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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,959 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Ludlum Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2002 ISBN:
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In the dark of night a fiery explosion shatters a laboratory building in Paris' esteemed Pasteur Institute. Presumed dead is Emile Chambourd, one of the leaders in the global race to create a molecular, or DNA, computer. Unfortunately, Professor Chambourd kept the details of his work secret, and his notes were apparently destroyed with him in the bomb blast and raging fire that followed.

The scientific community does not expect a DNA computer to be developed for years. But suddenly, without explanation, U.S. military jets disappear from radar screens. Utilities across the Western states cease functioning, and telecommunications are interrupted, with devastating consequences. Washington, fearing a panic, assures the public this is merely the work of a supremely clever hacker, but only the enormous power and speed of a DNA computer could have caused such havoc.

Under the cover of visiting his friend Marty Zellerbach, severely injured when the Pasteur lab was destroyed, Covert-One agent Jon Smith flies to Paris to find the forces wielding the computer. Following a trail that leads him across two continents, Smith uncovers a web of deception that could cost millions of lives and reshape the world. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed | 2/18/2014

    " LONG. But worth it. Great vacation reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 2/18/2014

    " I hadn't read the first two Covert-One books and picked up this one from the free bin in the library because of the title. Much of the action takes place in Paris and environs. I enjoyed it somewhat - it's not written by Ludlum but by another author using his notes so ... not quite the same depth to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashwini Sharma | 2/13/2014

    " I liked the idea of a dna computer, rest is all pop though. Had read it back in school !! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chidi OKORO | 2/13/2014

    " A great piece of literature - yet again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dustin | 2/6/2014

    " Overall not a bad book, but wasn't great either. Same author as The Bourne Identity which I have not read, though I have heard that it is one movie that is better than the book. The Paris Option was neither hot nor cold, just ho hum. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Winnie | 2/3/2014

    " Personally I love the Covert One series - great characters and fast moving plots - quick easy reads. However for anyone who only wants to read well-written believable stories then this series is not for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 1/20/2014

    " A good read - well written, plotted nicely. Solid, involving entertainment. "

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

    " Not a bad read, but disappointing compared to other Ludlum books -- most notably the Bourne books. The first two thirds were hard to get through -- too many sub-plots and narrative threads. Could have been condensed in to 20 pages with less trivia and more directness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/21/2013

    " Probably would have rated this book higher except my copy of it is randomly missing about 80 pages. Those pages were arbitrarily replaced with 80 pages from a completely different book that was probably not written by Robert Ludlum. This made the story a bit hard to follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tania | 12/13/2013

    " This is a typical covert spy chasing down bad guys to save the world type of novel. Not great literature but good mindless fun! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Moon Sarma | 12/8/2013

    " just bought. not sure how it ll turn out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 12/5/2013

    " Not my favorite but completely enjoyable. About building the first DNA computer and how it would make all our current computers obsolete. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachelle | 11/26/2013

    " Good conspiracy book as always Robert Ludlum does a great job..This one was a little harder because it took place in Paris and I don't know French and can't figure out how to pronounce some of the names of cities. Good book though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/16/2013

    " I haven't read a lot of Ludlum, but I really liked this and imagine I'll be looking for the other Covert-One novels. Good action, good characters, a good fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 4/20/2013

    " Ok but not so suspenseful "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kalle | 4/8/2013

    " Fun to read. Had a good amount of twists and turns without getting ridiculous. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rochelle | 12/30/2012

    " From this book I learned to buy only real Robert Ludlum novels, not the crap written by other people after this death written supposedly with "his notes". NOT recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roberta | 12/31/2011

    " This book was filled with intrigue. I enjoyed reading it & was almost disappointed when the story ended. Well-defined characters & scenes, which moved between various cities. "

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

    " I listened to this book on a road trip over the weekend and it was very enjoyable. I think this is the third in the Covert One Series that I have read and I have enjoyed them all. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 T. | 5/27/2011

    " I tried to like it. I failed. It's not the same if it's not Ludlum writing, is all I'm saying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/16/2011

    " Probably would have rated this book higher except my copy of it is randomly missing about 80 pages. Those pages were arbitrarily replaced with 80 pages from a completely different book that was probably not written by Robert Ludlum. This made the story a bit hard to follow. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lynnelle | 1/19/2011

    " Terrible dialog. This was a dual authored book - Ludlum did not do much writing on this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Moon | 10/30/2010

    " just bought. not sure how it ll turn out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 8/23/2010

    " Great Ludlum book. Covers much about the search for an mis use of the elusive DNA computer - which I just read about for real today. Exciting, interesting read "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 T. | 8/17/2010

    " I tried to like it. I failed. It's not the same if it's not Ludlum writing, is all I'm saying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tania | 5/18/2010

    " This is a typical covert spy chasing down bad guys to save the world type of novel. Not great literature but good mindless fun!
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachelle | 2/2/2010

    " Good conspiracy book as always Robert Ludlum does a great job..This one was a little harder because it took place in Paris and I don't know French and can't figure out how to pronounce some of the names of cities. Good book though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 5/18/2009

    " I listened to this book on a road trip over the weekend and it was very enjoyable. I think this is the third in the Covert One Series that I have read and I have enjoyed them all. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Paul | 1/24/2009

    " I'm not reading anymore of these ghost written Ludlum books. They are a pale shadow of Robert Ludlum's original novels and they appear to be getting worse with each new publication. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 11/6/2008

    " Action packed with some twists. Fast paced and enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 10/23/2008

    " Not my favorite but completely enjoyable. About building the first DNA computer and how it would make all our current computers obsolete. "

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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.