The Cassandra Compact : Covert One

  • by Robert Ludlum, Philip Shelby
  • Narrated by Paul Michael
  • Series: Covert One
  • 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Yuri Danko, a deep-cover Russian asset for Covert-One, is on the run. His last communication was a cryptic and urgent plea for extraction. With no hint of what could have driven Danko to such extreme action, operative Jon Smith is sent to the pre-arranged meeting place in Venice to bring Danko out. Days later, Danko arrives at the rendezvous - but before he can reveal what he knows, he is ripped apart by a spray of assassins' bullets.
With only some scant clues left behind by Danko to go on, John Smith quickly concludes that someone is out to do the unthinkable: steal a sample of smallpox from Russia's cache of bioweapons. The deadliest of viruses, if a new mutation of smallpox were developed and released, it could cause an epidemic of unparalleled destruction.
Working to stop the theft, Covert-One finds the adversaries are several steps ahead of them. The virus is smuggled out of Russia to the United States. Now Jon Smith and his colleagues must unravel the mystery of the Cassandra Compact, overcome their powerful and invisible opponents, and recover or destroy the virus - before the power of Armageddon falls into the hands of a madman.


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Customer Reviews

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Good but not the best.

This book, in many ways has formula written all over it. It parallels The Hades Factor to some extent. Jon Smith makes some but limited little use of his band of associates from the past. Additional use of his cohorts from the past would be welcome

Very little is ever developed on the actual Casandra Compact which would have been an interesting adventure in itself.

Overall, it is a good read but clearly not Ludlum's best work.
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- Joseph


I enjoy the story telling by Robert Ludlum. The reader does a great job.
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- MatschMan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-08-2001
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio