The Sigma Protocol

The Sigma Protocol

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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • ISIS Publishing
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New ed of Large print ed
  • 0753166534
  • 9780753166536

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This is Robert Ludlum's 23rd thriller. Like some of his early novels, the story has its roots in the Second World War, when a collection of industrialists formed the Sigma Protocol, which became the secret driving force behind world affairs. Their activities have included toppling governments, keeping the Communists in check and initiating the Cold War. The activities of Sigma are revealed and exposed by the two lead characters: Ben Hartman, son of one of the key Sigma founding members and Anna Navarro, a US government agent. They are soon drawn together and in their quest to find out more about the Sigma Protocol they face a race to keep ahead of one of the worlds leading assassins. At the same time the surviving Sigma members begin to be murdered and the reader starts wondering whether one of the two lead characters is actually helping with the killing of Sigma members. There are plenty of red herrings along the way before the final showdown between the books leading characters. As with previous Robert Ludlum books the pace is frantic, with the plot moving rapidly around the world to such locations as Zurich, Paris and Buenos Aires. At the heart of the novel lies the age-old conspiracy theory that not governments but a group of wealthy men pull the strings in the world. This is given a twist by the author and it makes for entertaining reading. Fast-moving and very easy to read, this thriller easily stands up to the quality of Ludlum's earlier novels. (Kirkus UK)show more