On Parrish Island, a restricted strip of land off the coast of Virginia, there is a little-known and never visited psychiatric facility. There, far from prying eyes, the government stores former intelligence employees whose psychiatric state make them a danger to their own government, people whose ramblings might endanger ongoing operations or ...Read MoreOn Parrish Island, a restricted strip of land off the coast of Virginia, there is a little-known and never visited psychiatric facility. There, far from prying eyes, the government stores former intelligence employees whose psychiatric state make them a danger to their own government, people whose ramblings might endanger ongoing operations or prove dangerously inconvenient. One of these employees, former Consular Operations agent Hal Ambler is kept heavily medicated and closely watched. But, there's one difference between Hal and the other patients - Hal isn't crazy. With the help of a sympathetic nurse, Hal manages to first clear his mind of the drug-induced haze and then pull off a daring escape. Now he's out to discover who stashed him there and why - but the world he returns to isn't the one he remembers. Friends and longtime associates don't remember him, there are no official record of Hal Ambler, and when he first sees himself in the mirror, the face that looks back at him is not the one he knows as his own.Read Less
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This was a good but rather slow spy story. The way the bad guys always knew where the hero was with no plausible reason from the author along the way was a drawback. The story did not move with the normal fast pace of Ludlum. Early on I began to suspect everyone, even the "love interest," as being the enemy. This distracted from rather than adding to my enjoyment of the story. Few if any of the books published under the Robert Ludlum trademark are up to Ludlum's style, they try but don't quite make it. I think it is time to let Robert Ludlum rest in peace and for the authors writing under his name trademark to make it on their own. The story was good (not great) so I gave it 4 stars but I think by having the name Robert Ludlum involved detracted because I expected more. The cover implies that Ludlum wrote the book but I think inside it admits he did not.
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