The Tristan Betrayal

THE THREAT TO OUR FUTUREMoscow a city under siege by hardcore Communists threatening to plunge the country back into Stalinist darkness Into the heart of the firestorm, American ambassador Stephen Metcalfe has been summoned to find the one man who controls the levers of power in absolute secrecy an official known only as the Dirizhor His support of the bloody couTHE THREAT TO OUR FUTUREMoscow a city under siege by hardcore Communists threatening to plunge the country back into Stalinist darkness Into the heart of the firestorm, American ambassador Stephen Metcalfe has been summoned to find the one man who controls the levers of power in absolute secrecy an official known only as the Dirizhor His support of the bloody coup will bring the entire world to the brink of nuclear war Metcalfe is the only man with the cunning to reach him and to convince him to resist It s up to Metcalfe to change the course of history He s done it beforeE POWER OF THE PASTFor Metcalfe, returning to Russia is also a personal mission that will stretch across three continents and fifty years into his past where the loyalties of a former love a woman both impossibly beautiful and possibly treacherous were tested where the shadow of a Nazi assassin still haunts and a debauched German aristocrat manipulated the destiny of everyone he touched Now, as past and present converge, Metcalfe braces himself for a new trial of trust and betrayal, one with chilling implications that could threaten what remains of the free world.
The Tristan Betrayal THE THREAT TO OUR FUTUREMoscow a city under siege by hardcore Communists threatening to plunge the country back into Stalinist darkness Into the heart of the firestorm American ambassador Stephen Met

  • Title: The Tristan Betrayal
  • Author: Robert Ludlum
  • ISBN: 9780312990688
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Tristan Betrayal”

    1. The Tristan Betrayal is a departure from what I have come to expect from Robert Ludlum, which is probably why I enjoyed this novel so much. It is primarily an historical thriller taking place in Europe during World War II, with only loose tales to the modern day (1991) event that is occurring. In present time, with the Soviet Union is under siege by the hardliners who want to take control of the country, American Ambassador Stephen Metcalf is called upon to convince the one person who can preven [...]

    2. This book enthralled me early on. It struck me as spy/espionage at its best. The writing is detailed but not too observational. The pace is fast while still providing substance. Most importantly, the plot was intriguing. But unfortunately, much of it fell flat half-way through the novel. Nothing changed, except that the patterns of the author became apparent. *Minor spoiler* Every time the main character tries to do something undercover, his cover is blown. That's interesting the first time, but [...]

    3. The Tristan Betrayal is shockingly a very interesting book to read. Kinda has the old Ludlum flair of the Bourne and Matarese mixed in. Although sadly Ludlum never finished the story, the story at the beginning is pure Ludlum, with the end showing the loopholes of a less creative mind. The story starts with Stephen Metcalfe receiving word from a woman he thought had forgotten him. The love of his life at a time when the Cold War was at its peak. Stephen is the youngest son of a prominent America [...]

    4. (German Edition)An sich gut geschrieben und spannend, aber in weiten Teilen unglaubhaft: Der Held findet sich praktisch andauernd in gefährlichsten Situationen. Und er versteht es selbstverständlich immer, sich zu befreien, wie z.B. durch Flucht über vereiste Dächer, obwohl schwer verletzt. Er hat alles, stammt aus reichster Unternehmerfamilie, sieht blendend aus, erobert Frauenherzen auf der ganzen Welt, seine grosse Liebe ist nicht irgendwer, sondern die Prima Ballerina des Bolschoi-Theate [...]

    5. Entertaining as these types of books are, I suppose. I think its biggest flaw -- the fact that it was pretty repetitive and exceptionally explanatory (I am the plot twist, watch me twist! Watch me twist again! This is why I am twisting!) -- is what made me like it the most. I've only read the one, but I suspect these kinds of books are basically the man's romance novel, eh? Slightly more acceptable in more social circles, but no greater literary quality. Anyway, the story was pretty interesting, [...]

