The Parsifal Mosaic

The Parsifal Mosaic Michael Havelock s world ended on a moonlit beach on the Costa Brava He stood by and watched as his partner and lover Jenna Karas double agent was coldly and efficiently gunned down by his own agen

  • Title: The Parsifal Mosaic
  • Author: Robert Ludlum
  • ISBN: 9780752858531
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Parsifal Mosaic

    Michael Havelock s world ended on a moonlit beach on the Costa Brava He stood by and watched as his partner and lover, Jenna Karas, double agent, was coldly and efficiently gunned down by his own agency There s nothing left for Havelock but to get out, quit the game Until, in one frantic moment on a crowded railway platform in Rome, Havelock sees Jenna She s alive anMichael Havelock s world ended on a moonlit beach on the Costa Brava He stood by and watched as his partner and lover, Jenna Karas, double agent, was coldly and efficiently gunned down by his own agency There s nothing left for Havelock but to get out, quit the game Until, in one frantic moment on a crowded railway platform in Rome, Havelock sees Jenna She s alive and suddenly Havelock is a marked man, on the run from both US and Russian assassins a massive mosaic of treachery created by a top level mole with the world in his fist Parsifal

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    1. Thomas

      This novel was published in 1982, and it is the direct follow up in Mr.Ludlum's career to his legendary Bourne Identity novel. In future years, Mr.Ludlum would seemingly forget how to write character depth, but at the time of this novel he remembered to include depth for most of the stories characters. Some of the sequences are "cookie cutter" for this author, the first 200 pages of this book seemed so similar to the first 200 pages of Bourne Identity that I was debating if I was wasting my time [...]

    2. Kailash

      After the disasters of 'Holcroft Covenant' and 'Chancellor Manuscript' Ludlum is back to somewhere near his best. This book is good because Ludlum sticks to what he does best - spies and their strategic games; leaving aside tedious politics and economics. The story is essentially just strategies, traps, moves & countermoves devised, executed and subsequently taken apart by the best of the spies in the Consular Operations and the VKR (a right-wing part of the KGB).Micheal Havelock, our hero a [...]

    3. Carolyn

      Dec 2014 Rereadill love this a million times over. Admittedly there are things I skim when I'm reading something for the 20th (or more) time. But I love these characters, I love the clever espionage, and the mystery here is completely unique. OLD: My very very very very favorite Ludlum book. I read these over and over again in high school and college, raiding my parents' library. I eventually had to start buying my own copies. This is definitely my favorite.

    4. Trevor Denning

      Third time was the charm for plodding through this conspiracy thriller. Cold War spy Michael Havelock wants out after killing his KGB double agent girlfriend Jenna. After a few weeks' retirement, where he is approached by spooks on both sides (making me wonder how great of a spy he could have been, if everyone knew him by sight), he catches a glimpse of Jenna in a train station. What follows is a chase from Europe to the US to find his true love. The questions begin to stack up: Who wanted Micha [...]

    5. Matt Crumpton

      Well i am glad I finally got this book read. It has taken me 4 or 5 times to sit down and read the entire thing. Well what did I think.In one wordNVOLUTED! This book is so confusing. Really, when you get to the end and you have some idea what the story is about, you seem to think gee I could have made it much more coherent for the reader. The plot is so simple, and in my opinion a little weak. There is just so many words, and subplots and verbal beatings around the bush. I just felt like shoutin [...]

    6. Rohan Sarkar

      The second Ludlum book I read. After consulting several top 10 ludlum lists, this book figured in the top 5 in all of them. My main gripe with this book is that it is too similar to the Janus Directive, the previous Ludlum book I read. Though it easily trumps the Cry of the Halidon, the next book I am reading. As a thriller, it does not disappoint. Twists and turns abound. The central conflict of the book, of a hero who is led to believe his love has betrayed him and his country, is interesting [...]

    7. Kym

      I loved this when I was a teenager and I still do. Ludlum's plot questions the power behind those in power and he creates a cast of characters that weave about so much it left me wondering who would end up being the good or the bad guys. It's an intense read - so if you like fast-paced and fabulous, I'd highly recommend this.

    8. Laurie

      I think this was one of my top 2 favorite Robert Ludlum books. He is an awesome writer! Keeps me reading till my eyes are red and the sun is coming up!

