Robert Ludlum's The Arctic Event (Covert-One Series #7)

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Sun-Times
"Don't ever begin a Ludlum novel if you have to go to work the next day."
Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Welcome to Robert Ludlum's world...fast pacing, tight plotting, international intrigue."
People (on the Altman Code)
"Packed with all the classic Ludlum elements...the intricately engineered plot thunders forward at breakneck pace. Bottom Line: Perfectly executed."
From the Publisher
"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

Publishers Weekly

James H. Cobb is no Robert Ludlum. Although he wasn't a great prose stylist, Ludlum (who died in 2001) could keep a story engine churning like nobody's business. Compared to him, Cobb is a plodding, mechanical, cliché-ridden hired hand. And Jeff Woodman can't do much to make things more exciting-or even interesting-as he reads this tangled tale. Woodman has the vocal talents necessary to make the third-person narration work, and he does his best to create believable voices for the male and female members of a search team and their villainous adversaries-Russians, North Koreans and private mercenaries. But Cobb undercuts him at virtually every turn, the story moving like sticky syrup as a top secret Covert-One team of specialists hunt for a crashed WWII bomber and a deadly toxin that could destroy all life on the planet. Simultaneous release with the Grand Central paperback. (Sept.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446618779
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Series: Covert-One Series , #7
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 379,144
  • Product dimensions: 4.22 (w) x 6.66 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet 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.

Biography

Robert Ludlum was the author of 21 novels, each a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 210 million of his books in print, and they have been translated into 32 languages. In addition to the Jason Bourne series—The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum—he was the author of The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Chancellor Manuscript, and The Apocalypse Watch, among many others. Mr. Ludlum passed away in March, 2001.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Jonathan Ryder and Michael Shepherd
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 25, 1927
    1. Date of Death:
      March 12, 2001
    2. Place of Death:
      Naples, Florida

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Robert Ludlum's The Arctic Event


By James H. Cobb

Grand Central Publishing

Copyright © 2007 Myn Pyn, LLC
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-446-69907-5


Chapter One

The Present Day The Canadian Arctic

Clad in Day-Glo orange parkas and snowmobiling suits, the three rope-linked figures leaned on their ice axes, forcing themselves up the last few yards to their goal. They had made their climb on the southern face of the ridge, its bulk shielding them from the prevailing wind. But now, as they struggled over the lip of the small, bare rock plateau at its peak, the full blast of the polar katabatics raked them, the wind chill driving the effective temperature from merely below freezing to well below zero.

It was a pleasant autumn afternoon on Wednesday Island.

The pale, heatless ball of the sun rolled along the southern horizon, filling the world with the strange, grayish glow of the weeks-long arctic twilight.

Looking down at the surrounding ocean, it was difficult to tell island from sea. The pack was closing in around Wednesday, the new, living ice buckling and jumbling up on the beaches. The only leads of free, dark water to be seen trailed behind the drifting icebergs on the horizon as they resisted the frozen constriction of the coming winter.

To the east, the driving winds had drawn a snow squall across the far end of the island, blurring the second, taller mountain intoan ominous dark bulk hinted at behind a ragged curtain of mist.

The vista was that of hell with the furnaces shut down, yet the three who viewed it were of the breed who found such sights exhilarating.

The team leader threw his head back and challenged the wind with a wild wolf howl. "I claim this mountain by right of conquest and hereby name it ... What in the hell are we going to name it anyway?"

"You were first man up, Ian," the smallest of the three climbers pointed out, her voice muffled by her wind mask. "So by rights it should be Mount Rutherford."

"Agh, no! This should not be!" the third member of the climbing team protested. "Our lovely Miss Brown is the first lady to climb this formidable peak. It should be Mount Kayla."

"That's very sweet, Stefan, but it still won't rate you more than a handshake back at the station."

Ian Rutherford, an Oxford biology major, chuckled. "I suppose we shouldn't worry about it. No matter what we might name it, we'll just end up calling it West Peak as we always have."

"You suffer from excessive realism, Ian." Stefan Kropodkin, of McGill's cosmic ray research program, grinned into the heavy woolen muffler that covered the lower half of his face.

"I think we need a little realism at the moment." Kayla Brown was in geophysics at Purdue. "We're already an hour off our schedule, and Dr. Creston wasn't too happy about us coming up here in the first place."

"Another man with little romance in his soul," Kropodkin grunted.

