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The Hades Factor (Covert-One Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Ludlum
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Book Description

The very first Covert-One novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author Robert Ludlum.



An unknown doomsday virus has claimed the lives of four people - including the fiancée of Covert-One's Lt Col. Jon Smith. Devastated and enraged, Smith uncovers evidence that this was no accident; someone out there has the virus, and the pandemic that threatens millions of lives was planned...



Not knowing who to trust or where to turn, Smith assembles a private team to fight the deadly virus. As the death toll mounts, the quest leads them to the highest levels of power and the darkest corners of the earth. And Smith and his team must hunt down a genius determined to destroy them.


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    Amazon.co.uk Review

    With an unbroken string of bestsellers dating from the early 70s (beginning with 1971's The Scarlatti Inheritance) and over 200 million books sold, Robert Ludlum is an acknowledged superstar of the political thriller. Gayle Lynds, who was compared to Ludlum after her 1996 debut, Masquerade, has two successful novels and a slew of pseudonymous pulp fiction titles to her credit. Together--after a fashion--they serve up book one of Ludlum's new Covert-One series of trade paperback originals, Robert Ludlum's the Hades Factor.

    After three disparate Americans succumb to a hitherto unknown Ebola-like virus, the United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) is pressed into service. Since the USAMRIID's top doctor (and former military intelligence operative) Lt. Col. Jon Smith has yet to return from an overseas conference, the job of heading the medical research team falls to Smith's colleague and fiancée, Dr Sophia Russell.

    Upon Smith's return, he is sequentially treated to a life-or-death warning from a childhood friend (and rogue FBI agent), several nasty near-death experiences and the viscerally graphic demise of his wife-to-be, an apparent virus victim. Enraged and bereaved, Smith flies into action only to discover doctored files, expunged records, and the distinct likelihood that he's dealing with cases of murder-by-virus. As more questions are asked, more deaths occur, official channels slam shut and Smith finds himself a wanted man, battling his best friend, an evil-genius gazillionaire scientist, corrupt politicians and Third World terrorists. In other words, it's Smith versus all the usual suspects.

    Ludlum and Lynds cover no new ground here. In fact, The Hades Factor owes as much to Tom Clancy's Op-Centre series and Richard Preston's The Hot Zone as it does to Ludlum's own considerable body of work. That said, The Hades Factor still delivers a respectable level of intrigue and suspense, will likely be snapped up by output-starved Ludlum fanciers and will be right at home on the bedside tables of Preston fans. --Michael Hudson

    Amazon Review

    With an unbroken string of bestsellers dating from the early 70s (beginning with 1971's The Scarlatti Inheritance) and over 200 million books sold, Robert Ludlum is an acknowledged superstar of the political thriller. Gayle Lynds, who was compared to Ludlum after her 1996 debut, Masquerade, has two successful novels and a slew of pseudonymous pulp fiction titles to her credit. Together--after a fashion--they serve up book one of Ludlum's new Covert-One series of trade paperback originals, Robert Ludlum's the Hades Factor.

    After three disparate Americans succumb to a hitherto unknown Ebola-like virus, the United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) is pressed into service. Since the USAMRIID's top doctor (and former military intelligence operative) Lt. Col. Jon Smith has yet to return from an overseas conference, the job of heading the medical research team falls to Smith's colleague and fiancée, Dr Sophia Russell.

    Upon Smith's return, he is sequentially treated to a life-or-death warning from a childhood friend (and rogue FBI agent), several nasty near-death experiences and the viscerally graphic demise of his wife-to-be, an apparent virus victim. Enraged and bereaved, Smith flies into action only to discover doctored files, expunged records, and the distinct likelihood that he's dealing with cases of murder-by-virus. As more questions are asked, more deaths occur, official channels slam shut and Smith finds himself a wanted man, battling his best friend, an evil-genius gazillionaire scientist, corrupt politicians and Third World terrorists. In other words, it's Smith versus all the usual suspects.