    9. Ginny

      Started slow for me, but the intrigue keeps you guessing until the final chapter. Cross and double cross, moles and enemies and friends are all called into question. A good cold war story. I just wish Ludlum didn't use so much description at times, as it holds up the story.

    10. Christina Knox

      The story was interesting but there were so many unnecessary details that the book seemed to drag on too long.

    11. CFc Nafees

      phew So it took me almost 11 days to finish this book not because I'm a slow reader but but there are a lot of buts. Mr. Ludlum fed me too many characters and led me to too many events before the build-up to his plot most of which caused me to put the book down on several occasions. I don't know about others but it seemed to me that he unnecessarily lengthened the buildup. I won't say the story was bad but why feeding readers too many unnecessary pages,why making things so convoluted. I liked w [...]

    12. Christian, Kelanth, Scala

      Il mosaico di Parsifal, in originale "The Parsifal Mosaic", è un romanzo di spionaggio scritto nel 1982 da Robert Ludlum. Sembra che Ron Howard è stato contattato dalla Universal per dirigere l'adattamento cinematografico di questo libro. Il mosaico di Parsifal è il romanzo di Ludlum che si concentrata interamente sulla guerra fredda , e sulla possibilità di una guerra nucleare . Altri romanzi come "Il circolo Matarese" e "Aquitania" usano la guerra fredda come sfondo, ma non si basano su di [...]

    13. Stuart Dequincy

      I don't have time to write a full review and do this fine novel justice. I intend to return to this review and write one worthy of this brilliantly complex spy thriller which I believe qualifies as some of the authors finest work. That's right I said finest and this definitely qualifies for top three status amongst the authors impressive body of work. I first this in jail in 1992, I proceeded to read most of the authors back catologue and although they were all very good this, the Holcroft Coven [...]

    14. Mark

      The Parsifal Mosaic followed the Bourne Identity and is one of his greatest works! Parsifal was originally an Opera by Wagner, Parsifal being a wandering youth in Spain who safeguarded the spear that pierced the side of Christ. It certainly took Robert Ludlum time to develop his craft. His earlier works were absurd, illogical, and disjointed. The Parsifal Mosaic was an international thriller. In both the Parsifal Mosaic and the Bourne Identity Ludlum has developed character depth and logical flo [...]

    15. Tim Healy

      I read this first when I was in High Schoolybe 16 years old. I read almost all of Ludlum's library while I was in High School. My mother liked them, so they were always around. This was one that made a strong impression on me at the time.Some of Ludlum's work has not held up terribly well. It is too deeply rooted in a geopolitical climate that no longer exists. I put The Bourne Identity in that column. This one holds up better. While it does live in the Cold War era of Soviet-US-China relations, [...]

    16. Josh McClellan

      As a big time Ludlum fan, I walk into any Ludlum book with high expectations. I think this is a good book, but it was bit of a roller coaster for me in ways that other Ludlum novels weren't. At moments I was confused and a little frustrated, and at others I was captivated. By the end, overall, I was impressed with the scope and the detail of the story.The story is layered and complex, more so than any of his other stories I have read. It felt confusing and convoluted at times in the midst of it, [...]

    17. Kannan

      Now, this was my first book of Ludlum that introduced to me all possible intricacies that can exist in the world of espionage. The fact that Ludlum remained king of espionage thrillers was mainly due to the fact of tragic loving reminsces that the protogonist experiences. The emotional struggle of Havelock for the lost love takes second seat when he faces the dilemma – the living conundrum of his mentor Anton Matthias' mental state. International dealings, God knows whether they happen the way [...]

    18. C

      Good book. Really a 3.5 for me.Lots of action with twisty-turny plot. I found it difficult to get into, but was into it by page 200 - yes, at 200 you're only just beginning and it continues to page 684, but was an enjoyable read and I found myself wondering what was happening when I wasn't reading it.(For a summary of the book read the publisher's blurb.) Enjoyed the characters, specially the bad guy Arthur Pierce. The whole scenario of Russian agents integrated into American society from birth [...]

    19. Jude

      I started with this when I was in high school, as a sophomore I think. It was very likely during the summer vacation, before I turned 13? The most memorable part that stuck was the arrival of the Apache. That's it. I didn't even understand the context of this story when I was reading it then. I wasn't that mature enough to completely know the why's of their actions and where the hell are they going to. I do remember though the romance part--that's one why I somehow understood, but more in a rati [...]