"We still have enough time for a few photographs," Rutherford replied, unslinging his rucksack. "Cresty certainly can't object to that."

They saw it as they cautiously worked around the perimeter of the tiny plateau, and it was the sharp eyes of the little geophysicist-to-be from Indiana who made the discovery.

"Hey, guys, what's that? Down there on the glacier."

Rutherford peered down into the saddle between the peaks. There was something there, just barely visible through the snow haze. He shoved his goggles up and pulled his binoculars out of their case. Being careful not to allow their frigid metal to touch his facial skin, he peered through them.

"Bloody hell! There is something down there!" He passed the field glasses to his friend. "What do you think, Stefan?"

The Eastern European looked for a long time. Then he lowered the binoculars. "It's a plane," he said wonderingly, "a plane on the ice."

(Continues...)



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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2008

    total jibberish

    I was very excited when I discovered a new Covert One book was on the market, but after reading The Artic Event, I was left not only disappointed, but disgusted. It is apparent that this so called author, James H. Cobb, had never bother to read any of the previous novels prior to writing his jibberish. It is appauling to me that someone had the audacity to let this book be published with Robert Ludlum's name on it. Not only did he change the intergerity of the charcters, but their dynamics with each other. I cannot put into words how upset to have this so called author trash what has taken six pervious novels to build. The plot was slow and predictable. The action-lame, dull. This book ranked lower than a dime store novel. I hope that in the future,Covert One, to go back to the spirit it was intended, and ensure that this is Mr. Cobbs last attempt at the series. Please bring back Gayle Lynds, Patrick Larkin, and Philip Shelby, and make Robert Ludlum proud

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2009

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    Difficult to judge

    Readers of the Covert One Series will most likely be disappointed in this book as the well developed characters of the series are not true to themselves in this title. It will be interesting to see if the characters return to their, "normal selves" or if they will continue to go through personality changes in the up and coming novel. Now I must say the book is not as bad as some make it out to be. New characters are thoroughly introduced and the story line is believable enough. The best part of this book is that I found myself on the edge of my seat several times eagerly anticipating what was going to happen. All in all, not a bad book just a little skewed in the returning character department. One last point this title takes a little while to get in to.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2008

    Terrible

    I have read about our or five of the Covert One series novels so I will admit that I have not read them all, but I think I have a good feel for what Ludlum wants with his characters, and having a new author rape Randi Russel is not it. I was very disapointed that Cobb felt the need to to 'spice up' a successful franchise. If you like the characters of this series, I cannot recomend this title.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2009

    Better than I expected

    While I've moved away from the techno-thrillers in recent years, I got this as a gift and actually read it because of the links to WWII. It was better than I expected, and I enjoyed reading it. Because of the great descriptions of Arctic weather, it makes a great read on hot summer nights.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2009

    New to Ludlum, but definitely hooked.

    My wife and I were looking for a good book to listen to while going on a road trip, and we ended up buying this even though we had not ever read any of Ludlum's other books.

    This was definitely interesting and suspensful with lots of twists and turns. It kept us sitting in the car after we had arrived at our destinations, and it was difficult to turn off.

    I would definitely purchase other books in this series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2008

    A reviewer

    This book has a slow beginning but once you get into it, it really holds your attention.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    exciting tribute to Robert Ludlum

    The photograph taken on remote Wednesday Island in the Canadian Arctic was a simple innocent display of the harshness of the wintry environs. However, incidentally the photo includes the wreckage of a WW II Russian bomber plane that shakes up the leaders of Russia and consequently the western governments. The Russians believe the lost plane that vanished five decades ago contained weapon-graded anthrax. No one knows what weathering will have done to the plane or the sealed cargo. Covert One, consisting of the best operatives from several nations, is sent in to learn the status. US Army physician Lieutenant Colonel Jon Smith, CIA Agent Randi Russell and Russian history professor Valentina (Val) Metrace are the agents assigned to investigate. Also the Russians add Major Gregori Smyslov to the team with a special agenda that if a certain secret deadlier than anthrax is uncovered, he is to kill the Covert One team. No one on this sanctioned squad is aware that notorious armed dealers have sent cold blooded mercenaries to Wednesday Island to pick up the anthrax for resale value. --- This is an exciting tribute to Robert Ludlum¿s Covert One team as THE ARCTIC EVENTS is an entertaining exciting thriller. The Covert Team dies not trust the newest Russian assigned to them and has doubts about the loyalty of the professor the Russians feels the same way about the Americans as they wonder what the Yanks will do with the cargo if found in containers that are movable. Although the arms dealing mercenaries add suspense, they seem more like intruders to a tense situation between teammates distrusting one another made tauter by adverse brutal weather and the other weapon. --- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    enjoyable read

    in character for the series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    Lightpaw

