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3.55 out of 53.55 out of 53.55 out of 53.55 out of 53.55 out of 5 3.55 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Ludlum Narrator: Don Leslie Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN:
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On the dark waterside docks of Shanghai, a photographer is recording cargo being secretly loaded when he's brutally killed and his camera destroyed. Shortly thereafter Covert-One director Fred Klein brings the word to the President that there's a Chinese cargo ship rumored to be carrying tons of chemicals to be used by a rogue nation to create new biological weapons. Klein is ordered to get the President solid proof of what the Chinese ship is ferrying.

Covert-One agent Jon Smith is sent to Taiwan to meet with another agent who has acquired the ship's true manifest. But before Smith can get it, they are ambushed, the second agent is murdered, the proof is destroyed, and Smith escapes with only his life and scant clues to mystery behind the cargo ship. As the Chinese cargo ship draws ever closer to its end port, Smith must race against the clock to uncover the truth about the ship and its cargo, a truth that probes the deepest secrets of the Chinese ruling party, the faction in Washington working to undermine the elected government, and the international cabal who is thrusting the world to the very brink of war.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Muriel McLemore | 2/6/2014

    " We listened to this while driving south to Florida. It is a good road trip book; lots of action, mystery, and characters to keep up with. Thanks, Barb, for passing it to us. I am trying to update this with my Blackberry, a real challenge. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherie | 2/1/2014

    " Not bad - I enjoy an espionage story once and awhile "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 1/15/2014

    " For me this book got a little slow in the middle with the action and sort of predictable also. You know the good guy was going to get away but even the way it happened was just a little too predictable. I still enjoyed it and it was a good vacation read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 K.D. Absolutely | 1/11/2014

    " Robert Ludlum died in 2001. This book came out in 2003 with Gayle Lynds as the co-author. This is the fourth book of the Covert-One series. Covert-One is a top secret U. S. agency that fights corruption, conspiracy and bio-weaponary at the highest and most dangerous level in the society. It is composed of ex-military men who are political and technical experts. Gayle Lynds co-created this series with Ludlum in 2000 with the release of its first book, The Hades Factor. Gayle Lynds is a woman who writes and competes in the male dominated spy-thrillers genre. She used to hide behind guy names like G. H. Stone, Gayle Stone, Nick Carter, and Don Pendleton. This reminded me of the time when the Bronte sisters hid behind their masculine pen names because people during that time did not take women writers seriously. Almost 200 years ago, there is still a remnant of that prejudice. So what if Lynds is a woman writing spy-thriller novels? Why can we accept that women can do everything or write everything that men do? In fact, with Ludlum dead already and books under his name still sell like hotcakes, I suspect that some of these books were not even started by him or the main storylines, what they call as Ludlum’s “unused notes,” might not really be in existence. Robert Ludlum has become a marketing brand and his co-writers just use it to sell their works. However, I cannot blame the Ludlum Estates since Ludlum was an excellent novelist when he was alive. For me, he gave conspiracy theory, that would otherwise be blasé and formulaic, the human and sensitive face. His works celebrate heroism of crusaders, whether simple men or group of men against powerful evil men or empire. That contribution to the genre is something that will be very hard to duplicate. In this book, that individual is Covert-One agent, Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Jonathan “Jon” Smith, M.D. He is asked by Covert-One director Nataniel Frederick “Fred” Klein, a government agent with experience with the CIA and the Pentagon, to go to Taiwan to investigate about the death of the contact who reported that a Chinese vessel has dispatched from Shanghai. Loaded to that vessel are raw materials that will be used by Iraq to manufacture WMD (Weapon for Mass Destruction). This reminded me of President Bush’s scare tactic after 9/11. However, Lynds has that sensitivity not to name the president here Bush. Her president’s name is President Samuel Adams “Sam” Castilla who immediately orders the investigation but later gets second thoughts because he is informed that his biological father is still alive and is being held prisoner by the Chinese since fifty years ago. So, the question boiled down to: which is more important to the president, his biological father or curbing the global terrorist in Iraq? Another thing that I liked about these Ludlum books is that it can also be heartwarming and not the usual bang bang that you find in spy-thriller. Of course it has lines like "the volcanic sound shattering the stillness of the night." The word "volcanic" creates the image of Mt. Pinatubo and the people fleeing the volcanic mud (called lahar) here in the Philippines. So, I felt really into the scene. But also the novel has a sweet poetic line like "what the caterpillar sees as death, the wise man sees as a butterfly." Critics of Ludlum books say that his novels (or novels bearing his name though he is long dead) are a bit theatrical. I don't mind. I just like them!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Winnie | 12/23/2013

    " Love the character of Colonel Jon Smith. If you suspend belief these are great thrillers and certainly very easy reads. If you want believable plots and great literature then this is not for you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vrenzy | 12/18/2013

