Robert Ludlum's The Janus Reprisal (Covert-One Series #9)

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After a WHO conference is attacked by terrorists and samples of virulent bacteria and viruses are stolen, Army microbiologist Lt. Jon Smith must identify and stop the culprits before they can unleash biological warfare on the world.

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Overview

After a WHO conference is attacked by terrorists and samples of virulent bacteria and viruses are stolen, Army microbiologist Lt. Jon Smith must identify and stop the culprits before they can unleash biological warfare on the world.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Freveletti is the sixth author to make use of Ludlum's Covert-One concept and she provides the kind of high-octane action that Ludlum fans have come to expect. She wastes no time plunging the reader into the middle of things, opening with series lead Lieutenant Colonel Jon Smith-an Army doctor who's an expert on infectious diseases and an operative for Covert-One, "one of the deepest black operations in the US intelligence community"-waking up at gunpoint. Smith is in The Hague for a meeting of the World Health Organization when terrorists attack his hotel. Unsurprisingly, Smith manages to survive, despite being taken off-guard, and when the dust settles, begins to pursue why he, along with two others, were specifically targeted by the gunmen. The motive is probably connected with the escape of Oman Dattar, a Pakistani charged with crimes against humanity, from the custody of the International Criminal Court. The storyline isn't as original as in Kyle Mills' contribution to the series (2011's The Ares Decision), but the quality of writing elevates it above many similar books. Agent: Barbara Poelle, Irene Goodman Literary Agency.
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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."
Kirkus Reviews
The ninth in Ludlum's Covert-One series (The Ares Decision, 2011, etc.) again joins the perilous adventures of Lt. Col. Jon Smith of the United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases. Series fans will forgive a clunky first chapter wherein extraneous exposition interferes with the play-by-play of a terrorist attack on the Grand Royal Hotel at The Hague. Smith is in the Netherlands for a World Health Organization conference on Third-World infectious diseases. Coincidently, Oman Dattar is incarcerated at The Hague by the International Criminal Court. Dattar and Smith have a history. Dattar is wont to employ population "cleansing," and once Smith extorted the warlord into allowing treatment to stem a cholera outbreak. Dattar seeks vengeance on Smith and on Great Britain and the U.S. Thus, the hotel attack was also a diversion to help engineer Dattar's escape, with henchmen tasked specifically to kill Smith and to purloin conference bacteria and virus samples from the hotel's safe. Action flies to the U.S., with the CIA's Randi Russell brought into the mix because Smith found a target list on his assassin. Besides his own name and that of old friend and fellow covert operator Peter Howell, there's a photograph of a mysterious woman. Internet hacking by Smith's longtime friend and computer expert, Marty, discovers the woman is Rebecca Nolan, a high-wattage Wall Street money manager. Dattar wants her captured rather than dead. Every chapter ricochets with need-to-know action, especially after a bioweapon attack on Russell at her home. An analysis of the substance reveals Dattar may be developing a near-unsurvivable form of avian flu virus mated with Shewanella MR-1 bacteria, a life form that can conduct through metal, something akin to a microbial fuel cell. Good guys and bad meet in New York City. Smith finds and then loses an uncooperative Nolan, a woman with a secret that makes her a target for Dattar, in town to conduct a terrorist attack. Freveletti turbocharges tension to nonstop levels in this Covert-One thriller.
From the Publisher
"Award-winning novelist Jamie Freveletti lends her imaginative talents to the Covert One series with a book that is nearly impossible to put down and moves at the speed of light without pause....races forward with the energy of a super-charged Bourne film."—BookReporter.com

"From the opening sentence that literally starts with a bang, the latest Covert One novel speeds along at a breakneck pace.... Freveletti, who has an amazing talent for action scenes, has written one of the top entries in the Covert One series, which has established itself as the best of the numerous series based on Ludlum characters."—Booklist

"Freveletti gives us a fast moving, well-written thriller."—The Oklahoman

"Freveletti turbocharges tension to nonstop levels in this Covert-One thriller."—Kirkus Reviews

"A tight and tense pageturner."—Booklist on The Ares Decision

"Fast-paced, exciting . . . a winner."—Booklist on The Arctic Event

"The cinematic chase through changing landscapes and mounting body count gives the book its rapid pace, while insider politics, tradecraft, and technical wizardry lend an extra kick."—Publishers Weekly on The Cassandra Compact

Booklist on The Ares Decision
"A tight and tense pageturner."
Booklist on The Arctic Event
"Fast-paced, exciting . . . a winner."
Booklist
"From the opening sentence that literally starts with a bang, the latest Covert One novel speeds along at a breakneck pace.... Freveletti, who has an amazing talent for action scenes, has written one of the top entries in the Covert One series, which has established itself as the best of the numerous series based on Ludlum characters."
BookReporter.com
"Award-winning novelist Jamie Freveletti lends her imaginative talents to the Covert One series with a book that is nearly impossible to put down and moves at the speed of light without pause....races forward with the energy of a super-charged Bourne film."
The Oklahoman
"Freveletti gives us a fast moving, well-written thriller."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446539845
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/11/2012
  • Series: Covert-One Series , #9
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 989,920
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jamie Freveletti