    20. Julius Gewarges

      Michael Havelock, a U.S. spy with a tortured past, finally finds some happiness with a fellow spy, Jenna Karas aka Jenna Karasova. Unfortunately, he discovers that Jenna is a double agent, and watches her die for her betrayal. Preparing to abandon his agent-life and retire to become a teacher, he catches a glimpse of Jenna, alive, at a chance meeting in Europe. The chase is on, as he tries to track down Jenna and figure out why she's alive, and who was deceiving who.Loved the book a lot and enjo [...]

    21. Karen

      Great read, lots of excitement and suspense. Michael Havelock's world died on a moonlit beach on the Costa Brava. He watched as his partner and lover, Jenna Karas, double agent, was efficiently gunned down by his own agency. There was nothing left for him but to quit the game, Get out. Until, in one frantic moment on a crowded railroad platform in Rome, Havelock saw his Jenna-alive. From then on, he was marked for death by both U.S. and Russian assassins, racing around the globe after his beauti [...]

    22. Joel Margolese

      Re-read this after about 25 years. Yikes! It's still a page turner, but I had forgotten how complicated it was. At one point, the characters spent 10 pages explaining the plot to themselves! And then they did it again. perhaps Ludlum felt that it got more complex then he had anticipated. It also took me a while to realize that the Secretary-of-State character with a God complex could perhaps be modeled after Henry Kissenger. At first I thought it was interesting, almost quaint to go back and see [...]

    23. Jim Bowen

      This is a strange book of two parts. The first part is a sort of serious Mr. and Mrs. Smith (you know the Brad Pitt, Angelina Jollie film the might or might not have contributed to Pitt's divorce). In the second part, it suddenly becomes a question of whether Michael Havelock and Jenna Karas (the Smith's of this book) can save the world from hawkish factions within the KGB, and US State Depatment, who seem intent on starting World War III.It's a silly book, if I'm honest, and perhaps takes itsel [...]

    24. David

      Too long, more complicated than need be, too wordy, etc. etc. About 1/4 of the way into this story I found myself speed reading, and wishing that I could read faster. Of the 600 pages, at least 200 are not needed. I admit a like/hate relationship to Ludlum's novels, but this one was too drawn out. I'm giving it a three, but just barely.I look at my books to read and see five more resting there, several thick one's to boot, and almost dread picking the next one upybe 6 months or so down the road, [...]

    25. John

      Ok This was the VERY FIRST Ludlum novel for me , followed closely by The Bourne Identity. These were given to me by my sister Helen who thought that my Lord of the Rings period was due for an ending and I need to expand out of Tolkien and novels like Watership Down.Fantastic international intrigue with great characters and fast paced action.I learned the flashlight on the end of a cord swing trick from this book to trick people to forested locations. Worked several times in my life. Woot.This is [...]

    26. Leslie

      Took me 3 attempts to finish this book. Have enjoyed q a few of Ludlum's books. Found this one draggy. Have been told this is one of the great espionage books. Perhaps, the concept of a Soviet in super deep cover, being raised as an American, living, studying and working in the USA was mind-boggling at the time this book was released. Perhaps. Perhaps. Found the pace too slow. Too wordy. Unnecessary details. Found myself looking forward to the end. the book. I refused to quit. I much prefer Fred [...]

    27. Rhonda

      This is my favorite Ludlum book (to date), probably because the love story made it very personal and less spy-detailed (sorry, folks if that's what you prefer). I do not seek out the "love-story" angle in my books, but I find that this often just adds a more emphatic note for me to connect with the story. long as the author doesn't run it into the ground with sappy detail; just the human nature of relationships that are so very vital to keeping people like Ludlum's characters real and connected [...]

    28. Suby

      Unlike most other Robert Ludlum novels, this one is somewhat tedious!Its about a Secretary of State is brought under tremendous mental pressure and his mind is cracked by Russians to make him sign treaties with Russia and China the disclosure of which could result in an all out nuclear war which could annihilate Earth!The hero manages to find the original copy of the treaty eventually along with its authors. The pace of the novel is fast but tiresome to read.I think Vince Flynn usually depicts t [...]

    29. Chris

      Typical early Ludlum storytelling. A complex interwoven plot that is perhaps a bit dated for today. I first read this novel back when it was published in 1982 and, while it is not his best work, it is still one of those stories that, at times, is so exciting that you can't wait to turn the page.Tip: When you start this book, take a deep breath and start running with it. Just don't forget to breathe out!

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