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In northern Uganda, an American special forces team is decimated by a group of normally peaceful farmers. Video of the attack shows even women and children possessing almost supernatural speed and strength, consumed...

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Overview

With U.S. intelligence agencies wracked by internal power struggles and paralyzed by bureaucracy, the President was forced to establish his own clandestine group—Covert-One—only activated as a last resort, when the threat is on a global scale and time is running out.

In northern Uganda, an American special forces team is decimated by a group of normally peaceful farmers. Video of the attack shows even women and children possessing almost supernatural speed and strength, consumed with a rage that makes them immune to pain, fear, and all but the most devastating injuries.

Covert-One's top operative, army microbiologist Colonel Jon Smith, is sent to investigate the attack and finds evidence of a parasitic infection that for centuries has been causing violent insanity and then going dormant. This time, though, it's different. The parasite had been purposely kept alive and crudely transmitted in acts of terrorism. Now the director of Iranian Intelligence is in Uganda trying to obtain this biological weapon to unleash it on the West.

Smith and his team are ambushed and cut off from all outside support just as they begin to suspect that forces much more powerful than the Iranians are in play-forces that can be traced to Washington itself.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The action never flags in the eighth entry in the Covert-One series (The Arctic Event, etc.), based on a concept created by the late Robert Ludlum. When a special ops team dispatched to Uganda to take out a vicious terrorist, Caleb Bahame, is quickly wiped out by unarmed civilians who appear to possess superhuman strength and speed, Fred Klein, the head of Covert-One, the supersecret intelligence unit created by the U.S. president, worries that a lethal bioweapon may have been used and that Bahame might share it with Iran. Dr. Jon Smith, the leader of the Covert-One team sent to investigate, discovers that Bahame is using a parasite to kill people. Smith and Namibian biologist Sarie van Keure race to prevent the parasite from being released on American soil. Mills (Lords of Corruption) nicely integrates relevant military and scientific details into the story line, while his skill at characterization will leave many hoping he’ll become a permanent posthumous collaborator with Ludlum. (Oct.)
Chicago Sun-Times
"Don't ever begin a Ludlum novel if you have to go to work the next day."
Booklist
"The fun...[is] finding out how [our heroes] will manage to overcome a new batch of seemingly insurmountable odds. Fast paced, exciting, and boasting prose that's easier on the eyes than much of Ludlum's own appoint."
Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Welcome to Robert Ludlum's world...fast pacing, tight plotting, international intrigue."
PEOPLE
"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
"Packed with all the classic Ludlum elements...the intricately engineered plot thunders forward at breakneck pace. Bottom Line: Perfectly executed."
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"Don't ever begin a Ludlum novel if you have to go to work the next day."—Chicago Sun-Times

"The fun...[is] finding out how [our heroes] will manage to overcome a new batch of seemingly insurmountable odds. Fast paced, exciting, and boasting prose that's easier on the eyes than much of Ludlum's own appoint."—Booklist

"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

Kirkus Reviews
Diabolical Caleb Bahame, "brutal terrorist and cult leader," has unleashed hell in Uganda, and there are rumors Bahame is seeking an unholy alliance.

The CIA knows something spooky is happening, perhaps involving Iran's rogue government. Into Uganda goes a special-ops team. Out comes one man alive. President Sam Adams Castilla understands the intelligence bureaucracy usually generates assessments suiting its own agenda. Castilla calls on Covert-One, a blacker-than-black operations group overseen by his longtime friend and trusted confidante, Fred Klein. Klein has a man he trusts too, Col. Jon Smith, an army microbiologist and veteran of several hazardous Covert-One missions. The video of the Uganda fight that wiped out the special ops team shows unarmed men, women and children running into gunfire and killing the armed men barehanded. There's speculation Bahame is fueling his followers with narcotics and witchcraft, but Smith's research soon says otherwise. The action moves from Washington to California, where Smith drafts ex-SAS commando Peter Howell for a clandestine foray to Uganda. Enroute, the pair stop in South Africa to meet Dr. Sarie van Keuren, world-renowned parasite expert. She decides to tag along. Meanwhile the Ayatollah Khamenei lurks in Tehran, half-believing that his trusted underling Mehrak Omidi has discovered a practicable biological weapon in the hands of the infidel Baheme. After firefights, diversions and an unlucky cave exploration, Smith and company end up captured and imprisoned at Baheme's camp. There Omidi is present for a demonstration of the bio-weapon. Characters are formulaic and Covert-One familiar. Action moves through brief, dialogue-heavy chapters and unravels a serviceable plot, right down to Sarie's capture and transport to an underground Iranian bio-weapons facility. There Omidi attempts to coerce her into weaponizing a thing best left untouched until Smith, Howell and an Iranian rebel force battle their way to the lab and beyond.

