The Lazarus Movement, the dominant force in the eco-conscious, "anti-technology" protest movement, has sent rumblings down the halls of the world's intelligence agencies. Led by a mysterious, never-seen figure known only as Lazarus, this increasingly prominent group is believed by some to be preparing a bold strike.
When an attack on a nanotechnology research facility leaves thousands dead, protesters and scientists alike, from what appears to be a cloud of inadvertently released but gruesomely deadly nanobots, pandemonium reigns. Lt. Col. Jon Smith is activated by Covert-One to find and uncover the truth about Lazarus where all others have failed. As Smith slowly uncovers the deadly underpinnings of the group, he soon learns that the Lazarus Movement is only the very tip of the iceberg in a deadly scheme that threatens billions of lives and will forever change the nature of the world itself.
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"A Robert Ludlum novel is like watching a James Bond film...slickly paced...all-consuming." (Entertainment Weekly)
"Hand-to-hand action, intriguing science, and plot speed will keep most techno-thriller readers nailed to their seats." (Publishers Weekly)
I enjoyed this novel. The story is well told and has multiple plots that converge as it unfolds. There are multiple layers of friends and foes and some of those have even been "deceived" by their superior. Well put together.
Scott Brick narrates well as usual. I do have to say, however, that I miss Paul Michael's superior accent/personality narration abilities. (P. Michael narrates most of Ludlum's novels). With Scott Brick, the dutch have a german accent and the french sound russian. Sort of distracting.
It is not often that I want to fast-forward whilst listening, but I certainbly did with this. The plot is beyond belief. Details of the size of ammunition and far too many descriptions of the results of coming in contact with it are boring. A very disappointing publication.
So maybe Robert Ludlum did create the story concept, but he must be turning in his grave over the final story. Too much of the Ludlum careful attention to detail is just plain missing. For example, a car driving on an English motorway pulls out to the left to pass another car? Maybe this sounds too picky, but Ludlum didn't leave that type of error in the final product.
It should be entitled "Patrick Larkin's The Lazarus Vendetta." Then those of us who remember Ludlum's legacy would not have wasted our money.
The only true Ludlumesque quality was the title - it followed the Ludlum formula, "The [Proper Noun] [Common Noun]." But that's it.
I listened until the very end, out of stubbornness more than interest. It never improved.
As for narration, Scott Brick is one of the narrators I generally like, so he may have saved the tale a bit. He still has his annoying inflection with questions and accents, but overall, he does a good job.
I have just about every Robert Ludlum book you can buy. I normally love the Covert One series, even with other writers. However, between the ridiculous plot line to the horrible reading by Scott Brick, I can't even bear to finish this one. I know others have said they like the narrator but he is absolutely awful. It sounds like he should be reading a "How to" manual or selling me a used car. Bad, bad, bad....don't waste your money.
I write my reviews under my wife Karen's account. Retired USN Russian linguist/analyst; actor; director; producer. Biography & History focus
I purchased this because I like the narrator - Scott Brick. It's an OK listen but recent Ludlum titles are not by Robert Ludlum..He died a while ago but for some reason many are unaware of this fact. His name is licensed - as I said, it's OK...but it's NOT Ludlum quality. I rate it a "3" for Scott Brick's narration.
Ludlum is one of the writers whose books I buy without worry. After attempting to read "Robert Ludlum's The Lazarus Vendetta," I won't do that again. Even though I was aware that Ludlum had several books 'in the can' when he died, I had expected that they would, at a minimum, be more or less true to Ludlum's qualitative standards. I was wrong.
I am reminded of a quote by Daniel Webster (quite possibly apocryphal). While attending a formal dinner his female dinner partner is reputed to have turned to him and said, "Sir, you smell." Webster replied. "Madam you are wrong; I stink, you smell."
Either one works for The Lazarus Vendetta.
Not even Scott Bricks excellent narrative skills can save this one. NOT Ludlum...unbelievable; skin and flesh melting off bodies, pointlessly horrific.
My first experience with a Ludlum book has been one which will see me purchase others. A story, which at times, is graphic in its description, may not make the best bedtime listening for some. It is easy to draw parrallels with the "real world", and the possibilities that really exist , as one person chances his hand at world domination. There are very few parts of this book which are dull, generally the action is fast paced, as a seemingly unconnected series of events, and group of people are drawn together to the final conclusion.
Narration is good, with the feeling and Authors intent clearly coming across. Different characters and their personalities are clearly defined, and displayed by the narrator
A really really good book, didn't want to stop listening, needed to know what happened.
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