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Sep 27, Tim Dudek rated it it was ok. Half way through Trevayne I thought I had incontrovertible proof that Robert Ludlum was the greatest writer in english ever. Why did I believe that? Trevayne concerns itself with a Senate subcommittee set up to investigate defense spending misappropriations. Yes you read that correctly. Ludlum sat down and thought, "I know how to keep the readers interest. I'll write a book about a government committee looking into corporation ledgers.
Over the first half of the book is about the work of a Senate subcommittee investigating malfeasance. They look at ledgers and interview executives.
But I kept reading. Somehow Ludlum made it interesting enough for me to keep turning pages. Then sadly comes the second half of the book. Entire plot points are forgotten. Characters act in seemingly unexplainable ways so the plot moves along. Finally the book ends with no resolution whatsoever.
It's like he got bored half way through. Oct 07, Suby rated it really liked it. Robert Ludlum wrote this book in just as the Water Gate scandal was unfolding. The book envisages a situation where a few senior men try to substitute American democracy with an Aristocracy where few high intellectuals will rule the country. They put in motion a scheme by which they can appropriate large sums of money out of the state exchequer through defense contracts and accumulate enough funds so that eventually it will be their intellects backed by large sums of money that will rule th Robert Ludlum wrote this book in just as the Water Gate scandal was unfolding.
They put in motion a scheme by which they can appropriate large sums of money out of the state exchequer through defense contracts and accumulate enough funds so that eventually it will be their intellects backed by large sums of money that will rule the US and the world in the future. Trevayne is a middle aged rich American of impeccable credentials who is chosen to head a Senate sub-committe to inquire into the Pentagons giving away of contracts.
He chances upon this plot for Aristocracy and tries to stop it.
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But the men he is up against are too clever for him. This leaves him the only option - that of contesting an election and becoming the President of the US. Eventually he manages it and goes about working the vast sums of money controlled by the defence contracts companies to the advantage of the State. The book is very readable and I will recommend it to all. Sep 02, Martin Smrz rated it it was ok.
I have had a hard time to finish the book as it was taking on and on and on of the same ideas. The book is definitively not a thriller nor suspense. It is more just a political agitation, with more or less agreeable idealistic principles. This will not stop me to read other Ludlum books, but one learning for myself on future book from Ludlum, when you feel it is boring just drop it Oct 08, Huma rated it liked it Shelves: Jonathan Ryder is actually a pseudonym of Robert Ludlum.
My copy is printed with Ludlum's name on the cover and a special note from the author. Ludlum explains his frame of mind when he wrote this novel and why the book was not initially published under his own name. Andrew Trevayne is a successful American businessman who made a lot of money as a defense contractor with his brother-in-law. He also served once as the Undersecretary and is being chased to head a subcommittee for looking into Ameri Jonathan Ryder is actually a pseudonym of Robert Ludlum.
He also served once as the Undersecretary and is being chased to head a subcommittee for looking into American Defense Alloction Commission. Meanwhile, Trevayne's teenage children are being harassed by the police I always enjoy reading Ludlum and this book was the same. It has suspense, anticipation and gun fights all mixed with a basic political plotline.
After his kids, Trevayne's wife was drugged and taken to a hotel room, while the police held up Trevayne for giving his statement in a traffic accident. He's detetmined to walk away from the Senate Committee after this. Trevayne's lawyer, Walter Madison is taking money from a yet unknown figure to spy on his old client. Trevayne attends the super-secret Senate Committee meeting to finalize his appointment to chair the sub-committee. So the people who have hired Madison are Senators Knapp and Norton. Trevayne's gets the confirmation from the Senate Committee and assurance of their cooperation.
Senator Gillette, the head of the Senate Committee, talks to Trevayne after the meeting.
He tells him that he'll get his appointment reversed tomorrow morning. Trevayne tries to reach his lawyer, Madison all evening; but the hotel has been directed by someone that he's not to be disturbed tonight. When Madison finally reaches him after more than 2 hours, Trevayne finds out the Gillette has died in a road accident. Trevayne is assigned a Major Paul Bonner as his assistant. They scout office spaces and choose Potomac Towers as their headquarters. Spandate is the defense contractor that Trevayne met on the plane and who dropped him to the hotel afterwards.
