Robert Ludlum's The Altman Code : Covert One

  • by Robert Ludlum, Gayle Lynds
  • Narrated by Don Leslie
  • Series: Covert One
  • 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On the dark waterside docks of Shanghai, a photographer is recording cargo being secretly loaded when he's brutally killed and his camera destroyed. Shortly thereafter Covert-One director Fred Klein brings the word to the President that there's a Chinese cargo ship rumored to be carrying tons of chemicals to be used by a rogue nation to create new biological weapons. Klein is ordered to get the President solid proof of what the Chinese ship is ferrying. Covert-One agent Jon Smith is sent to Taiwan to meet with another agent who has acquired the ship's true manifest. But before Smith can get it, they are ambushed, the second agent is murdered, the proof is destroyed, and Smith escapes with only his life and scant clues to mystery behind the cargo ship. As the Chinese cargo ship draws ever closer to its end port, Smith must race against the clock to uncover the truth about the ship and its cargo, a truth that probes the deepest secrets of the Chinese ruling party, the faction in Washington working to undermine the elected government, and the international cabal who is thrusting the world to the very brink of war.

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Not up to the other Covert One Novels...

I too, have read all the Covert One novels. This one took quite a while to really get into the story. It would finally get moving, then bog down in details again. This is my least favorite of the Covert One novels and I was disappointed that Peter Howell and Marty Zellerbach didn't make an appearance in this one. The ending was weak. I'm not sure I'd try another Covert One novel. Too bad, the series had such a good start!
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- Mary A.

Not Ludlum's Best Work

I am a Robert Ludlum fan and have read nearly all of the covert one books. This books is predictable and over dramatic in many areas. While entertaining, it is not one that will keep you listening in your car after you arrive at your destination.
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- MDCollins1

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-13-2003
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio