Hardly knowing where to turn or whom to trust, Smith assembles a ragtag private team to aid him in his search for the truth behind the deadly virus - a quest that will lead them to the highest levels and darkest corners of the globe.
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I listened to this on a friends recommendation, after reading the Ambler Alert.....this "book" is hard to put down once you get started! I've stayed up many a night trying to find a good stopping point so I can resume next day- that was difficult! Looking forward to listening to the rest in the series. Great "read"!
I have been an avid audible listener foot quite some time.it has helped me stay sharp and entertained as well.
I love anything from Robert ludlum. I got hooked listening to his books when i used to drive over the road. you'll like the characters and the exciting flow from continent to continent. this is the first in a series and i think there are 4 books so far . go ahead and get this book
The story idea is really good but the way the author develops the characters and plays the story out is just to corny. All the bad guys are super top level shooters who are also completely incompetent. The bad guys are everywhere, two steps ahead, and ridiculous all at once. All the good guys are james bond level operatives who are also a doctor, a scientist, etc and they never use lethal force. Its just unrealistic and towards the end of the book it becomes a frustrating distraction.
I was expecting Jason Borne type story telling where the stakes are high and mistakes have big consequences.
I am very disappointed with this book, only because of the narrator. He used a single voice for all characters, so you cannot relate to the individuals. He didn't know how to pronounce names, nor could he pronounce many, many words. It lost everything that a audiobook should be. Will never buy another book that Michael Pritchard reads. That's a Big problem that audible has. If it's a series, stop changing the narrator. It ruins the series.
Read book two in the series first and went back to this book to get some back story. Story line is OK, predictable, but interesting.
No characterization in the narration. Vocal tone horrible for narration.
I was so sad when I finished Baldacci's SIGMA series, but with extreme luck I stumbled onto this series. A little different but I promise it won't disappoint!
Very good story and a true classic. the only down side is the audio contains many 10 to 15 second repeats. much more than any other audio book I have listened to. unfortunately they become quite annoying and get in the way of enjoying a great story.
This is a good book but one of the few books that had very poor editorial work. I counted seven areas where the sentences were repeated. I did not like the initial part of the book narration, like the narrator was trying to get me to understand what he was saying instead of letting me listen.
Yes, initial narration was slow and seven areas were repeated.
I am a die-hard Ludlum fan. I have been reading/listening to his books all my adult life. I usually find his intricate plots, twists and turns totally engaging. There were a few disappointing lapses in this book. For instance, the lead character drove a very distinctive sports car to the home of a computer guru friend without a thought that it was easily trackable. Hello?? Granted, this was a minor point, but it was quite unusual for Ludlum books and was disappointing. There were a few more like this that I won't mention and spoil anything. The audio had numerous sequences where phrases or even sentences were repeated. Didn't an editor listen to the final result? The narrator was pretty good but all his British accents sounded a lot like Cary Grant! Overall, this is a very enjoyable listen. It is the first of a the Covert One series and I really like to listen to series books in order and am glad I started this series. But it is not even in the same league as "The Parsifal Mosaic" or the Bourne series novels, all by Ludlum, which had much more developed characters and more intricate plots.
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