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De Scarlatti erfenis (1971)

by Robert Ludlum, A.E. Glazener-Gleichman, Harry Haakman

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Title:De Scarlatti erfenis
Authors:Robert Ludlum
Other authors:A.E. Glazener-Gleichman, Harry Haakman
Info:[Apeldoorn] : Paperview/Wegener Dagbladen; 316 p, 21 cm; http://opc4.kb.nl/DB=1/PPN?PPN=296643742
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The Scarlatti Inheritance by Robert Ludlum (1971)

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This was my first Robert Ludlum novel, not because it was his first but because both he and it were recommended by the owner of a used book store I once frequented. So impressed I immediately bought his newest work at the time, something called The Bourne Identity. Ludlum had evolved in the ten years between the two books. Action had risen in prominence though not at the expense of intrigue. But there was another element that had appeared, which I confirmed with the next novel, The Parcifal Mosaic. These books ran about a quarter to a third longer than necessary. At what should have been the beginning of the end, a character heretofore not a part of the conspiracy would kill the hero’s only confederate before he could expose the plot. Now there was another layer of adversity to be overcome. I was clearly in the minority in my feelings regarding this development of style and story as Ludlum by then had readers in the millions.

The Scarlatti Inheritance is Ludlum without padding. But fair warning, also without action and without long-ranging, deep-reaching conspiracies. This is the story of how the youngest son of an absurdly rich New York family came to be a high-ranking Nazi officer and it follows his plan to infuse the on-verge-of-defeat Germany with over a hundred million dollars in stolen money. He is opposed by his mother, the tough-minded family matriarch. The conflicts that ensue are more emotionally and financially based, even if they still affect the fate of humanity. And so, if admittedly not the Ludlum the world had come to know, a novel still riveting and well worth the read. ( )
  JohnWCuluris | Jun 16, 2016 |
Clunky, thinly written and ill-conceived. If you've heard good things about Ludlum and were looking to read something by him I recommend The Holcroft Covenant. To be fair, Scarlatti does pick up slightly in the second half but I'm rating by the weakest link. Goodbye. ( )
  Lukerik | Nov 30, 2015 |
Not a typical Ludlum -- the majority of the novel takes place in the past. A pretty good story, but not one of the best. I did like the strength of the family matriarch in causing the ultimate demise of her son. She was a great character. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 22, 2014 |
Enjoyed this very much. Lots of excitement and some interesting perspective on the lead-up to WWII and the horror of Nazi culture as seen through a thriller novelist's eyes. My only critique would center around the unlikelihood of lead character (the good guy!) having the ability to be so deeply involved with the violence, yet he was rarely a target himself when everyone else was being picked off like target practice. But when are there not unrealistic events in these books. Still a lot of fun and a nice break from some of the heavier more thoughtful things i am inclined to read. I have all of Ludlum's books and am looking forward to them all! ( )
  jeffome | Oct 31, 2013 |
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"Great, astonishing, the most spellbinding suspense in years!"_Minneapolis Tribune_.

"Has that sense of drama and pact that only the best storytellers have."_—San Francisco Chronicle. _

"Drive and excitement from first page to last."—Mario Puzo, author of *The Godfather*.

"Gripping. . .Ludlum writes with imagination and convincing authority."_—Baltimore Sun_

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Her weapons: Money and Power. Her target: The most dangerous man in the world—her son. Elizabeht Wyckman Scarlatti has a plan—a desperate, last-minute gamble—designed to save the world from her own son, Ulster, an incalculably dangerous man who is working under the name of Heinrich Kroeger: Unless she can stop him, he is about to give Hitler's Third Reich the most powerful triumph on earth. ( )
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  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
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Pour Mary: pour toutes ces raisons qu'elle doit si bien connaître "Par-dessus tout, il y eut Mary".
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For all the reasons she must know so well -
"Above all, there was Mary."
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On apprend seulement aujourd'hui l'étonnante disparition d'un jeune héritier d'une des plus riches familles d'industriels américains, décoré pour sa bravoure lors de la bataille de l'Argonne.
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Around the secret Swiss conference table are gathered the key financial and industrial leaders of European and America. They have been summoned by Elizabeth Wyckham Scarlatti, founder and architect of the vast Scarlatti fortune.

Her purpose: a last, desperate gamble to save the world from the plans of her handsome, brilliant, incalculably dangerous son, Ulster Steward Scarlatti.

Ulster now prefers to be called Heinrich Kroeger, and he is about to give Hitler's Third Reich control of the most powerful instrument on Earth - The Scarlatti Inheritance

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    Oct 1944


While the Third Reich makes its last desperate stand, the American Secretary of state learns that an elite member of the Nazi high command is ready to defect, bringing information vital to the Allied cause. the defector will deal with no one but an obscure Army Intelligence major named Matthew Canfield. Canfield will accept the assignment only on condition that a certain top secret State Department file is surrendered to him, its seal unbroken.

Canfield is one of the few people in the world who knows what the file contains. A story involving famous figures, momentous events, vast powers, and an incredibly rich, resourceful, and determined woman. A story that if revealed will destroy reputations, fortunes, lives - even the life of Matthew Canfield's own wife...
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Her weapons: Money and Power. Her target: The most dangerous man in the world—her son. Elizabeht Wyckman Scarlatti has a plan—a desperate, last-minute gamble—designed to save the world from her own son, Ulster, an incalculably dangerous man who is working under the name of Heinrich Kroeger: Unless she can stop him, he is about to give Hitler's Third Reich the most powerful triumph on earth.

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Elizabeth Scarlatti has a plan, a desperate last-minute gamble, designed to save the world from a most dangerous man - her own son. Unless she can stop him, he is about to give Hitler's Third Reich the most powerful instrument on earth.

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