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Robert Ludlum

1927 - 2001

Pseudonyms: Robert Ludlum, Michael Shepherd, Jonathan Ryder


Born in New York City, Mr. Ludlum lost his father at a very early age. Nevertheless, he was able to attend quality schools as he grew up. He tried to join the Canadian Air Force to fight in WWII but was turned down. He rebounded by joining the U.S. Marines and serving in the South Pacific from 1945-1947. Returning to civilian life, he attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut and got a BA from there. His first major career was as a producer and an actor in the theater and it was there that he learned the pacing and presentation that made for an exciting adventure, rules he would used religiously in his later writings. Though some critics derided his stories as melodramic, the reading public had a totally different take on this exceptional talent and his books sold in the millions.


SeriesBooks
Robert Ludlum
  
Jason BourneThe Bourne Identity (1980)
 The Bourne Supremacy (1986)
 The Bourne Ultimatum (1990)
  
Covert OneThe Hades Factor (2000)
  
Paul JansonThe Janson Directive (2002)
 The Janson Command (2012)
  
Bray ScofieldThe Matarese Circle (1979)
 The Matarese Countdown (1997)
  
Non-Spy SeriesThe Scarlatti Inheritance (1971)
 The Osterman Weekend (1972)
 The Matlock Paper (1973)
 The Rhinemann Exchange (1974)
 The Gemini Contenders (1976)
 The Chancellor Manuscript (1977)
 The Holcroft Covenant (1978)
 The Parsifal Mosaic (1982)
 The Acquitaine Progression (1984)
 The Icarus Agenda (1988)
 The Road to Omaha (1992)
 The Scorpio Illusion (1993)
 The Apocalypse Watch (1995)
 The Prometheus Deception (2000)
  
Michael Shepherd
  
Non-Spy SeriesThe Road to Gandolfo (1975)
  
Jonathan Ryder
  
Non-Spy SeriesThe Cry of the Halidon (1974)
 Trevayne (1989)
  
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