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The Prometheus Deception

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  6,341 ratings  ·  182 reviews
Robert Ludlum is the acknowledged master of suspense and international intrigue. For over thirty years, in over twenty international bestsellers, he has a set a standard that has never been equaled. Now, with the Prometheus Deception, he proves that he is at the very pinnacle of his craft.

Nicholas Bryson spent years as a deep cover operative for the American secret intelli...more
Hardcover, 509 pages
Published October 31st 2000 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2000)
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I had to give it one star as I couldn't give it a half star!

This one must be by far Ludlum's WORST book I have read (in this case listened to). If I hear "God Damn" or "cacophonous" one more time, I think I will stab someone in the eye!!!

All it has are some big words that give the model of a gun, European places, and a story (or the lack of) that is absolutely abysmal. I want the hours of my life back that I had spent listening to this horrible "book". A secret govt. department, hiring on the be...more
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There was a time when I couldn't get enough of Robert Ludlum, but it's been way more than a decade since the last time I've read any of his novels. Like too much chocolate or a day spent in pajamas, all of a sudden I simply lost my taste for the enterprise--in this case his highly formatted, thrill-a-minute, repetitive plot lines.

When I found this book at the back of one of my bookcases recently, I figured it had been long enough since I read any of his material so that perhaps what had previou...more

The plot of the Prometheus Deception reminded me of the idea behind the Bourne Trilogy. The similarities between Nick Bryson, who has to discover the truth about his past life, and Jason Bourne, who has to reconstruct his past following amnesia, are indeed striking. Both protagonists are lone fighters entangled in a web of conspiracies and their adversaries seem at first glance far more powerful. These motifs permeate most of Ludlum’s plots and the Prometheus Deception is no exception. Ludlum on...more
Bethany White
I love novels that remind me of movies, specifically espionage styles. This book travels the world many counrtires over. All of the characters are intertwined, and yet you discover this throughout the entire story rather than within only the first few pages. I believe the pace is perfect, as you are engaged for the whole duration. His character development allows you to become one with the individual and take his journey with him. You, too, are seeing the sights in the Middle East, Paris, and th...more
The Prometheus Deception,is by far, one of the most intriguing and interesting books I have ever read. This was my first go at a book whose author has been acclaimed by adult readers. It did have drawbacks to its name, by being quite long, and the reader assuming that the book would never end. But if patience assists the reader, I feel the reader would truly love the book.
The book revolves around Nick Bryson, a kind of spy working for an agency called the Directorate. The book starts with his bo...more
Okay, so Ludlum is in the category of "guilty pleasure" for me. I pick him up once or twice a year when I need some Adventure-ish escape, preferably in some exotic place and with a Conspiracy Theory attached.

This one satisfied all the above requirements, though in the end I thought there were some plot holes and dangling story threads. The double-twist was predictable and the female characters, in true Ludlum style, remained underdeveloped. Still, though hardly in the category of the whip-cracki...more
Larry Johnson
Since I recently started reading Ludlum books this is one of the best ones yet. I admit that when I started reading it I thought it seemed similar to the Alias TV series which I loved. As the story progressed though I found it even better and even wondering if this was non-fiction. The details of the technology and "Big Brother" society on a global scale and references to the WTC as this was written a year before 9/11 could really make those that are paranoid even more fearful. The action is fas...more
This was a pretty good spy novel (more 2 1/2 stars), fast paced with enough intrigue and plot twists to keep it interesting. I was bogged down in the minute descriptions of the weaponry and hyper detailed fight scenes...the writers attempt at sexy talk...blah blah blah "her exquisite breasts"? Reminds me of the succulent flesh in the last book I boys. Maybe this vernacular does something for them. I'll remember that for my next sexy letter to my husband.

Several F bombs, war/terrorism/t...more
UGH. I wanted to read this book because people rave about Ludlum, but it's such a MAN book. Every female character is described in painful detail as being impossibly attractive objects. At random times characters are liberally given random skills (speaking a dialect only spoken in a tiny village in the Italian Alps, miraculous nursing skills, etc). It's a surprise I could make it all the way through with all the eye-rolling I was doing...
Maynard Lewis
"The Prometheus Deception" is 1984 on steroids. Published in 2000, the author's prescience is both fantastic yet totally believable in light of recent headlines coming out of Washington, D.C., and the NSA. If you care for your freedom of privacy, once you've read this book you will become terrified. It is a wild ride not into the future but into today's world of surveillance and all things technology.
I could put every Ludlum book on my list. I enjoyed this author. I have read every book he has written. They are all good if you like espionage
Angus Whittaker
This is the second Robert Ludlum that I have read - the first being that abominable pig slob entitled "The Scarlatti Inheritance". By default, this book is vastly better, but it wasn't the best thriller I've ever read. For one thing, it was REALLY long. Of course, I can't criticize a book because of its length, it's just that it started to get boring after a while, monotonous. I listened to this on audiobook, and it was 16 discs. As a reference point, normal audiobooks are between 10 and 12 disc...more
Ludlum is an acknowledged master of spy thrillers and intrigue, another favorite genre of mine. I haven’t read any for several years, but got started on this one, and became caught up in the levels of deception. Nick Bryson is a top agent for a super-secret agency called the Directorate. He is retired after a deep-cover operation goes awry and is given a new identity as professor in a small college. Several years later, his former agent instincts still intact, he realizes he is being shadowed by...more

A mixture of feelings on this one. It was good in places and bad in places. It read like a generic spy thriller with the hero pretty much being invincible.

