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Robert Ludlum is the acknowledged master of suspense and international intrigue. For the past twenty-five years he has had an unbroken string of bestselling novels, selling hundreds of millions of copies worldwide and setting a standard that has yet to be surpassed. With The Prometheus Deception, Ludlum's first new novel in three years, he is at the very pinnacle of his crRobert Ludlum is the acknowledged master of suspense and international intrigue. For the past twenty-five years he has had an unbroken string of bestselling novels, selling hundreds of millions of copies worldwide and setting a standard that has yet to be surpassed. With The Prometheus Deception, Ludlum's first new novel in three years, he is at the very pinnacle of his craft.Nicholas Bryson was a deep-cover operative for a secret American intelligence group called the Directorate. After a mission went wrong he was retired to a new identity as a college professor in Pennsylvania. Now, years later, he discovers that the Directorate was using him against his own country's interests. The deputy director of the CIA enlists Bryson to stop the Directorate's latest lethal maneuver and end the group for good....

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The Prometheus Deception Reviews

  • Ash
    2019-03-05 06:25

    I had to give it one star as I couldn't give it a half star!This one must be by far Ludlum's WORST book I have read (in this case listened to). If I hear "God Damn" or "cacophonous" one more time, I think I will stab someone in the eye!!!All it has are some big words that give the model of a gun, European places, and a story (or the lack of) that is absolutely abysmal. I want the hours of my life back that I had spent listening to this horrible "book". A secret govt. department, hiring on the best, only for the main protagonist Nick Bryson to be told that the secret department was not what it said it was.The story takes a lot from the Bourne series, and it has all the things Ludlum kept writing back in the day -- the cold war, the Russian KGB, Russians are bad, there is always a "mole", yada yada. However, after a few chapters, you will realize that it was either Ludlum smoking a pot who wrote it, else someone else who borrowed his name for some money. I think anyone giving this more than 2 stars is has not read better books, IMHO. If you like this book, I'm sorry, but you must have REALLY low standards! Nothing wrong with it, whatever rocks your boat...All in all, pathetic, please don't waste your time!!!

  • Ailish
    2019-03-01 03:20

    I originally gave this book 2 stars, but after a weekend to think about it, I have downgraded it to one star. It would make an enjoyable if formulaic movie, but as a book it is pretty dreadful. It is long, with an overly complex plot containing several fairly serious contradictions. The author builds on a valid but hackneyed argument about the dangers of excessive private data collection and the explosion of surveillance in the aftermath of September 11, and throws in the usual corrupt politicians and powerful corporations with secret connections to all the right people. The first half of the book is entertaining, and I wanted to know what was going to happen, plus Ludlum takes his characters to interesting locations in Spain, Switzerland, Russia, England, the Vatican and China. The second half of the book descends into a bit of a 'yay for computers' theme, and becomes even more far-fetched than the first half.The main character reacts to almost everything, from discovering a piece of information, to having an entire building blow up behind him, to being chased by a helicopter gunship, with the eloquent "My God". Ludlum also frequently has to fill his readers in on the hero's past in order to explain why he is so amazing - he has taught himself to speak more than 12 languages with no discernable accent, including an obscure Italian dialect; in an emergency he can fly a plane; he's an accomplished frogman; knows his physics, electronics, guns and ammo; happens to know that a drug he sees in a hospital patient's vein can luckily function as a truth serum if delivered in sufficient doses (most handy). He knows his way round the archives of the British library like he was born there; can memorise the floorplan of 1200 rooms of British parliament in 2 hours, and happens to know about the secret passageways that criss-cross the building. He can drive a car off a bridge and get himself and his wife out after it has sunk, at the same time avoiding the strafing fire of a helicopter. He knows lots about antiques. He has an endless supply of money which he can draw on at any hour of the day or night, anywhere, seemingly without tipping off anyone as to his location, and without credit cards or identity records. Master of disguise and personal combat, with or without weapons. Crack shot. Respected academic in Byzantine History. And so on.What I did like is the fact that the female characters are strong, competent and have a role in the plot in their own right instead of just being sexualised objects as they are in so many works of John le Carre. That aside, I still prefer le Carre. The main character, deserted by his wife, remains chaste for years, despite temptations and offers, in the hope of being reunited with her. Luckily that works out. There is one totally gratuitous porno page which has no bearing on the plot or on the main characters, but Ludlum fills up the rest of the story with the usual exploding heads and red tear-drop in the forehead stuff, and lots of guns and grenades, and with the occasional ethical tranquiliser dart. Sounds exciting, but the plot is too long, convoluted and clunky, and ends unsatisfactorily, making what could have been an OK action/spy novel into a disappointingly bad one.

