Book Review: The Ambler Warning by Robert Ludlum

the-ambler-warningIf you haven’t read any of Robert Ludlum’s work, then you’re seriously missing out on some quality entertainment.  The truth is, you’ve probably watched an adaptation of one of his books to film, but you may not realize it.  Ludlum is the author of The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum, all of which have been made into movies starring Matt Damon.  I’ll be honest, I actually haven’t read those books yet, but I have read Ludlum’s The Janson Directive and The Ambler Warning.  Both are highly enjoyable books, especially via audio, which is my preferred reading method for most modern fiction.

The Amber Warning follows Harrison Ambler, an ex-consoler operations operative from the political stabilization unit of the U.S. government.  The book begins with Ambler’s escape from a highly secure psychiatric hospital named Parrish Island; he’s been incarcerated there for several years and swears, despite his doctor’s statements to the contrary, that he is not crazy.  Ambler is unsure of how he came to be in the hospital and upon escaping, discovers that no one from his old life seems to recognize him.  The book follows his personal self-discovery and the unfolding plot of how he came to be in his current predicament.

One of the more interesting aspects of this book is Harrison Ambler’s ability to read people.  Other characters in the book often refer to him as a “human lie detector.”  If you’re a fan of the Fox show Lie to Me, parts of this book will be right up your alley.  And of course, if you enjoy the Bourne Movies, then this one is worth your read.  I found this book highly enjoyable reading for:  mowing the grass, commutes to and from work, and longer road trips.  My one caveat:  it’s not as good as Ludlum’s The Janson Directive, but still worth the entertainment.

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