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Robert Ludlum's The Altman Code: A Covert-One Novel | [Robert Ludlum, Gayle Lynds]

Robert Ludlum's The Altman Code: A Covert-One Novel

On the dark waterside docks of Shanghai, a photographer is recording cargo being secretly loaded when he's brutally killed and his camera destroyed. Shortly thereafter Covert-One director Fred Klein brings the word to the President that there's a Chinese cargo ship rumored to be carrying tons of chemicals to be used by a rogue nation to create new biological weapons. Klein is ordered to get the President solid proof of what the Chinese ship is ferrying.
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On the dark waterside docks of Shanghai, a photographer is recording cargo being secretly loaded when he's brutally killed and his camera destroyed. Shortly thereafter Covert-One director Fred Klein brings the word to the President that there's a Chinese cargo ship rumored to be carrying tons of chemicals to be used by a rogue nation to create new biological weapons. Klein is ordered to get the President solid proof of what the Chinese ship is ferrying.

Covert-One agent Jon Smith is sent to Taiwan to meet with another agent who has acquired the ship's true manifest. But before Smith can get it, they are ambushed, the second agent is murdered, the proof is destroyed, and Smith escapes with only his life and scant clues to mystery behind the cargo ship. As the Chinese cargo ship draws ever closer to its end port, Smith must race against the clock to uncover the truth about the ship and its cargo, a truth that probes the deepest secrets of the Chinese ruling party, the faction in Washington working to undermine the elected government, and the international cabal who is thrusting the world to the very brink of war.

©2003 Myn Pyn, LLC; (P)2003 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC.

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    Mary A. Washington State 10-21-03
    Mary A. Washington State 10-21-03 Member Since 2001
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    "Not up to the other Covert One Novels..."

    I too, have read all the Covert One novels. This one took quite a while to really get into the story. It would finally get moving, then bog down in details again. This is my least favorite of the Covert One novels and I was disappointed that Peter Howell and Marty Zellerbach didn't make an appearance in this one. The ending was weak. I'm not sure I'd try another Covert One novel. Too bad, the series had such a good start!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    MDCollins1 07-10-03
    MDCollins1 07-10-03 Member Since 2000
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    "Not Ludlum's Best Work"

    I am a Robert Ludlum fan and have read nearly all of the covert one books. This books is predictable and over dramatic in many areas. While entertaining, it is not one that will keep you listening in your car after you arrive at your destination.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Harris Syosset, NY, USA 07-03-03
    Harris Syosset, NY, USA 07-03-03
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    "Visiting an Old Friend"

    I was saddened in the recent past to read of Robert Ludlum's passing. Therefore, I was surprised to realize that there are still some of his novels left to be published. Ludlum's plots though predictable after reading a number of them, are so much fun and so exciting that their predictability take a back seat. His novels are also wonderful travelogues, taking you to some seldom visited parts of the world and giving the reader insight into the character and people in exotic places.

    If you are listening to an Ludlum novel for the first time you will find it fast moving and rewarding. If you are a repeat visitor it will be like "old home week"... Enjoy!

    23 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence PHOENIX, AZ, United States 12-06-12
    Lawrence PHOENIX, AZ, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Another WOW!"

    I got so wrapped up in the story as it started to conclude. Almost all the "Baddies" remained undercover right to the last. I recommend this series very highly. I've been listening to the Audiobooks while I hike, which I do 3 to 5 days a week. As the story was starting to close I was nearing the end to my hike. Knowing that I only had a few more minutes before the end, and being back at the trail head I had to turn around and go back about 1/2 a mile and return a second time just to finish the story. I'm glad I did but now into the next adventure.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara Blowing Rock, NC, USA 07-05-05
    Tamara Blowing Rock, NC, USA 07-05-05
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    "Different Reader!"

    i liked this story about as much as the other covert-one novels. but since i listened to it directly after the Paris Option, it was very jarring to me to have a new reader, especially since i liked the reader of the first three so much. the new reader isn't annoying or anything, but i would have listened to something different in between if i had realized.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Adams Ogdensburg, NY, United States 09-10-04
    Adams Ogdensburg, NY, United States 09-10-04 Member Since 2000
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    "This book was Bad!"

    This excruciatingly boring book started with a simple, mediocre premise, then proceded to stagnate for hundreds of pages, going on and on with absolutely no advancement in the plot, like a car stuck in the mud. If you're a Ludlum fan like I am, you will be acutely disappointed in this bomb, so skip it! I wish I had.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey E. Ehrlich MD 08-26-03 Member Since 2003
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    "Not worth a review, much less a listen!"

    This "thriller" trades in on the Ludlum name, but doesn't provide a plot that makes sense. Characters make really stupid statements, such as the Vice President asking for the name of a covert agent who is in the field so he can pray fror him - this in a White House which is "riddled with leaks." As if that provides a "need-to-know." I lasted to the end to see if there was a reward for the diligent listener; there wasn't. Sadly, when authors die their talent dies with them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 03-24-10
    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 03-24-10
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    "Terrific! A real page turner"

    This was one of the first books I download years ago and decided to re-read it. I am really glad I did. It is one of the best books I've ever read, a real page turner. The narrartor is also excellent. If you like esponiage and thrillers, you'll love this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kirsten Jersey City, NJ, USA 11-17-03
    Kirsten Jersey City, NJ, USA 11-17-03
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    "Ludlum didn't write this"

    What a disappointment from a long-time Ludlum fan - I would bet the farm he didn't write any of this. It's an embarrasement to his name. Bumbling idiot for a hero. Liberal morality seeping in all over the place. Talks down to the reader. Painful attempt at history lessons. Falls short on all the things Ludlum excelled at. Ludlum's typical "mortal" hero makes embarrasingly amateurish mistakes. The lack of absolute right and wrong gives way to lecturing and concern over death toll. The plot is clumsy, with way too much explanation. I don't even know what to say...

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Pittsburgh, PA USA 07-07-03
    Amazon Customer Pittsburgh, PA USA 07-07-03 Member Since 2002
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    "predictable pastiche"

    this newest Covert One novel concerns the hunt for a cargo manifest for a Chinese ship carrying contraband chemicals to Iraq. Poorly written with a ridiculous plot and comic book characters, this book trades on Ludlum's name and is not worth anyone's time.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    "Awful"

    I only post this review so no one else wastes their time like I did. A terrible book. A terrible read. Robert Ludlum must have been asleep when Gayle Lynds wrote this. A shame.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    12/28/09
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    Really enjoyed.

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