  • Dheepthaa
    2019-03-20 02:16

    The Prometheus Deception,is by far, one of the most intriguing and interesting books I have ever read. This was my first go at a book whose author has been acclaimed by adult readers. It did have drawbacks to its name, by being quite long, and the reader assuming that the book would never end. But if patience assists the reader, I feel the reader would truly love the book.The book revolves around Nick Bryson, a kind of spy working for an agency called the Directorate. The book starts with his boss, Ted Waller, 'diplomatically asking him to leave',or basically firing him. This, plus the mystery behind why Bryson's wife left him sets off the suspense of the book. It is augmented by him coming to many more secrets and controversies about his previous agency, which has apparently been deceiving him. Are the rumours true? Has Bryson really lived a life of deception? The book goes on to quench your curiosity, and the clearness of the water which reveals the mystery truly brings satisfaction to the reader.

  • Evelyn
    2019-03-04 05:07

    There was a time when I couldn't get enough of Robert Ludlum, but it's been way more than a decade since the last time I've read any of his novels. Like too much chocolate or a day spent in pajamas, all of a sudden I simply lost my taste for the enterprise--in this case his highly formatted, thrill-a-minute, repetitive plot lines. When I found this book at the back of one of my bookcases recently, I figured it had been long enough since I read any of his material so that perhaps what had previously bored me might once again thrill. And at first it did.Ludlum's style, though highly predictable, always calls for his novels to go from 0-80 mph within the first few pages, sometimes before the reader even gets to the second page. That's what happened in this book and at the beginning it was fun. But it appears that during the intervening years since my last Ludlum novel, my palate has gotten more sophisticated and my taste buds more mature; the thrill-a-minute ride only held my interest for about 50-75 pages, after which I could see the next plot device coming at me from a mile away. And pretty much like clockwork, all the suspense/spy thriller cliches came cycling by with predictable regularity. I kept promising myself I'd stop reading, but didn't, mostly because I kept hoping that something about the story or its arc would surprise me. Sadly, the only surprise at the end of the book was how much like all his other books this one was.

  • Debra
    2019-03-06 22:23

    Okay, so Ludlum is in the category of "guilty pleasure" for me. I pick him up once or twice a year when I need some Adventure-ish escape, preferably in some exotic place and with a Conspiracy Theory attached.This one satisfied all the above requirements, though in the end I thought there were some plot holes and dangling story threads. The double-twist was predictable and the female characters, in true Ludlum style, remained underdeveloped. Still, though hardly in the category of the whip-cracking Bourne trilogy, it was a fun read. Most impressive about The Prometheus Deception, however, was its prescience. Even though it was written before 9/11 and the subsequent WWW-related loss of privacy we're all experiencing (on top of the Patriot Act and a burgeoning culture of surveillance, with cameras on every corner), Ludlum saw all this coming, including what sorts of mischief can be got up to when Unknown Groups of Powerful Baddies get hold of the network. But then Ludlum always seemed to know way more than was good for him, didn't he, or for us? I certainly came away from this book, as with so many of his books, even more gobsmack-paranoid about our assorted international Alphabet Soup "intelligence" organizations than I already was. But entertained.

