The Aquitaine Progression: A Novel

By Robert Ludlum

In Geneva, American attorney Joel communicate meets a guy he hasn’t obvious in 20 years, a covert operative who dies violently at his ft, whispering phrases that hand speak a astounding legacy of dying: “The generals . . . they’re again . . . Aquitaine!” Suddenly speak is operating for his existence, on my own with the world’s such a lot shattering mystery. Pursued by way of nameless executioners to the darkish corners of Europe, he's compelled to play a video game of survival by means of blood principles he concept he’d lengthy left in the back of. one after the other, he lines each one thread of a deadly development to the guts of each significant executive, a community of coordinated worldwide violence that nobody believes possible—no one yet communicate and the lady he as soon as enjoyed and misplaced, the single humans on the earth who can wrest the area from the iron grab of Aquitaine.
 
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“You won’t manage to positioned it down. (Don’t ever start a Ludlum novel when you have to visit paintings the subsequent day).”Chicago Sun-Times
 
“Ludlum at his best.”Publishers Weekly

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