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The Lazarus Vendetta (Covert-One #5)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  4,852 Ratings  ·  91 Reviews
For the past three decades Robert Ludlum's bestselling novels have been enjoyed by hundreds of millions of readers worldwide and have set the standard against which all other thrillers are measured. His Covert-One series has been among his most beloved creations and now comes the latest thrilling novel in the series.

The Lazarus Movement, the dominant force in the eco-con
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 25th 2005 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published October 19th 2004)
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Jul 20, 2010 Nick rated it liked it
I really enjoy Ludlum's books, but I’ve noticed he tends to repeat the same themes in most books. The following is a list of things I’ve learned about the world by reading Robert Ludlum:

1. Everything that happens in the world is linked to either a fringe lunatic who plans to kill three quarters of the world’s population so he can rule over the rest like some ancient emperor; or someone who wants to “improve” national security by reinstating the cold war.

2. If you retire from a job as an intellig
Sep 11, 2012 Timothy rated it liked it
Maybe it was just where my head was at when I started this book a few months ago. It became one of those books you pick up, read a chapter or two, then set down and forget about for a while. In any event, this books turned out to have enough twists and turns to keep me interested to the end but not enough character development to give it much depth. I'd recommend it for a good diversionary book to occupy time for a few hours by getting lost in the world of super spies and nefarious techno-sociop ...more
Ben Adkison
Jan 23, 2016 Ben Adkison rated it it was ok
The Lazarus Vendetta is the fifth book in The Covert One Series created by Robert Ludlum and written in conjunction with other authors. This is the first of the stories written by Patrick Larkin, and the results while acceptable, are not overtly impressive. My main complaint is that the story itself is too far-fetched and unbelievable. As a result, the reader remains an observer of the action rather than a participant in the action. Good stories, I would argue, so envelope the reader that she no ...more
Rui Bastos
Desenganem-se rapidamente de duas coisas: o facto deste livro ser o quinto de uma série é completamente irrelevante, e o autor no verdadeiro sentido da palavra é Patrick Larkin.

Passo a explicar: a sequência e continuação dentro da série é um aspecto secundário, há apenas pequenos pormenores em que se nota que o autor faz referências a livros passados, mas nada de especial. As personagens são bem caracterizadas, os acontecimentos bem explicados, e nada se perde.

Agora o autor. Como se vê na capa,
May 26, 2014 Jakobk rated it really liked it
Shelves: rwr
The Lazarus Vendetta by Robert Ludlum like his other novels doesn't fail to provide an exciting novel with multiple action scenes and words you'll think are cool, "military-lingo" and will no doubt try to use on your own, only to use them incorrectly. The Lazarus Vendetta revolves around a group of eco-friendly individuals who think by rioting and boycotting technology, they'll save the environment and make change. I'm a big fan of Ludlum, but by the fifth Covert-One novel, and reading his other ...more
A fast pace bio-terrorist thriller.

Our hero Lt. Col. Jon Smith was at work one day at the Teller Institute in Santa Fe New Mexico when all hell breaks lose. Anti-nanotech demonstrators from the Lazarus movement protest outside the institute. They are a multinational group bent on stopping this research and saving the planet. Their biggest fear is that nanotechnology will destroy the world. They are always a problem and largely ignored. Enter fake government agents, who make there way inside the
Anastasia Pergakis
I think this one was the best of the series so far. Patrick Larkin stuck true to the characters and I was so glad to see a few of them come back in this story.

The plot was interesting for sure and I found it hard to turn the book off (I was listening to the audio version). Mr. Larkin was a little more graphic than the other authors in this series, but it wasn't too distracting for me. I also have to give credit to the narrator who read it with true emotion and character voice - accents included
Feb 07, 2013 Al rated it really liked it
For the past three decades Robert Ludlum's bestselling novels have been enjoyed by hundreds of millions of readers worldwide and have set the standard against which all other thrillers are measured. His Covert-One series has been among his most beloved creations and now comes the latest thrilling novel in the series. The Lazarus Movement, the dominant force in the eco-conscious, "anti-technology" protest movement, has sent rumblings down the halls of the world's intelligence agencies. Led by a m ...more
Andreas Maalouf
The novel begins in an organization called Lazarus that wants to stop the overgrowth of technology and protect the environment and there are people outside the labs protesting with Lazarus against the Government suddenly an alarm sets off and a nanotechnology weapon breaks loose and kills the protestors. Jonathan Smith which was an undercover agent in the organization was not affected with everyone else in there. This mysterious event left only one person in the organization we know only as Laza ...more
Mar 27, 2009 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: thrillers
Book #10 of 2009
This is one of the better Covert One novels I believe. There wasn't quite as much going back and forth between widely different settings and circumstances. Also, although there was an attempt to kill Jon Smith, it didn't take up a lot of the book as in other installments. Jon spent much of the time searching for who was behind the Lazarus Movement's attacks, and not as much time chasing those responsible. Once again, Jon teemed up with Randi and Peter to complete his mission. The
Priii ✌
Jul 14, 2015 Priii ✌ rated it really liked it
4.5 stars :) awesome book that was full of action and twists! I liked how Ludlum/Larkin mentioned the time and place of events occurring; it made the novel feel more real and as if I could see what was happening in front of me (like a movie!) . The identity of Lazarus is something I didn't see coming and was a genuine surprise! The first novel I've read in the covert one series and it definitely won't be the last; can't wait to get started with the others!
carl clause
Jul 02, 2016 carl clause rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
C C1 Review

