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The Cassandra Compact

(Covert-One #2)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  5,728 ratings  ·  146 reviews
For over thirty years, Robert Ludlum has been acknowledged as the master of international suspense and intrigue. In 2000, Ludlum managed to raise the bar yet again with his widely acclaimed bestsellers The Prometheus Deception and The Hades Factor, the first novel in his exciting Covert-One series. Now Covert-One is back, in a novel that could only have come from the imagi
Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
Published March 15th 2002 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published March 15th 2001)
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Marts  (Thinker)
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, thriller
Jon Smith and Randi Russell are involved in a bioweapon thriller...
Ludlum's second novel in the Covert-One series...
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
May 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
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.
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Exciting plot and romance. Well narrated and recommended.
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
There story wasn't easily predictable, and it was fast paced enough to be interesting - but overall not an excellent read.
It wasn't horrible, but it doesn't seem worth recommending to anyone else.
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This review is based on an unabridged audio version of the book read by Paul Michael. I enjoyed this book more than I expected to. In part, I’m sure that was due to Mr. Michael’s excellent narration. He did a great job of differentiating the characters’ voices. The plot is non-stop action, with no time to waste on character development. Why bother, because so many of the characters get killed off anyway, in a variety of spectacular ways. But our hero Jon Smith gets through it all unscathed, popp ...more
Dante Carlisle
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is one of those books that I picked up in the middle of the series, so I doubt I got the full effect of the story. As much as I hate picking up books in this manner, when you're in jail you kind of have a limited supply to pick from.

Because of this I can only give the book two stars. As always, Ludlum is an amazing writer, but the story fell flat for me. But, I missed a few things by skipping the first book. Not a reflection of the writer, so I really feel bad for writing this review, but
Dec 29, 2017 rated it liked it
After Hades, I was hanging out for this one. I finished it, but if anyone is thinking Hades2...think again.
I think Robert has achieved such a standard in Hades that it will be a struggle to do that again.
This book was ok...just lacked the fierce intensity of Hades. The shallow relationships and one level plot was a bit sad.
I’m keeping on with Covert One cos I reckon better is to come!
Go for it Robert!!!
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There was only one Robert Ludlum...and I loved him. Never read a bad or boring book from him. This one will keep you at the edge of your bed (this is where I do most of my reading) from start to finish. Loved it!
Danie Markgraaff
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Robert Ludlum's story with Philip Shelby continues with the Covert series in masterful way. Well written pace and suspense.
Michel Sizaire
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
next please
Apr 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Character is overpowered but nice book
Joe Bulger
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Edwin Vriethoff
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Page turner. Enjoyed the story. #3 is on the shortlist!
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book itself got really technical at times. However, I loved the characters and could follow the direction of the story fairly easy. Loved the ending!!!
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Audiobook read by Frank Muller - didn’t like his reading !!
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, audiobook
among the best type of Ludlums, certainly among the best in Covert One series, an instant holiday read
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply superb!
Lee Baker
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent read with the rush and excitement of the chase. I love Jon Smith’s character and work ethic with just a hint of humanity. Not only that but the world has been saved yet again.
Victor Vilchiz
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Now that was a good quick read.
Sharat Nair
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
A genuine, typical Ludlum thriller, which doesn't disappoint at any point. Pairing up with Philip Shelby, another Covert One operation done exceptionally well.
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent read. Typical espionage thriller by Ludlum et al.
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Too many twists in the tale.
Ron Holmes
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the second in the Covert - One series and they are most enjoyable. They are fast paced, well written and very interesting. Unfortunately there has been on sexual situations so far. But, I will read them anyway.
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed reading this book but found it too similar to the first book in the series to really enjoy it as much as I wanted. If I had read another book between the two I think I might have enjoyed this one a little more but by reading them back-to-back I felt like it was the same story.
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
David Roberts
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Alex Telander
Jan 28, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Stephen Holtman
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 25, 2007 rated it really liked it
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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
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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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