The Icarus Agenda was the first Robert Ludlum novel I read. My uncle had given me the paperback and I tore through it. I don’t remember most of the specifics. I’m sure there was a revolver with silencer and a “big car with a powerful engine.” And there was undoubtedly a well-funded secret society up to no good and an everyman hero.

It may sound like I criticizing, but I’m really not. I went on to read everything he wrote. (Okay, maybe I’m criticizing the gun. The silenced revolver is a mistake you should only make once but Ludlum kept at it.)  I loved the Ludlum books and while the details of this particular one escape me, I know I enjoyed it.

Like so many genres, a lot of what made his books cheesy also made them great. A lot of my love for this genre went into the first book I ever wrote, Tortugas Rising. But I still couldn’t help poking some fun at the tropes.

If I had to pick 3 favorites from Ludlum:

The Holcroft Covenant 

The Matarese Circle 

The Bourne Identity

But it all started with The Icarus Agenda

Read The Icarus Agenda

Where Should I Send Your Free Audiobook?

Enter your email to sign up for my Readers' Group and get your FREE Audiobook delivered to your inbox. You'll also be the first to know about new book releases and special giveaways (you can unsubscribe at any time).

Please check your email to confirm your subscription!


I want to give you an audiobook.

It's a collection of short stories about time travel, alien invasions, selling homes in alternate dimensions, giant combiner robots, post-apocalyptic beagles and much more. And it's all read by the amazing Phil Thron.

It's yours when you sign up for my newsletter. 

You have Successfully Subscribed!