    6. Seriously bad book. Clunky writing, a stupid main character (a spy whose cover is blown about every 100 pages), dialogue that reads like history lessons, absolutely no suspense. The premise -- that the Americans and Brits tricked Nazi Germany into attacking Russia, and thus spread itself to thin -- is interesting. But the book is so poorly written and so illogically plotted that I could barely get through it.

    7. This was an interesting and gripping novel. The ghost writer who took over this Ludlum thriller did not have the same style or mastery as Ludlum himself however.There were some truly masterful and clever additions. Some of the historical anecdotes were interesting, sayings from Lenin, interspersed with historical facts which lent credence to the tale. The hints of collaboration by Coco Channel (odious anti-Semite), Maurice Chevalier and Edith Piaf. The Collusion of U.S. industry such as Ford cor [...]

    8. Started this one as an audio book on a road trip and then finished as a reading book. The pace is somewhat plodding and a little repetitive, which was good for the audio book on the road , but was a little tedious in the reading. I'm not a huge spy-novel reader, but this was mostly interesting and very detailed, although a bit over-the-top with a James Bond vibe. Any time the main character thought he was relatively safe - that is when you knew things were going to go bad and he would have to es [...]

    9. Author's got a fantastic lexicon to vaunt and a ton of twist. However, book is written with a single view point and dramatic end.

    10. Moscow-a city under siege by hardcore Communists threatening to plunge the country back into Stalinist darkness. Into the heart of the firestorm, American ambassador Stephen Metcalf has been summoned to find the one man who controls the levers of power in absolute secrecy-an official known only as the Dirizhor. His support of the bloody coup will bring the entire world to the brink of nuclear war. Metcalfe is the only man with the cunning to reach him and to convince him to resist. It's up to Me [...]

    11. This is my first Robert Ludlum read. The Tristan Betrayal is a fast paced thriller, so it's not boring. Really, really not boring. For me, the start to finish was definitely entertaining. And again, this is one of the many books that took me back in time, back in the early 20th century where warlords such as Hitler and Stalin dominated the planet. I know this is a fiction novel, but I still can't help but wonder if some of the scenarios described in this book happened for real. Yeah, I'm intrigu [...]

    12. Een klassieke spionageroman, uitermate spannend, een Ludlum dus volop actie maar tegelijk ook wel een 'nuchtere' blik op het wereldgebeuren. Een van Ludlums beste

    13. This book felt a bit dated, despite being published in 2003. The Soviet coup attempt in 1991 is old news now. This book idea probably sat on Ludlum's shelf for a decade before his estate contracted the ghost-writer. The writing can be a bit academic in parts, using words rarely used in normal conversation, and may send you to the dictionary a few times.As mentioned by other reviewers, a pattern starts to emerge in this book. Soon, you find yourself asking 'What ELSE could possibly go wrong?' onl [...]

    14. A mixture of political conspiracy & romance constitutes the novel. The content of the book is based on a secret mission and spy operation executed by top level intelligence officials extremely close to president of United states of America. From a reader's point of view, extent of proximity, information has to actual facts can never be truly ascertained. However, overall content about how powerful countries carry out such missions and undercover operations is fascinating to know. Involvement [...]

    15. The year is 1940. An era where the entire European continent was clouded by the Nazi forces closing in and invading nations with their Blitzkreigs. France has fallen and is occupied with Nazi Germany. It is just a matter of time till Britain would surrender. Uncle Joe (Joseph Stalin) and the Fuhrer (Adolf Hitler) have an uneasy alliance. America is yet to enter the war and is contemplating its stand.Agent Stephen Metcalfe is assigned to one of his most difficult and important assignments of life [...]

    16. This book was outlined by Ludlum himself, and completed by a ghostwriter.d it kind of shows that.As other reviewer had stated, this book kind of having two side of coin in it.The first 2 part is classic Ludlum plot, fast, complex and brilliant. But as the plot goes, you can see the plot somewhat get bored, drag for far too long and somewhat repetitive, as Stephen Metcalfe consistently being outwitted and outplayed by NKVD, Gestapo and Kleist. The choose of some words also sometimes to complex an [...]

