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Il vettore di Mosca (Covert-One #6)

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,846 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
Stretta nella morsa dell'inverno russo, Mosca è minacciata da una misteriosa epidemia: un virus sconosciuto che uccide in sole ventiquattr'ore, condannando a una fulminea e atroce agonia chi lo contrae, si sta diffondendo con rapidità impressionante tra la popolazione. Ma il Cremlino resta a guardare, e quando il contagio comincia ad allungare i suoi tentacoli oltre i conf ...more
Hardcover, 530 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Rizzoli (first published July 7th 2005)
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A decent, swash-buckling story with an interesting plot but the dialogue was very stilted at times and the overuse of certain words was frustrating. I think the word 'grimly' turned up on every other page.
Carl Alves
The old school hard-line Russians are up to their old tricks, trying to return Russia to its former glory from the days of the old Soviet Unions. In this novel, the Russians have developed a new weapon that delivers a poison based on the person’s DNA. This is the ultimate assassination weapon. With the use of this weapon, they are wiping out political opponents in an attempt to reclaim some of the republics of the former Soviet Union. Lt. Col. John Smith is leading a covert unit investigating th ...more
Toni Osborne
Feb 03, 2009 Toni Osborne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Army doctor specializing in infectious diseases is contacted by a Russian colleague concerned about mysterious death of government officials around the world. With few clues and little time our doctor (agent attached to Covert-One) must unravel the plot and find the figure standing at the center of it all.

This book in the Covert- One series is a fast pacing and a tight plotting intrigue. It is surely an action drenched and a nail biting thriller; one can hardly put it down. In my opinion this
Nov 30, 2015 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Patrick Larkin, under the umbrella of Robert Ludlum's prolific writing, has created a suspenseful story that rings true even in the present. It is fast-paced and kept me eagerly turning pages.

At an international conference in Prague, Lt. Col. Jon Smith, an Army research doctor specializing in infectious diseases and secretly an agent attached to Covert-One, is contacted by a Russian colleague, Dr. Valentine Petrenko. Petrenko is concerned about a small cluster of mysterious deaths in Moscow and
Paula Agata
The plot is interesting because, though it was written in the mid 2000's, it mirrors a lot of what has gone on in the world these past few years. Having said that, for an international suspense thriller mystery type book the beginning is quite slow and the way the story lines weave together requires too much suspension of disbelief.

Some of the dialogue is incredibly awkward. The writing is lacking in general. Not only is it awkward, the author made mistakes with the characters actions that made
Paula Howard
Jun 12, 2014 Paula Howard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a long time Ludlum fan, I have read everything he as written and mourned his loss. His Covert One series has survived his death. Covert One was began by Robert Ludlum and the co-written with others. This enabled the series to continue. These authors have remained true to the vision Ludlum had for the Covert One series.

In The Moscow Vector, Fred Klein and his Covert One team are once again faced with a bio-weapon that targets a specific person's DNA. A designer bio-weapon. The enemy this time
Ben Adkison
The Moscow Vector by Patrick Larkin is book number six in the Covert One Series originally created by Robert Ludlum. I found this Larkin novel quite a bit more enjoyable than his previous effort, The Lazarus Vendetta. Larkin maintains his edgier style, but presents a more believable and well-honed story. The Lazarus Vendetta read more like a espionage thriller and less like a science fiction work, which I for one, found to be an improvement. Now on to book number seven, which was written by Jame ...more
Aug 27, 2014 Cliff rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had to give up on this book. Partly because it has been overtaken by events. The Russians aren't nearly as devious as the fevered imagination of American writers would have us believe. Partly because I found the style turgid. Partly because I find the genre of thriller where one Murican with almost superhuman powers saves the free world almost single handed, tedious. Also I must make a mental note that two author books - written thus, I guess because the well known half of the duo can't really ...more
Henri Moreaux
This is one of those "Robert Ludlum's ____" books so it's inspired by him, not written by him. The actual writer for this book is Patrick Larkin. He also wrote the prior book in the series 'The Lazarus Vendetta' which I read in Feb 2013 and was much better than the prior 4 which had been written by Gayle Lynds and were pretty average.

So Moscow Vector is the 6th book in the Covert One series, the second entry by Patrick Larkin. Sadly however, it's not as good as his prior entry in the series. It
Zohar -
Having read all of Ludlum's books, this was the first "inspired by" novel that I read. The novel starts slowly, and keeps on going a bit faster, and ends very fast paced. I liked the book and it does keep with the Ludlum spirit. From some reason it simply took me a very long time to read.

If you enjoy Ludlum's novels you will enjoy this one also, albeit maybe not each and every word.
Samar Kenkre
Aug 10, 2016 Samar Kenkre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is surprisingly my first Ludlum novel, and I enjoyed it. I'm a sucker for spy fiction especially when it involves USA and Russia (Big fan of the TV Show, The Americans!). I thought I'd start Ludlum after watching Jason Bourne (the movie) and now I think I'll start The Bourne Series too.

