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    In the vast expanse of center field Larry M's Avatar
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    As with Ari, I also have many favorites. It was Robert Ludlum though, who inspired me to try to write a thriller (my first book and the only novel I have written.)

    My first Ludlum book was 'The Holcroft Covenant,' - his tenth book, and an expertly written thriller that kept me eagerly turning the pages.

    Wondering if he could possibly be this good in more than one book, I bought his first, 'The Scarlatti Inheritance,' and yes, it was also a page turner.

    Then after a few more, all excellent, including the outstanding 'The Bourne Identity,' I read what I think is Ludlum's finest work: 'The Parsifal Mosaic.'

    This book was (sorry for the cliche), absolutely riveting. His story had me holding my breath for pages at a time, stopping to remind myself to take a damn breath. I remember thinking, holy crap, how can he keep up this pace? And he did, in what is IMO, one of the greatest thrillers ever written. It is a superb story, and an exceptional read.

    All told, Ludlum wrote 27 thriller novels, and I've read all of them.

    He died in 2001 - DAMMIT, man, how could you DIE and leave us with only 27 exceptional books!

    RIP to a supremely talented man who had a knack for spinning fantastic twists, turns, and unexpected plots.
    Last edited by Larry M; 11-01-2018 at 09:30 PM.

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