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Robert Ludlum's(TM) The Ares Decision (A Covert-One novel Book 8) [Kindle Edition]

Kyle Mills
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.



Editorial Reviews

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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

Review

"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 )

Product Details

  • File Size: 683 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0752876465
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RD8576
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,625 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Return December 1, 2011
Format:Hardcover
Finished the Ares Decision by Kyle Mills, a process that took about 2 years. I originally pre-ordered the book, then supposed to be The Infinity Affair by James Cobb. The book is one of the Covert One series based on an idea by Robert Ludlum and the books are written by different authors, some better than others. I had enjoyed Cobb's contribution, the last book in the series, The Arctic Event, even if he did take the concept further from its origins, a process that had begun in the previous book, The Moscow Vector, and so was anticipating his subsequent effort. Why he was replaced on the assignment and why the title and substance of the book got changed around I have no idea. I do know that Mr. Mills was new to me and given all that went before I was wondering how things would turn out.

Hate to say it but it didn't look so good early on. I found the opening chapters a bit of slow going but fortunately it was only the opening chapters. Sticking it out I was able to get to the good parts, the rest of the book. In fact I really liked what was done with this one. In the previous two books Covert One had started to stray from its roots which were about a highly secret black ops agency that used mainly specialists in other areas as agents when trouble cropped up in areas of their expertise. The main protagonist, Col Jon Smith is an army doctor by day, secret agent by night when the world is threatened by biological super weapons in the wrong hands. In the previous two books, especially The Arctic Affair, Covert One had become extremely visible, at least in the intelligence community, and Col Smith was becoming more agent than doctor. Of course for the purpose of the books he is mainly agent but the plots basically have him playing doctor in the times between cases.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent action-packed tale October 5, 2011
Format:Hardcover
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.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another great Covert one installment October 30, 2011
Format:Hardcover
The latest Covert one installment is another solid effort. This time, Jon Smith is battling a new enemy that combines a variation on the African Lord's Resistance Army in cohoots with Iran. The biological threat is equally unique, a parasitic infection that leads to superhuman violence in the infected state. The story is fast paced, with several unexpected plot twists. All the regular characters return and Mills add a final surprise that regular readers will applaud as a long time in the making.

This entire series has been marked by above average writing and engaging plots and the latest is no exception. For lovers of the biothriller, this is a another tasty treat.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Price set by the Publisher October 11, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
For all of those who are complaining about the cost of the Kindle edition, please note THE PRICE WAS SET BY THE PUBLISHER NOT AMAZON! Your complaints are going to the wrong people. When Amazon was setting the prices, the highest cost Kindle edition was $9.99, but the publishers complained and many now set their own price...that's when prices went up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is only my opinion December 21, 2012
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It was okay but I have always found Ludlum books to be too similar. There is a GREAT deal of character development and intertwining of characters that is not really my preference although I read al of his work
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Ares Decision September 6, 2012
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over all one of the best in the series. the pace was good. the action was great. i blew through the book i did not want to put it down
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ares Decision June 7, 2012
By Sharon
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There was too much filler and not enough content. Made me turn pages that I did not read. I would not reccomend this novel. Not one of his best.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing January 29, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This review is for the audiobook version.

I am a huge fan of the Covert-One series. I have all the audiobooks and have listened to each of them, other than "The Ares Decision", more than once. That being said, I found The Ares Decision to be the least enjoyable of the series.

Overall, I thought Jeff Woodman did an excellent job of reading. It is easy to imagine that are multiple actors performing. I am on the lookout for more books that he has read. One thing that bothered me was the voice that he used for Sarie van Keure. It sounded a lot like--OK, exactly alike--the voice he used for Valentina Metrace in "The Arctic Event". I found that to be a little distracting.

I was disappointed with the writing. The characters seemed to be different, especially Peter Howell, and less well developed, more one-dimensional than in previous Covert-One novels. I also feel there are gaps in the story that should have been explained. I wondered more than once if I had the unabridged version. (I do.) The Covert-One series has always required a degree of `suspension of disbelief'. For `The Ares Decision' you will have to work at it.

While I have listened to the previous Covert-One novels more than once, "the Ares Decision' may be one and done. Maybe they can get James Cobb to write the next one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Well written, keeps you interested
Published 5 days ago by chris herron
4.0 out of 5 stars Ares Decision
Another great read, only dislike was that the ending was rather abrupt
Published 5 days ago by Jaytee96
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I find it very sad that this is the author taking over the Vince Flynn series.
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Love Smith and company, but with all the bad happening in the world I found this book unsettling
Published 10 days ago by Stylo
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book. Looking forward to Kyle MIlls take on ...
Very good book. Looking forward to Kyle MIlls take on the Mitch Rapp series.
Published 1 month ago by Jeff
4.0 out of 5 stars easy reading. Just good to sit back and read ...
Entertaining , easy reading. Just good to sit back and read a novel.
Published 1 month ago by Frank Delgado
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Kyle for this fast paced thriller
Really enjoyed your writing and am trying another now! I will try your Jason Bourne novel, I'm sure I have found another writer to follow.
Published 1 month ago by Paul
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good story that was true to covert one format
Very good story that was true to covert one format. Ending was too abrupt and dI'd not make a smooth transition.
Published 1 month ago by Stanley H. Cooper
1.0 out of 5 stars This book sucked
I've read most of the books in the Covert 1 series and this was by far the worst. A pathetic attempt to cash in on Ludlum's name. Pure crap.
Published 2 months ago by J. Cleveland
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book
Published 2 months ago by Bob Heath
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Kyle Mills is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve books, including the latest in Robert Ludlum's Covert-One series, The Ares Decision.

Growing up in Oregon, Washington, DC, and London as a the son of an FBI agent, Kyle absorbed an enormous amount about the Bureau, giving his novels their unique authenticity. He and his wife live in Wyoming where they spend their off hours rock climbing and backcountry skiing.

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