A few expected scenes in this one, and a few unexpected ones too. Jon Smith is a typical bad ass under cover agent, and though there were a lot of repeating words (eg. clandestine), the story was catchy enou
Jul 29, 2014 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: audiobook
This was a terrible continuation of the John Smith story. They shouldn't have written this book.
Kathie H
Jun 12, 2009 Kathie H rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Oh my. This book was bad. I was going to say really bad, but in the penultimate chapter I actually was engaged by the plot for about 3 pages.

It bothers me when publishers deke the reader with a cover that screams ROBERT LUDLUM'S MOSCOW VECTOR then in tiny letters written by patrick larkin. I want to know exactly the extent of Robert Ludlum's involvement in this book project. I bet he didn't read it. If he had he wouldn't have put his name on it.

The body count? I lost count. There was no holding
carl clause
Jul 17, 2016 carl clause rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

As always a tremendous read. This story just shows how treacherous when the wrong man is in charge. Jon Smith and company did a great job. As always everything flowed very well thru the story line. Although this time Jon Smith and friends were in more trouble than most. I liked how the author brought back former characters from other prior books. On to the next great adventure. Great job!!!!!!!
Jan 04, 2016 Lis rated it liked it
Un thriller americano dei più classici: agenti segreti tuttofare, un presidente coraggioso che guida la nazione, i russi nella parte dei cattivi e una serie do fortunate coincidenze per i protagonisti.
Il libro è piacevole e si legge molto velocemente, ma non aspettatevi nulla di particolarmente impegnativo, realistico o coinvolgente.
Perrin Pring
Pretty entertaining. Got better once you got through the first third. All around, a good Ludlum inspired book. I liked Randy Russel, but found John Smith a little too all American. His 'crooked grin, and rugged features,' along with his pithy Bondish remarks in the heat of battle, made me occasionally hope that he didn't survive whichever firefight he was in. I won't spoil the ending though. This book is awesome if you listen to it. Erik Bergmann is an awesome audio reader. His accents are amazi ...more
Intriguing plot, interesting cast.Recommended. Nice series because different writers take on theme so series doesn't get boring. Patrick Larkin writes for Rob't. Ludlum in #6. Reader: Eric Bergman is terrific. 2003 text/2005 audio ...more
Listened along to this audiobook whilst making the trek north with Dad. The story was fun and it felt like a James Bond movie. I've never read the sixth in a series before reading the first five, but Ludlum made it easy for me to follow along and keep up with all the characters.
Anastasia Pergakis
Once again, amazing book. I'm so loving this series and I wish I had the time to read them faster! Patrick Larkin gives another great addition to this series, with his intense attention to detail and great action scenes. Love it!

Many of my fellow readers are naming vampires and werewolves as their book boyfriends, but I'm all for Jon Smith as mine! He's badass in more ways than one. And so are the people he comes in contact with. A new character was introduced in this one, and while Randi Russe
Pat Kidd
Feb 13, 2016 Pat Kidd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 6: Best in the series (so far). Patrick Larkin did a find job of writing and stayed true to the story line. There is a very clever ending. I have thoroughly enjoyed this book and wholly recommend to anyone who likes the political suspense genre.
Jun 03, 2014 Ralynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like these books, a good spy story, with a good mystery to keep you guessing on who's behind everything and will covert one save the day yet again.
Mar 10, 2014 Amber rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Took me soooo long to read this book, the beginning 2/3 was so slow and boring then boom really good! The characters were not believable one bit
May 07, 2014 Lynne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it so much I reviewed it at ...

May 04, 2015 Jwonnacott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Similar structure to all of the other Covert-One books, but a structure that I enjoy. I like how quickly they wrap up after the climax. These books can also be read on their own without much lost from not reading the previous books in the series.
Oct 23, 2015 Kay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
High adventure, Non-stop action. Interesting plot. Great characters. This is a great page turner.
Joe Stufflebeam
It's an interesting premise but the Book seemed short and lacking in depth. It was kind of like a half hour TV show as opposed to a two hour movie.
Jay Wright
A good book with a moving story. I like the characters and will continue the series.
Good Character buildup
But ending was too obvious and predictable
Typical "USA=Angel Russia=Devil" boring plot
Jun 07, 2016 Manoj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolute gripper.
Karunakaran N.
Nov 15, 2015 Karunakaran N. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fic-spy-thriller
The Covert - one Series. After the end of cold war Russia's increasingly authoritarian leader prepares a lightning military strike to overrun several republics formerly part of the USSR, blind to the Western interference, with the help of a bio scientist of the old East German days. Moles in the various agencies help this fateful aggression. Ended by the Covert-one operation. Robert Ludlum lives through his creation...
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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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  • The Cassandra Compact (Covert-One, #2)
  • The Paris Option (Covert-One, #3)
  • The Altman Code (Covert-One, #4)
  • The Lazarus Vendetta (Covert-One, #5)
  • The Arctic Event (Covert-One, #7)
  • The Ares Decision (Covert-One, #8)
  • The Janus Reprisal (Covert-One, #9)
  • The Utopia Experiment (Covert-One, #10)
  • The Geneva Strategy (Covert-One, #11)

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