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Robert Ludlum Or John Grisham?

I know that both of these guys are very great writer let me give you some of there work:

Robert Ludlum: The Bourne Ultimatum,The Bourne Supremacy,The Bourne Identity, The Sigma Protocol,The Prometheus Deception,The Matarese Countown,The Scorpoio Illusion,The Scarlatti Inheritance and so on

John Grisham: The Summons, The Brethren , The Street Lawyer ,The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Broker, The Testament ,The Runaway Jury to mention a few.

If you have laid your hand on the book of the author, please let me know which one you prefer more and why and if you haven't read any of this authour book, YOU ARE REALLY MISSING so try your hand on one and i promise you that you wont stop reading them.

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i personally prefer john grisham

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i like only three of fredricks books, ludlum has many block busters

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I love those two, but ithink you should compare Grisham with JamesPatterson and Ludlum with Fredrick Forsyth. But NONE can match Forsyth, for the Force is with him.

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cant compare.

Different genres, different styles.

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It's got 2 be Griham , Rudlum frustrates me at times.

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Ludlum is Good, Grisham is ok

Both shouldn't be compared though, 2 extremely different genres

For all you Grisham addicts, try reading anything by Brad Meltzer, I mean anything and you'll never read a Grisham again

Just my 2 cents

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Who posted this Asinine borderline criminal comparison? I won't even soil myself staying here too long. Jeez

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Hey , has anyone read ' The Girl with the dragon tattoo' by Steigg Larsson- you've just got to love his inexperience. Fantastical!

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john grisham is gud, but Baba na baba Ludlum is d man

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Then my lad u need to read " Presumed Innocent " by Scott Turrow

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I have read almost all the Grisham but "A painted house" was simply not a good experiment out of his usual courtroom drama scenes. "Skipping Christmas" was hilarious though.

Ludlum, Am still on "Trevayne". I dont know I find myself struggling on it. maybe its just that one sha. His other books had better not be like Trevayne otherwise I would say Grisham is better.

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So hard to choose.They're both very good in their respective fields. i enjoyed the matarese series better than any Grisham book (except for the client)

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There is definitely no basis for comparing both novelist. I don't think both authors can write outside their comfort zones.

When it comes to espionage thrillers, Frederick Forsyth is head and shoulders above R. Ludlum, J.Archer, Tom Clancy, Sidney Sheldon and any other person who has written in that genre.

When it comes to the law and courtroom thrillers, John Grisham is the best I've read.

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grisham is good, sydney is better, while ludlum is the best

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ludlum is good, grisham is better

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i love both------ they r both very good---- to pick one i'd go wif Ludlum

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@egoli, I have yet to read the prometheus deception. My favorite so far is the Holcroft Covenant.

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alrite y'all i dont think there is a basis 4 comparison.ludlum writes full blown thrillers like espionage(i particularly loved the bourne stories but my best still is prometheus deception).grisham on d other hand writes on d jury .but i would rather go 4 ludlum .by d way does anybody know lisa gardner.pls reply

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I prefer John Grisham.

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I think the Windchime Legacy is by Mykel. A.W. I haven't read it - just searched on Google for it on your behalf.

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As has been said by various contributors, it really depends on what stuffs u like to read, i ve got people who are die-hard fans of Agatha Christie's Poirot and Marple, but back to the main theme,  Ludlum or Grisham,  the shortcomings of the King of Torts notwithstanding,  i still rate Grisham higher than Ludlum, meanwhile just to ask if my memory still serves me well, i once read a book several years ago, WINDCHIME LEGACY, by one LUdlum whethere its Richard or Robert i can't really recollect now, anybody ever heard of the book?

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give me john grisham anytime.have read all his books asides king of torts.

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ALthough i would consider myself a die-hard Grisham fan. I really think his "King of Torts" wasn't that good, even with all the publicity he gave it.

Agreed; Ludlum is wonderful but Clancy, can you stop typing that name pls

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id also pick grisham,but like zahymaka said,its actually a matter of opinion

i also think king of torts wasnt so good.

i just finished the broker. i read it for more than a week,which is so unusual and says how terrible i think it was.

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Good! I'm glad we see eye-to-eye on that one. It's just a matter of preference. I hated anything to do with the law until I read Grisham.

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As you said it is a matter of opinion.

The last Grisham I read was the King of Torts and after reading it I honestly said to myself this is the last grisham I will ever read, it was that bad for me.

I have read all Ludlum (original) and while he does tend to go a lot for major conspiracy theories I personally do not find them predictable.

Clancy is good as well and I loved his Hunt for Red October, he is more adept with technical aspects of thrillers and hence his books are well founded in the 21st century.

Clancy is more Government oriented in terms of his conspiracies, I love his Ryan character a lot.

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When you've read as many Ludlum books as I have, you'll discover that Ludlum is highly predictable. I rank Leon Uris and Tom Clancy higher than him.

I guess yu're not into law -- or Grisham would fascinate you. Well, it's a matter of opinion -- I once thought Ludlum was the best writer in the world at one time.

