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Book Title: The Gemini Contenders|
The author of the book: Robert Ludlum
Date of issue: March 15th 1977
ISBN 13: 9780440128595
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This is up there with Ludlum's best work, which for me includes "The Matarese Circle" and "The Holcroft Covenant." A superbly written thriller spanning almost 5 decades and WWII. Plus if you're into books with religious intrigue by author's not named "Dan Brown," you might wanna give this one a try.
As a student of theology, one problem I had with the book was the way that Ludlum talked about the filioque controversy and how it led to denials of Christ's divinity. In reality, the Eastern Orthodox have never denied Christ's divinity at all, rather the understanding of trinitarian unity is different for the East and West. Roman Catholics (and most western offshoots of them) believe that Christ is co-equal with the Father and the Spirit in trinitarian theology. The East does NOT deny Christ's divinity or trinitarian right, rather they believe that because God is the source, the original creator, that the Holy Spirit cannot proceed through the Father AND the Son since the Father is the source (despite what is written in the Nicene Creed). Finding sources is very critical to eastern thought and it once again proves that religion (no matter what you believe) is often viewed through the lens of culture. I did my senior paper on the filioque controversy so I felt compelled to add this. It did not detract from what was otherwise a marvelous read, rather just was a recurring annoyance. Were I raised in the Eastern tradition, I would probably have been more upset.
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Read information about the authorRobert Ludlum was the author of twenty-seven novels, each one a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 210 million of his books in print, and they have been translated into thirty-two languages. He is the author of The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Chancellor Manuscript, and the Jason Bourne series--The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum--among others. Mr. Ludlum passed away in March, 2001. Ludlum also published books under the pseudonyms Jonathan Ryder and Michael Shepherd.
Some of Ludlum's novels have been made into films and mini-series, including The Osterman Weekend, The Holcroft Covenant, The Apocalypse Watch, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. A non-Ludlum book supposedly inspired by his unused notes, Covert One: The Hades Factor, has also been made into a mini-series. The Bourne movies, starring Matt Damon in the title role, have been commercially and critically successful (The Bourne Ultimatum won three Academy Awards in 2008), although the story lines depart significantly from the source material.
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