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There is also some electrical disturbance at Trevayne's house back at High Barnegat, and he thinks someone might have tampered with it. Trevayne has assembled his team and his target is Genneesse Industries. Major Bonner is spying on Trevayne on behalf of the military. Bonner saves Trevayne's life and then Trevayne saves him from De Spandate Ludlum's tribute to the mastery of Mario Puzo and his famed book, The Godfather , "Uncle Mario again a nod to the author , the days of The Godfather are finished" , says De Spandate's capo, as he unsuccessfully tries to put a contract out for Major Bonner from the hospital bed.
Trevayne finishes interviewing all the people on his list. His assessment of Gennesse Industries is complete. It's "A council of the elite. The United States of Genneesse Industries. Roderick Bruce, the journalist who earlier asked Trevayne for dirt on Major Bonner, is choosen to frame Bonner.
Bruce wants to destroy Bonner as a revenge for killing his partner, Alex, killed in the Far East.
Trevayne is annoyed that Walter Madison, his attorney is not ready to take up the case for Major Bonner, saying it will be a conflict of interest while representing Andy himself. Bonner meanwhile is under a lock-down at an army base and Sam is ready to defend him. De Spadante threatens Trevayne to quit the subcommittee or he'll destroy his life by making public some cooked-up evidence about his family. Meanwhile, someone is taking pictures as Andy talks to De Spadante in his hospital room. Robert Webster is told by a messenger from Aaron Green that his plans to frame Trevayne must stop.
Also he's being thrown out of the center circle of the conspiracy. The Mark of Excellence" is the campaign logo Green's team has come up with, as the inner brass is now convinced that offering the job to Trevayne is the right call for USA.
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Trevayne goes to Roderick Bruce, the journalist's house. Against his instincts he reveals that he knows about Alexander Coffey, to make Bruce stop going after Major Bonner. In part 4 of the book we see Trevayne getting comfortable with the idea that he could actually become the President. After he is made a Senator, he tells Green and Hamilton that he will not fully reveal the extent of Geneesse Industries involvement in the country's politics if they get out of the country and let him clear the mess they have made.
But after a meeting with Major Bonner, Andy contemplates if he was right to withhold information report submitted by the sub-committee for Defense Allocation Commission. After talking with General Cooper, Trevayne is convinced that he was trapped into submitting an incomplete report. Backtracking now would not only harm his credibility but also deliver a serious blow to his election plans. James Goddard, the financial mastermind behind Geneesse Industries hands over proof of financial inconsistencies to Trevayne.
Paul Bonner is acquited in the civil court and made a Colonel after Trevayne mentioned his part to the President. Goddard assisinates the President and the whole country is falling apart. Trevayne decides that it his time for him to step up and complete his destiny. In part 5 of the book, we see a scene after 18 months of the President's assisination. Trevayne is now the President and a very popular one.
He made a deal with Geneese Industries that he will not expose them as long as they do not interfere with the country's politics anymore. But in the end, he talks to Ian Hamilton who has broken the ceasefire by attempting to acquire the media companies. Jan 07, Jesse Tucker rated it it was ok. This book had potential: Government corruption, conspiracy to overthrow the government, plans to install a puppet administration run by greedy corporate executives, the triumph of the little man over Big Government, even a brush with the criminal underworld.
Sadly, it was a letdown due to overly in-depth descriptions of how the checks and balances set forth in the Constitution are supposed to work. There is some action however; murder, internal espionage, conflict between supposed allies, it just This book had potential: There is some action however; murder, internal espionage, conflict between supposed allies, it just seemed more of an afterthought than part of the main plot. The author begins with an introductory explanation about why the book was published under a pseudonym and further explains that the idea for the book was conceived during the Watergate scandal of Nixon's administration.
