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The Prometheus Deception was one of the last books to be penned by Robert Ludlum himself. It was one of the first of his novels I read, and is full of long descriptive passages and high intensity spy games. It was published in 2000, and at just over 600 pages long is about par for one of his books.
Nick Bryson is literally the best. Working for the Directorate, he has spent his whole career working for the US on an ultra-secret level. His world is shattered when a job goes wrong and he ends up walking away, only to find that things are not all as they seem and he may not have been working for the US after all. Everything was so covert that Bryson has to use all his field skills to find out the truth and put his demons and his bosses to rest, once and for all. He will need all his skills and wits though, because they are coming after him with everything they have.
While this is a very well written spy thriller, as you would expect from Ludlum, the lead character in Nick Bryson is just TOO good. You would expect the hero in a decent spy thriller to be a bit of a cut above the rest, but this does take it a bit too far with his ability to seemingly do anything he wants any time he wants. It is in a similar ilk to Ludlum's Jason Bourne character, only Bourne had his weaknesses and they were exploited by Ludlum and we felt like we were reading about a human. Bryson seems superhuman and very very lucky.
That having been said, everything else about the book is very well done. The descriptive passages are as ever immensely knowledgable, particularly when describing places and details of the characters' surroundings and actions. The author knows what he is doing and that is why he is at the toip of the spy thriller profession. His sad death in 2001 meant that this would be the penultimate book published before his death, but many more have since been created based on his manuscripts and plot outlines, and hopefully they will continue to come.
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This is the last (to date) book to come from the pen of the late Robert Ludlum, who passed away at home in Florida earlier this year. Nick Bryson worked for a top-secret government agency called The Directorate until one of his missions went bad and he walked away. His satisfaction at having served his country well is ruined when he learns that has been working for the Kremlin. He decides that he has to bring down the entire operation and is launched into a battle for his life. Whilst ‘The Prometheus Deception’ is an interesting thriller, Ludlum’s main character is just too good. We are told that he is a genius with languages, including Basque, he can travel the world with ease and he was one of the best operatives ever. He easily slips through security and defeats assassins who have never failed before. Bryon seemed to be portrayed as some sort of God figure and it did not ring true. One would imagine that a character would have some form of weakness, but he appears to have none. Bryson hops planes around the world and Ludlum describes places, throws in samples of the language and shows that he has clearly done his research. Rather than plot developments, it seemed as though the author was showing off about just how much he knows. This country-hopping plot will be familiar to fans of the genre, especially those who have read anything by Colin Forbes. Although, the points above do detract from the novel as a whole, it is an interesting novel with a good plot, based on the very heights of modern technology today. The ending may leave some people slightly unfulfilled, but overall, this is a reasonable novel from Robert Ludlum.
The good old political spy thriller. It seems that Robert Ludlum, writer of over 22 novels, is a master in this particular genre, and this, The Prometheus Deception, is no exception. It is a fast paced thriller centred on the world of international espionage, spies, high-tech gadgetry, murder and cover-up. Oh, and saving the world. The plot focuses on a spy by the name of Nicholas Bryson, who works for an ultra-secret underground intelligence agency known simply as “The Directorate”. The Directorate is so secret, that only a handful of top people officially know of its existence. The Directorates brief seems to be to do all of the dirty jobs that the traditional agencies of the Western World, like the CIA and MI6, don’t want to do. The deniable ops., so to speak. And Nick Bryson is the best of the best. However, while on operation in Tunisia, things go badly wrong, and our intrepid spy is pensioned off, into a relatively safe world, lecturing history in University and leading a somewhat ‘normal’ life. Until 5 years later, that is, when he is paid a visit by one Harry Dunne, deputy director of the CIA. All of a sudden, Bryson’s world is torn apart and turned upside down. Who was he really working for? What were their underlying motives? Who can he trust? And, more importantly, who is he? Was his whole life one great big lie? Without wanting to give too much away, nothing and nobody is quite what or who they seem. This novel contains more twists and turns than in a standard pack of curly pasta. From here starts a fast-paced and intriguing story of our Bryson as he searches out the answers to the above questions, and more. The strong point of this novel, for me, was the fact that just as you think you had something/someone sussed out, it seemed to turn it up on its head and dump it down again, leaving you absolutely bewildered as to what was goin
g on. You just had to keep reading to find out. Soon enough though, the plot gently unfolds to an inspiring climax where things soon become clear. So, if you like your thrillers and spy novels, you certainly won’t be disappointed with this offering. Overall, a superb book, and one I can’t recommend enough.
An ex-secret intelligence officer is forced out of retirement by the CIA to investigate the shady dealings of the company he was formerly employed with. But after years on the sidelines, his field skills are rusty, his contacts unreliable, his instincts suspect, and he no longer knows who to trust.