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Robert Ludlum's The Altman Code: A Covert-One Novel (Covert-One #4)

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Covert-One agent Jon Smith is sent to rendezvous in Taiwan with another agent who has acquired the ship’s true manifest. But before Smith can get the document, he is ambushed, the second agent is murdered, and the evidence is destroyed. Smith escapes with only his life and a verbal message: The President’s biological father is still alive, held prisoner by the Chinese for ...more
Paperback, 640 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published June 17th 2003)
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K.D. Absolutely
Robert Ludlum died in 2001. This book came out in 2003 with Gayle Lynds as the co-author. This is the fourth book of the Covert-One series. Covert-One is a top secret U. S. agency that fights corruption, conspiracy and bio-weaponary at the highest and most dangerous level in the society. It is composed of ex-military men who are political and technical experts. Gayle Lynds co-created this series with Ludlum in 2000 with the release of its first book, The Hades Factor. Gayle Lynds is a woman who ...more
Like Tom Clancy, his fellow espionage/techno-thriller author, Ludlum has grown from being a single individual writer into something resembling a ‘cottage-industry’. No longer does he even have to write his own work, but he can simply come up with a plot (or concept) and let other writers take it from there. This is not to knock Ludlum, who has certainly proven with his dozens of international best sellers, that he can crank them out with the best of them. It’s just that by simply seeing his name ...more
The Pirate Ghost
Another good rad from whoever took over Robert Ludlum's name. As always, I'd like to see more of Randi Russel, and now, what ever happened to the Uighers?

It's not as franticly paced as the previous three, but it's better in other ways (a smoother read perhaps?).

I was very amused by the spies watchign spies watching spies theme and the overlapping and depths of secrecy and politics. At times in the book, when Jon Smith went for a stroll it was almost like a Chinese Firedrill with all the agents
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Narrator: Don Leslie
Publisher: Macmillan Audio, 2003
Length: 15 hours and 36 min.

Publisher's Summary
On the dark waterside docks of Shanghai, a photographer is recording cargo being secretly loaded when he's brutally killed and his camera destroyed. Shortly thereafter Covert-One director Fred Klein brings the word to the President that there's a Chinese cargo ship rumored to be carrying tons of chemicals to be used by a rogue nation to create new biological weapons. Klei
"When word reaches the President of the United States that a Chinese cargo ship is transporting chemicals to a rogue nation intent on creating new biological weapons, the President knows he must act quickly to obtain the proof he needs. Covert-One agent Jon Smith (don't you just love the name ... Smith for a spy!!!) is sent to rendezvous in Taiwan with another agent who has acquired the ship's true manifest. But before Smith can get the document, he is ambushed, the second agent is murdered and ...more
Jeff Yoak
This book was a slow-started. I was also surprised to find out that it can really, really matter who does the narrating. Paul Michael *is* the voice of these characters for me and they just felt... wrong. Of course, this si the confounding item that this is (I think) the first of the novels that, though branded as Robert Ludlum, was written by someone else.

For other audiophiles, there is a copy with Paul Michael. It is out-of-print, and too late for me, but I found an amazon seller with it avail
All you Robert Ludlum story haters out there don't be fooled by this book. I wasn't expecting to enjoy this because I hated the "Bourne" trilogy which was written too fast with implausible, motivationless twists added-in just to make the books longer. This one was not written by Ludlum, just based on notes prior to his death. It's offensive that his name is still featured in large letters on the cover, minimizing the real writer's name.

