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The Altman Code (2003)

by Robert Ludlum, Gayle Lynds

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The Altman Code is a fast-paced thriller, while written in the same vain as Robert Ludlum’s novels, the writing is actually better than much of Ludlum’s work. The novel starts off with an intriguing premise. When Covert-One agent Jon Smith goes to rendezvous with another agent in Taiwan to get a ship manifest implicating the Chinese of nefarious acts, the agent is killed, and the ship destroyed. Smith is left with a message from the agent that the President’s father, thought to be long dead, is alive and has been in a Chinese prison camp for the past fifty years.

In typical Ludlow fashion, conspiracies abound. There are all sorts of treachery at work. The novel fails because of the lack of believability in many aspects of the plot. There are things to like about this novel, and it is entertaining. If some of the plot holes could be tightened, then this could have been a very good novel instead of just a decent one.

Carl Alves – author of Blood Street ( )
  Carl_Alves | Jun 30, 2014 |
"In the middle of the night, on the dark waterside docks of Shanghai, a photographer is recording cargo being secretly loaded when he's brutally killed and his camera destroyed. Shortly thereafter Covert-One director Fred Klein brings word to the president that there's a Chinese cargo ship rumored to be carrying tons of chemicals to be used by a rogue nation to create new biological weapons. The president cannot let the ship land and risk the consequences of a new stockpile of deadly chemical weapons. Klein is ordered to get the president solid proof of what the Chinese ship is ferrying." Covert-One agent Jon Smith is sent to rendezvous in Taiwan with another agent, who has acquired the ship's true manifest. But before Smith can get the document, the two agents are ambushed, the second agent is murdered, the proof destroyed, and Smith escapes with only his life, scant clues to the mystery behind the cargo ship, and a verbal message - the president's biological father is still alive, held prisoner by the Chinese for fifty years. As the Chinese cargo ship draws ever closer to its end port, Smith must race against the clock to uncover the truth about the ship and its cargo, a truth that probes the deepest secrets of the Chinese ruling party, the faction in Washington working to undermine the elected government, and the international cabal who is thrusting the world to the very brink of war.
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
Didn't enjoy this one as much as the earlier books. It was OK, but wouldn't probably bother keeping it to read again later. In the series thus far I think books 1 & 2 are the best, 3 was pretty good, but this one sort of fizzed out and dragged on before ramping up for the last 100 or so pages. ( )
  HenriMoreaux | Apr 5, 2013 |
Pretty formulaic and just drifted toward what was a foregone conclusion. ( )
  skraft001 | Oct 15, 2012 |
Robert Ludlum & Gayle Lynds
  jsharvison | Sep 23, 2011 |
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On the north bank of the Huangpu River, giant floodlights glared down on the docks, turning night into day.
On the north bank of the Huangpu River, giant floodlights glared down on the docks, turning night into day. Swarms of stevedores unloaded trucks and positioned long steel containers for the cranes. Amid the squeals and rasps of metal rubbing metal, the towering cranes lifted the containers high against the starry sky and lowered them into the holds of freighters from across the world. Hundreds streamed in daily to this vital port on China's eastern coast, almost midway between the capital, Beijing, and its latest acquisition, Hong Kong.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312995458, Mass Market Paperback)

When word reaches the President of the United States that a Chinese cargo ship is transporting chemicals to a rogue nation intent on creating new biological weapons, the president knows he must act quick to obtain the proof he needs.

Covert-One agent Jon Smith is sent to rendezvous in Taiwan with another agent who has acquired the ship's true manifest. But before Smith can get the document, he is ambushed, the second agent is murdered, and the evidence is destroyed. Smith escapes with only his life and a verbal message-the president's biological father is still alive, held prisoner by the Chinese for fifty years. As the mysterious ship draws closer to its end port, Smith is losing time in uncovering the truth about the vessel and its cargo-a truth that probes the secrets of the Chinese ruling party, the faction in Washington working to undermine the elected government, and the international cabal who is thrusting the world to the brink of war...

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On the dark waterside docks of Shanghai, a photographer records cargo being secretly loaded. He's brutally killed and his camera destroyed. Two weeks later on the dangerous high seas, the U.S. Navy covertly tracks a Chinese ship rumoured to carry tons of chemicals for Saddam Hussein to create new biological weapons.… (more)

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