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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (24 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409116492
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409116493
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 3.2 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Janson returns in a new adventure...

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Robert Ludlum launched his career as a bestselling writer with THE SCARLATTI INHERITANCE in 1971, the first of a string of international bestsellers. There are more than 300 million copies of his books in print and they have been translated in 32 languages.

Paul Garrison is the author of the critically acclaimed thrillers FIRE AND ICE, RED SKY AT MORNING, BURIED AT SEA, SEA HUNTER and THE RIPPLE EFFECT. He is currently writing the next novel in the new Paul Janson series.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ennahele on 12 May 2014
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This is a very well written book. It keeps your attention all the way through and I found it very hard to put it down.
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Good story line and nice characterisations with good pace. A real page turner which kept me awake at night for hours.
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Even though this is written by another reads just like Robert Ludlum wrote the first book.twists and turns everywhere. A credit to him.keep on writing more.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Better than most factory-produced thrillers 18 Mar 2014
By TChris - Published on
Format: Hardcover
(This is a review of the entire novel, not just the free 5 chapter preview.)

The largest name on the cover of The Janson Option is Jason Bourne even though this is not a Bourne novel. The second largest name is Robert Ludlum even though Ludlum has been dead for more than a decade. The Ludlum factory continues to churn out novels, however, and by the time we reach the bottom of the cover, we learn that Paul Garrison wrote this one. He did a capable job. Unlike recent Bourne novels, The Janson Option does not seem like a hastily written factory-produced thriller.

The Janson Option follows The Janson Directive, which was published a year after Ludlum's death. Paul Janson is a former clandestine government assassin who founded something called Phoenix, which is sort of a rehab center for former government killers. Janson funds Phoenix by handling corporate security assignments. The Janson Option begins with Paul Janson and Jessica Kincaid smuggling the son of a dictator out of his country in North Africa. A year later, Kingsman Helms, who runs the oil division of a ruthless and powerful global corporation, hires Janson to rescue his wife from Somali pirates. Helms needs some rescuing himself after Camorra hit men start shooting at him. The explanation for that apparent coincidence is more credible than the explanations thrillers typically muster.

In fact, The Janson Option as a whole is more believable than many thrillers, including some of Ludlum's. It is carefully plotted without becoming convoluted and it contains at least one satisfying surprise. While Janson and his partner/lover Kincaid are standard thriller heroes, their adversaries (American corporate executives and warring Somalis) are more interesting than typical thriller villains. The international settings have an authentic feel. There is enough action to enliven the story without becoming a mindless novel of shootouts and fistfight. While there is nothing truly exceptional about The Janson Option, it is a fun and fast-moving escapist thriller.
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started back in in 2002 by the great man himself 15 July 2014
By Ab Uffalo - Published on
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Tell me, have you ever started a book & then felt that you had read it before, not once, but several times? I have, & I had this feeling with Paul Garrison's latest outing in the Janson series, started back in in 2002 by the great man himself, with the series original, The Janson Directive, released just after his death in 2001. Now for those who have read my reviews of the James Patterson collaborative titles, you will no doubt know that I'm not a fan of such collaborations. The reason behind this is simple, the collaborative works are usually second-rate, with plots & sub-plots that have been visited over & over again by a plethora of wannabe authors. Like flogging a dead horse! And where series' are being produced after the death of a great author (as in the case of Robert Ludlum), the result seems to be nothing more than a money-grab by publishers who get up each morning to the sound of ringing tills & the sight of dollar bills. The problem here is not that Paul Garrison is any wannabe writer, in fact he has a pretty solid writing legacy behind him, keping in mind that as Justin Scott (his real name) he is the man responsible for such great tomes as The Normandie Triangle, A Pride Of Royals, and of course, the ultimate David & Goliath novel of the sea, The Shipkiller, which Ludlum himself described as "A stunner" & "Absolutely Riveting". High praise indeed, from the great man himself. The problem with the likes of "The Janson Option", & its predecessor "The Janson Command", the storylines are simply not original, or worthy of the great man himself, & hence not worthy of appearing under his name. Ludlum was a unique storyteller, and while conspiracy of some kind or another was the mainstay of his novels, each character, & storyline was individual, and you never felt that you were reading something you had read previously. Frederick Forsyth's work were the same, & still are. Yet more & more authors are recruiting other 'writers" to pen their works, and the quality of so many of these are abysmal. Look at the Bourne titles by Eric Van Lustbader - compare these with Ludlum's 3 original books in the series, & the difference in quality is clearly evident. Much the same can be said of many of Clive Cussler's collaborative titles; they just don't stack up against his great works. I can remember waiting eagerly for a new Ludlum or Cussler title to hit the shelves, but not now. Yet why do they let it happen, if it's not for the easy money? Why put their own reputations on the line? According to Fantastic Fiction, Tom Clancy penned 13 novels & 9 non-fiction titles himself, yet his total output was 66. Those 13 novels were amongst the best thrillers written at the time/s they were released, but the rest, forget it! Mark Greaney, author of the Grey Man series, has chosen to continue a series in Clancy's name, but they seem so tired & uninteresting, lacking any NEW plot - just re-hashed old ones, that have appeared in so many previous books. Maybe it's a case of age for those authors who are still with us - like Cussler, who is 82. And yet Jack Higgins is still
writing at 85, & Wilbur Smith is still going strong at 81. The late & great Dick Francis continued to write solo until 2006, collaborating for the first time with his son Felix, when he was 86. I guess I was just lucky to grow up in an age when ingenuity on the part of the author was integral with writing a successful & exciting thriller.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Janson Option 24 May 2014
By THETUCK - Published on
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This is a Great work. And a Great read. I am a new fan patiently waiting for the next one.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good But Not Great 2 May 2014
By Nick Gladding - Published on
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Although Paul Janson is a great hero, this one falls a little short of the mark. I hope the next one returns to the action-packed earlier
versions in the series.
I love this series by the late Ludlum 20 Nov 2014
By pipatty - Published on
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I love this series by the late Ludlum. I also love the Covert One series. This was another good job in general. I would have given it five stars but it slowed down and got a little convoluted in a few places. We kind of lost Kincaid in this one,and when we did see her interact with Janson, she often became silly, jealous, and a few of the other things that strong women don't engage in, not even in real life....Still....a good read...
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