Robert Ludlum's The Moscow Vector (Covert-One Series #6)

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The thrilling new novel in the bestselling Covert-One series

At an international medical conference in Prague, Dr. Fiona Devin—an American scientist attached to the Department of Defense—is contacted by one of her Russian colleagues. Dr. Valentin Petrenko, a specialist in rare diseases, is concerned about a small cluster of deaths in Moscow but even more concerned by the Russian government's refusal to publicly release any information or data on the outbreak. When he meets with ...

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Overview

The thrilling new novel in the bestselling Covert-One series

At an international medical conference in Prague, Dr. Fiona Devin—an American scientist attached to the Department of Defense—is contacted by one of her Russian colleagues. Dr. Valentin Petrenko, a specialist in rare diseases, is concerned about a small cluster of deaths in Moscow but even more concerned by the Russian government's refusal to publicly release any information or data on the outbreak. When he meets with Devin to pass on his case notes and samples, the two are attacked, Petrenko is killed while Devin barely escapes with the notes and medical samples. Covert-One operative Lt. Col. Jon Smith, is dispatched to Prague to get Devin and her information safely back to the U.S.

As Devin begins to analyze the information, a series of highly placed figures in the U.S. government become ill with a mysterious illness that bears a close resemblance to the disease described in Petrenko's notes. The disease is the perfect assassination tool—a bioweapon that, using each target's DNA, is undetectable, unstoppable, and incurable. With few clues and little time, Jon Smith must find the mysterious figure who stands at the center of this nefarious plot.

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"Reading a Robert Ludlum novel is like watching a James Bond film...slickly paced...all- consuming."—Entertainment Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593976750
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio
  • Publication date: 7/12/2005
  • Series: Covert-One Series , #6
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 5.82 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Ludlum

ROBERT LUDLUM was the creator of the Covert-One series as well as the author of more than twenty international bestsellers including The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy—the books on which the international hit movies were based.

PATRICK LARKIN is the author of Robert Ludlum's The Lazarus Vendetta and The Tribune, as well as the co-author of five bestselling thrillers with Larry Bond. He lives in northern California with his family.

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.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2008

    Boring at times

    I bought this book seeing Ludlum's name not realizing it was written by someone else. What a waste. Though the action was good at times, it seemed too predictable and stilted. Poor character development too, I never really cared enough about any of the characters to become really invested.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2007

    A decent thriller-Moscow Vector

    Moscow Vector is continues the Covert One series by Robert Ludlum, but this books was actually written by Peter Larkin after Ludlum's death. The plot focuses on germ warfare, with Lt Col. Jon Smith under deep cover in Eastern Europe and Russia. There's a lot of political intrigue too, with a revived Russian Empire 'shades of Putin' planning to annex former Soviet Bloc nations. The character development was OK, but a little over the top at times. I did enjoy reading it though, and look forward to reading more books in this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    Great read!

    I have become a Robert Ludlum fan over the last few months and have been reading the Covert One series and thoroughly enjoy them. If you like a good thriller, this one is for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2007

    Anyone can write a Ludlum book now?

    R. Ludlum is dead but the spirit of his books live on through other writers that mostly respect his style. I don't know where this guy came from... He uses the word 'Grimly' on just about every other page. It's poorly written, terrible character development. Even the plot is so superficial it barely keeps your interest. I agree with this review completely:'Time to close this Soviet fairy tale,' she said grimly. Jude, an avid reader, 03/06/2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2006

    It's not only awful - it's a fraud.

    This book is an annoying waste of time. Jude the avid reader reviewed the author's 'style' perfectly but there's more: I am a Robert Ludlum fan. I picked up the book in an airport under the mistaken belief that Ludlum wrote it. Why? Because his name is on the cover in letters four inches high. Waaaaay down at the bottom of the cover, in little tiny letters, it says written by ... whomever. I couldn't figure out why the publishers would do that until I read the book. Obviously, no one would buy this trash unless they were tricked into thinking Ludlum wrote it. Shame on me for being fooled once - it won't happen again - but don't let it happen to you. Make sure your next Robert Ludlum book was written by Robert Ludlum.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2006

    'Time to close this Soviet fairy tale,' she said grimly.

    This falls into the genre of 'airport books,' those quick reads that are absorbing while you're flying over Buffalo or Wichita. Tom Clancy is best of breed with these, but I alway throught that Robert Ludlum was a close second. This book has all the elements of a good read - villians you could hate, the old Soviet warhorse-turned-goodguy that you could love, and some fine U.S.A. hero types. Interesting plot too, combining a vicious designer disease with an attempt to resurrect part of the old USSR. Too bad that Mr. Ludlam is no longer with us. He must be spinning in his grave seeing what Patrick Larkin has done to his series. Unfortunately, the writing style made me want to toss the book down out the airplane window. I certainly did not expect well-developed characters and Larkin sure did not disappoint. Apparently his idea of fleshing out a character is limited to describing various grins, smirks, frown, sneers, and twitches. Particularly annoying is his reliance on three adverbs that seemingly appear on every page: grimly, wryly, and dryly. When the title character escapes assasination by plunging into the freezing Vltava he 'grimly' struggles to swim to the shore. Grimly? How about frantically, heroically, agonizingly,or any of about a dozen other more creative descriptors. It got so bad that I found myself counting the times these words appeared instead of following the plot. My epilogue to this book: 'This Soviet fairly tale is making me ill,' she said grimly. 'I need a drink - make it a martini,' she said dryly. 'And give be a ham and swiss, too,' she said wryly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2005

    great book!!

    wow this book is a step up from the Lazurus Vendetta!! Patrick Larkin did an excellent job. you could have sworn mr. ludlum himself wrote it. i enjoyed it very much. i started out quick and never stopped. i counldn't put the book down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2005

    A READING IMBUED WITH SUSPENSE, DANGER AND DARK MACHINATIONS

    Author Philip Larkin has done a commendable job of continuing Robert Ludlum's acclaimed Covert-One series. Ludlum, who died in 2001, was read by millions throughout the world and known for his heart-stopping suspense novels. While Larkin has come up with new ideas, amazing technological spins, he hasn't lost the original tone of Ludlum's work (see The Lazarus Vendetta). This time out the weapon is unbelievable - a poison that singles out victims by their DNA. Not only that but it can't be detected nor can it be cured. It's Lt. Col. Jon Smith's task to deal with this. Remember he's an Army research doctor and a secret agent for Covert-One. While at a conference in Prague he's contacted by a colleague, Dr. Valentin Petrenko, who's disturbed by sudden, unexplainable deaths in Moscow. Petrenko is further concerned by the fact that the Russian government is covering up the deaths. When Smith and Petrenko do meet concerning this matter, Petrenko is murdered and all of his information is gone. Russia is now led by an extremely ambitious president who seems bent on control of territories and people. With little to go on and the body count rising, including an attempt on the life of the President of the United States, Smith must stop the carnage. Voice performer Erik Bergmann gives an outstanding rendition of the story on both the Abridged and Unabridged Editions. His reading is imbued with sustained suspense, danger and dark machinations. An excellent listen. - Gail Cooke

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