Synopses & Reviews
A household name for more than thirty years, Robert Ludlum has sold hundreds of millions of copies worldwide and set the standard by which thriller novels are measured. Hachette Audio is proud to publish the next installment in his beloved Covert-One series.
Lt. Col. Jon Smith, an army research doctor and secret agent attached to Covert-One, is tapped to lead a team to Wednesday Island, an icy patch of land between the northern coast of Canada and the Earth's magnetic Pole. There, the remains of a mysterious plane were discovered during a routine educational expedition. The plane seems to be a Russian spy plane, and the Russian government secretly revealed to the US President that a lot of very dangerous anthrax may be on board. But Jon and his team aren't the only ones making their way to the plane. And when the members of the educational expedition slowly start disappearing and a team of Russian pirates take over the island, Jon's team will be lucky to get out alive.
"Ponderous prose and a less than credible plot-line weigh down Cobb's Covert-One novel, the seventh in a series (The Hades Factor, etc.) based on a concept created by the late Robert Ludlum. After the chance discovery of a crashed aircraft in the Arctic Circle, the Russians, who are on the verge of signing a landmark antiterrorism pact with the United States, inform President Samuel Castilla that it's a Soviet plane that went down in the 1950s while carrying a ton of weaponized anthrax. Castilla, who suspects that there's more to the story than the Russians are letting on, orders series Jonathan Smith, chief operative for the shadowy Covert-One intelligence service, and his team to investigate. Two women whose field skills are matched by their physical attractiveness join Smith, setting up predictable situations when they fall into the hands of the bad guys. Veteran thriller fans are likely to find the underlying premise behind the Russians' duplicity unconvincing." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Don't ever begin a Ludlum novel if you have to go to work the next day."--Chicago Sun-Times
"Packed with all the classic Ludlum elements...the intricately engineered plot thunders forward at breakneck pace. Bottom Line: Perfectly executed."--People (on the Altman Code)
"Welcome to Robert Ludlum's world...fast pacing, tight plotting, international intrigue."--Cleveland Plain Dealer
On a remote island in the Canadian Arctic, researchers discover the wreckage of a mysterious World War II-era aircraft, a discovery that forces the Russian Federation into a shocking admission. The unmarked plane is a Soviet strategic bomber that disappeared with its crew more than fifty years ago while carrying two metric tons of weaponized anthrax.
Desperate to prevent a political and diplomatic firestorm, the U.S. president dispatches a Covert-One team led by Lieutenant Colonel Jon Smith to the crash site. But others have reached the frigid, windswept island first, including an international arms dealer and his crew of vicious mercenaries. As for the Russians, they are lying: a second, even deadlier, secret rests within the hulk of the lost bomber, a secret the Russians are willing to kill to protect. Trapped in a polar wilderness, Smith and his team find themselves fighting a savage war on two fronts--against an enemy they can see and another hiding within their own ranks.
An army researcher stumbles across the remains of a mysterious spy plane containing deadly anthrax, but he is not alone in his discovery. When Russian pirates take over the island and members of the expedition start disappearing, the rest must summon every resource to escape with their lives.Grand Central Publishing
About the Author
ROBERT LUDLUM was the author of twenty-seven novels, each one a New York Times
bestseller. There are more than 225 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 passed away in March 2001. To learn more, visit www.Robert-Ludlum.com.
JAMES COBB, a longtime mystery/thriller writer, is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound and an avid student of militaty history and technology. He is a member of the United States Naval Institute and the Navy League. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.