I need some books to take for a trip starting in Amsterdam and cruising down the Rhine, the Main, and the Danube all the way to Bucharest. I’d prefer to read books that take place in the cities we’ll visit. Here’s the route:
I concur with reading the ones he wrote. Obviously his Bourne novels are interesting and should hit your areas of travel. Not in your area, IIRC, is the Road to Gandolfo. I’d recommend you simply check the bios of each novel and select based on that.
On a related note, look into Daniel Silva’s novels. They are based in Europe as well and should cover some of your areas as well.
My first job out of college was as a publicity associate for Dell Books. It was my job to escort the authors to their various interviews, etc. Many successful authors I met through my job were extremely condescending and demanding. Robert Ludlum was a total gentleman who never made me feel like a servant.
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I've read a few of them, but it's been a while. They were good, but it takes a while to get through them. IIRC the Matarese ones were good. I read one or two of the Jansen series, they were good too. I didn't care so much for the Covert-One stuff. The original (3) Bourne stories were good but the movies had virtually nothing in common with them beyond the titles. I haven't read any of of the ghost-written Bourne books so I can't comment on those.
Another group of books that you might look at is the George Smiley series by John le Carre. Particularly the "Karla trilogy".
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I love Robert Ludlum novels. Started with the Parsifal Mosaic and went on with the Bourne series after watching the Bourne Identity starring Richard Chamberlain. More subdued than the Damon movie but more in keeping with Ludlums vision, I think.
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I loved the Ludlum books when I was younger and had read them all by mid 20's. They gave me s sense of seeing the world and were great stories. I read a few in one night binges.
I strongly endorse the Daniel Silva books. They will be a great fit with your trip.
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Many thanks for the introduction to Daniel Silva. I just finished "Portrait of a Spy" and have started "The Rembrandt Affair." I also have several Robert Ludlum books to reread on this trip. BTW, I'm on a Viking river cruise currently in Wurzburg.