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For me hands down it is Ludlum!

and I mean the original Ludlum not the fake Ludlum who is now writing his books (his son I think).

Grisham has had some good books like "The Firm" and "A Time to Kill" but overall I find his books very boring.

Ludlum on the other hand is great at suspense, excitement and tension.

Matarese Circle was a masterclass in suspense.

Bourne Identity is a classic!

Ludlum has never let me down in any of his books.

He is sorely missed.

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Did it occur to you that Tom Clancy has a larger following -- with games being made and authors trying to write like Tom Clancy and requesting permission to brand their books as Clancy-like?

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He died in March 2001, reportedly leaving behind several unpublished manuscripts and rough outlines, which continue to be dusted off and published with the help of ghostwriters. This is a testament to his continued popularity.

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Walahi Zahymaka has summarised it all, everything about LUDLUM's books is always a variant of conspiracies about people who want to take over the world for some purposes. There is no doubt he was a great writer ( learnt he is dead is it true?), but his sytle is so predictable that i recently had to drop one of the books i was reading recently midway. As for Grisham, NNA when u hear "ise opolo" brain work , i doff my hat to that guy, his plots are so intricate and diverse and even though its almost always about a lawsuit or similar thing, he nevertheless manages to introduce an element of uniqueness that makes the book ' unputdownable' to borrow the language of a book reviewer.

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the truth is i spent 1500naira to buy a clancy novel and i did not get past the 20th page (i mean, no value for my money). guess i am not too much intrested in espionage, war, science fiction, and the like, i prefer things that are more human

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He's writing for techies -- at least that's what I think. When you're trying to show off, it becomes harder as you write successive books -- but Clancy never breaks the flow.

I didn't say I don't like Grisham -- I prefer him to Ludlum -- but I'm somewhat of a nerd so I happen to love Clancy. It's just my preference -- I'm not forcing people to like him too.

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I hope you're not referring to me. I've read more than 12 books by Ludlum -- far more than the about 7 Grisham books I've read but I still prefer Grisham. Ludlum is not as imposing as Tom Clancy -- yet I also rank Clancy higher.

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Dont knock ludlum till u've tried him. I read more of grisham though, i think ppl run away from from ludlum cos his books always look imposing. I love him too but i need to read more of his books, think I've read abt four

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Depends on your preferences. Ludlum has no idea about emotions -- yet he tries to get the "super-man" and his gril in a love scene to compensate for it -- I think he does a shody job there.

Grisham does not use love scenes. I like him for being straight-laced. At the same time he know how to make you feel one person is in love with the other. For example, Rudd Baylor in Rainmaker.

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with john grisham you feel the suspence,the court room drama, he makes you really enter the story, i think in all legal stories he's the best, he has holding ur breath waiting for the final twist, he has you sitting up all night long till u finish the story, he's something else

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hey, i said i've never read his book, so i cn't really say aight

i do romance, classics and some other nice books

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Then you're voicing your boyfriend's opinion -- not yours!

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If I were your boyfriend and happened to be crazy about Grisham I suppose you'd choose him.

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ludlum will do, neva read his book but my boyfriend is crazy about him

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I have read only the bourne series and cry of the halidon written by ludlum but i have read a lot of book written by ghrisham.They are both very interesting writers and i respect their work but i think ludlum is better.

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You dont tell the house if you have read Robert Ludlum's books, if not you are not in best position to judge

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[color=#550000][/color][b][/b]i believe john grisham is the best coz i av read tons of his book and i but them anywhere do we wanna talk about the rainmaker or the painted house abi na surviving christmas we go yarn about.so john grisham beats robert ludlum hands down

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Guys, Grisham is my favourite I've got all his books, he is good at weaving stories around amatuers, lawyers with stroke of luck, theres no way you can predict how the story goes. THE CHAMBERS is a good one, most readers including myself had thought Sam Cayhall {an unrepentant racist and former Klansman} will escape the gas chambers with all the last minute legal battles btu what happens, another is the last juror you cannot just know where the story takes you.

After reading four of Ludlum's books, he is very predictable with his characters. Though he is a good writer, I think Grisham ranks above him.

Puzo, is also a good writer if you love the MAFIA world, he is your besy bet

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Wilbur Smith is another master. I love reading his books.

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@ gigid, perhaps basing my arguments on the movie adaptations is not entirely foolproof; I for one do know that alot of originality is lost in translating novels to movies. Nonetheless, there are some that give you an almost intimate feel of what the author intended. I have read The day of the Jackal, and I have watched the movie and I guarantee that any novice can watch the movie first and claim to have read that novel because the intepretation was a masterpiece, same goes for The Odessa File(both by Frederick Forsyth).

The thing is they're a parallel- movies and novels,they cater for 2 diverse classes and I do prefer reading the novels to watching the movie adaptations!

Anybody read any Wilbur Smith? "Shout at the Devil", "Gold"? Most of his settings are in Africa, excellent stories!

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@zahy

no i've not, so maybe i should not conclude, then because of the two books i've read, but i wish i had trinity though

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