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The Hades Factor Audiobook

The Hades Factor: A Covert-One Novel

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Publisher's Summary

In the first installment of an exciting new series from Robert Ludlum, a teenage girl in Atlanta, an Army major in California, and a homeless man in Boston all die a horrible and painful sudden death from the devastating effects of an unknown virus. Lt. Col. Jonathan Smith, a combat doctor attached to the United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases, is assigned to solve the mystery of the virus' abrupt appearance. But as the death count rapidly mounts by the dozens, hundreds, thousands - in America, and around the world - Smith finds himself trapped in a maelstrom of mystery and danger.

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.

©2000 by Myn Pyn LLC; (P)2000 by Audio Renaissance, an Imprint of Renaissance Media, Inc.

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    Pat Catawba, VA, USA 04-11-07
    Pat Catawba, VA, USA 04-11-07 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting!"

    I read the book before I watched the movie. Book was better, but hard to believe. Very entertaining.

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    Garon Southfield, MI, USA 01-09-07
    Garon Southfield, MI, USA 01-09-07 Member Since 2013

    I love John Grisham- but have also been taken by Brian Haig, and Gregg Hurwitz- I love an intelligent Psychological Thriller- and I truly enjoy Scott Brick as one of my favorite narrators

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    "Intriguing to the very end"

    I think that the book has the essence of any great book, in that it is spellbinding. I love Psychological thrillers so this hit its mark

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    Amor Canton, CT, USA 04-04-06
    Amor Canton, CT, USA 04-04-06 Member Since 2012
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    "Entertaining"

    A classic medical thriller where the plot is a race against time in subduing the villain before he could hold the civilized world hostage by a threat of spreading a lethal virus. To me, this theme has been re-written a few times but the unique part -- the literary flair of Gayle Lynds in style of Mr. Ludlum. There is a touch of personal drama here when Col. Smith lost his fiancee in the most painful way (having contracted the virus, what else?)Thus, he is all out to search and destroy the perpetrators. The narrator added much desired life to this Ludlum series.

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    Concerned Reader Stamford, CT, USA 12-05-03
    Concerned Reader Stamford, CT, USA 12-05-03 Listener Since 2003

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    "Turgid Prose Sinks This Tale"

    The story is interesting but the barrage of banal expressions and dime store sentimentality erodes the telling. And there is the modicum of turgid prose thrown in. Even though I did not expect literature, the writing was woeful enough that I found myself yelling "hack" periodically (or other phrases). The usual superman hero is present who appears to not require much sleep, is not phased by an occasional wound, etc. that's not much different than the flat characters we've become accustomed to on TV. If you want a more reality based portrayal of clandestine operations (CIA), I recommend The Company (Robert Littell). With Hades it is too often difficult to suspend disbelief and get into the tale because of Ludlum's overwrought prose.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Gwyn Okatie, SC, United States 11-02-03
    Gwyn Okatie, SC, United States 11-02-03 Member Since 2013
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    "Hades Factor"

    Fairly good....Kept my interest...

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    B. Matschull Ut, USA 06-19-03
    B. Matschull Ut, USA 06-19-03 Listener Since 2002

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    "Great"

    I enjoyed the story. The reader does a great job.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Diane M Benetz Parkville, MO United States 01-23-05
    Diane M Benetz Parkville, MO United States 01-23-05 Listener Since 2004
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    "Pretty unbelievable but held my interest."

    Typical larger-than-life hero in a spy-type thriller.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 12-29-02
    Ken Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 12-29-02 Member Since 2005
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    "The Hades Factor"

    Good, solid Ludlum.

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    Brendan Arlington, WA, USA 06-15-07
    Brendan Arlington, WA, USA 06-15-07
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    "Sloooow"

    I am not sure I can suggest this or not. It took me about 9-10 hours to get into this story. When that happened it was a very good book. Until that point I had to literally force myself to listen to it. And I only did that because all my credits for the month were used. If you like very slow paced story lines this is for you, but I will pass on the rest of his books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Chicago, IL, USA 09-08-05
    Jean Chicago, IL, USA 09-08-05 Member Since 2016
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    "Story great, narrator mispronounces"

    I listened to this story a couple of years and wanted my own copy to listen to again since story is interesting and exciting. (I love medical thrillers about unknown diseases). However, I was disappointed when the narrator, mispronounced Fort Detrick and USAMRIID (I verified this with a co-worker who used to work at the Pentagon). Since both were frequently mentioned, it was annoying. I'd recommend Books on Tape's version read by Michael Pritchard before this version.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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