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Jon and Randi do the dirty work
on 27 September 2013
Jon Smith and Randi Russell end up working together again on a mission to save lives and defend the USA in this latest Covert One novel. An ageing and ill inventor and industrialist has developed a computer which can be plugged directly into the Human brain and, among other things, determine whether or not someone is lying to you and correct eyesight issues. A military version has been rolled out exclusively for the USA-and the President assigns Jon Smith to determine its effectiveness. He quickly determines it is very effective, indeed-but Marty Zellerbach determines that there is a part of the system that seemingly has no purpose. With Randi Russell having discovered a cave full of severed heads from a village wiped out in Afghanistan, all of them with the implant BEFORE it was made publicly available, Red Flags go up... And it becomes apparent Covert-One is facing obstruction of it's investigation from a very high level inside the US Government.
With even Covert-One forced to stand down by Presidential Order when President Castilla discovers that while Jon Smith is on to something, he has no proof and the interests and money involved make pushing the issue impossible, John and Randi enlist Marty and go lone wolf. When these two and Marty roll their sleeves up and get to work? Anyone who reads the Covert One novels know its best to just lie down and hide.
The chemistry between Jon and Randi almost flies off the page on this one, too, as the Author reminds us what a good match these two are. A fast-moving plot, interesting ideas, colourful characters and a villain who doesn't see what's he's done to reach the level and point he has as evil, rather "necessary" for the supposed betterment of the Human race as a whole? Who is genuinely convinced he's doing the right thing?
Read this one if you like Ludlums own work, it's worth it.