- Explore more great deals on 1000's of titles in our Deals in Books store.
|Amazon Price||New from||Used from|
After three disparate Americans succumb to a hitherto unknown Ebola-like virus, the United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) is pressed into service. Since the USAMRIID's top doc (and former military intelligence operative) Lt. Col. Jon Smith has yet to return from an overseas conference, the job of heading the medical research team falls to Smith's colleague and fiancée, Dr. Sophia Russell.
Upon Smith's return, he is sequentially treated to a life-or-death warning from a childhood friend (and rogue FBI agent), several nasty near-death experiences, and the viscerally graphic demise of his wife-to-be, an apparent virus victim. Enraged and bereaved, Smith flies into investigatory action only to discover doctored files, expunged records, and the distinct likelihood that he's dealing with cases of murder-by-virus. As more questions are asked, more deaths occur, official channels slam shut, and Smith finds himself a wanted man, battling his best friend, an evil-genius gazillionaire scientist, corrupt politicians, and Third World terrorists. In other words, it's Smith versus all the usual suspects.
Ludlum and Lynds cover no new ground here (and their prose is less than sterling). In fact, The Hades Factor owes as much to Tom Clancy's Op-Center series--cocreated by Clancy and Steve Pieczenik--and Richard Preston's The Hot Zone as it does to Ludlum's own considerable body of work. That said, The Hades Factor still delivers a respectable level of intrigue and suspense, will likely be snapped up by output-starved Ludlum fanciers, and will be right at home on the bed stands of Preston fans. --Michael Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A likeable hero and great characters backing him up - some humor, lots of adventure, everything Robert Ludlum is famous for.
This has it all.....biowarfare, twists and turns, the foreign locales and truly awesome characters....sort of stallone meets arnold in the hot zone!
It is not the most exciting novel I have ever read, but it has a lot of action, likable characters, and a few surprising twists.
I liked the writing style. Suspenseful, gripping.
The morality of Jon Smith. Great read.
Could not put the book down
I love the cast of characters and how the plot is revealed. Good development of story line and plot recealmentPublished 1 month ago by Ricki J. Kay
We love all Ludlum's books with the exception of those when Eric Van Lustbader started writing either with Robert before he died or when he took over. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mary-Theresa Dameron
A good old fashioned pot boiler, an action film in book form. Good to read on holiday or when on a train or plane journey.Published 2 months ago by petey
Wonderfully connected and tightly spun. A page turner that keeps you hooked to the end and deliciously arrives with all where it should.Published 4 months ago by David Smith
A well written piece that has the qualities you look for in a Ludlum novel. Unfortunately, for me, the plot line just doesn't grab my fancy, given the choice to 'take it or leave... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fantastic. Great story line and very believable. I couldn't put it down. I will continue to read all the Covert-One series.Published 6 months ago by William G. Johnson
This is the first book of the Covert One series. Unfortunately I read about three of the other books before this one. Read morePublished 6 months ago by chili