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Robert Ludlum's the Cassandra Compact

Format:  Paperback,

454 pages

Edition: First Edition,

Publisher: St Martins Pr

Publish Date: Mar 2011

ISBN-13: 9780312544119

ISBN-10: 0312544111

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"What they're going to do, I never would have believed it..."These were among the final words spoken by Yuri Danko, an officer in the medical division of Russia's security service, before his body was ripped apart by a spray of assassins' bullets. Danko's confidential appointment in Venice with Covert-One operative Jon Smith might have ended in death--but his secret didn't die with him...

Now, in possession of Danko's classified papers, Smith and CIA undercover agent Randi Russell have unearthed a terrifying global conspiracy. A Serb terrorist, backed by Russians, is on a mission to spirit hazardous vials of deadly bacteria to a U.S. government agent--a shadowy figure whose motives for acquiring the bioweapon are made all the more unfathomable when both men are found murdered--and the strain is stolen. Time is running out for Smith and Russell to track it down, find the madman who possesses it, and stop him before he holds a defenseless world hostage with the power to render the human race extinct.

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Author:
Publisher: St Martins Pr
Publish Date: Mar 2011
ISBN-13: 9780312544119
ISBN-10: 0312544111
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 454
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.64
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 4.29 x 1.23 x 7.5

About the author

Biography of Ludlum, Robert

Robert Ludlum was born May 25, 1927 in New York City. He enlisted in the Marines at the age of eighteen and received a B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1951. He began acting professionally at the age of sixteen in the 1943 Broadway production of Junior Miss. He also had roles in summer stock and appeared in over 200 television dramas for such live programs as Studio One and Kraft Television Theater.

He then tried producing with the 1956 Broadway production of The Owl and the Pussycat. He took the play, four years later, to his creation of Shopping-Center Theater at Playhouse-on-the-Mall in Paramus, New Jersey. His first novel, The Scarlatti Inheritance, was published in 1971. His other works include The Matlock Paper, The Chancellor Manuscript, The Bourne Identity, The Scorpio Illusion, The Matarese Countdown, and The Bancroft Strategy. He also wrote under the pseudonyms Jonathan Ryder and Michael Shepherd. He died on March 12, 2001 at the age of 74.

Biography of Shelby, Philip

Philip Shelby is a novelist of political thrillers. He attended McGill University where he specialized in international security and foreign relations under Zbignew Brzezinski. After completing his studies at McGill, Shelby did graduate work at the Sorbonne and the University of London. Shelby's novels include Last Rights, Gatekeeper, and Days of Drum. In each, a young woman working for a government or police agency finds herself involved in danger, intrigue, and double dealing.

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Review by Library Journal (2002-03-01)

A Covert-One novel, The Cassandra Compact probably stretches the spy/conspiracy thriller's possibilities to the edges of near plausibility, but in the wake of recent terrorism, the boundaries of reality may far outreach the standards of the genre's art. Fortunately or not, one can hope that the late Ludlum and Shelby were merely playing in the fields of fantasy with their superheroic intelligence officer Dr. Jonathan Smith. A large cast of characters, portrayed by narrator George Guidall, follows the movements and misdirections of a small vial of a deadly bio hazard across miles of this planet and beyond in a story that depends heavily on coincidence but was nonetheless entertaining in a more innocent reading time. Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo, NY

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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What they're going to do, I never would have believed it… These were among the final words spoken by Yuri Danko, an officer in the medical division of Russia’s security service, before his body was ripped apart by a spray of assassins’ bullets. Danko’s confidential appointment in Venice with Covert-One operative Jon Smith might have ended in death—but his secret didn’t die with him…

Now, in possession of Danko’s classified papers, Smith and CIA undercover agent Randi Russell have unearthed a terrifying global conspiracy. A Serb terrorist, backed by Russians, is on a mission to spirit hazardous vials of deadly bacteria to a U.S. government agent—a shadowy figure whose motives for acquiring the bioweapon are made all the more unfathomable when both men are found murdered—and the strain is stolen. Time is running out for Smith and Russell to track it down, find the madman who possesses it, and stop him before he holds a defenseless world hostage with the power to render the human race extinct.

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