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Alex McAuliff has received an offer he can’t refuse two million dollars for a geological survey of Jamaica All Dunstone Limited reuires is his time his expertise and his absolute secrecy No one not even McAuliff’s handpicked team can know of Dunstone’s involvement But British Intelligence is aware of the deal and they’ve let A “The Cry Of The Halidon” was written in 1974 by Robert Ludlum under the pseudonym Jonathan Ryder The book starts promisingly with enough material for a sophisticated thriller set in Jamaica But unfortunately evolves into silly boring and a dragging plot with every turning page The plot is has a blurred complexity in which an American geologist is pitted against a villainous international financial cartel which is being penetrated by British Intelligence which is being outwitted by Interpol while a Jamaican guerrilla organization from the hill country fights the Halidon a secret tribe whose wealth is matchless as the tribe fights for the rights of the world's underprivileged in Appalachia and Ghana by killing off members of Dunstone while also blasting away at Mafiosi in Vegas Sounds all over the place right? Yes it is exactly that It’s a stale concoction that has every stale heel and leftover stirred in it Even an ardent Ludlum fan like me found it excruciating to go through the drab and ultimately finish the book Do not waste your time

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The Cry of the Halidon

Ve could be his last Alex’s only clue to survival is a single mysterious word Halidon  Praise for Robert Ludlum   “Don’t ever begin a Ludlum novel if you have to go to work the next day” Chicago Sun Times   “Ludlum stuffs surprises into his novels than any other six pack of thriller writers combined” The New York Time If you write fiction you should read this book Fifth among Robert Ludlum's twenty three thrillers this book is a gem The story keeps advancing the characters are complex and interesting and every time the reader thinks things are about to slow down there is a new worry added That's suspenseStephen King has written much about the importance of writers reading Can I be blunt on this subject? he wrote in On Writing A Memoir of the Craft If you don't have time to read you don't have the time or the tools to write Reading is the creative center of a writer's lifeLudlum did everything well in this thriller There are uiet and romantic moments but the suspense just keeps building The setting Jamaica is a major character in the story and not the Jamaica you might expect The penultimate chapter draws you to the satisfying conclusion at breathtaking speed And the final chapter wraps up everything perfectlyLudlum's other thrillers have a bit too much graphic violence for my tastes; this one's is largely limited to a few pages toward the end The rest makes it all worthwhile Listening Woman by Tony Hillerman Summary & Study Guide uiet and romantic moments but the suspense just keeps building The setting Jamaica is a major character in the story and not the Jamaica you might expect The penultimate chapter draws you to the satisfying conclusion at breathtaking speed And the final chapter wraps The White Nights of Ramadan up everything perfectlyLudlum's other thrillers have a bit too much graphic violence for my tastes; this one's is largely limited to a few pages toward the end The rest makes it all worthwhile

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Lex in on a secret of their own The last survey team Dunstone dispatched to Jamaica vanished without a trace Now it’s too late to turn back Alex already knows about Dunstone which means he knows too much From the moment he lands in Jamaica Alex is a marked man On an island paradise where a beautiful woman might be a spy and every mo Marvelous imagery Subtle I’m jealous Too much of a good thing gets boring however The last part lost its zing


10 thoughts on “The Cry of the Halidon

  1. says:

    A little apart from Ludlum's normal spy and action capers as it centers on the development of Jamaica and all the interested parties motives and actions that align and differ in numerous ways throughout At the middle of it all are a few British suveyists geologist and other types ostensably there to survey a big portion of unsettled land but really serving as the lynch pin of multinational corporation plans native Jamaicans who have their own feeling on how their country's resources should be handled the British Government and the titular group of ghosts who really control everything It was a pretty good concept but came off a bit clunky particularly as the main cog the british survey head was in theory coming in blind but had to control all the moving parts just didn't really ever seem right in the way his view was the main one that kept mattering even though he had the least real involvement and ramifications If a fan of Ludlum's work definitely worth the read just to see a different side of him but if new to him there are uite a few better to go with


  2. says:

    First published with copyright 1974 as authored by Jonathan Ryder pseudonym of Robert Ludlum The Bantam Books edition I read updated copyright by Robert Ludlum for the 1996 Introduction that adds a distinctive treasure to the reading experience of this novelWith featured settings between London and multiple locations in Jamaica it is an armchair thriller that highlights corporate greed and sets the stage for an understanding of today's reality on the possibilities that could occur with an infiltration of MI6 to corporate boardrooms and how the politics can change with leadership or lack thereof In some ways similar to a Helen MacInnes thriller where the reader ponders if the author had a magic ball to see into the future as their vivid imagination almost mirrors some of today's headlines


  3. says:

    “The Cry Of The Halidon” was written in 1974 by Robert Ludlum under the pseudonym Jonathan Ryder The book starts promisingly with enough material for a sophisticated thriller set in Jamaica But unfortunately evolves into silly boring and a dragging plot with every turning page The plot is has a blurred complexity in which an American geologist is pitted against a villainous international financial cartel which is being penetrated by British Intelligence which is being outwitted by Interpol while a Jamaican guerrilla organization from the hill country fights the Halidon a secret tribe whose wealth is matchless as the tribe fights for the rights of the world's underprivileged in Appalachia and Ghana by killing off members of Dunstone while also blasting away at Mafiosi in Vegas Sounds all over the place right? Yes it is exactly that It’s a stale concoction that has every stale heel and leftover stirred in it Even an ardent Ludlum fan like me found it excruciating to go through the drab and ultimately finish the book Do not waste your time


  4. says:

    If like me you've generally enjoyed Robert Ludlum thrillers I recommend you avoid this one It's one of his early works written under a pseudonym and it's dry and clunky I don't even remember why I bothered to finish it


  5. says:

    A friend lent me this book and since I read The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum and absolutely loved it I was very eager to start The Cry of the Halidon If left on my own I probably would not have picked up this book but I never refuse a book I read anything that I can get my hands on and I always make it a point to finish a book that I startedAlexander McAuliff was chosen by Dunstone plc to head a survey team in the depths of the Jamaican jungle otherwise known as the Cock Pit Alex was offered a fortune to do this and he thought this would be a breakthrough in his career However upon leaving the meeting with Dunstone's Julian Warfield he is approached by British Intelligence where he is informed that all is not as it seems Unknowingly Alex finds himself involved in a conspiracy dealing with Dunstone British Intelligence and a force known as The Halidon in Jamaica As the plot thickens Alex has to fight for his and the team's safety and it becomes a life or death situation but even members of his own team are not what they seem While the three entities battle it out Alex is caught in the middle but all he wants to do is get out of Jamaica a free manWhen I read the book description the first time it sounded like this could be a gripping thriller But although the plot is an intricate one after all this is what Ludlum is famous for it lacks any suspense At times I didn't uite get it and while reading this book I was sometimes uestioning the point of the story but there were also parts that I really enjoyed The way things happened most of the time seemed far fetched and lack credibility I didn't think it was believable at all When the end was approaching it sort of had me hooked for a little while until the ending leaves you not knowing what really happened between the British Intelligence agent and the Halidonite I am annoyed by books that leave me with uestions as to what happened why do some authors do that? It's like they skip the part that you have been waiting for and just tell you the result But how did it happen? When I finish a book that ends this way the first thing I think is Huh?'All in all I have mixed feelings about this book I didn't hate it but I didn't really like it either I much preferred The Bourne Identity to this one and if you never read anything by Robert Ludlum before I wouldn't recommend that you start with this one I wouldn't say not to read it either but check out some of his other books before you get to this one


  6. says:

    Marvelous imagery Subtle I’m jealous Too much of a good thing gets boring however The last part lost its zing


  7. says:

    If you write fiction you should read this book Fifth among Robert Ludlum's twenty three thrillers this book is a gem The story keeps advancing the characters are complex and interesting and every time the reader thinks things are about to slow down there is a new worry added That's suspenseStephen King has written much about the importance of writers reading Can I be blunt on this subject? he wrote in On Writing A Memoir of the Craft If you don't have time to read you don't have the time or the tools to write Reading is the creative center of a writer's lifeLudlum did everything well in this thriller There are uiet and romantic moments but the suspense just keeps building The setting Jamaica is a major character in the story and not the Jamaica you might expect The penultimate chapter draws you to the satisfying conclusion at breathtaking speed And the final chapter wraps up everything perfectlyLudlum's other thrillers have a bit too much graphic violence for my tastes; this one's is largely limited to a few pages toward the end The rest makes it all worthwhile


  8. says:

    A couple of years ago I lucked out and found a Barnes and Noble that was going out of business Unfortunately I didn't discover it until the last day but I was able to pick up a couple hundred dollars’ worth in books In this lot were 20 or so Robert Ludlum books I'm an absolute fan of that genre so I figured what the heck I've read a few from that stash and picked this one to read over the Thanksgiving holiday I felt that this book started out slow but it grew on my and it definitely had my interest in the end All in all it was a good book but the story line was different from what I'm used to w Ludlum I would recommend this to a friend


  9. says:

    This was a dark book with savage rituals and culture in other words Ludlum tries to infuse terror of the African wild to Jamaica Alex is a geologist who is hired to go to Jamaica to do a geological survey Once there he discovers things are not as they appearThe last survey group sent by Dunstone the company that has hired him had vanished completely out of sight He is also pegged by the British Intelligence who want him to do a little snooping for them The Cry of the Halidon isn't the normal Ludlum affair and indeed there are far far better books written by him all I can say is this book wasn't boring and you do want to find out what exactly 'Halidon' means


  10. says:

    uite a disappointment Thirty ish years ago when Ludlum was churning out his thrillers I used to look forward to each one The plots are always a bit outlandish with conspiracies galore but still thrilling Nothing in this book made me care The main character was a dud The writing was amateurish For instance the author kept saying the black revolutionary the white geologist like the reader or maybe the writer couldn't be relied upon to remember the main characters I uit after 350 of the 450 pages


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