Robert Ludlum's The Altman Code: A Covert-One Novel

Robert Ludlum's The Altman Code: A Covert-One Novel

by Robert Ludlum, Gayle Lynds
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Robert Ludlum's The Altman Code: A Covert-One Novel by Robert Ludlum, Gayle Lynds

New York Times Bestselling Series

For three decades, Robert Ludlum's bestselling novels have set the standard in almost every country in the world against which all other novels of international intrigue are measured. Now The Altman Code is the latest volume in the series of novels featuring Robert Ludlum's Covert-One.

In the middle of the night, on the dark waterside docks of Shanghai, a photographer is recording cargo being secretly loaded when he's brutally killed and his camera destroyed. Shortly thereafter Covert-One director Fred Klein brings the word to the President that there's a Chinese cargo ship rumored to be carrying tons of chemicals to be used by a rogue nation to create new biological weapons. The President cannot let the ship land and risk the consequences of a new stockpile of deadly chemical weapons. Klein is ordered to get the President solid proof of what the Chinese ship is ferrying.

Covert-One agent Jon Smith is sent to rendezvous in Taiwan with another agent who has acquired the ship's true manifest. But before Smith can get the document, the two agents are ambushed, the second agent is murdered, the proof is destroyed, and Smith escapes with only his life, scant clues to mystery behind the cargo ship, and a verbal message---the President's biological father is still alive, held prisoner by the Chinese for fifty years. As the Chinese cargo ship draws ever closer to its end port, Smith must race against the clock to uncover the truth about the ship and its cargo, a truth that probes the deepest secrets of the Chinese ruling party, the faction in Washington working to undermine the elected government, and the international cabal who is thrusting the world to the very brink of war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429906722
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 04/01/2007
Series: Covert-One Series , #4
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 72,261
File size: 535 KB

About the Author

Robert Ludlum is the author of more than twenty internationally bestselling novels, including The Bourne Identity—the basis of the international hit movie--and The Scarlatti Inheritance. His books have been translated into thirty-two languages and, with over two million copies in print, are the standard by which all works of international suspense are judged.

Gayle Lynds is the coauthor of two previous Covert-One novels, The Hades Factor and The Paris Option, as well as several bestselling thrillers on her own: Masquerade, Mosaic, Mesmerized, and the forthcoming The Coil.


Robert Ludlum (1927-2001) was the author of 25 thriller novels, including The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum--the books on which the international hit movies were based--and The Sigma Protocol. He was also the creator of the Covert-One series. Born in New York City, Ludlum received a B.A. from Wesleyan University, and before becoming an author, he was a United States Marine, a theater actor and producer.
Gayle Lynds is the bestselling, award-winning author of several international espionage thrillers, including Masquerade, The Coil, and The Last Spymaster. A member of the Association for Intelligence Officers, she is cofounder (with David Morrell) of ITW (International Thriller Writers). She lives in Santa Barbara.

Date of Birth:

May 25, 1927

Date of Death:

March 12, 2001

Place of Death:

Naples, Florida

Education:

B.A., Wesleyan University, 1951

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Robert Ludlum's The Altman Code (Covert-One Series #4) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. A little slow getting started - I had a hard time getting in to it at first, but once I did, it was great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For over thirty years Robert Ludlum has entertained readers with a string of international thrillers. Who can forget the spellbinding The Bourne Identity or The Scarletti Inheritance? Now his Covert-One series is enthralling a new generation as well as veteran fans. Dan Leslie gives an excellent reading to the latest suspense propelled yarn. The scene is Shanghai where anything can happen and much does. Why is cargo being loaded onto a dockside ship under cover of night? Perhaps the photographer who is capturing the event knows, but he won't tell as he is murdered and his camera demolished. Segue to a conversation between Covert-One director Fred Klein and the President. Klein reports that there is word out that a Chinese ship may be carrying a large supply of chemicals. Will these chemicals be used to build biological weapons, and by whom? Klein is told to bring the White House proof of this potentially deadly cargo. Dispatched to Taiwan is Covert-One agent Jon Smith. His orders are to get the ship's actual cargo list from another agent. More easily said than done: the second agent is killed, and Smith barely escapes. In true Ludlum form there are more shockers to come, one involves the President's family. Few can come close to this author's crackling dialogue and gasp inducing scenes. Sophisticated mystery lovers, give a listen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i rate this new covert-one novel with 4 stars, if Ludlum's still alive , i'll give it a 5. this is one of the most exciting and adventurous covert one novel.the topic is not futuristic,unlike the paris option. this could come right out of the headline news.if Lynds published it before the paris option(prior to U.S war on Iraq), it might enjoy good sales and might jump up to the bestseller lists. i admired Lynds' knowledge on the Chinese ruling party.its as if Lynds wrote the novel with some high officials from the Chinese ruling party beside her(as editors). and by the way, don't get confused with the rifle AK-47 and AK-74.AK-74 really exist.both belongs to dr. Kalashnikov's rifles.and AK-74 is a new version of AK-47 and its more powerful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As is typical of Ludlum books, you have to pay attention. This is another good one with the Jon Smith character.
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