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Robert Ludlum
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4 Feb 2010

Retired operative Paul Janson is called back to the spy game to settle a personal debt he owes. Peter Novak, the legendary Hungarian immigrant and head of the Liberty Foundation, has been kidnapped and faces execution at the hands of terrorist extremists. It is up to Janson to rescue Novak before he is murdered.

Janson puts together a top team immediately and manages the nearly impossible task of extricating Novak, but something goes horribly wrong - something that indicates the operation had been compromised from the start - and only Janson himself survives. Now the major intelligence services think that Janson was responsible for Novak's death and are sending their finest operatives after him...

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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (4 Feb 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 140911774X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409117742
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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The Bourne Deception (Eric Van Lustbader)
The Bourne Objective (Eric Van Lustbader)

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The Chancellor Manuscript
The Matarese Circle
The Holcroft Covenant
The Parsifal Mosaic
The Aquitaine Progression
The Icarus Agenda
The Road to Omaha
The Scorpio Illusion
The Apocalypse Watch
The Matarese Countdown
The Prometheus Deception
The Sigma Protocol
The Janson Directive
The Tristan Betrayal
The Ambler Warning
The Bancroft Strategy

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Robert Ludlum is famous for big, slick, bestselling thrillers crammed with hair-raising action and outrageous plot twists: The Janson Directive shows the maestro in good form.

Retired US agent Paul Janson, a top man in corporate security, is lured back to the old game by a personal debt of loyalty. Peter Novak, billionaire and revered peacemaker, gets captured when Muslim revolutionaries topple an island democracy in the Indian Ocean--and within days will be beheaded. Janson sets up a near-impossible "exfiltration" operation to pull Novak from his massively guarded prison, and against all the odds seems on the very brink of success when a shockingly unexpected disaster casts doubt on everything that's happened so far.

Janson needs all his wealth, competence and tradecraft to stay alive through the international shenanigans that follow, with his old US agency and another shadowy organisation both hell-bent on terminating him. He barely escapes a well-laid trap in Greece, becomes the target for world-class snipers in London, lands in the middle of a pitched battle with assault weaponry across the roofs of Amsterdam, meets further mayhem in Hungary, and ends up in the USA for a Bond-like chase sequence, incredible reversals, and a final razor-edge showdown in the United Nations building. Meanwhile there are flashbacks--vitally important, it emerges--to Janson's horrific experience 30 years before in Vietnam.

At every stage Ludlum offers ingenious escapes, cunning ploys, and increasingly sophisticated means of evasion or assassination. With luck, detective skill, and help from a gorgeous female who's a crack shot, Janson painfully reaches the heart of the mystery. Fast-moving, clever, and violent--though occasionally going a fraction over the top--The Janson Directive delivers all the goods we expect from Robert Ludlum. --David Langford --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


'A brilliant new thriller from a great master of that genre, and a fitting epitaph.' PUBLISHING NEWS --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Wraith Can Write 19 Oct 2002
By taking a rest HALL OF FAME
There continue to be two types of books offered that carry the name Robert Ludlum. There is the, "Covert One", series that has been abysmal since its first appearance and has shown no signs of improvement. And there are the 11 books that it has been said he left outlines for at the time of his death. The latter series that are the traditional Ludlum fare have remained far above the previously mentioned series, and they have been surprisingly good. "The Janson Directive", is by far the best book since the death of this author that helped define this genre. It has been clear that a new pen was introduced when the first unfinished book was completed after Ludlum's death, and with this book it is clear that from beginning to end, while possibly based on a Ludlum outline, this is another author's work. Happily whoever he/she is can really write, maintaining the storyline style that Ludlum continues to be famous for, while bringing a more contemporary flair to the work.
When I use the word contemporary it is often the dialogue that has changed. It is not only much crisper, edgier, and wittier than Ludlum, it also uses dialogue from movies like, "Pulp Fiction", that would never have been found in the late author's work. What puzzles me is where the publishers find a writer this good who is willing to remain anonymous. Perhaps these contributions will launch a new career eventually, but in the meantime I hope that whoever is writing these books is being very well paid. One only has to look to the last, "Ludlum", book and its time spent on the bestseller lists to hope this is true.
The author has created one of the most entertaining players in the form of Grigori Berman.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ludlum remains top! 11 Sep 2003
By Rosslock VINE VOICE
The Janson Directive is typical Ludlum and a welcome return it is after the abysmal Covert-One novels of recent years. It has all the classic ingredients such as a very secret government agency getting up to no good, a man on the run, plots within plots, lots of violence and an unlikely love-interest. It even has a small reference to the greatest thriller ever written, the Bourne Identity.
There are one or two points though that make you wonder how much of this was actually written by Mr Ludlum himself and how much was written by another author to fill in the gaps. I did not like for example the way the story kept hopping from one country to another without an explanation as to how Mr Janson actually managed this, considering he is a man on the run. Also, one has to wonder, what happenend to Barry after he got shot?
Anyway, I did very much enjoy this, and would not hesitate to buy the next few Robert Ludlum novels that are due out soon. Even though they may be written by someone else.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't put it down! 6 Dec 2003
By Charlie
After reading some books of other similar genres by other authors, I was searching for my next read and came across The Janson Directive - my first Ludlum book.
Well, it is one of the most exciting books I've read in a while.
The character is strong and well formed, and even though you are dipped into his past life throughout, it is done in such a way that you aren't left confused as to what is then and what is now.
The plot thickens, twists and pushes against the barriers of possibilities, but just without breaking through to become implausible. It's enough to keep you wondering to yourself about what's to happen next as soon as you lay the book down to get some sleep.
Downsides...nahh. It's all good.
Read it and you'll see why.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable! 11 Aug 2004
I eagerly awaited the arrival of The Janson Directive in paperback, and lo and behold, there it was at the airport on my way to France last year.
As with many other Ludlum books, it was totally absorbing and gripping. One of the most exciting books I'd read in a while.
The plot is intricate and gets deeper and deeper, twisting and turning just at the point you thought you knew where it was going. As a result, you never want to put it down. This is one of those books which, if you pick up to read a couple of chapters before going to sleep, you can expect to find yourself reading late into the small hours!
A cracking effort - give it a read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story let down by a few inaccuracies 22 Feb 2010
Generally a good book. Am about 2/3rds of the way through it, but there are a couple of inaccuracies that are a bit inexcusable. First, while fleeing from the park, he jumps into a taxi and offers the driver a hundred pound note. Not something that I knew existed. Secondly, the CZ75 is an automatic pistol, not a revolver.