    17. Average spy-thriller. Not written by Robert Ludlum as he died in 2001, but instead it is written by an unnamed ghostwriter. Since it is based on an outline written by Ludlum, it has a good premise. It is a fact that in the late 1930s, Stalin purged the high command of the Soviet Red Army. Ludlum proposes that Nazi Germany faked correspondence between Russian generals and German generals saying that the Russian generals would overthrow Stalin, and then they ‘allowed’ Russian intelligence to [...]

    18. Probably 3.5 stars really, but that's not an option here.As others have noted, Ludlum wrote the outline for this novel, but it was ghostwritten by another author. The extent of just how much the ghostwriter filled in is evident fairly quickly in the dialogue/internal monologue of the main character, as well as from the lack of the typical Ludlum complexities and intricacies - but most obviously in some of the obvious statements, followed by unnecessary exclamation points (which I found to be the [...]

    19. I just finished the audiobook of Robert Ludlum's The Tristan Betrayal, read by Paul Michael. I have visited and spent three years living in the former Soviet Union. I also studied some Russian history at uni and did a lot of Russian politics for my masters. So I enjoyed the subject matter of the book very much. Ludlum paints a vivid picture of war-time Moscow after Stalin's purges of the 30s and the fear is palpable. The monolith that is the Lubyanka features in the book, but it could have had m [...]

    20. Really great, made me wish I knew more about WW2. I wouldn't say that this book was teetering on my 5 star rating, but the last paragraph made it almost on the lower half of the 4 star. Endings are very important to me, and the ending overall was great, but the last paragraph felt like it was rushed by a freshman in college because he realized he was running late to turn this in.The main character was maybe my favorite part of this book. In the very beginning he is considered a below average spy [...]

    21. They were after him! Yes they were.He had no choice! Weellll. maybe he had more choices than were immediately obvious.He had to run! And run he did. And jump. And dive. And torque his body left and right. This was pretty much a colour-by-numbers action thriller, with the major plot hairpinturn at the end visible from several continents away -- certainly I was sure I knew what it was the first time it was mentioned in, oh, the first quarter of the book.In between the opening sequence and the fina [...]

    22. I'll keep it short. I read this book a few months back and have to say it was even better than I expected. The book is very well-written with great action excitement suspense and characters . In Tristan Betrayl The book focuses on american spy stephen Metcalfe is sent to Russia during WWII to meet up with a former love and soon finds himself in a plot to turn the soviets against the germans . Overall the book is highly entertaining it's style fits that of Ludlum's eariler books and starts and en [...]

    23. Before this book, I'd never read a spy novel worth reading, so I was fairly weary when I started, but I read this because I think it's important to pick up a variety of books.This particular spy novel was leaps and bounds better than the junk I'd read before. The characters had dimension and lacked any miraculous superpowers or super-foreknowledge, there were almost like real people.The story was a little hard for me as I'm not used to all the spinning spy stuff and the twists and betrayals, but [...]

    24. I might have already read this book during my school/college days, I'm not sure! Some parts were familiar, some were new. But what I realized during this read was how I've outgrown the Ludlum-style espionage thrillers. No offense to Ludllum, he's still one of the best I've read in this genre. It's just that I've personally moved over to literature that's more subtle, nuanced and thought-provoking, rather than straight-forward, in-my-face kind of thrillers. That said, my next book might also be a [...]

    25. Oh dear, I know Ludlum is well thought of, but this book is pretty dire, full of pedestrian prose. I was half inclined not to finish it, but persevered to the end. I don't really buy the premise - that Americans, worried about the advance of Nazi Germany after the start of WW2 but before their country entered the war in 1941, set up an elaborate sting to persuade Hitler that the Soviet Army was not as strong as thought. It probably wasn't - hence the need for so much materiel from the USA and UK [...]

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