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Robert Ludlum's The Cassandra Compact: A Covert-One Novel (Covert-One #2)

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What they're going to do, I never would have believed it…These were among the final words spoken by Yuri Danko, an officer in the medical division of Russia's security service, before his body was ripped apart by a spray of assassins' bullets. Danko's confidential appointment in Venice with Covert-One operative Jon Smith might have ended in death--but his secret didn't die ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2001)
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A conspiracy to steal and alter a smallpox virus to create the ultimate
bio-weapon. This is a follow up to The Hades Factor and another in the
Covert One series. An OK story but the writing is obviously Shelby and not Robert Ludlum.
Kelanth, numquam risit ubi dracones vivunt
E' certo, ne sono sicurissimo, si sta rivoltando e girando all'infinito nella sua tomba. Povero Ludlum, poveri quegli scrittori che vengono riportati in vita sulle copertine dei libri per far vendere di più, per riportare sulla carta filoni narrativi

Se ha potuto leggere il suo nome sulla copertina di questo insulso libro non ne può fare a meno. Uno che ha scritto la "trilogia di Bourne" o "Aquitania", solo per citarne due a caso della sua sterminata e vasta vita da scrittore non può avere scritt
Stephen Holtman
This book is a part of the Covert one series. In this one, the members have to stop a conspiracy to unleash a stronger, unstoppable version of the smallpox. I thought that the way that the action was a nonstop thrill ride was great. This book definetly fits into the world that Ludlam created. The way that the main caratcher, Jon Smith, was a great reminder of the past heroes in this genre such as Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher. The writing itself was very standard for a ludlam novel. That is not ...more
Anastasia Pergakis
A wonderful continuation to the Covert One Series. Though written by a separate author than the first book (The Hades Factor), Mr. Shelby keeps true to Robert Ludlum's vision and the tone set up by Gale Lynds in the first book.

I listened to the audio book edition of this book, rather than reading it. I found it an interesting experience and added a new dynamic to the story that I did not have with the first one - actually hearing Jon Smith's and other characters' voices.

I was most intrigued by
Kolonel Jon Smith kembali ditugaskan oleh atasannya di Covert-One dalam sebuah misi. Misi tersebut adalah menjemput seorang agen sekaligus informan—yang juga koleganya—di Venice, Italia. Bersama rekannya Jon Smith berangkat melaksanakan misi tersebut. Namun, tanpa diduga-duga sang agen dibunuh secara brutal tepat di depan matanya. Usaha mengejar para pembunuhnya pun sia-sia karena sang pembunuh tewas akibat ledakan C-12 ketika melarikan diri.

Jon Smith lalu mencoba mengurai benang merah dari peri
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Alex Telander
In the second in the “Covert-One” series (after The Hades Factor), renowned author Robert Ludlum (The Prometheus Deception and The Icarus Agenda) teams up with author/screenwriter Philip Shelby (Days of Drums and The Gatekeeper). Once again the world is in imminent danger.

The last case of smallpox was cured in the ‘70s; only two samples remain: one in Atlanta at the CDC and one in Russia. A group of unknown terrorists have a plan to capture one of these samples, transform it into a much more veh
David Roberts
I am reviewing the novel The Cassandra Compact by Robert Ludlum et al which is an excellent thriller which I bought from a car boot sale. This book is the second book in the Covert One series and recently I reviewed the first book The Hades Factor. The series is about a fictional U S counterespionage & terrorist department a bit like a subdivision of the C I A. This book I think is a little bit better than the previous book although both are worth reading. The book was written and is set dur ...more
Sandra (Page by Page)
full review in my bookblog,

The Cassandra Compact tells story of Jon Smith, a secret agent of a highly exclusive organization named Covert-One that is run by Nathaniel Fredrick Klein who takes orders straight from the president (of America) himself. The members of Covert-One don’t know each other and do everything by themselves. These people in Covert-One is made of men and women who are very skilled in their fields but they somehow socially rejected or just hard to min
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Narrator: Paul Michael
Publisher: Audio Renaissance, 2001
Length: 10 hours, 42 min.

