A classic medical thriller where the plot is a race against time in subduing the villain before he could hold the civilized world hostage by a threat of spreading a lethal virus. To me, this theme has been re-written a few times but the unique part -- the literary flair of Gayle Lynds in style of Mr. Ludlum. There is a touch of personal drama here when Col. Smith lost his fiancee in the most painful way (having contracted the virus, what else?)Thus, he is all out to search and destroy the perpetrators. The narrator added much desired life to this Ludlum series.
The story is interesting but the barrage of banal expressions and dime store sentimentality erodes the telling. And there is the modicum of turgid prose thrown in. Even though I did not expect literature, the writing was woeful enough that I found myself yelling "hack" periodically (or other phrases). The usual superman hero is present who appears to not require much sleep, is not phased by an occasional wound, etc. that's not much different than the flat characters we've become accustomed to on TV. If you want a more reality based portrayal of clandestine operations (CIA), I recommend The Company (Robert Littell). With Hades it is too often difficult to suspend disbelief and get into the tale because of Ludlum's overwrought prose.
Typical larger-than-life hero in a spy-type thriller.
I am not sure I can suggest this or not. It took me about 9-10 hours to get into this story. When that happened it was a very good book. Until that point I had to literally force myself to listen to it. And I only did that because all my credits for the month were used. If you like very slow paced story lines this is for you, but I will pass on the rest of his books.
I listened to this story a couple of years and wanted my own copy to listen to again since story is interesting and exciting. (I love medical thrillers about unknown diseases). However, I was disappointed when the narrator, mispronounced Fort Detrick and USAMRIID (I verified this with a co-worker who used to work at the Pentagon). Since both were frequently mentioned, it was annoying. I'd recommend Books on Tape's version read by Michael Pritchard before this version.