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The Paris Option (Covert-One #3)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  4,537 Ratings  ·  122 Reviews

The Pasteur Institute, Paris. A bomb explodes, a fire rages, and a renowned computer scientist is dead. Dr. Émile Chambord had been working on a molecular DNA computer that could virtually control all computerized operations around the globe. Now, his groundbreaking research is missing. Overnight, military satellites and communications are shut down by unknown sources. An
Mass Market Paperback, 624 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by St. Martin's Press (first published June 3rd 2002)
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K.D. Absolutely
I couldn't find Covert-One #2 in our local bookstores. So, from Covert-One #1 that I read last year, I jumped to Covert-One #3. Anyway, just like in any of the thrillers where there is one recurring character, that of an agent or spy, each part can stand alone.

From his resignation from United States Army Military Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), Nathaniel Frederick Klein approaches the star of this series, doctor and army John Smith to join the secret army organization in t
Paul McMeekin
Jan 24, 2009 Paul McMeekin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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.
Aug 09, 2010 Speesh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A decent story, but could have been better.
And by 'better', I'm thinking better told. According to the cover, it's a collaboration, and I think it shows. It's a fair bit longer than it really should be (it follows the premise of the last 'Bourne' I read, by having the whole thing build to a climax in the middle, then go on again. You know you're only half way through, as you can see there's still a couple of inches of book to go, it can't possibly have the impact it really should), and a bit fla
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Narrator: Paul Michael
Publisher: Audio Renaissance, 2002
Length: 13 hours and 44 min.

Publisher's Summary
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
Jan 12, 2014 Dipanjan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Simply put, "The Paris Option" is no option at all. It's published under the name of Mr. Robert Ludlum who gave us masterpieces like Bourne Identity, Chancellor Manuscript and Holcroft Covenant. I am 100% sure that Mr. Ludlum was not alive before this book was completed. It's such a disappointment. There is no signature of Mr. Ludlum through hints of rich suspense, page turning pace, international intrigue and taut action. The plot is absolutely "run-of-the-mill". It's predictable to the point w ...more
Anastasia Pergakis
Third book in the Covert One series did not disappoint. The plot leaned more towards the "tech" side of things, rather than the "medical" as with the first two books in the series, which was refreshing to see. I'm glad this entire series isn't the same plot repeating itself over and over, like some thriller series like this tend to do.

I'm so glad the character Marty made a return appearance in this book. He is such a wonderful character. Ms. Lynds does a wonderful job with him - he's not just a
Apr 11, 2014 Ashish2303 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well I just finished it yesterday. And the only one word to describe this race against the time thriller is spell-bound!
I do not know from where mr Ludlum draws his inspiration but all his work has one thing in common,they are simply un-putdownable. Just mesmerised with the pace of the book.
Once again our protagonist Jon Smith is given a task almost impossible to fulfil and failing to which may cause unprecedented catastrophe to mankind. The plot outline is more or less same to that of his prev
Mar 23, 2011 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been awhile since I've read a Ludlum book. "The Paris Option" was a good pick. The characters were somewhat predictable but well developed. The plot is full of twists and turns with much of it plausible, except of course the uncanny ability the heroes have to escape certain death multiple times. One thing I liked about the interaction between the characters is the complete lack of romantic drama! While there is some slight romantic tension between two of the characters it is not distracting ...more
Jul 04, 2014 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best so far.
Feb 22, 2017 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A DNA computer? I didn't understand all the science behind it, but this computer is more powerful and faster than silicon based computers. The theory of the book is that this kind of computer could advance our technology greatly, but also be a tremendous threat in the wrong hands.
A terrorist group gets a hold of it and covert agent John Smith with the help of some espionage friends has to get it back before a major attack occurs.
A page turning adventure and I learned a lot about covert organiza
Sanjiv Raj
Oct 12, 2016 Sanjiv Raj rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, library
The cover review states it. Beach Book or in my case toilet book :))
Sep 20, 2016 Kenton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Third book in the John Smith Covert One series. Good story and characters and very fast paced.
Mardel Fehrenbach
I don't really know why I picked this book up. I was in a bookstore and I find it impossible not to buy a book. Perhaps it was the Ludlum name as I always enjoyed Ludlum's novels. I was aware that it was not written, or written completely by Ludlum. I wasn't really aware at the time that Ludlum had passed away and this doesn't bother me, this marketing of Ludlum's name to sell more books although I wonder about the benefit of this. It probably does sell more books, but I suspect that many reader ...more
Jul 31, 2013 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up the cassette version of this book, at the YMCA book exchange. The price on the box was $39.95. That would have been a pretty steep price for me. I listened to this book at bed time for several nights. Last night I had a hard time going to sleep, and ended up listening to the last few cassettes. I have listened to a few of the Ludlum books, that were written by other authors. I think Gayle Lynds did a good job of witting this one. It reminded me of Dan Brown's writing, and all the des ...more
Sep 17, 2011 Bradley rated it liked it
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Ben Adkison
It would be an overstatement to say that Robert Ludlum is a great author; however, it would by lying to say that his books aren't enjoyable too. My personal preference is to audiobook Ludlum's writings in my free time. Am I learning anything? No. Is it a great way to escape and relax? Yes. Think 24 in book form. The best Ludlum book is still probably The Janson Directive. The most famous of his books are in the Bourne Series (great movies!). The Paris Option was decent, but again I'm reading (or ...more
Roderick Hart
Feb 12, 2013 Roderick Hart rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had never read a book by Robert Ludlum so I bought one – only to find that the price sticker on the front covered the name of the person who actually wrote it, Gayle Lynds. So what we are dealing with here is a form of franchise where Ludlum comes up with the story and Lynds does the writing. This is one of a long series of titles following a formula: The Hades Factor, The Cassandra Compact, the Lazarus Vendetta, The Hedgehog Conspiracy, and so on. In this case, the title isn’t improved by the ...more
Dale Day
Oct 12, 2011 Dale Day rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This is another of those "famous authors with" books that often turn out to be less than what one expects from the name.
However, in this case, I found it well-written and suspenseful.
Terrorists blow up the Pasteur Laboratories in Paris where a mastermind is working on the next level of computer science - a molecular computer. Jon Smith, an army colonel, doctor and super spy, hurries to the site as his friend was there at the time of the explosion. From there, it's a journey through Europe and No
Phil Valentine
Eh. I guess I was spoiled by the Bourne books. I could see the ending plot twist coming from two miles out and kept wondering when my dense hero would pick up on what everybody else already knew. And I don't mean this in a bad way but it seemed the book was a PSA for Asperger syndrome. All Ludlum needed to do was mention Marty had it and give a brief description of what it is. Instead, he droned on about it, which detracted from the plot. Plus, Marty became an Asperger syndrome caricature. The d ...more
Sep 25, 2008 Sonja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My mom is a huge Ludlum fan, so she practically made me read it.

Not being a Ludlum fan myself (this is his first book that i've actually fished) i give it well deserved 4* (though my mom gives it a full 5!)

The story starts and proceeds in a fashion typical for all the Ludlum stories- with a bang.
The characters are also quite ordinary- spies, scientists, military officers.

This time the story revolves around a very current topic- a molecular computer. Now, I understand the concept of the computer
Selket Nicole
i listened to the audio version of this book - it kept me entertained on the drive home from knoxville. had i read the book, i might've given it 4 stars. maybe. the story was well crafted and the plot kept moving, although there were a few moments of exposition where the characters lectured to each other, which i always find a little annoying. for the audio version, though, i had to go with 3 stars because a couple of the characters' voices were just too ridiculous. marty, the computer genius wi ...more
Apr 03, 2016 Eric rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I pretty much, some time ago, gave up on reading books where a famous author had taken on a sidekick (even, I think, some posthumously) to keep the franchise cranking out stories. I was a Ludlum fan some time ago, and this one pretty much "fit" my image of what a good Ludlum story ought to be. But it was only close. Some of it may be that the technology of a character having a Cray supercomputer stuffed in his apartment for take on the evil DNA computer seemed a touch of a stretch. Some good fun ...more
Mar 06, 2007 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another cloak-and-dagger book, but this one has more main characters than Bourne (3), and I really felt myself starting to care what happened to them. Not that I didn't care what happened to Bourne; I'm just saying. Bourne had a personal reason for doing what he did and these other ones. . . I don't know, they were doing it for the good of the general public, and even though it's fiction, it made me wonder how many times we've come close to disaster, but didn't even know about it because some pe ...more
Mar 27, 2009 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
Book #5 of 2009
This time Jon, Peter, Randi and Marty are racing after a DNA computer in the hands of a group of frenchmen intent on exposing American weakness and forming a united Europa. There were several hints of possible romances - Jon/Randi and Jon/A French woman, but it was all action. As usual, the day is saved, so to speak, just in the knick of time. It can be hard reading such extreme hatred of the United States, from the French group, an Islamic group and a Basque group, even if it is
Aug 27, 2013 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very exciting, well-developed and maybe even plausible? I don't have a very large scope on US intelligence, but the little I do know all checked as accurately portrayed in the book. I never really felt anything, however. It didn't exactly reach for my heart or anything, but I understand that this is just not that type of novel, and that's okay. I enjoyed the exciting descriptions of so many locations; it made it very real to me. Now the question is, did Ludlum actually take any part in writing t ...more
G.Franklin Prue
Sep 11, 2015 G.Franklin Prue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Hi! I just finished the Paris Option by Robert Ludlum and his wife. I liked the book. I found the read very easy. I felt the plot could have been tighter in some pages, but I like the typical chase scenes and mysteries running through the streets of Paris. Yes, the plot is a little clunky; but I give the Writers(s) a B for effort. I haven't read #1 and #2 I hope to go back and read the other two versions, and as a Ludlum fan who has given me sweet thrills after Ian Fleming. I am able to enjoy th
Dec 12, 2014 David rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Having read two other Jon Smith books, which were decent, this one failed me so much, that I quite reading about a quarter into the just seemed to drag on and on with little progress being made. I tried to read more, but just thought that life is too short and there are too many books that have to be better......Might stop reading these books by by new authors writing under a dead authors name as they just are not the same, in most cases. Like Ludlum, not so much his legacy writers.. ...more
Jul 07, 2011 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this thriller on CDs while driving. It was entertaining, but not compelling. Operatives from CIA, Covert-One (a special ops organization), and British intelligence converge to recover a stolen DNA computer that will help the bad guys take over the world. Often the conversations included trite cliches and didn't seem realistic to me, although I haven't yet been a special ops agent, so maybe I just don't know.
This is your typical Ludlum cloak and dagger book. It is always fun to read books where the world is going to end and it is up to one person to change that. Jon Smith working under secret Covert One with Randi who is CIA and other regular in the covert books. It revolves around a DNA computer. It was good read but I felt myself skimming and was not interested in all of the different stories going on.
Joe White
Jan 09, 2010 Joe White rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-shelf, fiction
Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys run with Scooby Do. Fun read because you can skim so fast and not miss anything relevant. The plot has contemporary parallels to current event international instabilities. old tech. Indestructible super heroes save world single handed-ly. Written in 90's before everyone had a multicore processor able to do at least 2 things at once. DNA computer was the interesting item of interest that snagged me, but as presented here it was just a bright bobble candy shell.
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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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