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The Prometheus Deception

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  7,963 Ratings  ·  247 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 intel
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Hardcover, 509 pages
Published October 31st 2000 by St. Martin's Press
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Ash
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
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Ailish
Aug 15, 2012 Ailish rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Evelyn
May 29, 2013 Evelyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Dheepthaa
Aug 28, 2012 Dheepthaa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Debra
Sep 24, 2011 Debra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
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Anna
Aug 07, 2010 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing, 2010
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
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Mollie
Dec 26, 2011 Mollie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 read...eh 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
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Maynard
Mar 20, 2013 Maynard rated it it was amazing
"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.
Roland Odinkemelu
Apr 01, 2017 Roland Odinkemelu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved it! I like books that really engages you, mentally. Books that make you feel that you're a part of the story. Robert Ludlum took his time to create a moving picture in the reader's mind with The Prometheus Deception. I find that this is a great read that I will enjoy reading again.
Connie
Jan 24, 2009 Connie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Tania
Jun 19, 2017 Tania rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ludlum thrills with high-action, complicated relationships, and intricate plots - there is no lack of tension or mystery here. Ahead of his time in predicting just where terrorism, surveillance, and many other scary realisms were heading, The Prometheus Deception describes our worst nightmares and then some.

Ex-spy Nicholas Bryson believes he's out of the game, retired and hidden away at a university, until he finds himself pulled back in unexpectedly. Now he must rely on every trick he ever lea
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Graham Stull
I am giving this one *** only for those who are particular fans of the political thriller genre; for other readers I would suggest this is more of a two-star book.

The story is simple in its complexity: A superagent whose real name may or may not be Nick Bryson is taken out of retirement to fight against his former employer, the ultra-secretive 'Directorate' spy organisation which has gone bad. Or has it? Whom can he trust? What sinister conspiracy is driving the plot along at breakneck speed, fr
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Clarice


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
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Angus Whittaker
Mar 20, 2014 Angus Whittaker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
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
carl clause
Jun 10, 2017 carl clause rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
CC1

This book was excellent. Gives the perfect example of one person's obsession with total control. Without independent oversight freedom is lost. Perfectly greatly character development. Ludlum books can relate to any time. Can't wait to get to next one. Carl Clause
Bethany White
Aug 30, 2010 Bethany White rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Hertzan Chimera
Aug 12, 2008 Hertzan Chimera rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Nalin
Mar 25, 2017 Nalin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 once ag
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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
Aubrey
Sep 22, 2010 Aubrey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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...
Tessa Small
Feb 08, 2014 Tessa Small rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Damo
Dec 26, 2016 Damo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the Prometheus Deception. It was a real non-stop thriller and I've read it two or three times. It's my go to book when I want some action and great characters that manage to escape impossible circumstances with amazing feats of intelligence and brutality. The story is also extremely strong and very relevant to the 2000's.
Sidi Maouloud
Very tense, police kind, cia and stuff , i was attached to the character of the agent specially after we discovered he has been double crossed by the same agency he use to work for...
Paul Marsh
Jun 01, 2017 Paul Marsh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Julius
Dec 24, 2016 Julius rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The reason I did not like this book that much was because there was simply too much super, hero action in it that lead me to believe it simply wasn't true. I'm a HUGE 24 fan, so I'm all about it when Jack can dial his phone from the depths of a tower when there are times I can't even get reception in my house, sitting right next to my router! I'm all about it when Jack can fly a Cessna into the sunset and then allow his stow-away, George, to take over the control so Jack can bail, as the plane f ...more
Aulia Hakiem
Jul 22, 2017 Aulia Hakiem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a first of its kind for me, I am thrilled from start to end. Well, not exactly to the end because the book kinda lost me in the last 100 pages or so because suddenly the pace is extremely fast with little character development and harder to believe plot. But overall I am enjoying reading this book.
Alex French
MEH.

I remember loving the Bourne novels, and enjoying a few other Ludlum books.

This was just terrible- the most cliched lazy boring technothriller/espionage store I can imagine.
Dave Lester
My family used to always talk about author Robert Ludlum when I was growing up. My mom and Uncle Bob would speak of convoluted plots, spy thriller tension and a plethora of characters that a reader would have to take notes on in order to keep track of all the development. I had never read a Ludlum novel. I figured I had better join the family club. I was at a friend’s house and saw a copy of “The Prometheus Deception” on the shelf. There was some downtime so I started to read.

Oddly enough, “Prom
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Christian, Kelanth, Scala
L'inganno di Prometeo, in originale "The Prometheus Deception" è un romanzo di spionaggio con una deriva fantascientifica scritto da Robert Ludlum e pubblicato nel 2000. Tratta di un agente di nome Nick Bryson, che lavora in un'agenzia ultra clandestina conosciuta solo come la Direzione. Questo romanzo è stato uno degli ultimi libri di Ludlum pubblicati nel corso della sua vita. È diventato celebre per la serie di romanzi "The Bourne Identity" ai quali sono stati vagamente ispirati tre film.

Rob
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Eric_W
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
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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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