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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,756 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Ludlum Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Paul Janson Series Release Date: March 2003 ISBN: 9781593970802
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Paul Janson has a difficult past, which includes a shadowy, notorious career in U.S. Consular Operations. Now living a quiet life, nothing could lure him back into the field. Nothing - except Peter Novack, a man who once saved Janson's life, who has been kidnapped by terrorists and is set to be executed. Janson hastily assembles a team of former colleagues and proteges to rescue Novak but the operation goes horribly wrong. Now Janson finds himself marked for death and his only hope is to uncover the truth behind these events - a truth that has the power to foment wars, topple governments, and change the very course of history

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A page-turner of non-stop action that should leave his fans begging for more. New York Post on The Prometheus Deception

  • The intricately engineered plot thunders forward at breakneck pace....Ludlum has the reader hopelessly hooked. People Magazine on The Sigma Protocol

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rich Merchant | 2/19/2014

    " Another good Ludlum book in the same manner as the Bourne books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ross Bussell | 2/14/2014

    " Ludlum was kind of a 'you win some you lose some' author to me. Some of his stuff was really really good, and some of it was lackluster. The Janson Directive had moments of greatness, with long drags. I don't know, it wasn't everything it could have been. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nate | 1/31/2014

    " I liked all the tactical-secret-operations-action in this book. Really cool stuff and Ludlum is a master at it. I also really liked a lot of the philosophy about the world and people in general in this book. I didn't like so much how the book snowballed into a matter of "it's the end of the world!". Too far fetched. He did the same thing in The Sigma Protocol. Just keep it simple! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 1/30/2014

    " In the free book box... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 1/29/2014

    " Nancy 4.5 stars; Ron 5 stars "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Celeste | 1/28/2014

    " I doubt that Ludlum wrote much of this book. The descriptions of murder and violence are excessively detailed and in many cases just gratuitous sadism- if there is a reason for that to be gratuitous. It seems like an attempt to showcase research into random topics. Is the average thriller reader going to appreciate the inclusion of the use of halogens, the anatomy of the autonomous nervous system and the complete description of the assembly of an assault weapon in the same book? The plot was acceptable but I was aggravated to have thought I was reading Ludlum; I had to conclude that his role in this book could not have been more than perhaps the idea for its plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 1/27/2014

    " Nancy 4.5 stars; Ron 5 stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toni Osborne | 1/14/2014

    " This story had trouble keeping my attention; it was overall a slow moving read a bit too much verbiage to keep me in full interest. But it was a fun book, a typical Ludlum novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason Sta. Maria | 1/11/2014

    " It was a bit common story. But anyway I can still say it was good enough atleast. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 1/6/2014

    " Entertaining, but not his best work "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 1/4/2014

    " 3 stars to Bourne's 4. Passable plane reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dom | 12/26/2013

    " I found this book plodding at times, but Ludlum kept enough plot twists coming to make it worthwhile sticking it out. Not his best work, but still better than most out there. "

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

    " I liked this book because it was a heart stoping crime thriller "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 12/15/2013

    " This author wrote the Bourne Identity. I definitely enjoyed the action, mystery and surprise ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle | 12/4/2013

    " I enjoyed one of Ludlum's typically fast-paced novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 11/21/2013

    " I always like the military snipper hunts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Spencer | 11/15/2013

    " Formulaic. Listened to it in the car. Passable entertainment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 C. | 11/11/2013

    " This was by far the worst Ludlum book I have ever read. It was like a bad fiction movie full of surrealism. The protagonist knew anything & everything in the world & was always saved by the heroine in the most unbeliveable fashion. I wouldn't recommend this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremiah Kaffenbarger | 11/6/2013

    " If you love Robert Ludlum novels you will not be disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Austin | 10/31/2013

    " I was apprehensive at first to read another Ludlum book because i'd read the Bourne series and didn't know if he'd be a one hit wonder. I was wrong. He blew me away with the high intensity of the book, and the similarities yet worlds-apart differences from Bourne. Absolutely phenomenal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lew Goettner | 10/21/2013

    " This is my favorite of the Ludlam books I've read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe O'c | 10/17/2013

    " Very good; an ex-covert operative is called in to rescue a billionaire who is responsible for masterminding peace initiatives; but things go horribly wrong and he finds himself on the run from two factions determined to see him dead "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Lee | 4/29/2013

    " Lots of I-did-not-see-that-coming twists. Awesome! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brendan Powell | 4/25/2013

    " Great book! I'd made it about 50% through this before back in my traveling days (found the boarding pass in the book)...but glad to read it again and finish it. Fun read, good plot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scott | 4/23/2013

    " ehhh. felt like i slogged through big parts of it. picked up speed in some parts. lots of background; thankfully it came together at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassie | 4/12/2013

    " This was my first book by Ludlum. I loved the Bourne movies though and I guess that is why this book felt like a movie in my head as I was reading it. It was good but predictable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ellen | 4/7/2013

    " Ludlum knows how to craft an intricate plot, I'll give him that, but this book is way too long, and unnecessarily detailed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaoru Suzuki | 3/17/2013

    " The story is full of terrible plots and yet very fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Cheathem | 1/21/2013

    " The romance was lame, but there were two excellent plot twists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lawrence | 12/21/2012

    " Non-stop ride. I have to concentrate to keep up with the twists and turns, but the effort is worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aspyn Hurn | 5/28/2012

    " Loved it, suspenseful, heart-felt, everything a girl could ask for really. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elvis | 5/1/2012

    " Not too bad. I really like Robert's earlier books better than the latter ones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eippo1 | 4/27/2012

    " Not bad, but too much borrowed plot from the Bourne series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon Baggett | 2/7/2012

    " So many twist in this book, it just blew me away. Expect something with a lot of action and a lot to keep up with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janei'a | 1/30/2012

    " Author of the Bourne series. Government agent type book. (love these kind) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wayne | 12/7/2011

    " It was a well thought out story. One of those that could happen. In places though it fell a bit flat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janei'a | 12/2/2011

    " Author of the Bourne series. Government agent type book. (love these kind) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle | 10/24/2011

    " I enjoyed one of Ludlum's typically fast-paced novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jared | 9/29/2011

    " A classic Ludlum novel, my favorite of all his books. He goes into detail about weaponry and security systems, perhaps too much detail. But the plot is intriguing and the ending is excellent. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dan Scali | 9/2/2011

    " For what it is I'd probably give it three or four stars and say I liked the da Vinci code better. I guess I'm not so into these suspense thrillers anymore. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Aparnaa | 8/22/2011

    " My excuse for reading this was that I was bored on a train. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brendan Powell | 7/30/2011

    " Great book! I'd made it about 50% through this before back in my traveling days (found the boarding pass in the book)...but glad to read it again and finish it. Fun read, good plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lew Goettner | 7/29/2011

    " This is my favorite of the Ludlam books I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tonycorvelli | 7/5/2011

    " Very fast paced and enjoyable. A lot of twists and turns in the plot which I enjoyed and did not see coming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon Baggett | 5/12/2011

    " So many twist in this book, it just blew me away. Expect something with a lot of action and a lot to keep up with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 3/30/2011

    " It's written by RObert Ludlum...no not by the pretenders tot his throne by THE Robert Ludlum. So it need not be reviewed...point me towards one BAD Ludlum ! I dare ya! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kendar88 | 3/27/2011

    " Ludlum goes off on so many tangents to describe the characters - for me that distracted from the flow of the story. More like Clancy and not like Brown. Narrator was good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Spencer | 3/2/2011

    " Formulaic. Listened to it in the car. Passable entertainment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 lunaticprophet | 1/11/2011

    " **** Excellent plot and story. As usual, a very detailed reading experience but better pacing then the "Sigma Protocol" and "Prometheus Deception". Excellent ending twist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meeds64 | 12/22/2010

    " I enjoyed it until towards the last 30-50 pages when it started dragging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meeds64 | 12/15/2010

    " Towards the end, it dragged on a bit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ednah | 9/15/2010

    " I read most of Ludlum's books when I was in my teens and loved them all...lol. Can't remember them all though, but they stayed with all these years "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 8/26/2010

    " An interesting military-spy thriller. It was a little long winded, but it had lots of twists and surprised turns. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 8/21/2010

    " Can go very wrong with Ludlum. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 5/30/2010

    " Mindless escapsim but great fun, albeit with a few to many predictable cliffhangers at the end of almost every chapter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuck | 5/27/2010

    " Paul Janson, a retired U.S. Consular Operations operative, is
    persuaded to rescue Peter Novak, a man who once saved Janson's
    life, from a terrorist dungeon. Then the action begins. Pretty good
    story but not the old Ludlum, who unfortunately passed away in 2001.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Levon | 4/22/2010

    " Very goo one to read for leaisure "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaoru | 4/19/2010

    " The story is full of terrible plots and yet very fascinating.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 3/16/2010

    " Story was original and action packed. Although it's a little over the top (made for the movies) it is another great story by Ludlum. "

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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.