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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Soundings Ltd (February 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842835319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842835319
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 18.4 x 4.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 458 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timothy J. Kindler on Oct. 22 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a long-term fan of Robert Ludlum and not knowing how involved Ludlum really was in the actual composition of the Covert One series, I had been hesitant up to this point to give the books a try. Not knowing exactly what to expect, but having read an enjoyed the previous solo works from Philip Shelby, I decided to give the Cassandra Compact a try when faced with a need to pick up a book at an airport bookstore.
In short, I was pleasantly surprised. The tale, although lighter and clearly not nearly as complex as the typical Ludlum, kept me turning the pages. This book, which grabs the reader early and does not let go, contains much of the suspense and plot twists that Ludlum aficionados have come to love in the conspiracy-thriller genre. Upon final evaluation, the Cassandra Compact made my four-hour plane ride easy duty. My first experience with the series will make me go back to the beginning to try some of the others.
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By Cowboypenner on June 7 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Loved the book! Loved the series. Now I've read all the books in the Covert-One series. Hopefully they come out with more books someday.
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By A Customer on Sept. 21 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This excellent novel is fast-paced and interesting until the very end. With unrelenting action that keeps you wanting to turn to the next page, or read the next chapter.
I believe that this is the best Covert-one novel (although I haven't read the Altman Code just yet).
If the synopsis of the story at the back of the book makes you think this book is unoriginal, think again. I thought the same thing and in the end I loved it!
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By A Customer on Aug. 2 2003
Format: Audio CD
Summary:
Jon Smith is a special agent for the president's top secret intelligence group Covert One, headed by Nathaniel Klein. When a former Russian KGB agent who now works in BioOperat (where the Russians store their biological weapons, etc.) decides he needs to get out of Russia to tell Klein something he has found out, it is Jon Smith who is sent to help him. Unbeknownst to Klein and Smith, this escape begins their involvement in a plot to steal a sample of smallpox and mutate it into a super virus that is virtually unstoppable.
The plot is being perpetrated by the head of a major pharmaceutical company who is providing the scientific know-how and is working with several members of the US military who are providing cover, location, and muscle to get the job done. Apparently the Cassandra Compact was dreamed up by all involved in order to give the US a super powerful biological weapon and once again place it at the top of the world's superpowers. But the Compact didn't count on two things - Jon Smith and his ability to uncannily show up in the right place at the right time (lots of coincidences). As a result, Jon Smith slowly foils the Compact and in so doing saves most of the good guys.
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I have to admit that the book kept my attention up until it entered outer space. At that point there were two problems. First, the CD started skipping so I missed some of what happened and second I began to think this story was never going to end. Well, the CD skipping isn't the authors fault, but the incredibly unwieldy and rambling story is. Like any good spy novel, this one jumps from continent to continent as though they were rocks in a pond resulting in so many locations that you eventually just give up on keeping them straight.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
A sorry science fiction book (not a mystery novel in my judgement) not written by Ludlum but his name is on the cover to sell books (my viewpoint). The book takes advantage of todays terrorist threats and smallpox concerns to stir the readers interests but nothing in the book reflected the writings of Ludlum. I strongly suspect that Ludlum did not even write the outline for this book and the sorriest one, "The Paris Option".
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Format: Paperback
It has been awhile since I read a Ludlum thriller. However, the reader of 2003 might very well pick up this book looking for a typical thriller from Ludlum and some modern day world events. When the book first released, many readers would likely think the plot and scenarios of a bio-terror threat to the world to be a stretch. Not today! With the threat of terrorists, willing to do anything to obtain biological germs, be interesting today...you bet!
So if a smallpox scare and a space shuttle thriller is on your mind...take a few hours and fly through this one. I recommend it the time to be worth reading.
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Format: Paperback
Ok, I knew it was going to be a trashy novel. It's meant to be a mindless read, and in that respect it does a passable job. But the story isn't really compelling or well thought out; after the fifth "terrorist just barely escapes the closing net" scenario, credibility begins to suffer. The authors give a very lazy impression. Rather than coming up with a realistic way for someone to beat a trap, the character just does something superhuman and escapes only seconds before he or she would have been captured. I understand that this type of literature is basically a novelized comic book. But the writers could at least make the escapes plausible. Be inventive! Write one great one, not ten blah ones.
The writing is at times rather juvenile. Every woman character is described as looking like a model. There are soap-opera bits about various women "sizing up Jon Smith" and "liking what she sees". It's like every ... show you've ever seen, particularly due to the blatant product placement found throughout the book. Characters eat Egg McMuffins, drink Pepsis, and buy DVDs conveniently on Amazon.com. Mentioning corporations or product names isn't a big deal, but it is rarely necessary for a story. Inserting them obviously to place a product or service is just crass behavior. It's a book. It's a cheap, trashy, dime-store novel, for which I paid $[amount]. I don't want commercials.
I give it two stars because it was a better diversion than whatever was on TV that night.
You know, between the commercials.
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