  • Anna
    2019-03-07 22:13

    I liked this one (like 90% of Ludlums). This one was written apparently just before my favorite, The Sigma Protocol (which was the last one Ludlum finished). Leyla reminded me of Khalehla in The Icarus Agenda, another character I liked. This one is scarily up to date in where it's set - written in 2000, before the whole 9/11 and the shampoo paranoia. So many of the horrors in this book, especially the surveillance, has happened to a scary degree in the real life... I don't think Ludlum thought that could happen. Anyway, I read this copy in Italian as I was lucky to have it :) will get a copy in English for my other half (later bookcrossable as usual). 9/10

  • Maynard
    2019-03-17 04:11

    "The Prometheus Deception" is 1984 on steroids. Published in 2000, the author's prescience is both fantastic yet totally believable in light of recent headlines coming out of Washington, D.C., and the NSA. If you care for your freedom of privacy, once you've read this book you will become terrified. It is a wild ride not into the future but into today's world of surveillance and all things technology.

  • Bethany White
    2019-03-24 05:17

    I love novels that remind me of movies, specifically espionage styles. This book travels the world many counrtires over. All of the characters are intertwined, and yet you discover this throughout the entire story rather than within only the first few pages. I believe the pace is perfect, as you are engaged for the whole duration. His character development allows you to become one with the individual and take his journey with him. You, too, are seeing the sights in the Middle East, Paris, and throughout. I also enjoyed that there was a significant amount of research involved; the tactics and the technology used by the characters, for example. He did his job well in that he gets his readers to want to delve into this world he has created. It's better than the boring everyday; it's exciting and new. I would love to integrate creative research into my work so that I may expand the range of possibility; this allows for one to create a solid, new atmoshphere for the reader to experience.

  • Tania
    2019-03-09 00:28

    Ludlum thrills with high-action, complicated relationships, and intricate plots - there is no lack of tension or mystery here. Ahead of his time in predicting just where terrorism, surveillance, and many other scary realisms were heading, The Prometheus Deception describes our worst nightmares and then some. Ex-spy Nicholas Bryson believes he's out of the game, retired and hidden away at a university, until he finds himself pulled back in unexpectedly. Now he must rely on every trick he ever learned, every skill he ever honed, and his always trusty gut instinct to survive what's coming and unravel a mystery that threatens the world as he knows it.Ludlum writes in great detail about everything - the length at which he describes settings, techniques, and situations can be overwhelming at times. That's the only reason I rated this 4 stars instead of 5, but it is still an attention grabbing book that I didn't want to put down.

  • Hertzan Chimera
    2019-03-02 22:22

    THE PROMETHEUS DECEPTION, published in hardback in 2000 and in paperback a month after 9-11 basically offers a narrative blueprint for the WAR OF TERROR.He lays out in this book how to run a mostly Cyber War (a Surveillance War in the name of corporate profit and world domination) where there is no real enemy but the ghostly figures who're set up for specific terrorist events around the world ... sound familiar to anyone?Robert Ludlum implied that his knowledge of the way the insanely convoluted covert world worked was specialist, if not voluminous. Ludlum was an amazing researcher and every paragraph is dripping with incidental detail you only miss when you read some of his 'franchise continuers'. Ludlum would surely have had A LOT to say about 9-11, had he survived beyond 2001.

  • Mollie
    2019-03-19 05:19

    This was a pretty good spy novel (more 2 1/2 stars), fast paced with enough intrigue and plot twists to keep it interesting. I was bogged down in the minute descriptions of the weaponry and hyper detailed fight scenes...the writers attempt at sexy talk...blah blah blah "her exquisite breasts"? Reminds me of the succulent flesh in the last book I boys. Maybe this vernacular does something for them. I'll remember that for my next sexy letter to my husband.Several F bombs, war/terrorism/torture violence, exquisite breasts aside, there was a sex for hire murder and some married lovin.