Otherwise, I'm enjoying my way through his books.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping until the end! 9 Dec 2003
By T. Richards VINE VOICE
Robert Ludlum is probably the most prestigious novel writer of the spy-thriller, nay, of all time!
And The Janson Directive comes as no exception. The book is nerve-wracking from the very start, where the diplomat Peter Novak, has an important peace-progress meeting burst in on by terrorists.
From here, the book unfolds in a web of deceipt, gun-fights, and many thrilling moments set aside. Secret government agencies abound, aswell as the top-quality writing, available only from Ludlum. The characters are believeable, if not a little spontaneous, and the plot will have you clawing for your seat to ensure you stay on it!
Once again, Ludlum has pulled it off, and I insist that if you've ever read ANY of Tom Clancy's books, or maybe even Clive Cussler's 'NUMA Files' series, then this book is for you!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not like Bourne
Enjoyed but so into Bouren that this was not so easy to dive into. Good though if you fancy a change
Published 3 months ago by 3turn
3.0 out of 5 stars Cut to the chase?
This was a let down for me having read his Bourne books. I found this similair a man on the run from the Estasblisment. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Willy
5.0 out of 5 stars The Janson Directive
A good read with lots of twists and turns.I bought this as a result of an earlier read of Janson.
Published 11 months ago by Spratters
5.0 out of 5 stars I look forward to my next ludlum book
these are always good stories which I enjoy and the book was supplied in a good time and condition thanks
Published 13 months ago by victor draper
3.0 out of 5 stars although new it was discolored
this was a gift and although it was obviously new it was discolored due to aging .. wouldve been better if it had been kept in perfect condition
Published 13 months ago by sharon laing
3.0 out of 5 stars A meandering thriller.
I thought this book got off to a great start, with the main protagonist, Paul Janson, rescuing hostages from the clutches of evil terrorists, on a small island in the Indian Ocean. Read more
Published 15 months ago by J.Flood
3.0 out of 5 stars Too long.
Great story but about 200 pages too long.
Lots of good information but just too much that does nothing for the story. Read more
Published 16 months ago by golfpapamike
4.0 out of 5 stars has power under the hood
This is a classic Ludlum thriller--full of surprises, and frequently the action shifts into high gear like a race car with a SPICA fuel injection system, roll cage, Auto Pro M-22... Read more
Published on 6 Oct 2011 by Roger Weston
5.0 out of 5 stars Janson directive
brilliantly written.Robert Ludlum: The Second Bourne Trilogy: The Bourne Legacy, The Bourne Betrayal, The Bourne Sanction: The Bourne Trilogy
Published on 31 Jan 2011 by OC
2.0 out of 5 stars megatallis
as usual reading a ruburt ludlum novel is like walking into the labyrinth of parallel shadows of light and darkness in a blend of good and evil themes cumbed up in conspiracy thin... Read more
Published on 24 Dec 2010 by Omar Farid
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