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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,101 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Ludlum Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2001 ISBN:
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Yuri Danko, a deep-cover Russian asset for Covert-One, is on the run. His last communication was a cryptic and urgent plea for extraction. With no hint of what could have driven Danko to such extreme action, operative Jon Smith is sent to the pre-arranged meeting place in Venice to bring Danko out. Days later, Danko arrives at the rendezvous - but before he can reveal what he knows, he is ripped apart by a spray of assassins' bullets.


With only some scant clues left behind by Danko to go on, John Smith quickly concludes that someone is out to do the unthinkable: steal a sample of smallpox from Russia's cache of bioweapons. The deadliest of viruses, if a new mutation of smallpox were developed and released, it could cause an epidemic of unparalleled destruction.


Working to stop the theft, Covert-One finds the adversaries are several steps ahead of them. The virus is smuggled out of Russia to the United States. Now Jon Smith and his colleagues must unravel the mystery of the Cassandra Compact, overcome their powerful and invisible opponents, and recover or destroy the virus - before the power of Armageddon falls into the hands of a madman.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dewi retno dumilah | 1/27/2014

    " interesting book to read about conspiracy, but i more interest how can biotechnology could be so scary and dangerous in the hand of unresponsible scientist, and how amazing is the virus "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob4you | 1/26/2014

    " It started off slow and I almost put it down, glad I didn't it was a very exciting 2nd half. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don Bradshaw | 1/9/2014

    " A decent book but not up to Ludlum's usual par. Smallpox has been virtually wiped out except for a small amount in Russia and the CDC in Atlanta. A small amount is stolen from Russia and by very confusing means is smuggled into the secret lab of a pharaceutical conglomeratein Hawaii. It is chemically altered to make the smallpox more virulent but the biggest mutation can only be made in micro-gravity. This is where Ludlum brought in too many characters as the bad guys get the sample aboard the space shuttle Discovery and into orbit where the final mutations are completed by the chief biological scientist aboard. The majority of the action in the book takes place at the end of the book but then the epilogue leaves the reader hanging. As I said, a good book but if you want Ludlum at his best read The Bourne trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chidi OKORO | 12/18/2013

    " This is also a good read, like The Hades Factor (Covert-One #1) - only that it gets better. "

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

    " Ludlum is a great writer, but a little too graphic for my taste. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 11/8/2013

    " Very enjoyable espionage thriller. Ludlum's writing style is clear and just suspenseful enough to give the reader a good ride but without too many out of this world twists and complications that make it impossible to follow (or even half way believable). Even though it's an older book, it maintains relevance since it is about the theft of a collection of small pox virus from a Russian lab for not very altruistic purposes :-) I think what really appeals to me about Ludlum's stories is that I feel like the hero is always just one half step ahead of the villains. I like that feeling of control. I *don't* like it when every new reveal comes out as some sort of surprise or smack to the forehead (see Brown, Dan). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Winnie | 10/21/2013

    " As a fan of the Covert One series I loved this adventure - not great literature but an enjoyable quick read - if this is all you want then this series is for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 10/20/2013

    " Another fun exciting read about the exploits of Jon Smith as he saves the US and the World from another deadly biological hazard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nkhari | 10/18/2013

    " All Ludlum novels are excellent "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 9/30/2013

    " As are all of Robert Ludlum's books, it is a very intriguing, exciting, entertaining book. The plot was very good and easy to follow. All in all a very good book for a warm summer's day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aethelred | 7/8/2013

    " you can't stop reading from cover to cover "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 5/20/2013

    " I listened to an abridged audio version. Good story, the the abridgement made the timeline seem unrealistic. Maybe the unabridged version has the same problem "

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

    " The Covert One novels are frightening. Bioweapons, good guys who are bad guys and vice versa. Full of action and each one has taken a little over a day for me to read. I get started and can't put them down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chaitanya L. K. | 11/11/2012

    " One more book that carries on the Robert Ludlum tradition, one man against the world ... atleast here he has a few frends and gets support at every stage. But still it feels like one man saving the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 10/26/2012

    " Once you start, Ludlum doesnt let you put down the book. Fast paced and exciting! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle S | 9/29/2012

    " The story line was alright; I wasn't much for the language though "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judi | 6/19/2012

    " Very disappointed - not up to Ludlum's standards. Not a lot of action and very predictable. There was no surprise as to who was involved - everything fell together a little too neatly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vicki | 6/8/2012

    " Generally, I love Robert Ludlum but I'm not a fan of the Covert 1 series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 8/10/2011

    " It took me longer to get into this book, than other of Ludlum's books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 2/8/2011

    " Another fun exciting read about the exploits of Jon Smith as he saves the US and the World from another deadly biological hazard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlie | 12/24/2010

    " Ludlum did a wonderful job with this book. I enjoyed all of the twists in The Cassandra Compact. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chaitanya | 6/5/2010

    " One more book that carries on the Robert Ludlum tradition, one man against the world ... atleast here he has a few frends and gets support at every stage. But still it feels like one man saving the world. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chuck | 5/27/2010

    " A conspiracy to steal and alter a smallpox virus to create the ultimate
    bio-weapon. This is a follow up to The Hades Factor and another in the
    Covert One series. An OK story but the writing is obviously Shelby and not Robert Ludlum.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elwood | 9/23/2009

    " Ludlum is a great writer, but a little too graphic for my taste. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Enid | 7/21/2009

    " Every once in awhile, a Robert Lundrum fix is not bad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vicki | 7/20/2009

    " Generally, I love Robert Ludlum but I'm not a fan of the Covert 1 series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 6/27/2009

    " I listened to an abridged audio version. Good story, the the abridgement made the timeline seem unrealistic. Maybe the unabridged version has the same problem "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pleasantree | 4/23/2009

    " A good listen when driving. Makes the time go quickly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paulette | 10/10/2008

    " The beginning of the Covert-One series. "

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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

Paul Michael is an Audie Award-winning narrator. He has acted on stage, radio, television, and in feature films in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. He has had leading roles in series and made-for-television movies and has guest starred in such series as VIP and Alias. He has been nominated for a Canadian Emmy (or Nellie) and has recorded over 150 audiobooks, including the international bestseller The Da Vinci Code, winning more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards.