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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.
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.
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