I don’t mind this type of novel for a bit of escapism. I wouldn’t have watched every episode of 24 if I didn’t like one guy taking on the world sort of stories. But this was just a little too long. Coming in at over 600 pages I thought a vast chunk could have been chopped out of this. 400 pages would have been better with a few less des...more
Fast-pace and action filled mystery&Suspense Novel. One of the best novels i read in this Genre. Reminded me Why I Fell in love with these types of novels!
The one thing bad point against this book i can find is that, It took me at least a year to start reading this novel. Mainly because it confused me. When the confusion came i read the same pages again and again. English is not my first language.
One of the neutral or probably good points for this book in my opinion was that the details ar...more
Geert Daelemans
Story did not survive attack of the twists

Nicholas Bryson spent years as a secret member of the Directorate, an undercover organization that does the things that go beyond the scope of CIA or MI-5. When one mission goes horribly wrong, Bryson decides to retire and become a professor at a renowned University. Years later, he gets violently in contact with some old enemies and knows that his cover is gone. Quick investigations bring him to the conclusion that something went horribly wrong within t...more
Ludlum’s protagonist Nicholas Bryson, a former most important spy with an extremely secret intelligence agency known as The Directorate, secretly disappeared for his protection and became a professor at a small college. He is lured out of this pseudo-retirement when the powers that be fear that The Directorate has “gone rogue,” with a worldwide dominance agenda to be achieved via international terrorism. As Bryson investigates, he encounters many of his once fellow employees from the agency. He...more
I had a mixture of feeling when I read this book. Initialy I thought this is a thinking mans book with all the CIA, FBI, Directorate secret department within the CIA etc. The main character Nick is put out to grass from the Directorate, having been a hugely experienced spy character. In his new job role as a teacher he is suddenly placed back into his old days and acquaintances from worldwide espionage and a catalogue of disguises. This is a book like James Bond, without the beautiful women. Unf...more
Tessa Small
This is a thrill of twists and turns that keeps one turning the pages until the very last page of the book. The conspiracies and counter-conspiracies that have the main character Nick Bryson are enough to have you thinking you are losing your mind. Imagine how the character must feel. A really compelling read by Robert Ludlum. Thriller, Spy, the ABC's of Intelligence Agencies and some really well thought out action.
Theweed74955 Wild
I have enjoyed Ludlum's books as a whole, but after so many of them, they all start to be the same. the only differences are that the main character has a different name as is involved with a different government agency (how many can there possibly be?) The guy is still tall, dark and handsome, is filthy rich, can jump over tall buildings and stop speeding locomotives. He can probably catch a bullet in his teeth, although I've not read that in any of Ludlum's books so far. The plot is similar to...more
Mike Philbin
Sep 18, 2011 Mike Philbin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love reading stories
THE PROMETHEUS DECEPTION, published in hardback in 2000 and in paperback a month after 9-11 basically offers a narrative blueprint for the WAR OF TERROR.

He lays out in this book how to run a mostly Cyber War (a Surveillance War in the name of corporate profit and world domination) where there is no real enemy but the ghostly figures who're set up for specific terrorist events around the world ... sound familiar to anyone?

Robert Ludlum implied that his knowledge of the way the insanely convoluted...more
Alex Telander
Currently in paperback for only $7.99 is Robert Ludlum’s The Prometheus Deception. Ludlum returns once again to what he does best, as the master of the spy-novel world. Nick Bryson has quit the spy world and has disappeared into anonymity, but fifteen years have passed and Bryson has now been called back into service. Recruited by the CIA, he is commissioned to watched the moves of the Directorate, originally an ultra-secret intelligence agency through which Bryson was trained. With terrorist co...more
Having read many of Robert Ludlum's novels, this one is better than many of his other ones because the usual formula is constantly being tinkered with, done out of order, and sometimes just kicked to the curb entirely. There's lots of suspense, a good plot, and fine characters.
Had several attempts at starting this book in the past and managed half a dozen pages. This time I got through all 600+. Interesting yarn but too far fetched at times. Nice descriptions of various locations and characters.
I liked this one (like 90% of Ludlums). This one was written apparently just before my favorite, The Sigma Protocol (which was the last one Ludlum finished). Leyla reminded me of Khalehla in The Icarus Agenda, another character I liked.
This one is scarily up to date in where it's set - written in 2000, before the whole 9/11 and the shampoo paranoia. So many of the horrors in this book, especially the surveillance, has happened to a scary degree in the real life... I don't think Ludlum thought t...more
This is the first of Ludlum's books I have actually read. I do have the Bourne Legacy on tape that I have listened to and really enjoyed. And of course there is the trilogy of Bourne movies that are great, though I understand that a movie is no where near as good as a book can be.

Those things being said, I have to say I was a bit disappointed with the book and the way it was just left hanging at the end. I do enjoy the fact there was so many twists and turns in the book you were kept guessing, t...more
Meh. Not at all what I expected and a little bit boring. just skimmed through the last third of the book. Too much fighting which did not make sense at all.
Part of it is due to the german version. The english version tells the what the book really is about at the back....
Nicole Hancock
I've read other Ludlum books and enjoyed them, but I was not thrilled with this one. I had a difficult time getting to really know the main character. This may sound like a strange comparison, but I felt similar to how I did when watching Skyfall. I appreciated what was happening, but at the same time the theme of older age / retirement put me off because I am not in that age bracket. I'm not the usual audience for a Ludlum book (female, 30's), but I didn't feel this way at all when reading his...more
It was ok...had some good parts, then parts that drug along a bit too a few loose ends that didn't seem to connect.
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Robert Ludlum was the author of twenty-seven 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. He is the author of The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Chancellor Manuscript, and the Jason Bourne series--The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum--among others. Mr. Ludlum...more
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