As I mentioned in a previous post I’m re-reading my Robert Ludlam books. Yesterday I finished The Aquitaine Progression and I must admit it was heavy going at the start.
Those familiar with the book know that it is rather a long drawn out story; there’s almost 700 pages to plough through. The first two or three days I found myself plugging away picking it up and putting it down. I know Mr Ludlam put a lot of work into this story and I know that there is a stage where suddenly everything seems to click and I get right into and involved and of course it happened and I found it hard to put the book down.
I think perhaps the author should have left out the romance in the story, his efforts at writing romantic segments can best be described as “corny” and unrealistic almost childish and he would have been much better off by leaving it out and the ‘Epilogue” should have been left out altogether; it was just so much drivel!
It’s a wonder his editors didn’t advise him to cut it out when reviewing his final draft.
I am now building up the courage to read “The Matarese Circle” again, this being Friday I’m hopeful of finishing it by next Tuesday after which I shall take on James A. Mitchener’s “The Covenant”; any suggestion that I’m a masochist will be vehemently denied! 😉