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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: Frank Muller Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged 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. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thomas | 1/31/2014

    " Like the first in the Covert One series, The Cassandra Compact features (somewhat) Jonathan Smith. The complex, and far-fetched plot, and the array of good-guys/bad-guys that demand a scorecard to keep straight, make for a less than satisfying read. Ludlum, who died shortly before publication, co-wrote the book and likely had less influence than his name in the authorship indicates. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chidi OKORO | 1/30/2014

    " 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 Brent | 1/13/2014

    " Robert Ludlum was a favorite of mine years ago. I enjoyed reading him for the first time in several years. This one is the spys/ traitors / good guys and a virus, making you not wanting to stop reading at the end of each chapter. So, I didn't. However, not as "on the edge of your seat" as The Bourne Identity or Bourne Ultimatum. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 1/1/2014

    " 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 Nancy | 12/20/2013

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vicki | 12/7/2013

    " 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 Snap | 12/6/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 12/2/2013

    " I rate a 5 of 5 stars for the audio book The Cassandra Compact by Robert Ludlum. The master spy story teller Ludlum gives us a story that includes a hero, science labs, the Space Shuttle, SmallPox and of course a spy or two. This book is a thriller that involves saving the world yet while keeping all the events secret. Our hero is John Smith who is part of a presidential task force called Covert One. I highly recommend this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ishaan | 11/30/2013

    " Starts slow there is a drop me zone around chapter 6-9. If you survived this zone then you can't keep it down unless you finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 11/22/2013

    " This was a fantastic cat-and-mouse thriller. Typically surface-only characters, convenient coincidences, etc., but really entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 11/19/2013

    " I love Robert Ludlum's books. I want to read all of his novels. They are full of description, action, and adventure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paulette | 10/30/2013

    " The beginning of the Covert-One series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob4you | 9/17/2013

    " 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 Eric | 6/10/2013

    " 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 Sam | 3/24/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Winnie | 1/15/2013

    " 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 Will Couper | 6/11/2012

    " Very much a classic style of espionage thriller. Not terrible, but really that memorable either. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle S | 4/8/2012

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elwood | 3/14/2012

    " 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 Aethelred | 10/10/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Yoak | 7/5/2011

    " I'm really enjoying this series. It's very compelling with larger-than-life action and drama. I've read #3, The Paris Option, before, but I think I'll re-read it to keep the feeling from beginning to end of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nkhari | 6/24/2011

    " All Ludlum novels are excellent "

  • 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

Frank Muller (1951–2008) was an Audie and Earphones Award–winning narrator. A classically trained actor, Frank appeared on both television and the stage. His credits include Hamlet, The Crucible, The Taming of the Shrew, The Importance of Being Earnest, Law & Order, All My Children, and many, many more. In 1999 Frank was awarded the AudioFile Lifetime Achievement Award, the top honor in the audiobook community.