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The Prometheus Deception | [Robert Ludlum]

The Prometheus Deception

A new world order is taking shape. Only one man can stop it. Pray that he will succeed. The Prometheus Deception is classic Ludlum - a world of murderous wheels within wheels where nothing and no one are what they appear, and violence and sudden death lurk around every corner. Also available abridged.
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Publisher's Summary

For fifteen years, Nicholas Bryson was a top deep-cover operative for the Directorate, a clandestine branch of U.S. intelligence. After nearly being killed during a failed Tunisian coup d'atat, he was retired to a quiet new identity as a college professor in Pennsylvania. Now, five years later, the CIA has contacted Bryson to tell him that his former employer was in fact using him against his own country's interests. The CIA wants Bryson's knowledge and expertise to help shut down the Directorate for good.

But Bryson's skills are rusty, his contacts unreliable, and he doesn't know whom he can trust. Nor does he know why he suddenly finds himself in an assassin's crosshairs. Is this somehow tied to the worldwide increase in terrorism? To the shadowy Prometheus? And Elena, his wife, his love, who abruptly left him years ago - was she who she seemed to be?

A spine-tingling adventure that sweeps us from Washington to the Mideast, Europe, Russia, China, and the deepest reaches of cyberspace, The Prometheus Deception is classic Ludlum - a world of murderous wheels within wheels where nothing and no one are what they appear, and violence and sudden death lurk around every corner.

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

What the Critics Say

"Spine-tingling espionage intrigue. Using accents, pacing, and an astute sense of Ludlum's characters, [Paul] Michael elegantly and powerfully draws listeners into this complex adventure." (AudioFile)

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    Lester Columbia, MD, USA 02-28-05
    Lester Columbia, MD, USA 02-28-05
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    "Not up to his standards"

    The narrator is fine. The plot is good. The dialogue is inane. It is difficult to imagine why the protagonist is still alive given how dumb he is. Phrases like "he sank to his feet" are repeated many times. What does that mean? The person was shot, he didn't just jump into the water. I can imagine someone sinking to his knees. At first I thought it was the narrator saying the wrong thing, but then it is repeated again and again. Wild shooting sprees in crowded squares don't draw any police response. Innocent bystanders are slaughtered by the dozen.

    There are better suspense novels out there. Go for them. I have listened to other novels by this author that were far better. He must have been bored this time around, but I would have thought an editor would have worked the dialogue over at least.

    Oh well.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Cary, NC, USA 02-06-03
    Michael Cary, NC, USA 02-06-03
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    "not horrible, but there are better Ludlum books"

    I thought the narration was fine, but the story seemed pretty weak and the characters thin and sometimes inconsistent. I got a lot more enjoyment out of Ludlum's Jason Directive and Sigma Protocol.

    28 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    OriginalCyn New York, NY 10-29-05
    OriginalCyn New York, NY 10-29-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Fun but not a Great Ride"

    This was my first listen to a Robert Ludlum book. I think his style is perfectly suited to the audio format, and I was right about that. The demands on the narrator are significant, and he delivers nicely (though does sometimes drop an accent here and there, which I found understandable).

    Unlike many of Ludlum's other books, this one takes place post-Cold War, and that may be the problem. The enemy is far more diffuse, and that hurts a spy novel. Ultimately, I found the character of Nick Bryson (the protagonist) to be quick on his feet and with languages and all the gadgets of an undercover operative, but kind of under-par when it came to emotional IQ and dialogue and just plain common sense. I can't say I found him outright stupid but, given his often childish comments and ruminations on the situations in which he finds himself, he was pretty darn close.

    The story was intriguing, but ultimately the denoument was a let-down. I didn't feel there was an adequate wrap-up of what Ted Waller's role in the book really meant to Bryson as a person (not a spy) and the nature of the conspiracy is so diffuse that it's difficult to see whether or not Bryson's actions actually had any effect on the freight train that is their ambition to "take over the world". Also, it was never quite made clear precisely HOW the conspirators would weild their power on an international level once it was consolidated -- HOW they intended to circumvent governments, WHY the power itself held interest for the "bad guys" when the financial gain is so obvious. Their ideology was not convincingly presented. That was disappointing, and felt like a big plot hole that only fully revealed itself at the end.

