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De Scarlatti erfenis by Robert Ludlum

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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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 |
### Review

"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 |
Even though this is one of the first books Robert Ludlum it is one of the last ones I read so you could imagine my delight when I found this a Ludlum book I haven't yet read during a book drive at my daughter's school.

The book starts in Washington DC where Major Matthew Canfield is being sent to meet a high ranking German official with promises to divulge information to help end WWII.

From the second chapter, to one before last, the story is told as a back flash about the Scarlatti family. Giovanni Scarlatti, a poor but ingenious Italian immigrant, marries a rich heiress, his employer's daughter, named Elizabeth who helps him take over her business in as well as many other companies to become extremely rich within a decade.

The Scralattis had three sons, one died in WWI, the other was ordered by his mother not to enlist, and the third - the troublemaker - enlisted and, to everyone's surprise, became a war hero.

What no-one knew is that the third son, Ulster, coned his whole regiment to believe he killed many Germans and saved them all, only trying to escape the front. Together with a German officer he took on a second identity of a German solider he killed named Heinrich Kroeger.

Ulster's plan to bankrupt his family and help Hitler's Third Reich is the plot which takes us, his mother and the book's hero, field accountant (not yet Major) Canfield, around the globe and into mysterious financial transactions.

I'm a big Ludlum fan but honestly - I don't know what to think of this book. It's certainly isn't as good as other Ludlum books but it is an exciting read, well paced and the characters are not one-dimensional freaks.

The thing that this book falls short on is the ending. It seems that Ludlum used the "Star Trek" type ending - where a complex story is neatly tied up in 5 minutes or less. ( )
  ZoharLaor | Jan 1, 2010 |
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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.
The brigadier general sat stiffly on the deacon's bench, preferring the hard surface of the pine to the soft leather of the armchairs.
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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

    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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The inheritance of a huge fortune furthers the exploits of a man who decides to back Adolf Hitler.

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