  • Roland Odinkemelu
    2019-03-22 05:18

    I loved it! I like books that really engages you, mentally. Books that make you feel that you're a part of the story. Robert Ludlum took his time to create a moving picture in the reader's mind with The Prometheus Deception. I find that this is a great read that I will enjoy reading again.

  • Connie
    2019-03-14 23:06

    I could put every Ludlum book on my list. I enjoyed this author. I have read every book he has written. They are all good if you like espionage

  • Graham Stull
    2019-03-05 23:04

    I am giving this one *** only for those who are particular fans of the political thriller genre; for other readers I would suggest this is more of a two-star book.The story is simple in its complexity: A superagent whose real name may or may not be Nick Bryson is taken out of retirement to fight against his former employer, the ultra-secretive 'Directorate' spy organisation which has gone bad. Or has it? Whom can he trust? What sinister conspiracy is driving the plot along at breakneck speed, from improbable shoot-out to improbable shoot-out? Will uncovering the mystery of his wife's disappearance five years previous provide the answers to these questions, just in time for him to save the day while racing away from gunfire and mega-explosions? [Spoiler alert: Probably] For those who enjoy this kind of thing (i.e. have no pr0blem suspending their disbelief on a wire 600 feet off the cliffhanger chapter endings, while plutonium-enriched 39mm exploding bullets wiz past) this is a solid read. The pacing is near perfect, the protagonist is a likeable good-guy, and the prose is passably well-written. The best part is the author's (Ludlum himself or a clever ghostwriter?) meticulous attention to detail, sure to please enthusiasts of guns, spy gadgetry and exotic destinations alike. As a seasoned traveller myself, I was truly impressed by his careful descriptions of places I know well. If he bluffed the descriptions straight out of a Lonely Planet guidebook, he did a damn fine job of it.On the negative side, well, let's just say there are almost as many clichés as rounds of spent ammunition. If you are looking for something truly different, keep looking. The other thing that had me grinding my teeth was the sheer quantity of what I call 'backsplaining' in the narrative. By this I mean the use of unrealistic dialogue to fill in background that should already have been given in the narrative, and which forces the characters to say things to each other which they never would, because they already know this. An example:"Nick, as you know, our organization is highly secretive. We set it up that way because it was important to us that we avoid leaks. We do this through a series of knowledge compartments that enhance security and make us impermeable from the outside. Many operatives in the intelligence community don't even know we exist.""Right Ted, I know. Our biggest fear has always been a repeat of the Jack Ngiski fiasco, when in the 1950s a high level CIA operative sold out to the Russians and blew the cover on dozens of our undercover agents.""Exactly. That set us back for nearly a decade. This is the reason why you, one of our longest serving agents, still only know a handful of people who work here."The above example is paraphrased, but it is hardly an exaggeration. If I - as a writer - am ever guilty of this level of backsplaining, I sincerely hope my editor goes deep undercover, disguises herself as a Chilean border control agent using an authentic uniform and a latex mask, then shoots me twenty-seven times with an Israeli-made Makarov / Uzi 13.5mm semi-auto with exploding radioactive bullets, laser sighting and a titanium/vanadium alloy silencer that can also be used to pick locks and decrypt enemy code.In summary, if you like the genre and want an easy, light, fun, well-paced read, go for it. If however you want originality, depth and really good writing, don't waste you time on this one.

