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

Kyle Mills
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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.



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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

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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 )

Product Details

  • File Size: 985 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RD8576
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Taut and action packed January 2, 2012
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This novel is the latest in the series about Covert-One, a fictional intelligence agency that reports directly to the President, and is so top secret that not even the CIA knows it exists. The lead operative is Jon Smith, whose cover is being a microbiologist for the Army, but who in reality is a lethal assassin charged with preventing bioweapons from being used against the United States. In an earlier novel he lost his fiance to a bioweapon, and therefore pursues his orders with extreme zeal.

In this novel Smith is sent to investigate how an elite special ops team sent to take out a madman in Uganda was obliterated by ordinary villagers. He teams up with a former SAS man named Peter Howell with whom Smith has worked before, and also recruits a female South African scientist named Sarie who has expertise with parasites. It turns out that the madman in Uganda has made a deal with the Iranians to give them a parasite that the Iranians want to weaponize and use against the United States. People infected with the parasite obtain super human strength and have an intense desire to kill.

The efforts of Smith and his team to stop the potential death of millions lead them into lots of harrowing situations where their own demise often appears imminent. Indeed a certain government agency in the United States is simultaneously plotting to stop Smith from succeeding in order to satisfy their own political agenda. The writing is excellent, the plot twists are intriguing, and the action is nonstop. The novel has a "political" ending that may reinforce some cynicism about how geopolitics and intelligence agencies work, but it is realistic.

This novel is exciting and enjoyable to read, and gives some serious food for thought about bioweapons, though it is an action adventure rather than a political novel. For readers of the Covert-One series this novel is a welcome addition.
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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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