    My favorite Ludlum, for the afficianados out ther, is THE MATARESE CIRCLE. I so wish it was available in unabridged format on audible!

    Anyway, to summarize: The narrator's good. The plot is adequate, but ultimately disappointing. And the main character is a bit wooden.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Pearland, TX, United States 07-17-04
    Susan Pearland, TX, United States 07-17-04 Member Since 2003
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    "A 2nd-rate Ludlum beats most other thrillers"

    Ludlum is not at his best here, but he is, as ever, dependable. Action, intrique, continent-hopping spy guys and girls. The premise is chilling. A good listen.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    S. Longley Dallas, TX USA 03-31-03
    S. Longley Dallas, TX USA 03-31-03 Member Since 2000
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    "Excellent"

    Very gripping storyline - very involved but would you expect less from Mr. Ludlum? Mr. Michaels is an excellent narrator, who is quite versatile with vocal character signatures and inflections.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kristen State College, PA, USA 11-28-03
    Kristen State College, PA, USA 11-28-03
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    "In the end, less would have been more"

    Mr. Ludlum didn't deliver this time. The plot is micromanaged with a great deal of superfluous detail that typically did not enhance the story in terms of plot plausibility or character development. Unfortunately, I experienced most of this book as burdensome and the ending was particularly disappointing. If you're a prospective first-time Ludlow reader I would suggest the Janson Directive or the Sigma Protocol over this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sion MelbourneAustralia 02-01-04
    Sion MelbourneAustralia 02-01-04
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    "An Unknown Choice"

    I purchased this title an a whim, I liked the title, was going on a long trip and needed something to listen to. I was more than pleasantly suprised at this book. The story is gripping from the outset, the characters are real and you really do start to care about what happens to them.
    Well worth a read (listen).

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Philadelphia, PA, USA 02-24-03
    Robert Philadelphia, PA, USA 02-24-03 Member Since 2001
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    "Great book, very timely"

    This is a great book and very timely in this world after 9/11. Loved it. Narration was good, not the best I've heard but it was good. The story was great and keeps the reader guessing. Robert Ludlum is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K. Matschull Ut, USA 02-12-03
    K. Matschull Ut, USA 02-12-03 Listener Since 2002

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    "Great"

    Great story. Gripping from start to end.

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    Scott Lake Worth, FL, United States 08-31-05
    Scott Lake Worth, FL, United States 08-31-05 Member Since 2001
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    "A light, entertaining read"

    If you like Ludlum, I strongly suggest reading/listening to the unabridged version of Twelvehawks' "The Traveler," available on Audible. This Ludlum book was just like all his others, maybe with more overt a world-wariness. It is fun, light and engaging.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • Asbo
    9/24/07
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    "Not my cup of tea"

    I couldn't finish this, although the narrator is very good, the story is implausible, improbable and very contrived. It never won me over and I could never take it seriously. In the end I gave up caring what happened to the characters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Uttoxeter, United Kingdom
    12/22/07
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    "Ok; but not his bets"

    I really like Robert Ludlum and think The Bourne Identity is one of the best books ever (come on Audible when do we get that, unabridged please). This is the usual Ludlum good fast pace; high body count - but I'm afraid I found the end a little unbelievable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    norwichUnited Kingdom
    10/12/07
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    "Great listern"

    just sit back and let the story unfold. non-stop action really loved it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Duncanthoma
    Oval, London, United Kingdom
    5/24/10
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    "So so"

    This was my first go with a Ludlum audiobook. The narration was good, and some of the smaller details make for interesting listening. The plot already feels quite dated and many of the characters felt a bit like stereotypes - spies, upper-class Brits, alluring agents. It's still a page-turner though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    Stockbridge, United Kingdom
    3/19/10
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    "Not to be recommended"

    Incredible and poorly written. Plot shoots off in many directions without overal strategy or shape.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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