I can see how the abuse of power by the government inspired this tale, but it lacked enough offsetting action to compensate for the pages of dry details. Andrew Trevayne, een rijke topindustrieel, krijgt van de Amerikaanse regering het verzoek een rapport op te stellen over bedrijven die contact met het ministerie van Defensie hebben. Trevayne voelt daar aanvankelijk niet veel voor, maar laat zich uiteindelijk toch overhalen het rapport te schrijven.
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Tot zover is het allemaal duidelijk en helder, maar vanaf het moment dat Trevayne aan de slag gaat wordt het boek alleen maar verwarrend. Er is geen touw aan vast te knopen. Misschien dat het boek vo Andrew Trevayne, een rijke topindustrieel, krijgt van de Amerikaanse regering het verzoek een rapport op te stellen over bedrijven die contact met het ministerie van Defensie hebben.
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Misschien dat het boek voor de Amerikaanse lezer een eye-opener is en herkenning geeft, maar voor de markt daarbuiten is het boek ronduit nietszeggend. Verder blinkt het boek van begin tot eind uit in vaagheden. Waardoor dit boek tot een van zijn slechtere, zo niet zijn slechtste, boeken behoort.
I tried but, as much as I hate to not finish a book I started, I had to quit this one. There's a reason the great writer of the Bourne books and other gov't thrillers started out his career under a pseudonym. One of his first attempts here you can see he's still figuring out his approach to bringing thrills and suspense into the bureaucratic side of gov't. This book, unfortunately, is all bureaucracy with a level of thrills and suspense tantamount to the real time bog of hearing, 2nd hand, all t I tried but, as much as I hate to not finish a book I started, I had to quit this one.
This book, unfortunately, is all bureaucracy with a level of thrills and suspense tantamount to the real time bog of hearing, 2nd hand, all the office politics of a month's long caseload at the IRS. Life's too short when you can just read "The Bourne Identity" CC 1 Excellent book.
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The whole plot was excellent.. The way they investigated Genesis Industries. Then the way they played Alex and Ian with his trying to become president. Jun 15, Jason rated it it was ok. Not really my type of story. Not one of Ludlum's best, but not bad. Feb 19, Lucy rated it liked it. Ha scritto 27 romanzi thriller. I suoi libri sono stati pubblicati in 33 lingue e 40 paesi.
Ludlum ha anche pubblicato romanzi sotto gli pseudonimi di Jonathan Ryder e Michael Shepherd. La trama di questo romanzo: Scritto sotto l'influenza dello scandalo Watergate, un romanzo avvincente e come sempre nella tradizione di Ludlum molto plausibile. Ennesimo capolavoro del maestro dell'intrigo Ludlum si conferma maestro di articolazione della trama, colpi di scena e dialoghi veloci e ben strutturati. A mio parere, uno dei migliori romanzi di Ludlum dopo la trilogia di Bourne.
Lo consiglio a chi volesse trascorrere qualche ora di tensione e suspense. Anche se, personalmente, se volessi apprezzare da subito l'autore partirei con la Trilogia di Bourne. I vacillated a number of times before I actually purchased this novel. First, I don't know whether a political novel could actually hold my interest; second, I wondered whether it would even be relevant.
The novel was both immensely readable and relevant, especially to someone living in the Philippines. The presidential elections are rapidly coming, and behind every reflection is the nagging thought as to whether the presidential candidate is capable of leading. What does it take to be capa I vacillated a number of times before I actually purchased this novel. What does it take to be capable? This novel suggests that it takes someone with little to lose, and someone with the capability to compromise as well as make difficult decisions. Trevayne became successful with his subcommittee because he was able to make these difficult decisions, and became a successful president because he was able to compromise.
It doesn't need an old, corrupted man in Binay, or a man who drinks with a plate and eats with a cup. In a democracy, however, it's up to the people. I didn't rate it any higher because there were times that the story got out of hand. Some loose ends were never really answered, and some of the development of the novel's major characters had to be sacrificed because of the story's looseness. Nevertheless, Robert Ludlum proved that he was the master of suspense in that he was still captivating despite the fact that this was a lesser novel of his. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.
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