    Ludlum and Lynds cover no new ground here. In fact, The Hades Factor owes as much to Tom Clancy's Op-Centre series and Richard Preston's The Hot Zone as it does to Ludlum's own considerable body of work. That said, The Hades Factor still delivers a respectable level of intrigue and suspense, will likely be snapped up by output-starved Ludlum fanciers and will be right at home on the bedside tables of Preston fans. --Michael Hudson


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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1116 KB
    • Print Length: 452 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312264372
    • Publisher: Orion (22 July 2010)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0045JJQ6Q
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    • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,885 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    After a successful career in the theatre, Robert Ludlum launched his career as a bestselling writer with The Scarlatti Inheritance in 1971, the first of 22 consecutive international bestsellers. Robert sadly passed away in March 2001.


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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Intro to the series 16 Feb. 2006
    Format:Paperback
    As happens many people I picked up a newer covert one novel a few months back and was pleasantly suprised at how good it was. The main character Jon Smith had a real edge to his character and a great story behind him. So this led me to the start of the series ie here. This novel is about Jon Smith in his pre covert one days and the events that lead up to him becoming a member.
    The plot itself is good based around a incurable virus that has spread accross the world and the people who are using it to their own advantages. Step in Smith to save the day by travelling all over the globe and with a help of a few friends everyone needs a friend who's ex SAS.
    A great book with great characters and a good starting bloc kfor the covert one series of novels. Once you read this I can see anyone buying the rest of the series.
    Enjoy !
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars The start of what could be an exciting series 2 Dec. 2004
    By bernie VINE VOICE
    Format:Paperback
    In the prolog three seemingly unrelated people dye of a uniquely fast acting virus. Prepare for gushing blood and more.
    Our hero, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jonathan ("Jon") Smith M.D. from USAMRIID, is warned by an old friend to be ware of the Ides of March. Oops I meat that the friend xxx warns him that he is in trouble. Evidently the warning is too little too late to save the love of his life. He spends the rest of the story with the help of some extraordinary friends, tracking down the culprits.
    All the characters are bigger than life. They can go anywhere and do anything whit out the annoying details that would make the story impossible. Of course Robert Ludlum is a tad over descriptive and fluffs a 100 page tale into a 400 page tale mostly with gushy stuff (I suspect the influence of Gayle Lynds). The very thing that makes this story surreal is the very thing that makes this story fun. I am looking forward to the next book in the "Covert-One" series.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars There's nothing quite like a deadly pandemic... 3 Aug. 2009
    Format:Paperback
    This was my first Robert Ludlum novel - indeed, my first real crime thriller - and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. It opens with a handful of people dying suddenly and horribly from hemorrhagic fever. A team of army research scientists immediately set to work to isolate the virus and find a way to stop it. Meanwhile Jonathan Smith, one of their number, away on other business and blissfully unaware of the crisis, receives a blunt warning for his life from an old friend and is promptly attacked.

    His fiancee, fellow scientist Sophia Russell, finally has a breakthrough, linking the virus with something she has seen before on a research trip to Peru... but the only person who might be able to help denies all knowledge, and she too is attacked. By the time Jon reaches her back home she is dying from the same virus.

    From here it becomes a race against time to find out who is responsible for the attacks, Sophia's death - and, it would seem, the virus itself. Who has unleashed it, who is keeping secrets, what do they stand to gain - and how on earth can they be stopped?

    It definitely kept my interest all the way through, though there were odd moments when I was jerked out of the story and thought, 'whoah, that was bad.' Ludlum insists on repeating the ranking of many of his characters, and while the descriptions of gun fights and stealth operations ring with authenticity and knowledge, the personal relationships that cement the story are a bit clunky. It might have increased the thrill factor had the romance between Jon and Sophia, and the tight bonds between Jon and his friends (and partners-in-crime), been a little less awkward in their portrayal.

