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The Matarese Countdown (1997)
Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0553579835, Mass Market Paperback)In the audio version of Robert Ludlum's espionage thriller, The Matarese Countdown, the confident voice of actor Stephen Lang (Broadway credits include Hamlet, Death of a Salesman, and A Few Good Men) sets the stage. "He jumped out of the raft and pulled it between the rocks to the sand, securing it to the trunk of a palm ... it was time for the hunt, and hopefully luck would be part of it." And so the chase is on. Lang leads us through a suspenseful tale of inbred corporate corruption and free-market murder.
With his customary polish, Ludlum has devised a mind-bending plot that twists and turns through a complex maze of deadly consequences, pitting his team of heroes against a vicious and all-powerful evil empire. As in the popular prequel, The Matarese Circle, Lang uses his impressive vocal talents to create characters whose accented voices, regional dialects, and identifiable speech patterns heighten the drama. Some might consider the performance over the top, but it is nonetheless skillful and helps carry the action in this far-reaching tale of international intrigue. (Running time: nine hours, six cassettes) -- George Laney
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:03 -0400)
The evil Matarese dynasty, an international cabal of ruthless powerbrokers and assassins, returns to initiate a scheme of worldwide economic domination, and only CIA operative Cameron Pryce--with the help of legendary retired agent Brandon Scofield--can stop them.
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