  • Clarice
    2019-03-12 01:11

    The plot of the Prometheus Deception reminded me of the idea behind the Bourne Trilogy. The similarities between Nick Bryson, who has to discover the truth about his past life, and Jason Bourne, who has to reconstruct his past following amnesia, are indeed striking. Both protagonists are lone fighters entangled in a web of conspiracies and their adversaries seem at first glance far more powerful. These motifs permeate most of Ludlum’s plots and the Prometheus Deception is no exception. Ludlum once again manages to weave a lot of accurately researched historical and technical information into the story. Another ingredient, which makes his books enjoyable reads.The basic plot of the story can be summarised in a few sentences: Nick Bryson used to work for the Directorate, a secret intelligence organisation, which is so well hidden, that most people do not know it even exists. Following his retirement, he works as a university lecturer until he is recruited by the CIA, who make him believe that the Directorate was a false - flag agency set up by KGB conspirators, who attempted to undermine the operations of the Western intelligence services. As an ex-operative, Nick is recruited to help destroy the Directorate. From then onwards the story twists and turns, and in the end the reader and Nick Bryson can no longer be sure who is friend, and who is foe.For the first four hundred pages, I was not able to put this book down. Just like Nick Bryson the reader becomes obsessed with discovering the truth. Ludlum successfully manages to make you feel that nothing in the whole plot is what it seems to be, and that ultimately every protagonists is in some way connected to the Prometheans. At the expense of the suspense created in the first part of the book, I felt that Ludlum lost himself in too many technical details in the last part of the book. The combat scenes are far too elaborately described and thereby distract from the plot. The overall denoument of the story is somewhat unsatisfactory and hurried.

  • Jean-Francois Barsoum
    2019-03-04 03:12

    Quite a whirlwind, neck-twisting plot. The end is a bit rushed, and some of the characters a bit typecast, but that's almost inevitable when you try to squeeze in a plot this complicated into one book.

  • Allison
    2019-03-19 23:14

    Fast paced but also hard for me to tell what the heck is happening at any given moment

  • Angus Whittaker
    2019-02-28 03:24

    This is the second Robert Ludlum that I have read - the first being that abominable pig slob entitled "The Scarlatti Inheritance". By default, this book is vastly better, but it wasn't the best thriller I've ever read. For one thing, it was REALLY long. Of course, I can't criticize a book because of its length, it's just that it started to get boring after a while, monotonous. I listened to this on audiobook, and it was 16 discs. As a reference point, normal audiobooks are between 10 and 12 discs long. The plot was intelligent and relatively original, SOME of the characters were really good (especially Ted Waller - great character) but Bryson, as so many thriller heroes are, was cardboard and dull. He's a super ninja killing machine spy hot guy, but that's all he is. His character doesn't really lead anywhere. He's just another ex-spy who's had enough of the business then got roped back in. Blah blah blah, heard it a thousand times. I did like the romance however, because it was actually smart and believable, not just another typical romance in which love really has nothing to do with it. Bryson and his wife make a good team, interesting and relatable - a perfect romance. There's not a whole lot to criticize, and I don't know exactly how to justify giving it 4 stars. It's just that I got bored of it, and a good thriller should never leave you bored. That's just me, though, and someone else may really like this book - it's a good read.

  • carl clause
    2019-03-13 05:28

    CC1This book was excellent. Gives the perfect example of one person's obsession with total control. Without independent oversight freedom is lost. Perfectly greatly character development. Ludlum books can relate to any time. Can't wait to get to next one. Carl Clause

  • Nalin
    2019-03-01 05:25

    plot of the Prometheus Deception reminded me of the idea behind the Bourne Trilogy. The similarities between Nick Bryson, who has to discover the truth about his past life, and Jason Bourne, who has to reconstruct his past following amnesia, are indeed striking.Both protagonists are lone fighters entangled in a web of conspiracies and their adversaries seem at first glance far more powerful. These motifs permeate most of Ludlum’s plots and the Prometheus Deception is no exception. Ludlum once again manages to weave a lot of accurately researched historical and technical information into the story. Another ingredient, which makes his books enjoyable reads.

  • Larry Johnson
    2019-03-08 05:19

    Since I recently started reading Ludlum books this is one of the best ones yet. I admit that when I started reading it I thought it seemed similar to the Alias TV series which I loved. As the story progressed though I found it even better and even wondering if this was non-fiction. The details of the technology and "Big Brother" society on a global scale and references to the WTC as this was written a year before 9/11 could really make those that are paranoid even more fearful. The action is fast and plentiful and I was constantly changing my guess on who was behind it and what was really happening. Considering the ending was left to a possible sequel was even more surprising.

