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Lex in on a secret of their own The last survey team Dunstone dispatched to Jamaica vanished without a trace Now it’s too late to turn back Alex already knows about Dunstone which means he knows too much From the moment he lands in Jamaica Alex is a marked man On an island paradise where a beautiful woman might be a spy and every mo A friend lent me this book and since I read The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum and absolutely loved it I was very eager to start The Cry of the Halidon If left on my own I probably would not have picked up this book but I never refuse a book I read anything that I can get my hands on and I always make it a point to finish a book that I startedAlexander McAuliff was chosen by Dunstone plc to head a survey team in the depths of the Jamaican jungle otherwise known as the Cock Pit Alex was offered a fortune to do this and he thought this would be a breakthrough in his career However upon leaving the meeting with Dunstone s Julian Warfield he is approached by British Intelligence where he is informed that all is not as it seems Unknowingly Alex finds himself involved in a conspiracy dealing with Dunstone British Intelligence and a force known as The Halidon in Jamaica As the plot thickens Alex has to fight for his and the team s safety and it becomes a life or death situation but even members of his own team are not what they seem While the three entities battle it out Alex is caught in the middle but all he wants to do is get out of Jamaica a free manWhen I read the book description the first time it sounded like this could be a gripping thriller But although the plot is an intricate one after all this is what Ludlum is famous for it lacks any suspense At times I didn t uite get it and while reading this book I was sometimes uestioning the point of the story but there were also parts that I really enjoyed The way things happened most of the time seemed far fetched and lack credibility I didn t think it was believable at all When the end was approaching it sort of had me hooked for a little while until the ending leaves you not knowing what really happened between the British Intelligence agent and the Halidonite I am annoyed by books that leave me with uestions as to what happened why do some authors do that It s like they skip the part that you have been waiting for and just tell you the result But how did it happen When I finish a book that ends this way the first thing I think is Huh All in all I have mixed feelings about this book I didn t hate it but I didn t really like it either I much preferred The Bourne Identity to this one and if you never read anything by Robert Ludlum before I wouldn t recommend that you start with this one I wouldn t say not to read it either but check out some of his other books before you get to this one

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The Cry of the Halidon

Ve could be his last Alex’s only clue to survival is a single mysterious word Halidon  Praise for Robert Ludlum   “Don’t ever begin a Ludlum novel if you have to go to work the next day” Chicago Sun Times   “Ludlum stuffs surprises into his novels than any other six pack of thriller writers combined” The New York Time This was a dark book with savage rituals and culture in other words Ludlum tries to infuse terror of the African wild to Jamaica Alex is a geologist who is hired to go to Jamaica to do a geological survey Once there he discovers things are not as they appearThe last survey group sent by Dunstone the company that has hired him had vanished completely out of sight He is also pegged by the British Intelligence who want him to do a little snooping for them The Cry of the Halidon isn t the normal Ludlum affair and indeed there are far far better books written by him all I can say is this book wasn t boring and you do want to find out what exactly Halidon means

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Alex McAuliff has received an offer he can’t refuse two million dollars for a geological survey of Jamaica All Dunstone Limited reuires is his time his expertise and his absolute secrecy No one not even McAuliff’s handpicked team can know of Dunstone’s involvement But British Intelligence is aware of the deal and they’ve let A First published with copyright 1974 as authored by Jonathan Ryder pseudonym of Robert Ludlum The Bantam Books edition I read updated copyright by Robert Ludlum for the 1996 Introduction that adds a distinctive treasure to the reading experience of this novelWith featured settings between London and multiple locations in Jamaica it is an armchair thriller that highlights corporate greed and sets the stage for an understanding of today s reality on the possibilities that could occur with an infiltration of MI6 to corporate boardrooms and how the politics can change with leadership or lack thereof In some ways similar to a Helen MacInnes thriller where the reader ponders if the author had a magic ball to see into the future as their vivid imagination almost mirrors some of today s headlines


10 thoughts on “The Cry of the Halidon

  1. says:

    A little apart from Ludlum's normal spy and action capers as it centers on the development of Jamaica and all the interested parties motives and actions that align and differ in numerous ways throughout At the middle of it all are a few British suveyists geologist and other types ostensably there to survey a big portion of unsettled land but really serving as the lynch pin of multinational corporation plans native Jamaicans who

  2. says:

    First published with copyright 1974 as authored by Jonathan Ryder pseudonym of Robert Ludlum The Bantam Books edition I read updated copyright by Robert Ludlum for the 1996 Introduction that adds a distinctive treasure to the reading experience of this novelWith featured settings between London and multiple locations in Jamaica it is an armchair thriller that highlights corporate greed and sets the stage for

  3. says:

    “The Cry Of The Halidon” was written in 1974 by Robert Ludlum under the pseudonym Jonathan Ryder The book starts promisingly with enough material for a sophisticated thriller set in Jamaica But unfortunately evolves into silly boring and a dragging plot with every turning page The plot is has a blurred complexity in which an American geologist is pitted against a villainous international financial cartel which is being penetrated by Br

  4. says:

    If like me you've generally enjoyed Robert Ludlum thrillers I recommend you avoid this one It's one of his early works written under a pseudonym and it's dry and clunky I don't even remember why I bothered to finish it

  5. says:

    A friend lent me this book and since I read The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum and absolutely loved it I was very eager to start The

  6. says:

    Marvelous imagery Subtle I’m jealous Too much of a good thing gets boring however The last part lost its zing

  7. says:

    If you write fiction you should read this book Fifth among Robert Ludlum's twenty three thrillers this book is a g

  8. says:

    A couple of years ago I lucked out and found a Barnes and Noble that was going out of business Unfortunately I didn't disco

  9. says:

    This was a dark book with savage rituals and culture in other words Ludlum tries to infuse terror of the African wild to Jam

  10. says:

    uite a disappointment Thirty ish years ago when Ludlum was churning out his thrillers I used to look forward to each one The plots are always a bit outlandish with conspiracies galore but still thrilling Nothing in this book made me care The main character was a dud The writing was amateurish For instance the author kept s