The Matarese Circle

By: Robert Ludlum
The Matarese Dynasty Book 1
Rating: 2.5/5

The Matarese Circle

That’s what the version of The Matarese Circle that I read looks like.


The appeal of this particular genre has always eluded me. The spies or lawyers or CIA agents or whatever it may be who get caught up in a foreign politics scandal that will rock the whole world and must work undercover to take out the evil before the world at large catches on. (There’s got to be a name for this genre, right? Somebody, please fill me in.)

I just don’t get it.

The person who will like this book is the same person who likes even the last seasons of 24. Somehow, miraculously, all of the worlds’ evils will come to center around the same person or persons, which is a darn good thing because that person (or persons) has been conveniently cast as the indestructible “greatest” hero. The first time you read one of these books, you fall in love with the action and the crazy plot points and the nearness of danger and the protagonist’s ability to think on his feet. It’s like a book version of an action movie (quite literally, in most cases… think every Tom Cruise movie ever). But then you realize there are thousands or hundreds of thousands of books exactly like it, save the names and maybe the agency or country, and the magic fades.

Okay, I’m sorry. This book wasn’t bad. I actually enjoyed it, especially compared to some others I’ve read in this genre.

As usual, it’s a macho man, the greatest their ever was, paired with a 10 out of 10 female plot device whom he will inevitably fall in love with, pitted against an incomprehensible evil of great wealth.

But I read it all during a flight. And was into it. Ludlum is a household name at this point (yeah.. he’s the guy who wrote the Bourne books).

I don’t have much else to say about this one. I think you pretty much know what you’re getting into here.




If you’re a Ludlum fan, here are some suggested reads:

(for more by Ludlum)

The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

The Rhinemann Exchange by Robert Ludlum

The Parsifal Mosaic by Robert Ludlum

The Matarese Countdown by Robert Ludlum

(for books in this genre I can’t quite name)

Anything by Dan Brown, Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy, David Baldacchi, John Grisham

The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy

No Man’s Land by David Baldacchi

Term Limits by Vince Flynn

Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett

(for action-y books that are a little different)

In the Hand of Dante by Nick Tosches

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré


Coming up:

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2017 by Richard N. Bolles

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