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A fair Read for a Winter Night
on 16 February 2005
The Lazarus Vendetta is the fifth entry in the Covert One series of books. Although Robert Ludlums name is still attached to this series of books it remains unclear how much input he has really had to these later books, given that he sadly died some years ago. This book is an adequate entry into the series and follows the trend of the previous books in that it identifies a leading science and explores what would happen if it was abused. In this book nanotechnology is examined. The main protagonists remain Colonel Smith and his gang of friends who he recruits to help him from time to time. The main antagonist is the Lazarus movement which is a pro-environment movementment which some shadowy objectives. The book moves at a fair pace and although the plot is fairly predictable, an occasional suprise pops up now and then. In particular the trio of assasins had a touch of the james bond novels about it. The finale is a little bit of a let down but overall worth a read.
The Moscow Vector, the next entry in the series is due in summer 2005.