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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Still A Mess,
When you read this book you will be confronted by tortured language, “…have what I have to have. When will I have it?” inept plot pieces that include, “invisible filaments and invisible plastic sheets”, and a work so devoid of proofreading that it lists India as an adversary in a single sentence, twice, as far as I know there is one India. A weapon changes from an AK-47 to an AK- 74 and back repeatedly, and finally, the author Gayle Lynds is very poorly informed on the United States military. Take all these annoying factors that make reading this book a chore and place them in a story that is hopelessly outdated, and you have the 3rd, “Covert One” book that Gayle Lynds has contributed to.
The people that are responsible for publishing this book cannot even decide who wrote it. On the cover it states the book is written by Gail Lynds, but on the back inside cover it states that she is the previous co-author of this series and she and her picture are placed below that of Robert Ludlum. As Mr. Ludlum has been dead for 3 years it seems reasonable to expect the publishers to acknowledge his passing. Mr. Ludlum may have countenanced the use of his name as in, “Robert Ludlum’s”, but as a reader of his work for many years, I would wager this mess never would have appeared if he were still alive.
There are still books that are appearing with Robert Ludlum as the author. Is has been reported that he left behind up to 11 outlines for novels, and the person who is ghosting the books that still bear his name is very good, as witnessed by the last book offered to readers, “The Janson Directive”. The, “Covert One”, series has been consistently terrible, and with this book, “The Altman Code”, I have reached the end of my time and financial investment.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a true Ludlum, and it shows!,
Although this is quite obviously not written by the Legend himself, it keeps the 'Covert One' series ticking over nicely. Enjoyable enough if you don't expect too much from it!!
2.0 out of 5 stars The biggest mystery is -- Who Wrote this Book ?,
Having been a fan of Robert Ludlum for many years I can only say that in my opinion this book is an insult to his memory. It should be made clear to the buying public as to the exact input each author had in the writting of the book. This could be and should be stated on the inside cover. To use the name of a dead person to boost sales is, I would say, taking money under false pretences. Not to be read if you are a true Ludlum fan.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars True Ludlum Fans - Stay away!!!!,
By A Customer
If,like me,you're a true Ludlum Fan,do yourself a favour and DON'T read this book.You will never read another "Ludlum" again!!!!
This book cannot be called a Ludlum book - it is shallow,boring and just poorly written.
Even more annoying is the Amazon.co.uk review - "Lynds has learned from Ludlum how to make researched material sound like deep expertise and how to keep a lot of plot angles in the air at the same time" - do me a favour,did the reviewer even get past the book jacket???I expect more objectivity from amazon.
So for the last time-if you love Ludlum STAY AWAY FROM THIS BOOK!!!!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A rock and roll action thriller,
This review is from: Robert Ludlum's The Altman Code: A Covert-One Novel (Paperback)
The covert one series with John Smith in its lead role has been a mildly diverting series. This entry is one of the better ones, with the hero entering the facinating country of China and deals with a developing international crisis concerning the possible illegal cargo of a chinese boat enroute to Iraq. It twists and turns rather predictably at times but Gayle Lynds has made a brave attempt at a Ludlum political thriller.
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