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Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Janson Command (Janson series) Hardcover – February 14, 2012

3.9 out of 5 stars 142 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the janson Series

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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
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,256,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I found it interesting in perusing the reviews to find that the detailed ones for the most part were the 1 star reviews, and at least the first whole page of 5 star reviews were one or two lines of generic comments. Makes me think the 5 stars are review scammers and the one stars were real. This was an almost completely unreadable book, and I'm not super picky if a book has any redeeming qualities. Hard to find them here. Felt no connection with main characters, it's filled with irrelevant "facts" and by 2/3 of the way through I found that it was so boring to read and I just didn't care what happened, I quit. I almost never quit because I'm usually curious enough about what will happen at the end. Sad that whoever controls the Ludlum name is allowing this kind of dilution in his good reputation. I suppose it's just all about the $$ in the end.
I usually don't even write reviews, especially when I agree with the average stars the book gets. SOOOOO glad I got it at the library and didn't waste any $.
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I gotta give Paul Garrison a lot of credit, 'cause he did a fine job of writing a sequel to another author's work. If "Janson" is to become a franchise, this franchise is in capable hands. Also, this book wasn't nearly as dark and disturbing as Ludlum's Janson story. The original Janson was quite the epic, but it took a lot out of me, because Ludlum seemed determined to confront the reader with lots of ugliness related to human evil.

This time around, you get a compelling page-turner of an action/adventure novel, but less atrocities to work through. I liked that. Another thing: The first Janson book really strained the reader's willingness to suspect disbelief at times, because Janson and his adversaries were almost super-human in their capabilities. Garrison gives us a Janson more firmly rooted in plausibility, and I appreciate that.
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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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One of the most rewarding balances to find in covert thrillers is when the author manages to educate you with details and information you normally have no access to while a t the same time creating an exciting edge-of-seat unpredictable story! This book exposed the reader (me) to fasincating insight and information about how the governments, corporations, and politicians operate behind the curtain to obtain financial gains and amass positions of power with little or no regard for what the general public thinks is going on "in their behalf" as citizens.

This is a blinding white light that shines on the corruption of nations and organizations. The characters were well developed and believable...fascinating ensemble of "good, bad, and ugly" persons all acting in their own manner for their own personal reasons. I enjoyed every moment of it and think you would as well.
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I very much enjoyed the first book, the Janson Directive, so I was hesitant about a sequel written by a different author. The tone and writing style certainly feels different, but still very much an enjoyable story.
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The story line was interesting but the choice of characters was a little weak. How many of these novels pair the perfect man with the perfect woman sniper to get the job done? It isn't Robert Ludlum's writing and it isn't his story line either even though the use of his name is emboldened on the cover of the book. This is a good read for anyone who likes adventure novels but do not look to this book to supply the sort of thrills found in the Jason Bourne novel.
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I loved the orginal Janson Directive and out of respect to it I tried to get into this book but despite trying my hardest to give this book chance after chance I just could not get into it which was disappointing as Paul Janson was one of Ludlum's creation I loved but alas this book does not do it justice.
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