    " it had alot goin on..there is soo mch inone book..its amazin..this was the first robert ludlum book i read and truly awesum..m hooked! a must read..its amazin! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 12/6/2013

    " Liked it even though the topic isnt a fav of mine. Chinese bluffs about chemical weapons is a typical scenario, not an intrigueing them. I really just like his story telling ability and characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tommy | 12/3/2013

    " Gayle is pretty good with Ludlums franchise "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 8/18/2013

    " The last Ludlum I'll read. But it was decent for what it was... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Allen | 8/6/2013

    " I thought Ms. Lynds carried the torch very nicely for Mr. Ludlum in this true thriller. She engaged the reader early and kept the tension and pace at a nice clip. Enough twists and turns to keep any reader thoroughly entertained. It's a keeper. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Henri Moreaux | 6/11/2013

    " Didn't enjoy this one as much as the earlier books. It was OK, but wouldn't probably bother keeping it to read again later. In the series thus far I think books 1 & 2 are the best, 3 was pretty good, but this one sort of fizzed out and dragged on before ramping up for the last 100 or so pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula Howard | 4/10/2013

    " Easy read for a Robert Ludlum book. Well developed plot and characters that are real to life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rose Mary Achey | 3/8/2013

    " In this Covert One novel John Smith finds himself in Hong Kong and China trying to stop a ship full of dangerous chemicals from entering Iraq. A fun and quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anshuman | 1/19/2013

    " Another great thriller in the covert one series. There are a few gaps in the storyline, but overall a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary | 11/17/2012

    " Very quick reading and a good spy novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madra | 9/29/2012

    " Pretty good book, took awhile before it turned into a page turner though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darren | 6/6/2012

    " Enjoyable read, but it created a superman-type character out of someone who would realistically be more of an academic. The book was ok, but the continual miraculous resolution of a perilous situation became more numbing than exciting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 4/18/2012

    " I loved this book and I couldn't put it down for a second. I read it in two days and that is only because I forced myself to go to bed. The twist and turns are awesome!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 2/15/2012

    " This book was very exciting and intricate. I really enjoyed it, couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison | 11/24/2011

    " Another gread Covert One novel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jed | 11/5/2011

    " This was my first spy thriller other than Tom Clancy. I really liked it. Unlike Clancy's books that can seem to go on and on, this one kept things moving and interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Scott | 5/17/2011

    " This was O.K., typical Ludlum. A little too predictable, and I never really felt invested in any single character. There was no hero, just an odd assortment of wanna-be's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anshuman | 5/4/2011

    " Another great thriller in the covert one series. There are a few gaps in the storyline, but overall a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scubabarb | 4/9/2011

    " Surprisingly slow going. Couldn't get through it and gave up at around page 175. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lostswordsman | 3/19/2011

    " read this a long time ago but I think I'd give it a 5 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 2/10/2010

    " I thought Ms. Lynds carried the torch very nicely for Mr. Ludlum in this true thriller. She engaged the reader early and kept the tension and pace at a nice clip. Enough twists and turns to keep any reader thoroughly entertained. It's a keeper. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 2/9/2010

    " This was O.K., typical Ludlum. A little too predictable, and I never really felt invested in any single character. There was no hero, just an odd assortment of wanna-be's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 9/26/2009

    " I loved this book and I couldn't put it down for a second. I read it in two days and that is only because I forced myself to go to bed. The twist and turns are awesome!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherie | 3/21/2009

    " Not bad - I enjoy an espionage story once and awhile "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary | 1/22/2009

    " Very quick reading and a good spy novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 12/14/2008

    " The last Ludlum I'll read. But it was decent for what it was... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tommy | 11/25/2008

    " Gayle is pretty good with Ludlums franchise "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jed | 8/14/2008

    " This was my first spy thriller other than Tom Clancy. I really liked it. Unlike Clancy's books that can seem to go on and on, this one kept things moving and interesting. "

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About the Author
Author Robert Ludlum

Robert Ludlum (1927–2001) was the author of twenty-five novels, each one a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 210 million of his books in print, and they have been translated into thirty-two languages. His works include The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Chancellor Manuscript, and, perhaps most famously, the Jason Bourne series—The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum—among others. The Bourne novels were the basis for three blockbuster films. Born in New York City, Ludlum received a BA from Wesleyan University, and before becoming an author, he was a United States Marine, a theater actor, and a producer.

About the Narrator

Don Leslie has appeared on Broadway, off Broadway, and in regional theaters throughout the country. He has been heard in thousands of commercials, promos for all the broadcast networks and most cable stations, political campaigns, movie trailers, and over fifty audiobooks.