- Library Binding
- Publisher: San Val (February 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1417650338
- ISBN-13: 978-1417650330
- Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 11.1 x 3.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 404 g
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
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Praise for Robert Ludlum and The Parsifal Mosaic
“[Robert] Ludlum’s narrative imagination is a force of nature.”—The New York Times
“As fast-paced and absorbing as any he’s written.”—Newsday
“The suspense never lets up.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“A crackling good yarn.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Publisher
"Mr. Ludlum's narrative imagination is a force of nature."--The New York Times.
Michael Havelock's world died on a moonlit beach on the Costa Brava. He watched as his partner and lover, Jenna Karats, double agent, was efficiently gunned down by his own agency. There was nothing left for him but to quit the game, get out. Until, in one frantic moment on a crowded railroad platform in Rome, Havelock saw his Jenna alive. From then on, he was marked for death by both U.S. and Russian assassins, racing around the globe after his beautiful betrayer, trapped in a massive mosaic of treachery created by a top-level mole with the world in his fist--Parsifal.
"Massive melodrama... Ludlum does know how to put on a show."--Chicago Tribune.
"A crackling good yarn."--Los Angeles Times Book Review.
"The suspense never lets up."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
"As fast-paced and as absorbing as any he's written."--Susan Isaacs, Newsday --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Top customer reviews
I started off with The Bourne Identity, which I still rank as one of the most original stories I have ever read. I waited quite some time before attempting 'Parisfal', and by the time I finally got around to doing so, it didn't take long to realize that I had cheated myself out of quite an adventure.
I was going through my library here not long ago fixing up my book shelves when I ran across my old copy, and decided it was time to crack it open yet again. I was amazed at how well it has held up over the years, and just how REALLY GOOD it really is. I won't attempt to go into the details of the plot, because quite frankly, Ludlum puts just too many twists and turns into his average novel that just to attempt to summarize 'Parsifal' in such a short amount of room would be incredibly disrespectful to the memory of Robert Ludlum (in my opinion). No, instead I would rather go into what makes his novels so darned fun...
Ludlum will never be confused with what some consider 'True Literature' but what he lacks in major character development, he more than makes up for with the sheer speed of his plots and how his stories seem to be several plots all going at once on a runaway train with no brakes...yet he manages to keep control at all of the crucial moments and never gives you more peeks into what is really happening than you absolutely MUST have, and yet you still have a grasp of what is going on, without knowing what is going to happen next. Is someone going to die in his books?
Yes...PLENTY of bodies stack up over the course of the typical Ludlum novel, but that really isn't what drives the story...it's the amazing creativity in which the story unfolds and the complexity in which the circumstances seem to rope you in to the point where if you don't continue to keep reading, you just may find yourself lost because of just how sophisticated he writes his thrillers. Many have called Ludlum the Master of the Superthriller, and I echo that in a HUGE way. In my opinion, 'The Parsifal Mosaic' is easily one of his top 2 books, which is high praise indeed when you consider his earlier & later works.
Simply put, if you have toyed with the idea of reading a Robert Ludlum novel and you have yet to check out 'Parsifal' than you are in for one incredible treat. Pick it up and get lost in one of the greatest imaginations in adventure thriller fiction of the past 40+ YEARS. Simply put, this is an absolutely amazing novel that is more fun than I can put into words...and I have to say, it is JUST as fun the 2nd time around, too. HIGHLY recommended.
Determine to find her, and why he was led to believe she was a double-agent, Michael triggered a series of reaction from spymasters of Washington and Moscow to find him, stop him and kill him.
A true plot within plot, the decision-makers in the background found themselves mere pawns in a greater, more sinister conspiracy by masterminds whose existence no world leader nor government could afford to acknowledge.
Michael Havelock found himself victim of his own government's plottings, only to discover his government was also at the mercy of Parsifal, whose machinations could cast the world into an all-out nuclear war.
The first half of the book was focussed in Europe where Michael raced across the continent to track down the woman who was supposed to be dead. A trail of dead bodies marked his passing as he grasped the flimiest clue that would led him from one place to another. Certainly, it was the better part of the novel where reader can admire the tenacity and brilliance of the would-be-retired-agent.
The later part of the book tracked the conspiracy to its source, but this part is less well-written as convoluted details were rambled and readers get lost in data overload. Also, Michael's jogging through his memories became more confusing for readers.
Character wise, there was little to be criticised, though dialogues were a little stilted. But otherwise, each character was clearly distinguishable with a fair degree of realism. Twists in characters could not be anticipated but were introduced brilliantly. The only complaint was readers today could tell if someone calls to say he's got vital info that could not be communicated immediately or needs more confirmation, something bad is sure to happen to ensure the communication would not take place. But to be fair, that is after countless movies and thrillers today, and should not be judged on a book that was written long ago before it became a common ploy.
Everything points to an explosive ending and it was almost anticlimatic when it did end though. On the other hand, I suppose no one would really expect an all-out nuclear war.