The Road to Omaha

The Road to Omaha

Still a legend in his own lifetime, the Hawk, hero or anti-hero of THE ROAD TO GANDOLFO, is back, irrepressibly maddening, a $500 million caper up his sleeve. Worshipped by the men he once led into battle, General MacKenzie Hawkins is now in his sixties, and shows no sign of retiring from the intrigue and politicking which is his lifeblood. And it is Sam Devereaux's misfor...

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Title:The Road to Omaha
Author:Robert Ludlum
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Edition Language:English

The Road to Omaha Reviews

  • Williamsburger

    Since this weekend was too cold to go out, I figured I'd pick some old books to re-read.

    The Road to Omaha is not intellectual. It's not innovative. It's not literary, or philosophical, or life-changing, but heck, it was fun.

    It's a story about a radical hero, General MacKenzie Hawkins, who is out for revenge. Along the way, he tangles with the usual bogeyman in American thrillers, aka the CIA, the White House, etc. You'd think it'd get boring by now, but Ludlum pulls it off, yet agai

    Since this weekend was too cold to go out, I figured I'd pick some old books to re-read.

    The Road to Omaha is not intellectual. It's not innovative. It's not literary, or philosophical, or life-changing, but heck, it was fun.

    It's a story about a radical hero, General MacKenzie Hawkins, who is out for revenge. Along the way, he tangles with the usual bogeyman in American thrillers, aka the CIA, the White House, etc. You'd think it'd get boring by now, but Ludlum pulls it off, yet again.

    Turn off your brain and disbelief for this one, folks, and enjoy the ride...

  • Alice Abernathy

    Laugh-out-loud hilarious. Written in 1992, but the hapless VP could easily be our current dolt. Charming characters with a plot that has more twists and turns than Lindsey Graham's conscience.

    Excellent escape fiction. :-}

  • Eric Herr

    2.5 Stars...Funny and entertaining. Some very good parts but I also felt that the dialog was a bit contrived. Sort of a cross between Micky Spillane and Micky Mouse. I am sure this was an intentional affectation by Ludlum but it was not for me.

  • Phil

    Ugh. This book was a chore. It was inconsistent and choppy; it stumbled and stuttered its way through what should have been an interesting, funny story. It tried to be both of those things - interesting and funny - but for the most part, it was neither. This book was in desperate need of some serious editing... it could have actually been good. Each section felt like it had promise, like it was heading somewhere, and then it would just get lost, like a pinball in a pinball machine... all kinds o

    Ugh. This book was a chore. It was inconsistent and choppy; it stumbled and stuttered its way through what should have been an interesting, funny story. It tried to be both of those things - interesting and funny - but for the most part, it was neither. This book was in desperate need of some serious editing... it could have actually been good. Each section felt like it had promise, like it was heading somewhere, and then it would just get lost, like a pinball in a pinball machine... all kinds of flash and noise, but ultimate just going back and forth, and giving me a headache. Then there were the unamusing racial stereotypes. Not offensive, to me anyway, but just plain unamusing. Maybe they were funny 40 years ago. Who knows.

    Thank God Robert Ludlum's done much better than this.

  • Elisa

    Why did I finish this book? If it hasn't gotten better by the third act, time to walk out. Racist and sexist characters whose voices all sound the same. Terrible accents, dialogue that vacillates between confusing and cringe-worthy. It's possible I don't get tongue-in-cheek humor. Unlikely, but possible. I give it one star for not having vampires and another star for using correct English throughout. My standards have lowered.

  • Jakub Wrobel

    I wish Mr. Ludlum wrote this book in his normal espionage/thriller style; would have made for a much better book.

  • Ginny

    I was really disappointed in this book. I loved "The Road to Gandolfo", but this did not live up to the comedy of the first book. The premise was there, some good characters. But then Ludlum went way off base, making every member of the government into a fool. Plus he went on and on, certainly didn't need 637 pages to do this story. I have had problems with the way Ludlum writes dialog in the past and this book was no exception. He has terrible fake accents, makes stereotypes of an Italian mobst

    I was really disappointed in this book. I loved "The Road to Gandolfo", but this did not live up to the comedy of the first book. The premise was there, some good characters. But then Ludlum went way off base, making every member of the government into a fool. Plus he went on and on, certainly didn't need 637 pages to do this story. I have had problems with the way Ludlum writes dialog in the past and this book was no exception. He has terrible fake accents, makes stereotypes of an Italian mobster, Puerto Rican pick pockets, American Indians, New England judges, and more. Doesn't matter who it is, the portrayal was exaggerated and not amusing.

  • Evelyn Wilson

    Ok, I only read about 85 pages of this book because I simply was not enjoying it. Too many silly scenarios I couldn't believe in. I will let someone else decide they like it enough to finish. After reading some of the REVIEWS I don't feel alone in not liking it!

  • Scott Swager

    This is the worst book I have ever tried to read. If it is supposed to be humorous, it failed. I believe the author either had a serious drinking problem or he should have after writing the crud.

    Every one of his racist attributes he uses, is completely off. All the characters have the same, off beat, crude sense of forced humor.

    Every White house executive, including the President is portrayed as a complete idiot. The Generals are completely whacked out.

    This is the only novel

    This is the worst book I have ever tried to read. If it is supposed to be humorous, it failed. I believe the author either had a serious drinking problem or he should have after writing the crud.

    Every one of his racist attributes he uses, is completely off. All the characters have the same, off beat, crude sense of forced humor.

    Every White house executive, including the President is portrayed as a complete idiot. The Generals are completely whacked out.

    This is the only novel that I just could not force myself to continue. I stop on page 240.

    I have read four of Robert Ludlum's novels. This is way out of his usual fast past, action novels. Awful....

    Maybe Mr. Ludlum was just trying a different style of writing. I sincerely hope he goes back to his quick witted, James Bond type characters, that can get out of any crisis. This was well below his standards...

  • Alan

    Robert Ludlum's wayward hero, the outrageous General MacKenzie Hawkins, returns with a diabolical scheme to right a very old wrong—and wreak vengeance on the [redacted] who drummed him out of the military. Discovering a long-buried 1878 treaty with an obscure Indian tribe, the Hawk, a.k.a. Chief Thunder Head, hatches a brilliant plot that will ultimately bring him and his reluctant legal eagle, Sam Devereaux, before the Supreme Court. Their goal is to reclaim a choice piece of American real esta

    Robert Ludlum's wayward hero, the outrageous General MacKenzie Hawkins, returns with a diabolical scheme to right a very old wrong—and wreak vengeance on the [redacted] who drummed him out of the military. Discovering a long-buried 1878 treaty with an obscure Indian tribe, the Hawk, a.k.a. Chief Thunder Head, hatches a brilliant plot that will ultimately bring him and his reluctant legal eagle, Sam Devereaux, before the Supreme Court. Their goal is to reclaim a choice piece of American real estate: the state of Nebraska, which just so happens to be the headquarters of the U.S. Strategic Air Command. Their outraged opposition will be no less than the CIA, the Pentagon, and the White House. And only one thing is certain: Ludlum will keep us in nonstop suspense—and side-splitting laughter—through the very last page. Praise for Robert Ludlum and The Road to Omaha “A very funny book . . . No character is minor: They're all hilarious.”—Houston Chronicle “Don't ever begin a Ludlum novel if you have to go to work the next day.”—Chicago Sun-Times

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