Another excellent book on the exploits of Dr. Jon Smith and company. The plot was put together exclusively with Jon involved from the start. The story then unravels from there. As always the story is told and put together beautifully and keeps you involved from start to finish. On next to the next Jon Smith adventure. Thanks !!!
Nov 21, 2015 Kate rated it it was ok
My mother in-law passed this book along after she'd finished reading it, and it sat on the shelf for a long time before I picked it up. to be honest, I wish I hadn't. Despite the fast paced plot, I found it unimaginative and formulaic, and not at all compelling or engaging, so I gave up halfway through. Life is too short to read books you're not enjoying!
Henri Moreaux
Contrary to the billing on the cover of the book, these books are merely a series created by Robert Ludlum, but written by different authors. Books 1-4 were written by Gayle Lynds and this installment has been written by Patrick Larkin.

I found this to be the best in the series so far, the writer change has led to a definite improvement in quality. Whilst it falls into the realm of bio-terrorism techno-thriller using emerging/fictional nanotechnology it uses this fictional technology in a manner
Kevin Martell
Jan 13, 2015 Kevin Martell rated it really liked it
This book is absolutely amazing,
everything in this book is too fast,inteligence and atractive,
the history is very original,
and the characther of smith is absolutely great,like a modern james bond.
Robert ludlums know what the readers want to reed.
Dick Pilskog
Good book and easy reading chapters. I get to keep all the agencies straight, CIA, FBI and others and Covert One. Pretty implausible but good reading and the getting out of scrapes shows real imagination. I do not know who to trust.
Niklas Dagerås
Aug 16, 2015 Niklas Dagerås rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The worst book ive ever read. Its a book written for 14 year olds. The writing itself is just so bad, everything comes so unnatural for the characters. You really feel like you're watching a generic Hollywood action movie.
Vineet Aggarwal
Jun 03, 2015 Vineet Aggarwal rated it really liked it
Was an exciting read especially at the time nanotechnology was big in news.. wonder what happened to all the developments they were touted to bring about. Nevertheless the book is well written and the plot is interesting
May 29, 2012 Roberta rated it it was amazing
This book grabbed and held my interest with the tenacity of a demon from hell, never once letting go. My favorite TV shows went by the wayside as I methodically flipped the pages into the wee hours of the night. It's possible to visualize how a threat from nanotechnology in the wrong hands could perhaps occur in the future. In this scenario where thousands of people dissolved into globs of flesh & bones from infinitely-tiny nanophages, the various intelligence agencies were stymied as to how ...more
V. Gingerich
Jan 28, 2013 V. Gingerich rated it liked it
The extra star is for keeping me sane while traveling through Utah and Nevada, in January, partially after dark.

I cringed at the first gross-out scene but after several dozen splatterings and explodings and blown-across-the-room-ings I hardened and was even able to consume lunch while Ludlum sallied on through gunfire and slime and other peril.

Oh, and another small point: it's not really Ludlum. The series is created by Ludlum but written by someone else, which is mentioned in small print and
Jan 14, 2016 Tabs rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book, nano robots are cool, diabolical megalomaniacs are awesome what kind of an ego would you have to have to want to rule the world by killing billions. Hmmmm!
Ralph McEwen
Jul 04, 2012 Ralph McEwen rated it really liked it
An action packed thriller. This one hits all the buttons conspiracies, a diabolical world domination plotter, mass murder, fire fights, hand to hand combat, high tech science, low ball politics and more. I found out this is book 5 in the series but I am happy to say that this book stands on its own and doesn't need you to read the earlier book. One of the things I liked was that even though the US and International agencies officially do not work together, the agents and spies in the trenches do ...more
Jan 30, 2015 Linda rated it liked it
For a thriller book about lots of action and killing, it sure is kind of boring! The characters didn't
seem at all real, the story was forced. Blah, not for me.
Stanley Turner
Sep 01, 2016 Stanley Turner rated it it was amazing
Excellent suspense, several twist I did not see coming. This is my first book based on Robert Ludlum's characters. I will be reading others...
May 07, 2014 Lynne rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved it, so much I reviewed it at ...

Jul 18, 2016 Mats rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great and nasty story that really delivers the Ludlum experience of excitement and just the right amount of action!
Dan Towner
Apr 15, 2014 Dan Towner rated it really liked it
A book that reaches into not only the covert side of fictional world government, but public political opposition.
Mar 28, 2014 Jo rated it really liked it
Great beach read! I loved the twists and turns but there was so much death by violence. Will read another one.
Jan 20, 2016 Bipin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Predictive story.... didnt interest me as much as Ludlum's previous books
Terry Ryan
Oct 29, 2014 Terry Ryan rated it liked it
It was ok. It'll be a popcorn movie soon. Surprised it isn't now.
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