Running out of time and hope, Novak's people turn to a man with a history of defeating impossible odds: Paul Janson. For decades, Janson was a legendary covert operative and assassin. Now he has retired, and nothing could lure him back - nothing except Peter Novak, who once saved Janson's life.
Backed by the considerable resources of the Liberty Foundation, Janson assembles a crack extraction team to rescue Novak from his fortress prison. But the operation goes horribly wrong and Janson is marked for death, the target of a "beyond salvage" order.
Now he is running for his life, pursued by Jessica Kincaid, an agent who, as a student of Janson's own lethal arsenal of tactics, can anticipate his every move. To survive, Janson must outrace a conspiracy that has gone beyond the control of its creators. To win, he must counter it with a conspiracy of his own. Janson's only hope is to uncover the nearly unimaginable truth behind these events - a secret that has the power to foment wars, topple governments, and change the course of history.
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"All the trademarked Ludlum gifts of plotting, pacing, and suspense are on full display in this engrossing mystery." (Amazon.com)
"Vintage Ludlum - big, brawny, and loaded with surprises." (Publishers Weekly)
"A marvel of stunning physical detail...Ludlum's best since The Bourne Identity." (Kirkus Reviews)
If I could rate this book zero stars, I would. The characters are so predictable and the dialogue had me rolling my eyes every five minutes. I am one of those suckers who has to finish every book, so I was forced to suffer through all the way to the end. The plot by itself is not terrible, but the writing messes it up big time. If he asked himself one more rhetorical question.... I love a good story and am not a picky literature critic, but this was a huge waste of time. Last but not least, this book is EXTREMELY anti-American.
An excellent plot. If you like Bourne series you will like this too. It is a different flavor of Jason Bourne type story.
As a long-time fan of Robert Ludlum, I enjoyed this book, but find the narrator annoying. I have listened to several books narrated by Paul Michael, and have recently noticed that he has a habit of dropping the 's' from plural words. This isn't consistent, but often enough to become distracting. He often seems to omit sibilant sounds - patience becoming payshun, experience becoming experient. Most reviewers seem to enjoy his narration, however, so perhaps I have just become super-critical, having listened to so many readings by Scott Brick. This is a 5 star story, but I have to subtract 1 star for the narration.
This was my first Robert Ludlum book and will be my last. I must agree with some previous 2 star reviewers and their points. If not for Paul Michael's narration I would not have finished this book, although I did fast forward toward the end Why? because the constant digression from the storyline was distracting, boring and annoying, maybe an abridged version would keep ones interest.
This is my first Ludlum book. Call me dense but the plot wasn't predictable to me. Maybe after I read a few more of this author's novels I would have something different to say, but as a newbie, I enjoyed the twists and turn of the story. I will be trying out another Ludlum. This story definitely held my attention the entire length of the book. 4 instead of 5 because my suspension of disbelief was a bit taxed at times, but I don't mind enduring a little incredulity for an entertaining thriller.
I usually like Ludlum's work but not this time and not with this narrator. Also the the background music was annoyingly loud. Thumbs down :-(
I wouldn't say this is terrible but it ain't great. The story seems to jump around with a rather tenuous thread holding things together at times. There are some nice scenes but half the time I was trying to my best to piece together their worldwide travels, especially in the 2nd half of the story. Like I said, it's okay. If you want excellence get "Avenger" by Frederick Forsyth or "The Company" by Robert Littell. This is long and very average.
Excellent story. Good narration. This unabridged and I am still debating on whether it is better to read unabridged or abridged. Unabridged you get the full book, but you also get the ramblings of the author about minutia which are helpful but sometime distracting. Abridged gets you the storyline and nothing else so you're left asking what you missed. One is 17-20 hours long, the other 6 hours. If you "read" during a commute, you either spend one week or three, unless you hear it during non-commuting times.
Still, worth the download and time
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