Say you’re a decorated war hero whose time has come – you’ve become a liability and embarrassment to the red, white and blue. And say you’re looking for a way to… oh, pay them back. So, maybe you’d hook up this this lawyer dude you know who is also in the Army and is almost at his tour of duty. And you might include your 4 former ex-wives.
Then maybe you’d decide to kidnap the Pope for the ransom of $1 per Catholic in the world.
Well, then maybe you’d be General MacKenzie Hawkins, lawyer Sam Devereaux, Hawkins Harem and Pope Francesco 1. And you’d be in for a hell of a ride.
So, I think I’ve seen half of The Bourne Identity. I don’t know if I liked it, really, and I tried to read those books a long time ago and wasn’t thrilled with them. So when the online book club that I pretend to be part of if I like the sound of the book chose this Ludlum book I wasn’t overly excited but thought I’d check it out.
This book is HILARIOUS. It’s not what I think of as typical Ludlum. It’s sort of a smart 3 Stooges debacle led by a mastermind of hysterical proportions. It’s clever. So clever. Ludlum has really created these larger than life characters and put them in a pretty preposterous position. I mean, who decides that they want to kidnap the Pope?! And not only wants to kidnap the Pope but actually goes through all the planning and fund raising to do it?
Mac and Sam are a strange pairing – sort of a Gibson and Glover Lethal Weapon type of partnership. I’d love to see a movie made from this book but I can’t see much of a way this would happen. Which is too bad, because this is a really funny story and I’m planning on picking up the sequel “The Road to Omaha”.
I know this is a quickie review, but you really just need to read it to get the feel. It would be a great beach read and since summer is coming up it might be worth grabbing if you have a trip planned. It’s short, so plan accordingly there. 🙂
This one is hard to classify, but I’m going to label this one as “spy” although maybe it’s not exactly.
The Road to Gandolfo by Robert Ludlum, 291 pages