JAMIE FREVELETTI is a trial attorney with a degree in International Studies, a martial artist with a black belt in aikido, and a distance runner. Her debut thriller, Running from the Devil was chosen as a "Notable Book" by the Independent Booksellers of America, awarded "Best First Novel" by the International Thriller Writers, awarded a Barry Award for "Best First Novel," and nominated for a Macavity Award for "Best First Mystery" by the Mystery Readers International and "Favorite First Novel of 2009" by Crimespree Magazine. It has been translated into three languages and was an international bestseller. Her second novel, Running Dark, hit both the Chicagoland and South Florida bestseller lists and won a Lovey award for Best Novel 2010. The third novel in her series, The Ninth Day, released in October 2011 and was named one of the "Best Thrillers of 2011" by Suspense Magazine. She lives in Chicago with her family.

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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    With the constant shuffling of authors, the Covert-One series ha

    With the constant shuffling of authors, the Covert-One series has had its ups and downs. The Janus Reprisal falters to the lower end of the scale.

    Events, circumstances, and decisions by the characters often defy all logic and reason - starting with the opening scene. Terrorists engage in a prolonged attack inside major hotel, bringing police, firetrucks and even media cameras to the front of the hotel - yet the rear of the hotel, facing a beach, is inexplicably deserted and unwatched - allowing the terrorists to escape.

    Jon Smith, the protagonist and key counter-terrorism operative in this series, makes one horrendous decision after another. His ineptness is matched by the Covert-One group (America's ultra-secret, counter-terrorism experts - which employs Smith) which decides that maintaining its secret existence justifies taking no action to stop the terrorist plan to wipe out New York City.

    If you enjoy muttering, "Aw, you gotta be kidding me," this is the novel for you.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 25, 2012

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    Robert Ludlum¿s The Janus Reprisal Covert-One Book Nine By Jamie

    Robert Ludlum’s The Janus Reprisal
    Covert-One Book Nine
    By Jamie Freveletti

    Jon Smith is attending a conference in The Hague when he is caught in the middle of a terrorist attack. The Hague is not the only place under attack bombs are going off at a train station, the airport and the International Criminal Court, where Pakistani warlord Oman Datter is being held. Amidst the chaos Datter escapes to exact his revenge on the United States. Colonel Smith however is determined to stop Datter before it is too late.

    This book jumps right into the action from page one and continues until the very end keeping you gripping the edge of your chair in anticipation for what will happen next. I have only read The Bourne Identity previously so I can’t actually compare what Jamie Freveletti has written to the original series. However I think Jamie Freveletti did a wonderful job, each of the characters is interesting and so vivid in the narration of this story that even if they are not the main character they are still captivating within the storyline. Then when you add in the mystery, suspense, and action you have a story that will certainly keep you entertained. With all this the author still manages to find time for a beautiful romantic sideline making this story more intense in the delivery. This book is worth the read and I may even go back and find more of the Code-One Series.
    I was sent a free copy of this book for an honest review.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    SPOILER ALERT: I enjoyed the fast paced style of the book. Howev

    SPOILER ALERT: I enjoyed the fast paced style of the book. However, the story was very leading and gave a rather boring predictable ending. The book just got annoying when all the main characters are basically shot, tortured, hospitalized, imprisoned, gassed... you get the point, and walk away. Oh the bad guys die... with a flamethrower? Because everyone has one of those around.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

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    You must check it out

    Good read and fast paced. The two main characters are strong women who complement each other. The story line was excellent. Biological war is always a possibility . The author was generous enough to give the readers the effects of biological war. Looking forward to reading more by this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2012

    Surprisingly good,and fast paced adventure with a human main cha

    Surprisingly good,and fast paced adventure with a human main character supported by two strong woman characters and two old cohorts in a "race against the clock" to stop a terrorist attack motivated by greed and vengence. The author also educates the reader on the effects biological warfare woulld have in a city area and how devastating and quickly a weoponized virus could kill and spread. Good read and a real page turner.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2015

    JOIN THE SILVER STAR CRUISE SHIP!

    Go to cruise ship res 1. See you there!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2015

    This is a quick man's pulp read once called a penny dreadful

    By those trying to improve reading habits of school boys. Seem to follow a assembly line of authors if not many writibg under a single name. Grafic novels next?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    Entertaining action

    Not much surprises. The good guy takes some hits, gets the girl, saves the world. Thats exactly what I needed fom a novel this week. Thanks for the ride.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Enjoyable but not up to the other Jason Bourne

    Quick read and I enjoyed but not as good as the other bourne novels.

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