Publisher's Summary
Yuri Danko, a deep-cover Russian asset for Covert-One, is on the run. His last communication was a cryptic and urgent plea for extraction. With no hint of what could have driven Danko to such extreme action, operative Jon Smith is sent to the pre-arranged meeting place in Venice to bring Danko out. Days later, Danko arrives at the rendezvous - but before he can reveal wh
Mel Allred
I have in a previous review attributed my return to the love of reading to the author John Grisham as recommended by my brother, however, it may have been Robert Ludlum that he recommended, and I will attribute the same to him. Ludlum is well known for the (now on the big screen) 'Jason Bourne' series, and he writes a terrific political/espionage thriller. I am writing this review some ten years after having read the book and don't remember any specifics to this volume. That must indicate that ...more
Don Bradshaw
A decent book but not up to Ludlum's usual par. Smallpox has been virtually wiped out except for a small amount in Russia and the CDC in Atlanta. A small amount is stolen from Russia and by very confusing means is smuggled into the secret lab of a pharaceutical conglomeratein Hawaii. It is chemically altered to make the smallpox more virulent but the biggest mutation can only be made in micro-gravity. This is where Ludlum brought in too many characters as the bad guys get the sample aboard the ...more
Anders K.
The first book in the Covert One series was an amazing thriller that kept you on the edge of your seat. For the second installment, I was captivated but slightly disappointed. First of all, it was all too similar to the first book: a deadly virus, a conspiracy in the highest places of power, and a ex-military special agent (Jon Smith) racing against the clock before it becomes a global scourge. Moreover, there is essentially no character development in this story: just Jon and his friends bumpin ...more
"What they're going to do, I would never have believed it. It's insanity!" They were the last words spoken by Yuri Danko, an officer in the medical division of Russia's security service, before his body was ripped apart by a spray of assassin's bullets. Now Covert-One's Jon Smith has Danko's classified papers, and he's unearthed a terrifying global conspiracy. A Serb terrorist has been despatched from Russia to smuggle hazardous vials of a deadly bacteria into the United States. His mission: to ...more
Very enjoyable espionage thriller. Ludlum's writing style is clear and just suspenseful enough to give the reader a good ride but without too many out of this world twists and complications that make it impossible to follow (or even half way believable). Even though it's an older book, it maintains relevance since it is about the theft of a collection of small pox virus from a Russian lab for not very altruistic purposes :-) I think what really appeals to me about Ludlum's stories is that I feel ...more
Joann Downie
This was excellent, couldnt put it down. If you like action, suspense type of books this has it all in spades. This is the first book of his I read, and I just picked up another one,at the library. It is a keeper.
Book #4 of 2009
There were a bit of innacuracies at the beginning of the book, stating that Sophia went to school at UCLA while in "The Hades Factor" she went to school at Syracuse. Also Smith visited Sophia 1 year after her burial, but "The Cassandra Compact" lists that being in April while the events of "The Hades Factor" occured in October. Overall, this book proceeded much like the last, constant threats on Smith's life, vilians in government agencies, bioweapons, etc, except this book is the
Ash Bryant
I'm really enjoying the Covert One series, exciting.
Mary Taitt
The Cassandra Compact, by Robert Ludlum and Philip Shelby

Jon Smith is sent to rescue Yuri Danko, who has called the secure line and asked to be extracted. Danko has a piece of terrifying news, but before he can tell Jon, he is cut down in a spray of gunfire by assassins. Smith deduces that someone is out to steal a sample of smallpox from the Russian cache of bioweapons and perhaps manipulate it to make it more virulent. This is a face-paced, exciting and scary book. Lots of action and shoot-em-
Good plot but it does bog down in places
Suyash Sengar
Typical Robert Ludlum conspiracy-thriller.
Michiyo 'jia' Fujiwara
Lanjutan dari seri sebelumnya Covert-One #1 (The Hades Factor)..Robert Ludlum..sang penulis the Bourne series (Identity,Supremacy, n Ultimatum) seri yang lebih terkenal karena diangkat ke film..dan Matt Demon ada didalamnya.. :D

Kali ini, Jon Smith harus berhubungan dengan virus cacar mematikan buatan Rusia dan bila tersebar luas akan menyebabkan epidemi yang luar biasa..dengan bantuan the covert-one..rekan-rekannya sama seperti di seri sebelumnya..akankah kali ini Jon lolos dari bahaya dan dapat
Britany Bracewell
I preferred this book to 'The Hades Factor' personally because it was more in depth and more gripping than the other book. I found it to be unpredictable which made it a good read for me an it had me glued to my book just to see what would happen.

I liked the set-up of the book and the story line and I even thought the ending was good (I normally hate endings of books because they don't live up to my expectations)

I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone over the age of around 10+ be
Just as good as the first one.
Iwan Sutisna
Di tangan Robert Ludlum dan Phillip Shelby, sebuah varian virus cacar air biasa ternyata bisa berubah menjadi senjata biologis berbahaya yang menjadi incaran paa teroris dunia. Kembali, Jon Smith agen rahasia dari Covert One, sebuah biro rahasia pemerintah Amerika Serikat yang tugasnya khusus menangani kasus-kasus yang berkaitan dengan senjata biologi pemusnah masal, mendapat tugas untuk menghentikan pembuatan varian virus mematikan ini atau menghentikan penggunaannya oleh siapapun yang mencoba ...more
Steve jscobson
Couldn't put it down. Non stop action.
Illogical at times but overall a decent read
Plausible plot that there are limited secret stashes of certain germs, bacteria, and viruses vulnerable to theft, recombination, and new threat. I especially enjoyed the juxtaposition of this biothreat with the space shuttle missions. Not sure how plausible that combination is in terms of NASA security, but still it was an interesting imaginative combo.

Lacking the smashing detail and intricate plot of an original Robert Ludlum novel, but still a fun read.
Henri Moreaux
As book #2 in the covert-one series it lacked the so called character development seen in the first book so if you were a new coming and had not read the Hades Factor you may feel the characters were a little hollow.

However, as someone who has read the Hades Factor prior to this, I can definitely say the assumption of knowing the characters definitely aided this story - whilst the first book was ok, this one was firmly in 'good' territory.

A nice paced read.
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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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