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A nearly incomprehensible story of a research project in Jamaica where British intelligence, innocent academics, commercial interests, and a poorly-characterized primitive tribal cult intersect. Hijinks follow. Ludlum was clearly in his formative years with this one, but since it is only available in this abridged edition, it is hard to tell how much the abridging process disfigured the original story. One fatal flaw that is certainly Ludlum's is his insistence on referring to Jamaicans by their race. "The black man got into the car", "the two blacks followed Alex", etc. Thank goodness times have changed and we no longer teel compelled to use skin color as a handy label.
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Love Ludlum, but hate abridged - didn’t realize that was what I was getting. Even getting it on sale, it was a ripoff.
The story is dated, which I don’t mind. (In the 1970s, “black” was beautiful, not a racial slur..) American protagonist, nebulous bad guys, British intelligence, and Jamaican politics. Danger, mystery, and intrigue. Should be fun but it’s impossible to follow and undeveloped characters make it hard to care.
I have no problems with the narrator. None of this is his fault.
GET THE UNABRIDGED!!!