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The Hades Factor: A Covert-One Novel | [Robert Ludlum, Gayle Lynds]

The Hades Factor: A Covert-One Novel

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. Join the search for the truth behind the deadly virus in this heart-stopping listen! Also available href=javascript:linkThis('/store/product.jsp','&productID=BK_AREN_000203')>abridged.
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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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    Deb Canton, GA, United States 01-17-05
    Deb Canton, GA, United States 01-17-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Excellent"

    I found this book excellent. The story and the narrative entralled me. I absolutely loved it. After the begining, I thought that the story would end on a depressing note, but it did not. In fact, it made me eager to hear the next book by this author. And I absolutely loved the narrator, something I've never before felt. His voice was mesmorizing.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Lakewood, CO, USA 09-26-03
    Eric Lakewood, CO, USA 09-26-03 Member Since 2000
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    "Aggravating!"

    I love Ludlum, and this does NOT flow like this late great author. It's ponderous, patronizing, and pathetic! Obviously Gayle Lynds does not have what it takes to pull this off. The plot is obvious and aggravating. There's nothing like listening to highly trained spies whine! Please, do yourself a favor and listen to earlier Ludlum and stay away from this bomb.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Penfield, NY, USA 01-16-03
    Thomas Penfield, NY, USA 01-16-03 Member Since 2000
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    "OK story but way too wordy"

    This is my first encounter with Ludlum. The story was exciting but the whole thing seemed to just go on and on. By the end of the novel, I thought I began to catch where each of the authors ended and the other started. There's a lot of description that struck me as being overblown.

    The reading was well-done for the most part. The brit started to sound a lot like Cary Grant as it went along, though.

    All in all I found the book OK but I'm not jumping into the rest of the series. I may try another Ludlum to see if this excess wordiness is unique to working with a co-author.

    24 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Annece Silver Spring, MD, USA 08-24-04
    Annece Silver Spring, MD, USA 08-24-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Great Ludlum outstanding narrator"

    The prologue grabs your curiosity immediately and chapter one starts the action. You know it is fiction because some of the things Dr. Smith and his team get into and out of are just a little over the edge. But not so much that you want to turn it off.
    I found myself sitting in my car unable to leave without putting on my headset so that I could continue listening on my walk from the parking lot to the office. Jason bourne was my first Ludlum character, but Dr. Smith and his team are fabulous. There is a lot of detail and description and the narrator's cammand of voices and accents makes it very interesting. I was so relieved to find two more from this series in the Audible library. As soon as I finished The Hades factor I went right on line to look for more in this series.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Molly Montara, CA, USA 10-22-03
    Molly Montara, CA, USA 10-22-03 Member Since 2003
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    "Ludlum fans beware"

    I think this novel must have been written by Gayle Lynds from an outline by Ludlum and then published to take advantage of Ludlum's huge fan base. Shame on you publisher!!

    It is vaguely entertaining and the reader is good, but NOTHING like you'd expect from a real Ludlum novel. The facts are jumbled, the descriptions BLAND and often annoying, huge mistakes are frequent (i.e. according to this author they speak arabic in Iraq- as far as I know, and the CIA worldbook confirms this, they speak Persian or Turkish and only 1% speak arabic). This is just an example of the myriad distracting discrepancies. Moreover, where Ludlums "voice" is discerning and his characters express fairly complicated international opinions, Lynds is pretty jingoistic and simplistic.

    The hardest thing for me though, as a Ludlum fan, are Lynds poor descriptions, the 2-D characters, the tendency to tell rather than "show" the action. If you're looking for lyrical prose, tight plotting, smart descriptions and truly memorable characters Ludlum's other novels are worth a purchase. Definitely try the Janson Directive read by Paul Michael. As far as the Hades Factor, I wish the publisher would let Ludlum rest in peace or find co-authors who are up to his level of storytelling. Sigh.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Silver Spring, MD, United States 10-11-07
    Brad Silver Spring, MD, United States 10-11-07 Member Since 2005
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    "classic listen"

    i loved this book! it's been a long time since i've read this author, so i decided to listen to one of his books. ludlum is a genious! if you like his style, you'll love this book. it's got a very unique plot and the reader is exceptional.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marius Irene, South Africa 06-15-06
    Marius Irene, South Africa 06-15-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Veni, Vidi, Virus"

    A typical Ludlum potboiler - always a good read/listen, and the narrator does it justice, with an excellent ear for accents and tones. As usual with this type of book, startling flaws are scattered about – as an example, a high-level autopsy fails to identify the fact that the victim was coshed just before death. Notwithstanding, the rollicking pace makes this a good one to listen to while cruising through the traffic.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Roswell, GA, United States 03-25-04
    John Roswell, GA, United States 03-25-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Good Story Strains Belief"

    The frequent preposterous plot devices left me saying, "Oh, come on!" However, the book is very well narrated; Paul Michael's accents and character voices are very enjoyable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Guertin Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Canada 02-04-04
    Paul Guertin Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Canada 02-04-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Amateur"

    Poor, amateur writing. Story was alright but much too long, wordy and 'hackish'.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 09-29-11
    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 09-29-11 Member Since 2008

    Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day

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    "This IS NOT Ludlum"

    in any way shape or form
    a shameless attempt at exploiting Ludlum's name on the heels of the Bourne Identity success at the box office..
    Save your credits and pen a protest to the publisher.
    bad book to besmirch the name of a master.
    shameful

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Covert-One: The Hades Factor"

    Great book but ruined by having a different reader starting part 2 of the book, hence my ratings.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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