    All in all, a really good, well paced novel - and I would certainly read more Robert Ludlum now I've started.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Ripping good read! 20 July 2000
    By A Customer
    Format:Paperback
    I used to read Ludlum years ago but his last few books I found rather boring and contrived. I am happy to say that with this novel the writer is back in form! Plot is well thought out and the writing is tight. Best of all I liked the character development, something I think was lost in the most recent novels. Buy it you'll like it! I also recomend an interesting thriller:"A Tourist in the Yucatan"
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Ludlum ever 20 Jan. 2001
    By A Customer
    Format:Paperback
    Sincerely, it looks like the book was entirely written by Gayle Lynds. One actually wonders if Ludlum has seen the book at all. The plot is not bad, but the style is so primitive and repetitive that it destroys the reader's interest long before the end of the story. There is no comparison with Ludlum's previous books, such as The Bourne identity or The Matlock paper.
    Alain Schenkel and Tatiana Petrova
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Hopefully Covert One is the one and only 9 Nov. 2002
    By taking a rest HALL OF FAME
    Format:Paperback
    "He yanked the steering wheel, turned the RV around, and blasted it out of the forest like toothpaste from a tube." I do not believe that Mr. Ludlum would write that wretched a metaphor.

    I am about as loyal a reader of Mr. Ludlum as I could be. I have read all of his books, and certainly some have been better than others, however this breaks new ground and then sinks into it. The only bright spot is that he has what I hope will be a great novel that is shown on the inside cover, "The Prometheus Deception", arriving this fall. This next work will carry only his name, and I hope it restores him to the top of the list in this genre. Reviewers did not greet his last full novel with great enthusiasm.

    Read the description of the book's storyline on the back cover, think for a moment, and if it sounds familiar, don't be surprised. The same description could be used for one of this summer's movies, and a ticket to it costs less. The mechanics of how the story is carried out, again from another movie from the not too distant past.

    I lived in the town and worked in one of the Cities that are used in the book. No one involved with this book knows anything about the City in question. They mention a prominent structure and its newness. I don't now how you describe a structure that has stood for decades as new, or recent, or in the last 20 years. The book is riddled with factual errors; the story has been done many times, and done many times better.

    Mr. Ludlum evidently produced this as a joint effort with Ms. Gayle Lynds. I have no idea who wrote what, but the result is not worth your reading time.

    At one point during the story President Castilla of the United States says, "Are we all to perish under our own stupidity". The answer Mr. President is yes, if you believe a massive Pharmaceutical Campus can be built in a National Park.

    Buy and read almost anything else.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars The start of what could be an exciting series
    In the prolog three seemingly unrelated people dye of a uniquely fast acting virus. Prepare for gushing blood and more.

    Our hero, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by bernie
    4.0 out of 5 stars The start of what could be an exciting series
    In the prolog three seemingly unrelated people dye of a uniquely fast acting virus. Prepare for gushing blood and more.

    Our hero, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by bernie
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    great
    Published 4 months ago by Mr P Bettison
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    good service 100\100
    Published 5 months ago by martin graham truett
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Good fast service.
    Published 5 months ago by KENNETH R COLLYER
    2.0 out of 5 stars not worth the ink or the money
    Found this on a ship while bored. It passed the time but now i realise why i do not read pulp fiction. Formulaic, predictable, nonsense. I hope they don't make a film of it.
    Published 8 months ago by Mr. A. Fenn
    3.0 out of 5 stars Yet another great book by Bob
    Yet another great book by Bob, I don't know where he gets the time to resource and publish these books
    Published 10 months ago by Rol021
    5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
    Terrific book - wish I'd read it first though instead of last - just to follow on with the characters - loved all the Ludlum books
    Published 12 months ago by Ms. H. M. Evans
    5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
    Great plot. Great characters. It had me reading it all afternoon and evening to finish it off. Must find which one in my Kindle App on my iPad and iPhone to read next!
    Published 18 months ago by JRK
    5.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining
    Far fetched, formulaic and predictable but great escapist fun. The characters are interesting but do stretch credibility a tad bit again. Fun.
    Published 20 months ago by Mr. D. Ditchburn
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