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The Janson Directive
The Janson Directive
Author: Robert Ludlum
ISBN-13: 9780312253486
ISBN-10: 0312253486
Publication Date: 10/15/2002
Pages: 542
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 44 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Book Type: Hardcover
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I could not put this book down from start to finish. Totaly unpredictable. Grabed it from the gargain table, and I was rewarded with an exelent book.
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I have loved Ludlum's books from the first one I read which was "The Bourne Identity." "The Janson Directive" is a fast-paced political thriller that kept me wanting to turn the page long after I should have been asleep.

The protagonist, Paul Janson, a legend in the U.S. covert agency Consular Operations, is a man haunted by what he witnessed while in Vietnam under his commanding officer Alan Demarest. However, he continues to serve his country and is recruited to rescue kidnapped Peter Novak, Nobel laureate, billionaire, international financier, and philanthropist. What starts as a rescue mission is simply the tip of the iceberg in what happens in Janson's quest to bring Novak back to safety.

This book takes you all over the map geographically and emotionally and is a gripping read. If you are into political thrillers, assassins, intrigue, and conspiricies, then I highly recommend this book. It's a must read.
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Spell binding adventure, true to form, a very good story.
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good thriller, fast-paced
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Classic Ludlum. Released after his death, but his touch is obvious. Surprising plot twists with a hero who is not quite a superman.
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classic Ludlum- hard to put down- how many shootouts can there be?
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Great Thriller
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This is unabridged - 12 cassettes. It is expensive to ship.
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Ludlum is a fun read, and listening is great also. Love his stories.
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from the box cover:

"Nobel laureate, financier, and philanthropist Peter Novak--a billionaire committed to fostering global democracy through his Liberty Foundation--has been captured by the Caliph, a near-mythical terrorist who plans to execute him in a matter of days.

Running out of time and hope, Novak's people trun to a man with a history of defeating impossible odds: Paul Janson. For decades, Janson was a legendary covert operative and assassin. Now he has retired, and nothing could lure him back--nothing except Peter Novak, who once saved Janson's life.

Backed by the resources of the Liberty Foundation, Janson assembles a crack extraction team to rescue Novak. But the operation goes horribly wrong and Janson is marked for death.

Now he is running for his life, pursued by Jessica Kincaid, an agent who, as a student of Janson's own tactics, can anticipate his every move. To survive, Janson must outrace a conspiracy that has gone beyond the control of its creators. To win, he must counter it with a conspiracy of his own. Janson's only hope is to uncover the truth behind these events--a secret that has the power to foment wars, topple governments, and change the course of history."
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Nobel laureate,einancier,and philanthropist Peter Novak-a billionaire committed to fostering global democracy through his Liberty Foundation-has been captured by the Caliph,a near-mythical terrorist who plan to execute him in a matter of days.
Running out of time and hope, Novak's people turn to a man with a history of defeating impossible odds: Paul Janson.For decades, Janson was a legendary covert operative and assaddin. Now he has retired,and was a legendary convert operative and assassin. Now he has retired,and nothing could lure him back-nothing except Peter Novak,who once save Janson's life.
Backed by the resources of the Liberty Foundation. Janson assembles a crack extraction team to rescue Novak. But to operation goes horribly wrong,and Janson is marked for death.
Now he is running for his life,pursued by Jessica Kincaid,an agent who,as a student of Janson's own tactics,can anticipate his every move.To survive,Janson must outrace a company that has gone beyond the control of its creators. To win,he must counter it with a conspiracy of his own. Janson only hope is to uncover the truth behind these events-a secret that has the power to foment wars,topple governments, and change the course of history.
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I would recommend this book highly to anyone that likes "shoot-em-ups" and Robert Ludlum books.
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A thrilling, engrossing read.
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Very good - similiar to the Bourne Series
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A typical Ludlum book. Nonstop thrills from the first page to the last. There are plots within plots and of course some really nasty bad guys that need to be put out of business. A great read.
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very good book. It is up their with bourne series.
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Ludlum is always great.
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A case where things come back to bite you. Robert Ludlum at his best.
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Typical Ludlum thriller
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typical Ludlum, I can't read him anymore.
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Ludlum just keeps them coming. I've read them all. Some of them, I need to read 2 or 3 times to understand what is really going on, but man, they make you think!
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from the back of book.... Nobel laureate, international financier, and philanthropist Peter Novak - a billionaire who has committed his life and fortune to fostering democracy around the world through his Liberty Foundation - has been kidnapped. The terrorist known as The Caliph is holding Novak in a near-impenetrable fortress and has refused to negotiate for his release, planning instead to brutally execute his hostage in a matter of days....
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covert one novel so it is full of action, not as much character development as i would like but its ok
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A very convoluted plot with unexpected details. Gripping from beginning to end. Very timely examples of US government figures manipulating world events "behind the scenes" and with no accountability.
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One heck of a thriller................loaded with all the intrigue, paranoia, and real-life parallels that made Ludlum famous.
Gripping......robust writing and a breakneck pace.
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Back Cover:

"THE JANSON DIRECTIVE

Nobel laureate, international financier, and philanthropist Peter Novak--a billionaire who has committed his life and fortune to fostering democracy around the world through his Liberty Foundation--has been kidnapped. The terrorist known as the Caliph is holding Novak in a near impenetrable fortress and has refused to negotiate for his release, planning instead to brutally execute his hostage in a matter of days...

Running out of time and hope, Novak's people turn to a man with a long history of defeating impossible odds: Paul Janson--a legend in the notorious U.S. covert agency Consular Operations. Janson sets in motion an ingenious rescue operation. But the operation goes horribly wrong and Janson is marked for death, the target of a 'beyond salvage' order issued from the highest level of the government. Now Janson is running for his life, pursued by Jessica Kincaid, a young agent of astonishing ability who can anticipate and counter his every move. To survive, Janson must outrace a conspiracy that has gone beyond the control of its originators. To win, he must counter it with a conspiracy of his own..."
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Suspense, spies, impossible odds. To survive, the hero must outrace a conspiracy that goes beyond control of its originators. NY Times bestseller.
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Good read. Action Thriller.
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If you thought Ludlum's prior plots were complex, wait until you read this one! what a surprise ending.
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This is by far the best book I have read (listened to) in quite a while. The Narrator Paul Michael does a fantastic job with all the characters. A great thriller that keeps you engaged throughout. And the ending was well done unlike some books that leave you wanting. I think if you like thrillers, you will not regret reading this book.
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A great read!