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Robert Ludlum's(TM) The Ares Decision Audiobook

Robert Ludlum's(TM) The Ares Decision: A Covert-One Novel

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With U.S. intelligence agencies wracked by internal power struggles and paralyzed by bureaucracy, the President was forced to establish his own clandestine group-Covert-One. It is only activated as a last resort, when the threat is on a global scale and time is running out.

In northern Uganda, an American special forces team is decimated by a group of normally peaceful farmers. Video of the attack shows even women and children possessing almost supernatural speed and strength, consumed with a rage that makes them immune to pain, fear, and all but the most devastating injuries.

Covert-One's top operative, army microbiologist Colonel Jon Smith, is sent to investigate the attack and finds evidence of a parasitic infection that for centuries has been causing violent insanity and then going dormant. This time, though, it's different. The parasite had been purposely kept alive and crudely transmitted in acts of terrorism. Now the director of Iranian Intelligence is in Uganda trying to obtain this biological weapon to unleash it on the West.

Smith and his team are ambushed and cut off from all outside support just as they begin to suspect that forces much more powerful than the Iranians are in play-forces that can be traced to Washington itself.

©2011 Kyle Mills (P)2011 Hachette Audio

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    Amazon Customer 10-10-11
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    "Great Book"

    I was skepticle since I didn't really like the last book for Covert One written by James Cobb but Kyle Mills did an excellant job. He brought back Marty, Peter and Randi. It was fast paced and a good read.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 10-17-11
    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 10-17-11
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    "Excellent It was worth the wait."

    I've read the entire Covert One series and this was no disappointment. It was a real page turner and I found it difficult to find stopping points. I just wanted to keep listening late into the night. Adding one of the series background characters to the Covert One team is a good move. I can see where this will help new novels in the future. This is well worth the credit and time spent listening. I highly recommend it. The narrator did a good job but I would have been happier listening to Dick Hill or Scott Brick.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 06-23-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 06-23-16 Member Since 2016

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "I swore I'd never read another Ludlum novel"

    I listened to The Ares Decision when I learned that Kyle Mills would write at least 3 novels in Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series. My sole purpose was to try to determine Mills' capability as an espionage thriller writer. It's an excellent novel, but not up to Flynn's standards. Thankfully when The Survivor was released it did not disappoint. I've mostly listened to Jeff Woodman narrate lighter fare and was surprised with his outstanding narration of this novel

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 10-25-11
    Philip Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 10-25-11 Member Since 2016

    I'm a singer, songwriter, musician, producer and music educator. I've spent the majority of my life wearing headphones . . .

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    "Welcome Back Covert-One"

    I think Kyle Mills did a great job in bringing back to life all the detail of character, plot and place that made the Covert-One series one of my all-time favorites. And props to Jeff Woodman for a narration well done . . .

    More please!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis 10-28-11
    Dennis 10-28-11
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    "Reader"

    the Covert Ones top man Kline is a man in his 60's as noted in previous books... read them all.... this reader, Jeff Woodman, makes him sound like a 28 year old... all the voices are too young,,, he has no breath of ages in his reading.... Covert one is my favorite series.. and this reader really pushes me to finish the book....

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Blue Dragonfly 04-23-16

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    "Not as good as other Covert One novels"
    Would you try another book from Kyle Mills and/or Jeff Woodman?

    Yes, I have some others and they are much better than this one.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Hard to tell as this was such a meandering mish-mash of story lines that were hard to follow for most of the book. It just lost my interest about 2/3 through the story.


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    I have always liked Jeff Woodman's performances in the other Covert One books he has narrated. He is very good at portraying various voices and differing accents.


    Do you think Robert Ludlum's(TM) The Ares Decision needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, this is just a really poorly put together story that loses the listener in its attempt to try to stuff too many aspects in a story that makes little sense.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a big fan of the "'Covert One" series and this is the first time I"ve come across one that I couldn't finish. It was almost as if the writer couldn't quite figure out where he was going with this and just kept adding bits and pieces to try and finish the story. Also, much more brutality than most of Robert Ludlum's other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie 01-22-16
    Melanie 01-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Another great read"
    What made the experience of listening to Robert Ludlum's(TM) The Ares Decision the most enjoyable?

    Having some of the characters introduced in other books make an appearance is great but the 'hero' is always Jon Smith. While the idea of a parasite taking over people & basically making them into a killing machine is a little over the top, it does make for a great book...actually the thought of a disease passed to the human population to wipe enemies out fits in the fears of the people globally in today's world.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Drake & Collins got what they deserved....to disappear.I was glad when it happened to them....I wanted to knock them off myself....


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Unfortunately the length of the audio book made it hard to accomplish that.I did


    Any additional comments?

    I love to read series books---as long as the books are interesting. Nothing turns a reader off faster than a book that feels like you're drowning in quicksand. Not the case with this series...the story line is interesting enough without being far-fetched and the action is realistic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Fountain Valley, CA, United States 01-18-16
    Paul Fountain Valley, CA, United States 01-18-16 Member Since 2002
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    "Not quite Ludlum but good..."

    I would recommend this book...it took a little while to get into.
    A lot of double crosses...All the way to the end...

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    Matthew McLelland Lookout Mountain, TN 08-18-14
    Matthew McLelland Lookout Mountain, TN 08-18-14 Member Since 2010

    As an active / outdoor guy, I love listening to audiobooks while trail running, hiking, etc.

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    "Terrible book - overly complicated from the beginn"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I listened to the first 20% of this book and just could not figure out what was going on - most books of this genre don't require so much effort


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm going to try Dalton Fury's "Black Site"


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator was actually pretty good


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Confusion and frustration


    Any additional comments?

    I would not recommend this book

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    R. J. Thorne 08-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good effort, good story"

    First book by Kyle Mills I've listened to. Wanted to check him out since he's taking over for Vince Flynn. The story was pretty darn good! But the narration was average. The main character, John Smith, sounded like a boy or sometimes a female during tense parts. Hard to think someone is the real B A when he's performed like that. But, I stuck with it and glad I was from the story's perspective.

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