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The string of Ludlum books published long after his passing continues with the first book in a new series starring Paul Janson from The Janson Directive (2002). A former covert operative, Janson now freelances with his partner, Jessica Kincaid. A former colleague contacts Janson, asking him to rescue a doctor abducted abroad. The job is accomplished easily, but shortly after being rescued, the doctor flees. Janson and Kincaid are in a pickle unless they can find the doctor again and stop a plot involving a quest for oil. Unfortunately, there is no one they can trust. Garrison, primarily known for sea thrillers, seems an odd choice to write in the spy genre. The Ludlum brand relies on heavy action and treachery. Sadly, the action scenes are few here, resulting in a somewhat lackluster read. Still, the Ludlum name continues to draw readers, and a series starring Janson has a ton of potential. Give it a chance. --Jeff Ayers

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"Robert Ludlum (1927-2001) would have been proud of Garrison's fine thriller that picks up where his The Janson Directive (2002) left off...That Janson is a complicated character makes him more interesting than most action heroes, while Kinkaid proves a capable sidekick. A number of swift, unexpected plot twists will leave Ludlum fans eager to see more in this franchise from Garrison (Fire and Ice)."―Publishers Weekly



"The Janson Command is a thrilling blockbuster in the great Ludlum tradition. International intrigue and smart suspense put Paul Garrison firmly in the company of the masters."―Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling author of Silent Mercy


"Paul Garrison makes Robert Ludlum's world explode with vivid characters and authentic action scenes that keep me wanting to know what happens next."―David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of Murder as a Fine Art

"Fast-paced, and enormously entertaining, Garrison provides the reader with a roller coaster of a story. The Janson Command draws you deep into a world of double-crosses and triple-threats that span the globe. With an operative team like Janson and Kincaid, saving the world was never so exciting."―Eric Van Lustbader, New York Times bestselling author of Blood Trust

"Garrison has a gift for bringing military operations alive and keeps the tension ratcheted to the last page. Ludlum fans will love this one."―Kyle Mills, New York Times bestselling author of The Ares Decision

"Writer Paul Garrison, who has five excellent nautical thrillers under his name, has seamlessly taken over the Janson franchise, delivering as exciting and as explosive a tale as anything the master ever produced."―The Independent (UK)

"For Ludlum fans reading THE JANSON COMMAND is like find a long-lost novel written by the master himself. It's good reading."―The Free-Lance Star

"THE JANSON COMMAND has the traditional Robert Ludlum twists and turns, crosses and double-crosses that will appeal to long-time fans."―Bookreporter.com

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Product Details

  • Series: Janson series (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (February 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446564508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446564502
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,114,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ken C. on February 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Duplicitous people predominate in the Janson Command, and the author does a nice ob of masking who they are. Other than that, not much of interest takes place. Janson tries to save a doctor who has been kidnapped, but we are not made to care much about that, even if it takes up the first 100 pages. The there is some African nation with a new oil reserve and competing leaders. We don't care so much about then, either, except that one is exceptionally fat and greedy. He's the bad one. There's a solo sex scene so gratuitous that I glossed over it. The ending may leave some feeling good, feeling that justice was done, but it didn't leave me feeling anything other than relieved to be done with the novel. As you might figure, I did not get paid for this review, nor did I get a free copy of the novel.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By jbx on April 4, 2012
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I was very disappointed in this novel. The story line was ridiculous and the location of the story was irrelevant. Very disappointed. Get another novelist the next time.
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26 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on February 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Paul Janson was a covert assassin for the American government's top secret Consular Operations. He saw the light when he became classified as the "beyond salvage" target of the government due to a failed mission in which he became the chosen one to take the fall of the screw-up of higher ups (see The Janson Directive). He survived the assassination attempts and opened up CatsPaw Associates security firm with Jessica Kincaid. Their firm's vision is to accept scenarios that will make the world a better place. Janson also manages the Phoenix Foundation as his means for redemption; the mission is to rehabilitate black ops operatives discarded as worthless trash by their agency when their use is deemed over.

Doug Case lost his job at Consular Operations when he took a bullet that saved Janson's life but left Doug paralyzed. He graduated from Phoenix and is security chief of Houston based American Synergy Corporation. Case hires Janson to rescue a company physician kidnapped by the Free Foree Movement who demands the Isle de Foree hated dictator "President for Life" Iboga leave. With Kinkaid having his back, they make it to the main rebel stronghold, but all hell breaks loose when they arrive

This is a great action-packed twisting thriller as Jason and Kincaid are stunned with the deployment of Reaper drones and Harrier jets as neither should be there. As the action goes international, readers will learn what Janson already knows from his assassin days that terrorist groups, rogue nations, and amoral covert agencies are less dangerous than internationally protected "job creating" ruthless unscrupulous corporations.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 17, 2012
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The diffence between this and the first book is Iike comparing and ice cube to an ice berg. Terrible. I mean the characters personality and thinking is different and just the whole structure, storyline, plot is so ridiculous. Definitely not a Robert Ludlum written book.
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This novel features again a former super spy named Janson, who has ceased working for the top secret intelligence agency that tried to kill him when he wanted to retire, and developed a close relationship with the much younger female assassin that was sent to kill him, but failed. Janson now tries to make up for his own years of assassinations by helping former spys to spend their time productively, and in particular someone named Casey, who saved Janson's live, and now thanks to Janson is head of security for a major oil company.

While Janson and Kincaid are both now retired as spys, they do hire out as "consultants" on projects so that Janson can continue funding the foundation that he established to help former spys. In this novel they are hired by the oil company that Casey works for to find a doctor who used to work for that company and has now disappeared. But their assignment leads to the discovery of some nefarious plans that the oil company has for a small African nation that has newly discovered oil fields. And ultimately they must find a way to help that country from being retaken by an evil dictator who was ousted.

This has lots of action, interesting plot twists, and good character development. But sometimes the writing is overly descriptive (e.g. I really don't need to know every detail about how a plane works in a scene where escaping by plane is essential), and parts of the novel just lag. Nonetheless, while it is not a page turner, for the most part it is well written and entertaining. However, I think Ludlum's Covert-One series are more exciting and suspenseful, such as the recent The Ares Factor.
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By J. Paul on November 22, 2013
Format: Audio CD
I have listened to most of Robert Ludlum's audiobooks and I hate to compare his work with those who have continued his characters, but one of the reasons why I keep coming back to read these series is because I enjoyed his work and his characters so much. Needless to say, this is not Robert Ludlum. I will admit that I have not followed this continued series, but I think that is inconsequential to recognizing good writing. Of course, any audiobook is made or broken by the narrator and while Scott Shepherd gets an "E" for effort, it is not what I would call particularly good. But, Paul Garrison didn't exactly give him much to work with. Whatever character and life Ludlum originally gave Janson, is completely lost in The Janson Command. The characters might as well be straight out of a video game (no insult to serious game makers intended). Garrison seems to want to base Janson's entire character on a series of consecutive events rather than on personality. He is completely devoid of everything that makes a person a person. The characters are more like robots than people. This is not what makes for a good story. Whenever I shut it off, I found myself not exactly looking forward to coming back to the story, now you know that's not a good sign. Have I read worse? Sure, but that's not exactly the legacy a writer is looking for.
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