Robert Ludlum’s The Matarese Circle is an edge-of-the-seat thriller that will hold your attention to the final full stop.
The lead characters are an American spy, Brandon Scofield, and his Soviet counterpart, Vasili Taleniekov.
The two are deadly enemies. Scofield holds Taleniekov responsible for his wife’s death; Taleniekov blames Scofield for killing his brother in retaliation.
When the Russian stumbles upon a secret organization that’s financing terrorists around the world, he can’t discern the Matarese’s motive, but he knows the Matarese must be stopped.
To stop them, Taleniekov has to get Scofield to work with him.
Both men are the best in their respective nations’ intelligence communities.
Both are considered mavericks.
Both are tired.
Both are beginning to doubt that their lives’ work has made any difference.
Once they agree to cooperate, the pair go to Corsica where the Matarese is legendary but never spoken of to outsiders and not often mentioned among Corsicans.
Whispers suggest the organization dates from the eleventh century.
Intelligence services know the Matarese provided assassins for hire until the 1930s.
No one knows what they are doing in the 1970s
Ludlum spins a good yarn.
The unlikely collaborators deal the Matarese a death blow.
Or do they?
The Matarese Circle by Robert Ludlum
R. Marek Publishers, ©1979. 601 p.
1979 bestseller #01 My grade: B+
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