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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (722 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kyle Mills Narrator: Jeff Woodman Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Covert-One Series Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9781600244124
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With US intelligence agencies wracked by internal power struggles and paralyzed by bureaucracy, the President was forced to establish his own clandestine group: Covert-One. It is only activated as a last resort, when the threat is on a global scale and time is running out.

In northern Uganda, an American special forces team is decimated by a group of normally peaceful farmers. Video of the attack shows even women and children possessing almost supernatural speed and strength, consumed with a rage that makes them immune to pain, fear, and all but the most devastating injuries.

Covert-One’s top operative, Army microbiologist Colonel Jon Smith, is sent to investigate the attack and finds evidence of a parasitic infection that for centuries has been causing violent insanity and then going dormant. This time, though, it’s different. The parasite had been purposely kept alive and crudely transmitted in acts of terrorism. Now the director of Iranian Intelligence is in Uganda trying to obtain this biological weapon in order to unleash it on the West.

Smith and his team are ambushed and cut off from all outside support just as they begin to suspect forces much more powerful than the Iranians are in play, forces that can be traced to Washington itself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Don't ever begin a Ludlum novel if you have to go to work the next day. Chicago Sun-Times
  • Welcome to Robert Ludlum's world...fast pacing, tight plotting, international intrigue. Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • The fun...[is] finding out how [our heroes] will manage to overcome a new batch of seemingly insurmountable odds. Fast paced, exciting, and boasting prose that's easier on the eyes than much of Ludlum's own appoint. Booklist
  • Packed with all the classic Ludlum elements...the intricately engineered plot thunders forward at breakneck pace. Bottom Line: Perfectly executed. People on The Altman Code
  • Welcome to Robert Ludlum's world...fast pacing, tight plotting, international intrigue. Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • Don't ever begin a Ludlum novel if you have to go to work the next day. Chicago Sun-Times
  • The fun...[is] finding out how [our heroes] will manage to overcome a new batch of seemingly insurmountable odds. Fast paced, exciting, and boasting prose that's easier on the eyes than much of Ludlum's own appoint. Booklist
  • Packed with all the classic Ludlum elements...the intricately engineered plot thunders forward at breakneck pace. Bottom Line: Perfectly executed. PEOPLE on The Altman Code
  • “Don’t ever begin a Ludlum novel if you have to go to work the next day.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Filled with action, intrigue, and a plot that places the team in a spot they may never survive.”

    The Oklahoman

  • “The fun…is finding out how our heroes will manage to overcome a new batch of seemingly insurmountable odds. Fast paced, exciting, and boasting prose that's easier on the eyes than much of Ludlum’s own appoint.”

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 2/15/2014

    " LOVED this book. I was hesitant, not really liking someone else "riding the Ludlum train" like I thought Mr. Kyle Mills was, but I have to say, this was a very good book. Very "Robert Ludlum like". I now am going to go read the rest of Kyle Mills' books. Excellent!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Macjest | 2/15/2014

    " Not one of the better Covert One books. The whole effort seemed lackluster. I never really got into the characters and the name of the book didn't really seem to make sense. Every time the action tried to ramp up it seemed to drop off quickly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 2/13/2014

    " Another pretty good book in the continuing saga of Jon Smith and the Covert-One team. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julian Hoffman | 2/7/2014

    " Though they annoyingly continue to call these books "co-written" years after Ludlum's death, Kyle Mills is a great author in his own right, and this is a great addition to the Covert One series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 2/1/2014

    " Jon Smith, Randi Russel, Marty Zellerbach, Peter Howell; i got hooked on them since the Hades Factor, guns, Africa, Iran, CIA, biological weapon, action, thrills, and more action...can't hardly put it down. an interesting read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/24/2014

    " This was the first of the Covert One novels that I had read and really liked it. I will look for others in the series and read them and will probably look for other books by Kyle Mills. Definitely a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Magnus | 1/17/2014

    " Kept the Ludlum feel. Will continue to read book in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean Goh | 1/16/2014

    " Good reintroduction to Jon Smith after a long personal break, though the number of unlikely saves calls for high level suspension of disbelief. Good pacing nonetheless, though the many threads might take a bit of effort to wrap your head around. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 12/29/2013

    " The first book I read in this popular series, and as I do with new authors, I read it large print so it'd go by quicker should I lose interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan Domagala | 12/11/2013

    " Thoroughly enjoyable, Mr Kyle Mills did an excellent job with the characters originated by Ludlum. The story ran smoothly with some great twists and turns and developed nicely in the path I think fans will be pleased with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynette Barfield | 11/30/2013

    " I liked this book. Of course I like Kyle Mills' work so this fit right into my likes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Velu Karthikeyan | 11/26/2013

    " Interesting read. But when compared to other covert one books, this borders around unreasonable at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Johanne | 9/11/2013

    " hm. I don't know why I expected this to be a continuation of the Bourne stories. Well, it isn't -- not that anyone says it is, mind you. So once I got over that, it was a good story, lots of gore, yes, fast-moving, lots of twists and turns. And still, didn't grab me as the Bourne books had. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 9/2/2013

    " Although this was written by Kyle Mills, it's hard to tell it was not Robert Ludlum. It has all the earmarks of a typical Ludlum action/adventure/conspiracy novel. Although the world can be saved by only this small group of people, it will be saved...maybe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 8/30/2013

    " Well-written with plenty of thrills on the way. You have to swing with it a little but Kyle Mills has done a good job. Well worthy of having the Robert Ludlum name on the cover. But it's still a load of bunkum! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas Roth | 8/2/2013

    " An exciting tale of good people gone wrong and bad people gone totally evil. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 5/30/2013

    " Robert Ludlem and Kyle Mills - thriller every page turn and the scary thing is that everything written could be happening any where on the Earth. This was a book you read all night until finished - thank you again for the thrills and excitement. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janice Reisman | 12/20/2012

    " An American Special Forces team is sent to Uganda to eliminate the threat of villagers gone mad, and posessing super strength. Many people liked this book, but it was just not for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 12/12/2012

    " Welcome back Jon Smith and Covert-One. About time Mills took part in Ludlum's legacy "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dick | 7/1/2012

    " Great read, found new author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 5/15/2012

    " Typical page burner, Pretty good read, but nothing spectacular. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amaya | 10/17/2011

    " Awesome story! Great action loved it. "

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About the Author
Author Kyle Mills

Kyle Mills is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including The Ares Decision in Robert Ludlum’s Covert-One series. His other works include The Immortalist, Fade, Darkness Falls, Lords of Corruption, and Rising Phoenix, among others. He lives in Wyoming.

About the Narrator

Jeff Woodman is an actor and narrator. He is a winner of the prestigious Audie Award and a six-time finalist. He has received seventeen Earphones Awards and was named one of the Fifty Greatest Voices of the Century by AudioFile magazine. As an actor, he originated the title role in Tennessee Williams’ The Notebook of Trigorin and won the S.F. Critics’ Circle Award for his performance in An Ideal Husband. In addition to numerous theater credits on and off Broadway, his television work includes Sex and the City, Law & Order, and Cosby.