The Prometheus Deception

  • by Robert Ludlum
  • Narrated by Paul Michael
  • 17 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For fifteen years, Nicholas Bryson was a top deep-cover operative for the Directorate, a clandestine branch of U.S. intelligence. After nearly being killed during a failed Tunisian coup d'atat, he was retired to a quiet new identity as a college professor in Pennsylvania. Now, five years later, the CIA has contacted Bryson to tell him that his former employer was in fact using him against his own country's interests. The CIA wants Bryson's knowledge and expertise to help shut down the Directorate for good. But Bryson's skills are rusty, his contacts unreliable, and he doesn't know whom he can trust. Nor does he know why he suddenly finds himself in an assassin's crosshairs. Is this somehow tied to the worldwide increase in terrorism? To the shadowy Prometheus? And Elena, his wife, his love, who abruptly left him years ago - was she who she seemed to be?A spine-tingling adventure that sweeps us from Washington to the Mideast, Europe, Russia, China, and the deepest reaches of cyberspace, The Prometheus Deception is classic Ludlum - a world of murderous wheels within wheels where nothing and no one are what they appear, and violence and sudden death lurk around every corner.

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What the Critics Say

"Spine-tingling espionage intrigue. Using accents, pacing, and an astute sense of Ludlum's characters, [Paul] Michael elegantly and powerfully draws listeners into this complex adventure." (AudioFile)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Not up to his standards

The narrator is fine. The plot is good. The dialogue is inane. It is difficult to imagine why the protagonist is still alive given how dumb he is. Phrases like "he sank to his feet" are repeated many times. What does that mean? The person was shot, he didn't just jump into the water. I can imagine someone sinking to his knees. At first I thought it was the narrator saying the wrong thing, but then it is repeated again and again. Wild shooting sprees in crowded squares don't draw any police response. Innocent bystanders are slaughtered by the dozen.

There are better suspense novels out there. Go for them. I have listened to other novels by this author that were far better. He must have been bored this time around, but I would have thought an editor would have worked the dialogue over at least.

Oh well.
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- Lester

not horrible, but there are better Ludlum books

I thought the narration was fine, but the story seemed pretty weak and the characters thin and sometimes inconsistent. I got a lot more enjoyment out of Ludlum's Jason Directive and Sigma Protocol.
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- Michael Burr

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-25-2000
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio