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3.38 out of 53.38 out of 53.38 out of 53.38 out of 53.38 out of 5 3.38 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Ludlum Narrator: Frank Muller Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2003 ISBN: 9781593971298
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Robert Ludlum is the acknowledged master of suspense and international intrigue. For the past twenty-five years he has had an unbroken string of bestselling novels, selling hundreds of millions of copies worldwide and setting a standard that has yet to be surpassed. With The Prometheus Deception, Ludlum’s first new novel in three years, he is at the very pinnacle of his craft. Nicholas Bryson was a deep-cover operative for a secret American intelligence group called the Directorate. After a mission went wrong he was retired to a new identity as a college professor in Pennsylvania. Now, years later, he discovers that the Directorate was using him against his own country’s interests. The deputy director of the CIA enlists Bryson to stop the Directorate’s latest lethal maneuver and end the group for good.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Ludlum stuffs more surprises into his novels than any other six pack of thriller writers combined. New York Times

  • “Welcome to Robert Ludlum's world…fast pacing, tight plotting, international intrigue Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • Muller's voice keeps the tension building and conveys a menacing yet thoughtful edge that pulls listeners into the action. AudioFile
  • Rarely has any writer of espionage novels come up with such an ambitious design that churns on so many levels. Chicago Tribune

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 2/16/2014

    " Since it's Ludlum....think Bourne Identity. Change the main character's name to Jason and that's what you've got. A Bourne book. So, it was good. Fighting, spying, tech, he's a good guy, no wait, a bad guy, no he's really good, and the lot, but I was hoping for something...eh...else, I guess. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candi Harding | 2/13/2014

    " This was my very first Robert Ludlum novel, and it freaked me out! I read it in 2002, and all of the terrorism stuff just hit way to close to home. I was shocked by all the references to hijacked airplanes, anthrax and bombs in a book that was published in 2000. It seemed at the time like Ludlum was foretelling the future. I have been a fan ever since, even reading the Bourne novels that other authors have continued after his death, just to get a glimpse into what homage they pay to his talent. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lizz | 2/8/2014

    " This book is really really boring. Maybe if I had read it when it first came out, back in 2000, I would have liked it better. Realizing that it came out in 2000 is kinda spooky, since he predicts all these terrorist plots. Hmmm, very suspicious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessyh | 2/3/2014

    " this book has just one headline action.if you love action this absolutely the book for you.i loved it ,its incredibly fast-paced,mysterious and a definite page-turner.start reading and you`ll never get what you expect.the main character nick bryson is also my favourite.absolutely the best thriller i`ve ever read.robert ludlum is a genius. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 1/28/2014

    " Enjoyed it, except for the unnecessary language and repetitive questions to self. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dirk Westercamp | 1/25/2014

    " I was looking forward to another Ludlum but stopped this book 3/4 through. I guess not all bad as it took me that long to dump it but there are better books for me to spend time with "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe Kennedy | 1/17/2014

    " Too tedious. Seemed that the characters had the same temperament. Every review references the Bourne novels. Loved the movies. My first Ludlum novel. It was anything but Bourne. At times gripping. Plot shivery to the point that you ask yourself. " universal surveillance" could it be true. But Just way too long for my taste. If you are a spy, espionage thriller fan, then I recommend it. Also seemed like every character had the vocabulary capacity of Merrium- Webster. Ok 2.5 stars bc he mentions Dutchess County NY. Where I happen to be from. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jon Sussman | 1/17/2014

    " Did you like "Angels and Demons"? If so you might like this. It provides a similar guilty pleasure but most of the criticisms pointed out elsewhere are quite valid. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frank Richardson | 1/9/2014

    " Ditto Ludlum. Read them all. Pure entertainment. No socially-redeeming value. Can't remember dates. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Navajojim | 11/25/2013

    " It was a delicious book at first, but like a mudman painting your fence at a moderate price, it was filled with disappointment. The ending was weak sauce, it hurt my eyes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ewald | 11/19/2013

    " Excellent stuff while on holiday! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 10/29/2013

    " I shouldn't begin a Ludlum novel when I have work to do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dainius | 2/26/2013

    " It was my first book of Robert Ludlum and I wasn't disappointed. I was surprised how story turn it out "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yna Alberto | 2/21/2013

    " just 'cause this book was the 1st inspiration I had to actually start writing short fictional stories when I was in high school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 11/12/2012

    " Not to bad. Sometimes Ludlum's books are so technical that I don't enjoy them as much as the movie's. I like the visual part of the technical stuff, but I don't like reading about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Camille | 10/31/2012

    " My favorite Ludlum book of all time. Intrigue, suspense and heart-ache. Alias fans need to read this book. Alias is a total rip off of the Prometheus Deception! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/28/2012

    " This was the first book I read by Robert Ludlum and I really enjoyed it. I am a huge conspiraciy theorist and this went right along with my thoughts!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zee | 6/22/2012

    " Trying to decide along with Nicholas Bryson who are the good guys and who are the enemies - Ludlum doesn't let the reader off the hook until the very end. Magnificent writing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ian | 2/9/2012

    " Hmmmm. Not really my thing. A succession of glamorous locations, double crosses, triple crosses and violence aplenty along with a curiously unexiting world takeover. Passes the time though and he ties it all up pretty neatly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 11/21/2011

    " A good who done it, mystery/spy book. Kept me guessing till the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyle | 8/4/2011

    " A good book that was a thriller. I liked it a lot, and learned a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chad | 6/12/2011

    " I loved it. Great thriller. Plenty of twists and turns. Maybe the best spy novel I have read yet. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jason | 3/7/2011

    " Eesh, where was the editor? "

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

    " **** Although I'm sure that there have been other books that I haven't read that could also cover the same subject matter -- This seems to me to be the book that was the basis for the TV series "Alias". Very fast paced and exciting read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Athul | 1/6/2011

    " This was my first Ludlum book. I've not read any spy thrillers before. This one started off with good and fast narration and kept the thrill till the end. But, I felt the climax was a bit clichéd. May be that was the only way out. Interesting read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ian | 12/31/2010

    " Hmmmm. Not really my thing. A succession of glamorous locations, double crosses, triple crosses and violence aplenty along with a curiously unexiting world takeover. Passes the time though and he ties it all up pretty neatly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zee | 11/7/2010

    " Trying to decide along with Nicholas Bryson who are the good guys and who are the enemies - Ludlum doesn't let the reader off the hook until the very end. Magnificent writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tylerthorson | 7/23/2010

    " Very cool spy novel. I'm easily amused. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ewald | 6/20/2010

    " Excellent stuff while on holiday! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 6/2/2010

    " A good who done it, mystery/spy book. Kept me guessing till the end. "

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

    " A group of international industrialists put a worldwide, electronic
    surveillance system in place in order to end privacy and control
    the world. James Bondish with very poor dialogue.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 11/21/2009

    " Fun reading ... super spy saves the world from the diabolical [Big-Brother-esque:] plan of a group of über-rich businessmen who control the world's information gathering technology ... almost ... but why does there always have to be a love story? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lance | 11/16/2009

    " Started out great but finished a little slow. The first 300 pages were great. Last 200 dragged on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 11/1/2009

    " I really enjoyed this book until I reached, until I got to about the final 100 pages (of ~550 pages in total). At that point, it was almost as if the another less talented writer took over, and the plot became much less realistic. This could have been a 5 star book otherwise. "

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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 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. He has also won twenty-three Earphones Awards.