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4.0 out of 5 stars Jon and Randi do the dirty work
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...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I've read all the books in this series so far and mostly enjoyed them, but this one really disappointed me. It had very little action and no suspense. I found it wordy and plodding. But the worst thing about it for me was that the author changed character traits that other authors had given them, as he'd done in his earlier book too. For instance he ignored Randi's flying...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jon and Randi do the dirty work, 27 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Robert Ludlum's The Utopia Experiment (Covert One Novel 9) (Hardcover)
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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 25 Oct. 2014
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I've read all the books in this series so far and mostly enjoyed them, but this one really disappointed me. It had very little action and no suspense. I found it wordy and plodding. But the worst thing about it for me was that the author changed character traits that other authors had given them, as he'd done in his earlier book too. For instance he ignored Randi's flying skills from Arctic Event. I gave it two stars, however, because he did a better job with Marty, even if he did exaggerate his character somewhat. Also the basic premise of the book physically altered the general public (implants) and I look forward to reading the next book in the series to see how the author deals with that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable book., 13 Jun. 2013
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An enjoyable holiday read. The books ideas that applied to the future could become a reality much soone than you think.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read, 13 May 2013
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Another book to take on vacation, only problem , do not start reading late at night , you will not get to sleep
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5.0 out of 5 stars utopia experiment great bit of escapism, 26 Jan. 2014
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Ok it's a bit far fetch but as bit of easy reading it's a triumph ,the story quickly builds with enough twists and turns to keep the pages turning
As a holiday/escapism read it ticks all the right boxes.
Try... hopefully you'll enjoy the experience
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Robert Ludlum Classic, 6 Mar. 2014
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A book that keeps you glued for all time as you don't want to put it down for anything it is such a good read it is a nail biting experience
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 9 July 2014
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All OK
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a page turner, 14 April 2014
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Bought the novel as I have read most if not all in the series. Whilst it retains the main characters it lacks the tension and surprises one expects from the series. I found it disappointing and got the feeling that not too much research or thought went into the story.
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2.0 out of 5 stars None, 23 Oct. 2014
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G. Peck (Kent, UK) - See all my reviews
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This book does not, in any way, shape or form reach the standard expected of Robert Ludlam. The story, using the C1 platform, does not work for me. A disappointing read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than "Bourne"., 22 Feb. 2015
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A thoroughly good read from the Covert One series. Far better than the repetitive and predictable "Bourne" series
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