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Friday, October 30, 2009

The Tristan Betrayal


**** The Tristan Betrayal by Robert Ludlum. Action/adventure.









This is another of those authors whose books I generally enjoy, but I haven't gone out of my way to look for.

Stephen Metcalfe is a spy-turned-ambassador, and he's called on to help stop a coup--communist hardliners threatening to overthrow Gorbachev's new government. Along with the present day story, we get flashbacks of Metcalfe's life as a spy during the 1940s, with quite a few hair-raising adventures and near disasters.

The flashbacks were exciting, and made Metcalfe a more interesting and sympathetic character, even if he was a bit luckier than was easy to believe. Experiencing his past, though, gave the present story more depth. Plus, you don't often get to battle Nazis and communists in the same book.


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