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The Gemini Contenders (1976)

by Robert Ludlum

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Dead of night. Salonika, Greece, December 1939. A clandestine order of monks embarks on a desperate mission: to transport a mysterious vault to a hiding place high in the Italian Alps. Its sinister contents, concealed fro centuries, could rip apart the Christian world. Now, as the Nazi threat marches inexorably closer, good men and evil will be drawn into a violent and deadly hunt, sparking a relentless struggle that could forever change the world as we know it.… (more)
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Absurd thriller in which an obscure religious artefact is considered more important than the outcome of WW2. Fragmented narrative doesn't help. ( )
  NerdyBookingham | Jun 18, 2022 |
3 star. I was looking for a twin novel. Sorry, got lost in the whole father, son and grand children involvement with a Church (or an arm of it). ( )
  Ibrahim_Obalola | Apr 15, 2021 |
This is a 1976 entry in the fanatical/psychotic Christian sect - world shattering Religious Artefact supressed for centuries sub-genre of the thriller. It's a good deal more competent than a more recent such book that also features a trip to the Louvre, but then so are my schoolboy fictions.
It deviates somewhat from the standard Ludlum formula, being one of the few with a historical setting and straggling through three generations of protagonists. This latter is a bit disconcerting but this volume is still a swift read, full of incident. Neither in the top nor bottom rank of Ludlum's many works. ( )
  Arbieroo | Jul 17, 2020 |
First it was little boring and hard to read but when I read more it begin be more interested. ( )
  Sonkku | Dec 20, 2013 |
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December 1939. A train winds its way through Italy towards the Alps with a cargo too precious to destroy, too awful to reveal. On board is an iron box. Its sinister contents, documents concealed for centuries, could rip apart the Christian world and set religion against religion, an entire people against another. Now, as the Nazi threat marches closer, good men and evil are drawn into a violent and deadly hunt. The richest aristocrat in Italy is responsible for the documents' safety, but he's marked for death by the Nazis. Some people want the secrets told. Some people want to plunge the world into a catastrophic holy war...

### About the Author

Robert Ludlum is one of the world's bestselling authors and there are more than 300 million copies of his books in print. He is published in 32 languages and 50 countries. Before he became an author, Robert Ludlum was an actor and producer. His novels blend sophisticated plotting and extreme pace, and each book is meticulously researched. His best-known books include THE SCARLATTI INHERITANCE, THE CHANCELLOR MANUSCRIPT and the Jason Bourne series.
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  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
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[Ludlum's] most ambitious, and I think it is also his best... Mr. Ludlum brings off his long story with a marvelously unflagging imagination.
added by Shortride | editThe New York Times, Richard F. Lingeman (pay site) (Apr 30, 1976)
 

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Pour Richard Marek, mon éditeur.
Le sens de l'humour au service d'un esprit brillant ; une perspicacité surpassant l'imagination de tout écrivain. Le meilleur tout simplement.
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Dans la clarté indécise qui précède l'aube, la file de camions peinait pour grimper la route escarpée du nome de Salonique.
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Dead of night. Salonika, Greece, December 1939. A clandestine order of monks embarks on a desperate mission: to transport a mysterious vault to a hiding place high in the Italian Alps. Its sinister contents, concealed fro centuries, could rip apart the Christian world. Now, as the Nazi threat marches inexorably closer, good men and evil will be drawn into a violent and deadly hunt, sparking a relentless struggle that could forever change the world as we know it.

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