Robert Ludlum's The Paris Option by Robert Ludlum
A Covert-One Novel (Ludlum, Robert, Covert-One Novels.)

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For 30 years, Robert Ludlum's novels have set the standard for the finest in international intrigue and suspense. With an unbroken string of bestsellers in almost every country in the world, Robert Ludlum's books have been enjoyed by hundreds of millions of readers, and are widely acknowledged as classics in the field. Now, after the bestselling Covert-One novels The Hades Factor and The Cassandra Compact comes the third thrilling novel in the series - The Paris Option.

A fiery explosion in the dark of night shatters one of the laboratory buildings in Paris's esteemed Pasteur Institute. Among the dead is Emile Chambord, one of the leaders in the global race to create a molecular - or DNA - computer. Unfortunately, Professor Chambord kept the details of his work secret, and his notes were apparently destroyed in either the bomb blast or the raging fire that followed.

The scientific community does not expect a workable DNA computer to be developed for years. But suddenly U.S. fighter jets disappear from radar screens for a full five minutes, and there's no explanation. Utilities across the Western states cease functioning, and all telecommunications abruptly stop, with devastating consequences. This is not the work of a clever hacker, although Washington, worried about a panic, assures the public it is. Only the enormous power and speed of a DNA computer could have caused such havoc.

Under the cover of visiting his friend Marty Zellerbach, who was severely injured when the Pasteur lab was destroyed, Covert-One agent Jon Smith flies to Paris to search for the connection between the Pasteur explosion and the forces now wielding the computer. Following a trail that leads him across two continents, Smith uncovers a web of deception that threatens to wreck havoc and forever reshape the world.

 

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Robert Ludlum was the author of twenty-one novels, each a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 210 million of his books in print, and they have been translated into thirty-two languages. In addition to the Jason Bourne series-The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum-he was the author of The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Chancellor Manuscript, and The Apocalypse Watch, among many others. Mr. Ludlum passed away in March, 2001.
 
Published April 1, 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin. 484 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Travel, Action & Adventure, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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A Ross Perot–type take-charge Texan believes that while Hal may not be the Hal Ambler he thought he was, he is almost certainly “Tarquin,” his State Department nom de guerre.

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This is, after all, a Ludlum, so there are layers upon layers of oh-so-reliably nasty Nazis and Bolsheviks against whom is pitted one rich handsome Ivy League polyglot straight-shooting Russo-Yank intelligence agent, Stephen Metcalfe, whose exciting impersonation of an Argentine playboy in Paris...

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Third in the late Ludlum’s co-authored paperback original series centered on Covert-One and begun with Ludlum/Lynds’s The Hades Factor (2000) and the Ludlum/ Philip Shelby The Cassandra Compact (2001).

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After a 30-year career that engendered dozens of bestselling novels of international intrigue, Ludlum died in the spring of 2001, just before publication of The Cassandra Co

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Ludlum's tale of international intrigue was originally published under a pseudonym in 1975.

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When the Lazarus Movement's attack on a biotech lab releases a deadly brew of nanophages, microscopic killer devices that turn those unlucky enough to inhale them into piles of "reddish liquid sludge," some start to think that the movement's diabolical leader envisions a vastly depopulated world ...

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(Oct. 15)Forecast:Readers in the know will note that this is unadulterated Ludlum—a step up from Robert Ludlum's The Paris Option and Robert Ludlum's The Cassandra Complex.

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The latest installment in the Jason Bourne series finds the amnesiac superspy on a mission to prevent terrorists from bringing America to its knees via destruction of the country’s vital natural resources—all while he tries to reconcile his mysterious past and avoid assassination by Russian a...

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All of this provides plenty of action and intrigue for the folks at Covert-One, the top-secret agency which now operates out of a private yacht club in Anacostia, Md.—close enough to the White House for President Castilla to drop in on agency boss Fred Klein of an evening with just one Lincoln To...

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Just when this thrilling setup promises a return to vintage Ludlum, Smith's corny pals, CIA spook Randi Russell and British MI6 spy Peter Howell, pop up and they all go bumbling across Europe to avert a nuclear holocaust.

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