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Product Details

  • Series: Covert-One
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (September 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446699071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446699075
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,416,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Ponderous prose and a less than credible plot-line weigh down Cobb's Covert-One novel, the seventh in a series (The Hades Factor, etc.) based on a concept created by the late Robert Ludlum. After the chance discovery of a crashed aircraft in the Arctic Circle, the Russians, who are on the verge of signing a landmark antiterrorism pact with the United States, inform President Samuel Castilla that it's a Soviet plane that went down in the 1950s while carrying a ton of weaponized anthrax. Castilla, who suspects that there's more to the story than the Russians are letting on, orders series Jonathan Smith, chief operative for the shadowy Covert-One intelligence service, and his team to investigate. Two women whose field skills are matched by their physical attractiveness join Smith, setting up predictable situations when they fall into the hands of the bad guys. Veteran thriller fans are likely to find the underlying premise behind the Russians' duplicity unconvincing.
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"...high-octane action - bags of it, leavened with the kind of narrative energy that made Ludlum's thrillers such invigorating experiences. It's a page-turner - Cobb has the measure of his late mentor." Good Book Guide --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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His books always keep you wanting to read more..
This is another great Ludlum book even if it was written by James Cobb.
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Interesting characters, good story, gripping action sequences.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Cy B. Hilterman VINE VOICE on September 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Toews on December 2, 2007
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Though I agree with the reviewer who thinks the title is missing a beat--how about "Arctic Jackpot?"--I don't agree with the reviewer for Publish Weekly. The premise of the plot is most credible, especially with the mentality of the Russians during the Cold War and Soviet experiments in biochemical weapons (the West was equally guilty), and those who close their eyes to the threat today's Putin poses to the world is living with their heads in the sand. James Cobb carries on Robert Ludlum's story plots with great entertainment, and it would seem the Covert One team is adding new members for future bone-chilling missions. An excellent read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Douglas P. Murphy on December 3, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
An academic institution discovers a crashed bomber in the ice on Wednesday Island in the arctic. An investigation uncovers some startling revelations. The plane belongs to the Russians and carries a payload of 2000 lbs. of a biological agent that has the potential to wipe out the equivalent of the east coast of the United States. A team is assembled from the "club." There is Jon Smith MD, Randi Russell, a pilot and younger sister of Dr. Sophia Russell-Dr. Smith's deceased fiancee, Professor Valentina Metrace,an attractive weapons expert with a hidden past and Major Gregori Smyslov.
This team as well as teams of hostiles converge on the remote arctic island in competition for the powerful payload. The Russians have a secret to hide on the plane, and this secret adds to the dangers and suspense.
The book is well written and in a style suitable to a military thriller. There is plenty of action to carry the plot along and the interpersonal relationships of the team provide extra intrigue and interest. The author has a good command of military technology such as guns and planes, and this adds to the feeling of authenticity.
The one drawback concerns a lack of plausibility in one area. For such a powerful payload on this downed plane in the Arctic, it seems very unlikely to me that the government would limit itself to just the four people mentioned to secure it. The government has vastly greater resources. If the greater response were given, however, much of the plot and suspense would crumble. As long as one goes along with this premise of just four people then the book delivers suspense, intrigue and the interplay of some interesting personalities.The Griffon Trilogy
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By H. F. Miglino on November 1, 2007
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If you like "24" and action novels, and nothing too high brow then this is for you. Most of the other reviewers have detailed the story so I will not repeat it. Non stop action, good characters, good plot and a very quick read. Would make for a good episode of "24" set in the Artic. Makes for good reading on a long plane ride.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on October 17, 2007
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There is only one thing that prevents ROBERT LUDLUM'S THE ARCTIC EVENT from being perfect: the title. I'm not referring to the "Robert Ludlum's" portion, either; it's "The Arctic Event" part that is as exciting as one hand clapping. It conjures up the vision of a penguin giving birth. However, this latest installment of the Covert-One series, written by James H. Cobb, is otherwise a flawless locomotive ride from front to back --- a true thriller from beginning to end.

Once you get past the title, the book kicks off in grand fashion, with a team of researchers in the Arctic wilderness discovering the wreckage of an aircraft. With some embarrassment, the Russian government admits that the plane is one of theirs and that it disappeared with its crew more than a half-century ago carrying a deadly two-ton payload of anthrax. This is precisely the type of mission for which Covert-One was designed --- one requiring swiftness, effectiveness and, above all, secrecy --- so that the President of the United States dispatches a Covert-One team led by Colonel Jon Smith to the site.

Two other entities are at play, however. One is a ruthless international arms dealer who is ready for retirement and for whom the anthrax will provide the means for a comfortable pension. The other is a group of Russians bent on keeping the even deadlier secret involving the downed plane from being discovered. What is worse for Covert-One is that there is a traitor among them, making an already dangerous situation even deadlier as Covert-One is caught between two teams of highly trained adversaries and the weather, which proves to be the deadliest enemy of all.

Cobb is a marvel.
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