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The Scorpio Illusion

A Novel

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“Don’t ever begin a Ludlum novel if you have to go to work the next day.”—Chicago Sun-Times
Tyrell Hawthorne was a naval intelligence officer—one of the best—until the rain-swept night in Amsterdam when his wife was murdered, an innocent victim of the games spies play. Now he’s called out of retirement for one last assignment. For Hawthorne is the only man alive who can track down the world’s most dangerous terrorist.
Amaya Bajaratt is beautiful, elusive, and deadly—and she has set in motion a chilling conspiracy that a desperate government cannot stop. With his life and the life of the president hanging in the balance, Hawthorne must follow Bajaratt’s serpentine trail, a path of seduction, betrayal, and the looming threat of death. Racing from a millionaire recluse’s fortress to the social whirl of Palm Beach, from the Oval Office to treacherous Caribbean waters, Hawthorne will uncover a sinister network of well-placed men and women who exist to help this consummate killer—and the shattering truth behind the Scorpio Illusion.
“Breakneck . . . readability.”—The New York Times Book Review
“A high-voltage tale of drama and suspense.”—The Denver Post

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Identity.

From Publishers Weekly

May 30, 1994 – Ludlum's latest thriller sold 600,000 copies in hardcover.

Customer Reviews

If he wrote it...

I have enjoyed several Ludlum books but this one just doesn't even fit his style. I spent 30 years as an Unrestricted Line Officer in the U.S. Navy and three of those years on the staff of the Director of Naval Intelligence. This role for a Navy Intelligence Officer as a, "Secret Agent Man" is ridiculous to beyond believability. The unrealistic formality between officers from different services yet of the same pay grade probably adds 200 pages to an already too long story. I can't believe I read it to its predicable ending. Don't waste the time.

Just poor

I'm a big Ludlum fan but had never read this one. The dialogue is rushed and stilted, and the plot is full of holes and absurd in many places. There are SO many better Ludlum books than this one.

The Scorpio Illusion
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  • $7.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: May 01, 1993
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 672 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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