  • Aubrey
    2019-03-06 23:10

    UGH. I wanted to read this book because people rave about Ludlum, but it's such a MAN book. Every female character is described in painful detail as being impossibly attractive objects. At random times characters are liberally given random skills (speaking a dialect only spoken in a tiny village in the Italian Alps, miraculous nursing skills, etc). It's a surprise I could make it all the way through with all the eye-rolling I was doing...

  • Tessa Small
    2019-03-27 06:03

    This is a thrill of twists and turns that keeps one turning the pages until the very last page of the book. The conspiracies and counter-conspiracies that have the main character Nick Bryson are enough to have you thinking you are losing your mind. Imagine how the character must feel. A really compelling read by Robert Ludlum. Thriller, Spy, the ABC's of Intelligence Agencies and some really well thought out action.

  • Aulia Hakiem
    2019-02-27 06:13

    This book is a first of its kind for me, I am thrilled from start to end. Well, not exactly to the end because the book kinda lost me in the last 100 pages or so because suddenly the pace is extremely fast with little character development and harder to believe plot. But overall I am enjoying reading this book.

  • Damo
    2019-03-11 23:28

    I loved the Prometheus Deception. It was a real non-stop thriller and I've read it two or three times. It's my go to book when I want some action and great characters that manage to escape impossible circumstances with amazing feats of intelligence and brutality. The story is also extremely strong and very relevant to the 2000's.

  • Sidi Maouloud
    2019-03-22 05:02

    Very tense, police kind, cia and stuff , i was attached to the character of the agent specially after we discovered he has been double crossed by the same agency he use to work for...

  • Paul Marsh
    2019-03-02 22:09

    Spoiler alert.How many impossibly life threatening situations can one spy survive? Quite a few, it seems. I was thoroughly disappointed in this book and, after 3/4 of the way into it, couldn't wait until it was over. I had to start skimming some of those never ending life threatening scenarios--the outcome of each was obvious. The story line was convoluted to the point where, after I finished reading the book, I had no idea why the main character was called out of retirement. Frankly, given the twists and turns, it ultimately made no sense. He was fighting for the good guys. No, wait a minute, it was for the bad guys. Uh, no, maybe it actually was for the good guys. Wait a sec, just who is good, who is bad, when were they good, when did they turn? On and on and on. The final scene was ridiculous.As far as I can tell, this was the last book published under Robert Ludlum's name alone. All others that followed were co-authored, I believe. Perhaps it should not be surprising that at the end of one's career, quality will suffer.

  • Julius
    2019-03-10 22:08

    The reason I did not like this book that much was because there was simply too much super, hero action in it that lead me to believe it simply wasn't true. I'm a HUGE 24 fan, so I'm all about it when Jack can dial his phone from the depths of a tower when there are times I can't even get reception in my house, sitting right next to my router! I'm all about it when Jack can fly a Cessna into the sunset and then allow his stow-away, George, to take over the control so Jack can bail, as the plane flies off to detonate the nuclear weapon on board. I'm all about it when Jack murders a protected witness at headquarters and then cuts his head off, just to be able to prove that he is loyal to a gang he is trying to infiltrate. Yeah, I can get with those things, but the character in the Prometheus Deception makes Jack look like a boy scout. And that's just a little too far fetched for me. :-)

  • Teressa
    2019-02-27 23:05

    Robert Ludlum's books are always good and make you think of the possibilities of some very scary and real things.One of the other things that I like about his writing,even though this was a long book,for the very most part you did not get lost in what was going on

  • Alex French
    2019-03-19 04:16

    MEH.I remember loving the Bourne novels, and enjoying a few other Ludlum books.This was just terrible- the most cliched lazy boring technothriller/espionage store I can imagine.