This is my review of the book The Sigma Protocol by Robert Ludlum which I read recently. I some times think that I should record somewhere how many pages a book is and even a rough estimate of how many words, as it varies so much. As you may have guessed this was a thick book, over 600 pages of tightly spaced text in the version I read. So again it has taken me a couple of weeks to read, as only manage to read a few pages first thing in the morning with my cup of coffee, before being up and working by 7.30am most mornings.
This was an interesting book in so much as though I don't think it has been turned into a film or TV series, I had the distinct impression that the theme and plot lines have been used else where.
It is a really exciting thriller that moves around the world, and uncovers one twist after the other. Without spoiling the plot too much there are two main characters – one Anna Navarro a US agent who is set the task of finding out why there has been a string of deaths across Europe, that could have been taken for old age, but are in fact murder.
The second main character is Ben Hartmen an investment banker who whilst on holiday in Switzerland meets one of his oldest childhood friends, who then tries to murder him. Ben ends up killing his attacker in self defense, but then finds that all the evidence including the body has disappeared.
The story then follows these two characters until they crash into each other and together they need to solve the mystery before they are killed themselves.
A very good story and probably the best Robert Ludlum one I have read. So this was book book 48 week 37 fiction 45 (audio books 13) non fiction 3
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