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The Cassandra Compact (Covert-One Book 2) by [Ludlum, Robert]
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The Cassandra Compact (Covert-One Book 2) Kindle Edition

4.2 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
Book 2 of 12 in Covert-One (12 Book Series)

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In Robert Ludlum's The Cassandra Compact, Covert-One, the president's personal, super-secret agency formed after some recent virus-driven chaos (The Hades Factor, co-written with Gayle Lynds), is staffed by an unknown number of international covert operatives, including Dr Jon Smith, late of the USAMRIID. And a good thing, too, because someone's helped themselves to Russia's share of the world's last two stores of the smallpox virus, an eradicated yet hideously deadly bug with no ready vaccine.

That the pox was nabbed and who nabbed it is clear enough early on. Why such a seemingly large and disparate cadre of global citizens (keeping the players straight puts one in mind of Abbott and Costello's "Who's on First" routine) chose to pinch the bug and for what end are the novel's driving questions. Freelance Serbian uber-nasty, Ivan Beria, is among the apparent perpetrators as are Dylan Reed and Adam Treloar of NASA, Tony Price, the head of the super-secret NSA and a bunch of Russians. The good-guys roster claims Smith, Covert-One's head Nathaniel Klein, Briton and ex-SAS man Peter Howell, Smith's deceased girlfriend's sister and CIA operative Randi Russell, the girlfriend's best friend, backup shuttle astronaut Megan Olson and another bunch of Russians. Suffice it to say that Smith and company trot the globe, cat-and-mousing after the pox and in so doing careen through a classically speedy and Ludlumesque (if coincidence dependent) plot leaving large numbers of efficiently dispatched corpses in their wake. --Michael Hudson

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In Robert Ludlum's The Cassandra Compact, Covert-One, the president's personal, super-secret agency formed after some recent virus-driven chaos (The Hades Factor, co-written with Gayle Lynds), is staffed by an unknown number of international covert operatives, including Dr Jon Smith, late of the USAMRIID. And a good thing, too, because someone's helped themselves to Russia's share of the world's last two stores of the smallpox virus, an eradicated yet hideously deadly bug with no ready vaccine.

That the pox was nabbed and who nabbed it is clear enough early on. Why such a seemingly large and disparate cadre of global citizens (keeping the players straight puts one in mind of Abbott and Costello's "Who's on First" routine) chose to pinch the bug and for what end are the novel's driving questions. Freelance Serbian uber-nasty, Ivan Beria, is among the apparent perpetrators as are Dylan Reed and Adam Treloar of NASA, Tony Price, the head of the super-secret NSA and a bunch of Russians. The good-guys roster claims Smith, Covert-One's head Nathaniel Klein, Briton and ex-SAS man Peter Howell, Smith's deceased girlfriend's sister and CIA operative Randi Russell, the girlfriend's best friend, backup shuttle astronaut Megan Olson and another bunch of Russians. Suffice it to say that Smith and company trot the globe, cat-and-mousing after the pox and in so doing careen through a classically speedy and Ludlumesque (if coincidence dependent) plot leaving large numbers of efficiently dispatched corpses in their wake. --Michael Hudson


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1444 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (25 Feb. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409117723
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409117728
  • ASIN: B003EH18R0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,429 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
When Mr. Ludlum passed away recently the readers of his work lost one of the true originals in a genre that has becoming overcrowded with imitators. Not all of his books were as special as a given person's favorite, however he wrote with the knowledge that made his stories credible. This second book in, "The Covert One Series", is as bad as and possibly worse than the initial volume in the series. The obituary that I read stated he was working on three additional books before he died that will be published. I hope someone has the integrity to publish the work if it was his or be candid with where the book was when he stopped working upon it. At the very least these Covert One amalgams that clearly had a minimal amount of his involvement should not be the final works to carry his name. That would be a travesty of this man's real books, and to his memory.

Between the last of this series and this mess, we had, "The Prometheus Deception", a few minutes with that book proves the difference between a Robert Ludlum Book, and Robert Ludlum's Covert Collaboration. This book is bad from the cover. The word, "Cassandra", has a very specific meaning and it has absolutely nothing to do with this book's contents. In the first few dozen pages you will read the most ridiculous writing. A man is blown back by a shockwave and is unconscious; upon waking he not only can identify the explosive used but how it was detonated. His explanation is absurd, the material is absurd as it is the last thing that would have been used, and the reasons are much clearer than the preposterous statements.

How about the fact that NASA has learned to defy one of the basic laws of nature?
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Format: Paperback
I find myself strugging to write this review as the book is good, but pretty much instantly forgettable.
The story is quite linear but interesting.
The recurring characters are pulled along very quickly, but this leaves no time for any sort of character development. This is in my opinion what makes the lead character in the covert one books inferior to the Ludlum's Jason Bourne character.
The additional story specific characters are identified quite early on, but their motivation for the story is not explain that well.
I can't say that there were many twists in the end, but it was a fairly satisfying ending.
Could do, and has done better.
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By A Customer on 27 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
The story line is strong, typical of Ludlum set up.A virus has to be stopped from getting out of Russia. However the book lacks the "Ludlum" professional characters to carry it through, thereby undermining the seriousness of the situation.
Smith goes to Russia and back as if he is on holiday. Nobody really appears in any sense of danger.
Perhaps the first Ludlum novel with no tension! with no suprises!
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A fair thriller novel , second in Robert Ludlum's Covert-One series of 'co-written' novels.
A fairly predictable plot surrounding the issues of super smallpox and the threat of terrorists using virus attacks.
OK for a long train journey or flight but won't take too long to read.
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...A fairly standard new-style Ludlum thriller, involving the characters from "Covert One".
All the usual ingredients - a reluctant hero, more twists than a mountain road, enemies in high places, and plenty of high-octain action.
A good read for Ludlum fans - but not as good as his earlier work.
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By JRK on 13 Feb. 2014
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Great author and a great series. The plot was good. The characters were good. I had to say up and finish it! Now, I have to start the next one!
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Far fetched, formulaic and predictable but great escapist fun. The characters are interesting but do stretch credibility a tad bit again. Fun.
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Kept things going all the way through. Great mix of detail and story. Characters are developing and you always want to delve deeper.
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