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Covert-One Books In Order

Publication Order of Covert-One Books

The Hades Factor (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cassandra Compact (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Paris Option (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Altman Code (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lazarus Vendetta (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Moscow Vector (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Arctic Event (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ares Decision (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Janus Reprisal (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Utopia Experiment (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Geneva Strategy (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Patriot Attack (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


Covert -one series are books that are authored after the death of Robert Ludlum. They dwell on themes of biological weaponry, conspiracy and corruption which appear to put society in stratospheric risk. The books are presumably written according to the ideas of Robert Ludlum by several authors.

The series starts with “The Hades Factor” which revolves around a deadly and evil viral experiment. The virus affects Jon Smith and his spouse. The first experiment of the virus is done on the Iraqi and the US soldiers in the Gulf war. The author justifies that the virus gradually spreads to other parts of the world causing death of three people including a Gulf war army major.

The virus spreads rapidly causing death to half a million people in different parts of the world. Jon Smith’s wife (Sophia) develops symptoms of the virus. She likens the symptoms to the monkey blood virus which attacked her while in Peru. Victor Tremont who is her co-worker develops the same symptoms after talking to Sophia.

Jon Smith goes back to Fort Detrick but he is attacked by rascal goons. He manages to overpower them alone shocking their leader, Mr. Nadal al-Hassan. After his return, he gets his wife severely sick. He tries to treat the loved one but unfortunately she dies. Smith comes to realize that Sophia died because of the lethal injection on her ankle by the rascal team leader (al-Hassan).

The main mission that remains now for Smith is to revenge on the killer of his love. He is backed up by Randi Russell (a sister to the late Sophia) and Peter Howell (former M16 of the British) to accomplish the revenge mission. He calls for action but he is ignored. He decides to break away from the US government.

With the help of Marty Zellerbach (a computer specialist), they discovers that Victor Tremont has been using antibiotics to spread a deadly virus to people. Smith reveals this undeniable truth and Victor is arrested. The most astounding part of the story is that all the charges against him are dropped. Smith voluntarily quits from the USAMRIID and joins the covert-one following the request from Fredrick Klein. The Hades Factor is an interesting book in the covert-one series and you should not afford to miss it.

The second title, “The Cassandra Compact”, engenders Jon Smith as a character who is wandering and sad after the death of his fiancée. It shows us how loving Smith was to Sophia Russell. He decides to rethink and reshape his destiny .The ultimate step comes into his mind after meeting a scientist , Megan Olson , Sophia’s childhood friend.

The absence of John from the United States Army Military Research InstituteInfectious Diseases is the sole reason that has made him tofind time to wander and meet Nathaniel Klein alias Fred. Fred gives him his first assignment- finding Danko, a Russian scientist who is by chance Jon’s friend. Unluckily, Yuri Danko is murdered by two assassins.

However, after the death of Danko, Peter Howell helps Jon to recover a document from Danko’s body. It is a warning to them about impending theft of the smallpox sample from a Russian biological research center-Bioaparat.

Jon goes to Moscow and disguises himself as venture capitalists. It is within this time that he meets Randi Russell, sister to his dead fiancé. He appears to look for young people to train them to be computer analysts for the Central Intelligence Agency. It is the CIA who warns Randi about the impending danger. In quick response, she with the help of Lara Telegin informs the president to secure Bioaparat. It in this course that Randi nicknames Jon ‘General Kirov’- meaning, a trusted liaison to the Russian government.

Unfortunately, the warning doesn’t prevent the imminent disappearance of the smallpox sample. A guard steals the sample passing it on to Ivan Beria who is paid to take the sample away from the country. It unfolds that the guard is murdered by Beria and the sample instead given to a NASA scientist- Adam Treloar.

Smith captures Adam through the use of video tape prepared by Sasha who is Randi’s protégé. It is as a result of computer advancements that the killing of Treloar becomes successful. It is Beria who is ordered kill him. Afterwards Jon is able to recognize that there is a connection to NASA. The reading of the connection however puts Smith in danger since Beria is ordered to kill him. Anticipating his actions, Smith and Kirov disable Beria and question him.

What goes round is that the US military is connected to the whole scheme. This discovery is made by Peter Howell and with the help of Randi’s computer knowledge, the Swiss financier Karl Bauer and the money he finances the scheme and that he actually is the leader of the theft scheme is known. Price and Richardson are also discovered to be working underground in the US to support Bauer.

What follows? Reed smuggles the sample and is eventually killed by Bauer but the sample is kept in the spacecraft by Jon Smith. Jon saves Megan’s life and at the cusp of the end of the Cassandra compact, Bauer is destroyed on doomsday along with the space craft that carries the sample.

It is a book that when read, the pangs of pain undergone by the characters reach you, the research conducted is really real and it catches the eye. It is organized in a way that when the events unravel, you actually see them.

Other books in the covert-one series that have hit the headlines and seduced the minds of several readers in the world include;

The Paris option in 2002.The Altman code in 2003.The Lazarus Vendetta in 2004.The Moscow vector in 2005.The Arctic event of 2007.
They are interesting books and going for them will be a prudent decision if at all you love the literature entertainment. The list of the books in the covert-one series is large. The message of Robert Ludlum is relevant today.

The success of the covert-one has been seen by many books that have made into TV shows and films. For example, the Hades Factor is known by its popularity. It was first aired in 2006 in Toronto.

Covert-one is a series of novels that have been praised all over the world due to their enthusiasm and entertaining nature. Robert Ludlum focuses on a U.S agency (covert one) that uses biological weapons to disarm enemies and fight corruption as well. The author has an amazing record of writing 27 novels that have been translated to 32 languages. Readers who are interested in transparency will love this series. They are worth the price.

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