Nothing fancy here, but plenty of comfort food for those with an appetite for the thriller genre.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446541268
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Series: Covert-One Series , #8
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT LUDLUM was the author of twenty-one 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. Ludlum passed away in March 2001.

KYLE MILLS is a New York Times bestselling author of over 10 novels including Rising Phoenix and Lords of Corruption. He lives with his wife in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where they spend their off-hours skiing, rock climbing, and mountain biking.

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  • Posted December 4, 2011

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    If you¿re new to the series, jump in with both feet and hang on....

    Reviewed by Stephen B for Readers Favorite

    A megalomaniac with godlike delusions is destroying villages and killing people in Uganda. An American special forces team is sent in to eliminate the threat. The team is decimated when they encounter villagers gone mad and possessing super speed and strength. Colonel Jon Smith, part of America¿s secret Cover-One organization is sent in to investigate. Along with another operative and a woman doctor studying viruses, Smith treks into the Ugandan wild. There, they discover the cause of the madness to a parasite that has been around for centuries, popping up to wreak violence, then going dormant. Soon, Smith and his team are captured by the Ugandan madman and his cohort, an Iranian fanatic also interested in the parasite which he intends to let loose against America. After escaping, Smith and his team have to stop the Iranians. Meanwhile, there are shadowy forces back in Washington D.C. determined to stop him and control the parasite themselves.

    This book will take you from Colorado to jungle infested Africa to the snowy hills of Iran. There are a lot of characters and you may feel you need a scorecard to keep track of them all. Action occurs in two or three different places, all of it interconnected. The idea for this Covert-One team was conceived by the late Robert Ludlum. Author Kyle Mills has continued the series, holding true to Ludlum¿s in-depth characters, non-stop action, and intricate plots. If you¿re a fan of Covert-One, this one will not disappoint. If you¿re new to the series, jump in with both feet and hang on.

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

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    The latest Covert-One thriller is an excellent action-packed tale

    A special ops unit enters Northern Uganda to execute brutal terrorist Caleb Bahame, but a video displays the peaceful weaponless locals behaving like mythical fearless berserkers use super speed and strength to eradicate the trained professionals. Although the threat may seem regional at best, concern is high that a new bioweapon has been developed. Thus Covert One, established by POTUS to handle proactively global threats while the establishment passively reacts, is assigned to insure this remains localized and countered as the fear is Bahame will give this bioweapon to Iran and other rogue states and groups.

    Cover One Director Fred Klein sends Dr. Jon Smith and his team to Africa to learn what is going on and to abate the threat to Africa and subsequently the world. The Covert-One operatives quickly learn Bahame has deployed a deadly parasite on the Ugandan farmers as a beta test that affirms this evil person cares nothing about killing the innocent. Namibian biologist Sarie van Keure joins Smith and his team to prevent further spreading of the lethal parasite especially with an Iranian delegation wanting it released in the West.

    The latest Covert-One thriller (see The Moscow Vector and The Arctic Event) is an excellent action-packed tale starring a strong cast in which the team members, the biologist, and the terrorist are fully developed while the local Ugandans and their country enhance the plot. Fast-paced, Robert Ludlum fans will appreciate Kyle Mills take on Covert One.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted November 16, 2008

    Not my favorite character

    This book is not even released yet and I must already admit that, although the plot sounds fascinating, I'm not looking forward to the Valentina Matrace character. Was not impressed by her in The Arctic Event. Wish they would bring back Peter Howell or Marty Zellerbach. Really glad that Mr Cobb is keeping Randi Russell. Otherwise, it would not be the same.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    Another Covert 1 Hit for Ludlum

    If you have read this series, you know what to expect. This one delivers just like the rest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    as always great

    recomend ,another great book that keeps you interested right up to the end

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2011

    Good read

    Fillows well in the Ludlum tradition

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  • Posted November 10, 2011

    Great read

    As good as the past series. Same great crew.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2011

    Just hope they publish it in September

    I just hope they actually publish the novel in September 2011. It seems to me the publication has been pushed back 2 times now in the past 2 years, which is a big disappointment for fans of the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2010

    Will Marty & Peter join the adventure again?

    I agree, the stories without Marty Zellerbach and/or Peter Howell are not the same. I do like The Paris Option better than The Cassandra Compact, because Marty returned... But I am still buying The Infinity Affair.
    I am giving this book two stars; when I read it, I'm certainly will be updating this review, for better or for worse.

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