, a Holocaust survivor. But then an old college buddy tries to kill Ben on a crowded Zurich street, setting off a chain of events that ultimately leads Ben into the thick of a worldwide conspiracy. Behind it is Sigma, a multinational cartel built on the rubble of World War II by industrialists and financiers bent on exploiting wartime technology and protecting their wealth from the threat of communism.
Accompanied by a beautiful American justice department agent, Ben eludes the assassins on his trail and follows Sigma's tentacles across Europe, to Brazil, Washington, and finally to a sanitarium known as the Clockworks in the Austrian Alps, where the horrifying agenda of a perverted new world order is revealed. Ludlum, who died between the writing and publishing of this book, was a master of the genre he helped popularize, and The Sigma Protocol shows him at the peak of his craft. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
Anna Navarro, special agent for the Justice Department, has been assigned to investigate the deaths of several eminent men, all advanced in age and all connected to a mysterious group called Sigma, founded in the last years of World War II. An accident brings her together with Ben Hartman, an American investment banker who is in Zurich investigating the death of his twin brother and finds himself the target of an assassination attempt. Who is Sigma, and why are some of its members being killed? More importantly, what grand project is in the works? Readers may find the answer to these questions simplistic: Sigma is a partnership of high-ranking statesmen and industrialists, put together not only to spirit wealth out of Germany at the end of the war but also to stop communism's spread. Sigma's goal is to make the world safe for capitalism, a corporation whose board of directors is in charge of Western history itself. Unfortunately, Ludlum's latest novel (he died in March but left outlines for more posthumous thrillers) is not one of his better efforts. Even the sparks that eventually fly between Anna and Ben seem tepid.
- Ronnie H. Terpening, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This is a long read at just over 650 pages although the plot does move fairly quickly. I can't really say that any of the plot developments surprised me, aside from the identity of the main antagonist. And even so, I was able to guess the resolution to the story long before it unfolded on the pages.
The actual premise for the villain organization named SIGMA, is not realistic. Upon examining the purpose of this organization after I finished the book, I could only ask myself, "Why?"
I will likely read Robert Ludlum again and give him another chance, despite reading some reviews that this was some of his best work.
THIS MAY BE THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ!!!!! Imagine Ben Hartman seeing one of his old high school buddies who he hasn't seen in the past 15 years in Europe. Now imagine your "buddy" pulling a gun out to try to kill you. Ben luckily survives and then the "turn-your-world-upside-down-trying-to-figure-out-what-in-the-world-is-going-on" world tour is on. You see, all Ben thought he understood about his life has been mostly a big lie. Friends are now your enemies. And total strangers hold your life in their hands.
Everybody you speak to seems to be gunned down by some secret shadow group simply called- SIGMA. Axis, Allies, Nazis, megacorporations, money, good guys, and bad guys all on the same side? This isn't possible- is it??? What Ludlum eloquently gives the reader is COMPLETELY mind-numbing. This can't be happening? Can it? Yet he intricately weaves his tale to be not only possible, but entirely plausible!!
Don't take my word for it. Read this COMPLETELY ABSORBING book. I certainly know this will not be my last Ludlum book. 23 more books to go? I can't wait.
Anna Navarro is a Justice Department agent who is given the assignment of finding out why a group of elderly men around the world are getting killed. These men belonged to a highly secretive organization known as Sigma. In the interim, Ben Hartman is a thirty-ish banker on a ski trip and as he is about to depart, an old college "friend" notices him in a hotel lobby and makes an attempt on his life but fails.
Anna and Ben accidentally meet each other about a third way through the novel and discover that they both have a lot in common which is the desire to learn more about Sigma and some of its past and present members.
This was a great novel with lots of good history on the many doctors who performed human experiments during (...) Germany. Of course, some of it is fiction but much of it is not after I had done my own research on the topics in this book. If you do not read any other Ludlum novel, please find time to read the Sigma Protocol.
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Not a bad summer read. Lots of action if that's what you are looking for. I think it would make a better movie than a book as there wasn't much depth to characters.Published on Sept. 2 2013 by sara
Good book on-par with some of Ludlum's earlier efforts. An entertaining read, a bit slow in some areas but overall a good farewell from Ludlum (R.I.P.).Published on July 8 2004 by John
The late Robert Ludlum was the true master of the international thriller. Upon opening one of his weighty volumes, a reader was assured of being transported all over the world... Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2004 by Larry
I had never read a Ludlum book before, but after seeing "The Bourne Identity", I thought I'd give him a try.
It took me some time to get into the book. Read more
THE SIGMA PROTOCOL has the usual elements readers have come to expect from Robert Ludlum over the years. It's an action-packed, intricately plotted thrill-ride of a book. Read morePublished on Dec 10 2003 by AntiochAndy
This is one of those books that you just can not put down. There are so many twists, you just got to keep reading to find out what is about to happen. Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2003 by Markus Egger
I tried my best to enjoy Ludlum's Sigma Protocol, but towards the end I found myself struggling to finish the book. Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2003
The good news: this is an honest to goodness, real live Ludlum book. Many of Ludlum's later books are "co-authored" and are not really done by Ludlum. Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2003 by kireviewer
I wouldn't recommend the Sigma Protocol unless you have already read (and enjoyed) some of Ludlum's other works. Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2003