    Goes up behind the seal. Lunges into the seal and bites its throut. The seal trys to get away but is too fast! Claws at its belly and kills it with a swift bite. Drags to the fresh kill pile.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2012

    Got to love it it's got Ludlum's name on it

    I liked the concept. There are not any slowdowns in the book Jon Smiths character is still fresh. It is a series I will follow as long as it keeps going Over all an action thriller that makes it hard to go to sleep if you happen to start it at night.

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  • Posted November 24, 2008

    A great addition to the Covert One series

    What more can I say? It's Covert One all the way. I'm going to check out Cobb's other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2008

    Excellent book couldn't put it down!!!

    This book combines adventure, secret cover ups, drama, and begins at a fast pace. I'm not much for reading and dont usually do so if it's not required of me but this book was AMAZING. I read it in about two days because i couldn't put it down! Do yourself a favor and READ THIS BOOK! You WON'T be disappointed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2007

    Another Goodie

    I have read all the Covert-One series books. They are all excellent reading. They are jam packed with excitement - I love the characters, some of whom appear in the other books. Keep em coming guys. I'll be waiting for another one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2007

    Another fantastic book in this amazing series

    This was very enjoyable read, extremely hard to put down with lots of twists and turns. Looking forward to the next book in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2007

    Covert operations in the Canadian Arctic

    I have read Robert Ludlum¿s books about Covert One previously and the author, James H. Cobb has taken the characters that Ludlum created and wrote a very good story containing those characters. Lieutenant Colonel Jon Smith is a member of Covert One, a secret spy agency made up of top spooks from various agencies. They work together as teams when and where needed. A random photo taken in the wilds of the Canadian Arctic contained the image of an airplane, vintage WW II and apparently Russian. This image started a hastily arranged covert operation to seek out this airplane that had disappeared with its crew some fifty-years ago. The Russians and the United States government joined forces to find this wreckage and seek out what had happened to cause this crash and what cargo was aboard. Smith, a medical doctor with the US army is teamed with an old acquaintance, Randi Russell, a CIA operative, and Valentina (Val) Metrace, Professor of History, to become the Covert One team to go and investigate the wreckage. Major Gregori Smyslov was assigned by the Russian government to join with Jon Smith and his team. The cargo in the plane was sealed containers of Anthrax that no one knew the stability of it or what condition the plane was in after fifty-years. Also there was something very secret and urgent that the Russians had to find first and destroy. Major Smyslov was sworn to secrecy to the point of having orders to kill anyone that found this ¿secret¿ also, even if it was the Americans. The level of trust between the Covert One team and the Russian major was non-existent, at least to begin with. Unknown to any of this investigative team was that a group of rogue armament dealers were in search of the anthrax and would kill anyone that got in their way. The above circumstances of trust or lack of it between the United States and Russian governments was always there as this mission got underway. The brutal weather conditions in that area of the world was not people friendly. They never knew when a storm would come up and stop any progress while trapping the groups where they were until the storm subsided. The only way to reach the area was by helicopter, airplane, or ice-cutting ships that sometimes could cut through to reach Wednesday Island, where all the activity occurred. There were many mental and physical battles occurring making the reader eager to keep reading this fast paced story with lots of action. The struggle became a mental game for those involved. As you read you may think that some of the action is a bit predictable but the way it played out made your predictions waver and change as you read. The breakdown of communications becomes a huge part of the story. Knowing there was a support ship with helicopter crews and soldiers off the coast was comforting but not having communications at many times with them made things terrible. The land communications also were a struggle partly because of weather and partly because of sabotage. That level of trust still wavered between the Russian and Covert One but at times that trust had to be strong, with the circumstances and the weather, continually presenting such a fierce enemy. Lots of strategic planning sometimes worked out but many times it backfired requiring the return to another plan, and that new plan had to be followed through at once. This is a very good read. As I finished ¿The Arctic Event¿ I couldn¿t help but think that the author had a great platform for a series containing some of the same characters in the book. I hope this team of writers continues to give us more interesting and exciting reading.

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