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The Cassandra Compact | [Robert Ludlum, Philip Shelby]

The Cassandra Compact

When a sample of smallpox from Russia's cache of bioweapons is smuggled into the United States, Jon Smith and his colleagues must unravel the mystery of the Cassandra Compact and recover or destroy the virus - before the power of Armageddon falls into the hands of a madman.
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Publisher's Summary

Yuri Danko, a deep-cover Russian asset for Covert-One, is on the run. His last communication was a cryptic and urgent plea for extraction. With no hint of what could have driven Danko to such extreme action, operative Jon Smith is sent to the pre-arranged meeting place in Venice to bring Danko out. Days later, Danko arrives at the rendezvous - but before he can reveal what he knows, he is ripped apart by a spray of assassins' bullets.


With only some scant clues left behind by Danko to go on, John Smith quickly concludes that someone is out to do the unthinkable: steal a sample of smallpox from Russia's cache of bioweapons. The deadliest of viruses, if a new mutation of smallpox were developed and released, it could cause an epidemic of unparalleled destruction.


Working to stop the theft, Covert-One finds the adversaries are several steps ahead of them. The virus is smuggled out of Russia to the United States. Now Jon Smith and his colleagues must unravel the mystery of the Cassandra Compact, overcome their powerful and invisible opponents, and recover or destroy the virus - before the power of Armageddon falls into the hands of a madman.

©2001 by Myn Pyn, LLC; (P)2001 by Audio Renaissance, An imprint of Renaissance Media, Inc.

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    Joseph Scottsdale, AZ, USA 05-02-04
    Joseph Scottsdale, AZ, USA 05-02-04
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    "Good but not the best."

    This book, in many ways has formula written all over it. It parallels The Hades Factor to some extent. Jon Smith makes some but limited little use of his band of associates from the past. Additional use of his cohorts from the past would be welcome

    Very little is ever developed on the actual Casandra Compact which would have been an interesting adventure in itself.

    Overall, it is a good read but clearly not Ludlum's best work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K. Matschull Ut, USA 06-19-03
    K. Matschull Ut, USA 06-19-03 Listener Since 2002

    MatschMomma

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    "Great"

    I enjoy the story telling by Robert Ludlum. The reader does a great job.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Brendan Arlington, WA, USA 06-15-07
    Brendan Arlington, WA, USA 06-15-07
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    "Not again"

    I thought I would give him another try...I regret it. While better than the last, it still just seemed to drag on and on. I Like long stories, I wont usually download a book less that 12+ hours, but this should have been a 6 hour book...the rest was tiresome filler.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alex AUSTIN, TX, United States 07-16-05
    Alex AUSTIN, TX, United States 07-16-05 Member Since 2005
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    "This is the one that got me hooked"

    This was my first audiobook ... the one that got me hooked. Great plot and intrigue. John Smith is a great character, which can be followed to a few different Ludlum titles. Expertly read by Paul Michael.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Sarver PA 05-14-04
    Carol Sarver PA 05-14-04 Member Since 2002
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    "It's just not Ludlum"

    I don't know how many people know it,but Robert Ludlum died several years ago. He may have had something to do with an outline for this and similar books, but he's not the writer, and we do a disservice to his legion of faithful readers to let them think he's writing this inferior stuff. Save your money.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Alton Park Forest, IL, USA 07-04-05
    Alton Park Forest, IL, USA 07-04-05 Member Since 2003
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    "My ludlum start."

    This was my first Ludlum book on audio back when i was renting them at Truckstops. I was very pleased with this book and you will be too. the main character is a cross between james bond and Quincy M.D. . for those of you that might remember that show.This is the 2nd book in a Series and i like the main character , Probably cause he is in his forties and fit and smart. something that is rarely portrayed in a lead character. usually they equate fit with youth. But i digress . get this book

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence PHOENIX, AZ, United States 11-20-12
    Lawrence PHOENIX, AZ, United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "It's almost like if you stop, you'll miss somethin"

    Here is another one that can scare the daylights out of you. It's almost like War of the Worlds in that if you heard this on the TV you'd think it was real and the world was going to end.

    The one thing I found objectionable was the music between chapters. I found it distracting and made it harder to get back into the swing of story. Although I enjoyed the book, I would have enjoyed it more without the music.

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    Andrew 09-10-12
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    "Not upto the Standards of Robert Ludlum"
    What disappointed you about The Cassandra Compact?

    The story line was almost like it was written in one weekend, with a rush of simplistic mini plots. Paul Michael's narration made this story almost unbearable. His attempt to use a different speech impeadment for a main character was distracting from the story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Michael?

    Michael Prichard


    What character would you cut from The Cassandra Compact?

    The narrator Paul Michael.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Burke, VA, United States 02-13-12
    John Burke, VA, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2006

    The Commuting Listener.

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    "Covert One Formula Fiction, woot."
    Would you try another book from Robert Ludlum and Philip Shelby and/or Paul Michael?

    I like the Covert one stories, though I'm kinda a junkie for book series. I like seeing the same characters develop over long periods and Robert Ludlum does this as well if not better than most. So while I say


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tennis Junkie San Francisco Bay Area 03-30-07
    Tennis Junkie San Francisco Bay Area 03-30-07 Member Since 2003

    Tennis Junkie

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    "The ending dissapoints"

    I'm pretty forgiving when it comes to storytelling but there is a whole big NASA and space shuttle thing going on with this story that is reeeeeeally a stretch. I guess I enjoyed the story, but the ending is a huge let down. I rolled my eyes and thought about how the author has done SO much better. Not a waste of money, but you know....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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