The Road to Gandolfo by Micheal Shepherd 1975 First Edition Dial Press

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Ever wondered what happens when a legendary war hero decides to kidnap the Pope? The Road to Gandolfo by Robert Ludlum, writing as Michael Shepherd, delivers a wickedly funny and fast-paced adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

This hardcover novel combines Ludlum's trademark action-packed thrillers with a clever critique of governmental, military, and religious institutions.


  • Title: The Road to Gandolfo
  • Authors: Robert Ludlum, Michael Shepherd
  • Originally published under the pseudonym Michael Shepard.
  • Publication Date: 1975
  • Publisher: Dial Press
  • Format: Hardcover with Dust Jacket and Mylar Protective Cover
  • Pages: 258
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803759207
  • Condition: Book information written in pencil on the first page, wear on the dust jacket, previous owner put book in a mylar cover (check photos for specifics)

A Hilarious Thrill Ride:

In this novel, General MacKenzie Hawkins, a war hero and infamous ladies’ man, finds himself under house arrest in China’s Forbidden City. Faced with the end of his career, Mac devises a daring plan to kidnap the Pope.

The ransom? One American dollar for every Catholic in the world. With a cast of shady investors, four persuasive ex-wives, and a young lawyer desperate to return to private life, this book is a relentless, irreverent page-turner.

Three Reasons to Love This Book:

  1. Engaging Story: Get swept up in a thrilling and hilarious plot that combines action with biting satire, keeping you hooked from start to finish.
  2. Literary Significance: Written by Robert Ludlum, a master storyteller with numerous bestsellers to his name, this novel showcases his unique blend of humor and suspense.
  3. Collector's Item: This first edition hardcover is a valuable addition to any collection of vintage thrillers, complete with a mylar protective cover.

Add This Irreverent Thriller to Your Collection:

The Road to Gandolfo by Robert Ludlum is a hilarious and thrilling adventure that deserves a place on your bookshelf. Grab this first edition today and enjoy the wild ride!

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