I liked the fact that the story took place in S.E. Asia beca
Alice Harbin
Though it started slowly, it built up and captured my interest to the point that I could hardly put it down. I liked the way the USA had a president of Spanish-American heritage. Despite my ignorance of status in the government and military, I was able to follow the plot. The hero was extraordinary and so were some of his opponents. It made for an exciting time. It was original to have the president's long lost biological father be suddenly located in a prison in China. It reminds me of our curr ...more
Carl Alves
The Altman Code is a fast-paced thriller, while written in the same vain as Robert Ludlum’s novels, the writing is actually better than much of Ludlum’s work. The novel starts off with an intriguing premise. When Covert-One agent Jon Smith goes to rendezvous with another agent in Taiwan to get a ship manifest implicating the Chinese of nefarious acts, the agent is killed, and the ship destroyed. Smith is left with a message from the agent that the President’s father, thought to be long dead, is ...more
Janice Reisman
I found this book to be so exciting. I havent't read his books in years, so I was very excited to start this book, and happy that I did. It takes place in the U.S. and China. He keeps things moving with plently of gunplay and running about. His storytelling skill was still at an all time high. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Wasn't as good as the others, so far. (I'm trying to read in publication order.) Second half was much better than the first, but everything just seemed to fall into order a little too easy. The description and conversation were Ludlum style, but the action, particularly at the climax, seemed scattered.
Vrenzy gal
it had alot goin on..there is soo mch inone book..its amazin..this was the first robert ludlum book i read and truly awesum..m hooked! a must read..its amazin!
I enjoyed this book after the slow start. Lots of twists and turns. I liked the characters - intelligently written.
Another great thriller in the covert one series. There are a few gaps in the storyline, but overall a good read.
The last Ludlum I'll read. But it was decent for what it was...
read this a long time ago but I think I'd give it a 5
Not bad - I enjoy an espionage story once and awhile
Very quick reading and a good spy novel.
Denne boken ble aldri lest ferdig; jeg leste kun 300 av totalt 489 sider).
Dette var langt unna en god Ludlumbok!

Historien var langt fra fengende og det ble for mye overordnet politisk spill i tillegg til altfor hyppig bytte av steder og personer fra kapittel til kapittel. Jeg følte dessuten ikke at historien med presidentens biologiske far hang sammen med resten av historien.

Alikevel hadde boka noen ganske få høydepunkter; noen få sjeldne action-scener med Jon Smith.

Dick Pilskog
Could not put this book down after reading Lincoln partially. This book was very good about Jon and had many Chinese characters that were hard to believe. But it ended the way I wanted and it was a good book.
It was a good book. I liked it a lot. It was full of action and adventure. I picked it up at a free book exchange at a corner store in the small town that I live in.
I thought it was great. I know it was not written by RLudlum, however it followed his style of writting, exciting...
Harry Dennison
Not as good as the previous. Way too much detail and way too many Chinese names to try to keep track of and very limited action.
Philip Davis
This is the fourth book in the Covert-One Novel series created by Robert Ludlum, now of the Bourne series fame. As he co-authored the previous three books, which were excellent, I believe this the best one yet written solely by Gayle Lynds. Action packed from beginning to end, with no real down time, and also is a geo-political thriller with President Sam Castilla and China. It also includes the normal cast of characters Lt. Col. Jon Smith, CIA Randi Russell, Covertone leader Fred Klein, and oth ...more
Endre Szolnoki
This was the best Covert-One for me (yet), I liked the way the storyline kept dynamic.
Bob Connell
It was difficult understanding who was who with the foreign names.
Sam Marlowe
I am making a return to political/spy thrillers after quite a while. Nevertheless I found myself comfortably enjoying the familiar style and plot of Ludlum, though how much of the book is attributable to Ludlum himself is something I am not sure of. Though predictable at certain moments, the book on the whole is a page turner that keeps making one's heart skip a beat. On finishing the book the one revelation that dawned on me was how much I've missed Ludlum and his stories so long.
Covert agent John Smith is called to China to investigate when the US hears that a Chinese cargo ship is sailing to Iraq with chemicals needed to built bombs. This is an action filled book that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. Very good.
Hey Jen i think that you might really like this book. I signed up for a summer reading program with my kids this summer at the libary and for the adult program adults have to read books out of six different generes(sp?) This guy also wrote the "bourne" books and this book is really good and holds attention well of course i think i will read more by this author after the summer is over becuase I have more generes to read now.
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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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