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Robert Ludlum's The Arctic Event (Covert-One Book 7)

Robert Ludlum's The Arctic Event (Covert-One Book 7) [Kindle Edition]

James Cobb
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...high-octane action - bags of it, leavened with the kind of narrative energy that made Ludlum's thrillers such invigorating experiences. It's a page-turner - Cobb has the measure of his late mentor. (Good Book Guide )

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The brand new Covert-One thriller from the master storyteller

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 591 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (25 Feb 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409119920
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409119920
  • ASIN: B003EH18QG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #87,996 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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James Cobb is the author of, amongst others, the Amanda Lee Garrett thrillers and is an avid student of military history and technology. He is a member of the United States Naval Institute and the Navy League. He lives in Tacoma, Washington.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chilly excitement 6 Jan 2008
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
There's a lot to like about this book - it's generally exciting, there are several interesting threads that weave their way together as the story progresses, there are some strong characters. There are also some annoyances, such as some rather cardboard cut-out characters (Professor Trowbridge springs to mind here), a couple of very cheesy scenes and some rather unlikely events. However this book has the sort of action you'd expect in this genre of story and it doesn't disappoint.

When a scientific party discover a crashed aeroplane on remote Wednesday Island in the Canadian Arctic it sets in train a whole series of actions. It turns out that the Russian plane is over fifty years old and that when it crashed it may have been carrying an anthrax payload. The Americans want to recover the plane and make the anthrax safe, if it's still on board; the Russians know that there might actually still be something significantly worse on the plane and so send one of their men along with the American team.

The US team is led by Colonel Jon Smith and one of the other members of the party is Randi Russell, a young woman whose sister was John's fiancée. Randi and John have had problems with each other for several years and so at the beginning of the story their relationship is prickly. The third US member is Valentina Metrace, a rather scary woman historian who is a knives and weapons expert. She felt rather like a black widow spider character, especially after she fixed her attention on John Smith as her future lover. All three characters seem superhumanly skilled in their chosen fields and are, of course, also very attractive.

It's not just the Americans messing around on Wednesday island; Gregori Smyslov, a Russian liaison, is working with them - or is he?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This book opens innocently, with an Arctic expedition chancing on the unexpected sight of a crashed bomber. Unusually, there is no record of any such aircraft having gone missing - the reason being that it was a secret Soviet flight loaded with weaponised anthrax that has quietly lain there for fifty years and which the Russians had hoped would never be found. The Americans, despite their well founded suspicions, agree to help the Russians to get to it, but the Russians have a second agenda, while a third party with much more sinister intent is also pursuing the aircraft wreckage. This is a well written, tense book that is in the style of the best that Robert Ludlum produced. Once started on this book, you may find it hard to do much else for a while, but consider that problem no more than the happy symptom of an excellent novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A covert one boost from James Cobb. 30 July 2008
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Covert One has been a hit and miss series of adventures featuring Colonel John Smith since the late, great thriller writer Robert Ludlum created the series in 2000.The Arctic Event is a return to form under the new authorship of James Cobb.
This is an exciting story with a very good plotline and enjoyable characters. In the Ludlum tradition the action is often and very fast paced. This novel is almost entirely set in one location..the arctic and often reminded me of a good early Alistair Maclean yarn, with its intrigue and unseen enemies.So much better than the awful post Ludlum Bourne series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 13 July 2014
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I just love the characters and the plot is first class! Gripping to the end. Now to find the next book in this excellent series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Covert One classic 28 Sep 2013
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James stuck to Roberts classic Covert One line and come up with a winner! All set in the Canadian Arctic a great fanatic tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great writer. 23 Aug 2013
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Again another most enjoyable book will always want to read this author, very thrilling. Thank you so very much Jodie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid reading from start to finish 14 Aug 2013
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What a great read on a topic so believable in this day and age. I like the way the author tells a storyline and will definitely read more of his work.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hard going at first. 18 May 2013
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After a slow start, the story and action began to come together with an interesting and unexpected climax, would recommend as with all Covert one books.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Just awful, James Cobb is NO substitue for Ludlam!
It's a shocking deceit to splash a decent writer like Robert Ludlam's name over the cover of a book only to have the book actually written by a supremely untalented substitute... Read more
Published 16 months ago by EDF
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Read yet
Although I have not read this book I am sure that I will enjoy it as it is part of the Covert One Series.
Published 16 months ago by MRS D E PARTRIDGE
3.0 out of 5 stars Book Club Special
I was slightly disappointed to discover this book was one of those smaller versions supplied by book clubs but that aside the author is one of the best thriller writers ever.
Published 17 months ago by Mongrel
4.0 out of 5 stars The books condition was at it was described by the seller and that was...
I bought it for my Dad as he likes Robert Ludlum and he said it was a very good book.
Published 17 months ago by Diana Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read
John Smith getting into trouble on an island in the Arctic. Thrilling right from the start! James Cobb, maintains the Ludlum style for another gripping adventure. Read more
Published 18 months ago by James Fitzpatrick-Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Excellent read, last in the convert-one series to date

I say again try and read in the order of publication
Published 19 months ago by malky65
4.0 out of 5 stars the arctic event
I expect it to be at least 4 stars, but I have not read it yet so cannot confirm if it will make 5 stars
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Arctic Event
The Arctic Event. A good read & even better than the film. Up to Robert Ludlum's best and very exciting
Published 20 months ago by David. P. Morgan
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