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The Prometheus Deception (original 2000; edition 2001)

by Robert Ludlum

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As with many of Ludlum's later books, we've seen this all before in various permutations. Double crosses, triple crosses, lost loves and immense conspiracies. As always, Ludlum is enjoyable but although it turned out that I'd never read this one, I kept feeling like I had. ( )
  Leischen | Dec 3, 2013 |
Ludlum is an acknowledged master of spy thrillers and intrigue, another favorite genre of mine. I haven’t read any for several years, but got started on this one, and became caught up in the levels of deception. Nick Bryson is a top agent for a super-secret agency called the Directorate. He is retired after a deep-cover operation goes awry and is given a new identity as professor in a small college. Several years later, his former agent instincts still intact, he realizes he is being shadowed by other agents apparently determined to kidnap him — at least that’s his initial impression. He eludes their trap, only to be approached more civilly by their boss, the head of the CIA, who has a fantastic story to tell. It appears that Bryson had been working for a Russian mole operation that recruited American citizens for super- secret operations that were supposedly in the American national interest: the Directorate. The CIA discovered this hidden agency only after examination of files following the fall of the Soviet Union. Bryson is stunned and agrees to work for the CIA to determine what the Directorate is now planning; evidence has mounted they are still operating and planning some kind of major action. (Ludlum never explains how Bryson could just vanish from his college, but, as with most books in this genre, a certain suspension of belief is necessary. Bryson is also the luckiest man alive because he happens to notice things just before his head is about to get blown off. He should have been a professional gambler; the way he beats the odds, he could have been rich at much less risk.) In a rush to get at the truth and to prevent the machinations of the Directorate, or is it another even more secret organization, Prometheus, he flits from one country to another, followed by assassins and tragedies: anthrax in Vienna, exploding passenger trains, crashing airliners, massive surveillance of everything we do.

As it turns out, the Directorate is one of the good guys, but in one of those ironies so typical of these great conspiracy theory books, the good guys have to rely on the web of surveillance networks and hidden conspiracies to prevention of takeover of the world by bad guys who want to legalize the kind of surveillance the Directorate relies on to get the bad guys. I don’t think you can have it both ways. To finally gather the evidence they need, Elena and Nick manage to read through practically the entire British Library in about two hours, something that strained my credulity.

Ludlum seems to have as his theme the dangers of a wired world with its potential for destruction of privacy, but this one lacks the subtlety of his earlier books. But if you like James Bond movies and are willing to suspend reality, you’ll love this book.

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  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
16 CDs. Robert Ludlum's finely crafted thrillers like The Cassandra Compact have sold hundreds of millions of copies worldwide. In The Prometheus Deception, he once again showcases his mastery of international intrigue and suspense. After a critical undercover mission goes horribly wrong, American intelligence operative Nicholas Bryson is forced to retire to a new identity. But when his cover is blown, Bryson learns that his former job was not what it seemed, and he has unwittingly served as a pawn in a complex scheme against his own country. With everything he thought he knew in question, Bryson must shake the rust from his field skills to find some answers-before millions of lives are lost. With each new unexpected twist and every spectacularly inventive surprise, Ludlum shows why he is an undisputed master of global suspense. Paul Michael's mesmerizing narration pulls readers deeper and deeper into the perilous world of contemporary espionage
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
This book had a good beginning, bad ending. The whole premise of the book is about secret spy organizations and their machinations. It's cool to see the main character struggle to find out the truth, and as a reader you're just waiting to find out what really is going on.

But about 2/3 into the book big plot points are revealed and then it just goes downhill from there. At this point Ludlum just turns off the credibility factor and turns up the wonkiness. Things that don't make logical sense just keep occurring and characters that have nothing to do with the main plot appear. Even weirder, the baddies keep doing things to the main character that there doesn't seem to be any motivation for. But they do them anyway. Weird. I think Ludlum was trying to go for a cool, wow factor, but it fell flat.

I've read a few Ludlum books right now, and I think his earlier books must be his best because his later books just don't seem that good. ( )
  aarondesk | Jun 20, 2011 |
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The Prometheus Deception begins with a deep-cover operative, a beautiful cryptographer with a shadowy past, a government organization that's not what it seems, and an assignment that goes very, very wrong. Nicholas Bryson, a spy for a secret intelligence group known only as the Directorate, has his cover blown on a Tunisian operation and is retired to a new identity: Jonas Barrett, lecturer in Near Eastern history at a small liberal arts college. Five years later, the CIA corners Bryson/Barrett and tells him that his entire 15-year career in the Directorate was a fraud, that the organization was really an elaborate front for the GRU--Soviet military intelligence--and that his former boss, Ted Waller, was actually Gennady Rosovsky, a GRU muckety-muck. Even Bryson's beloved estranged wife, Elena, was actually a Romanian Securitate agent assigned to keep him in line. And now...

"Damn it!" Bryson shouted. "This makes no sense! How ignorant do you think I am? The goddamn GRU, the Russians--that's all in the past. Maybe you Cold War cowboys at Langley haven't yet heard the news--the war's over!"

"Yes," Dunne replied raspily, barely audible. "And for some baffling reason the Directorate is alive and well."

So far so good; after 22 thrillers in this vein, Robert Ludlum could probably have written this one in his sleep. Fortunately for his fans, he was not only awake at the wheel, but ready to race--on a track with more twists and bumps than a roller coaster in an earthquake. The CIA claims it needs Bryson to reinfiltrate the Directorate and help them bring it down, but when Bryson is cornered by an erstwhile Directorate acquaintance aboard a floating arms bazaar and rescued by a woman named Layla just before the ship blows up, he begins to realize how the years of retirement have dulled his formerly keen reaction time. While Bryson cautiously feels (and fights) his way from Virginia to Spain and back again, mistrustful of his new CIA colleagues even as he dodges murder attempts by his former Directorate henchmen, there are rumblings in the hallowed halls of the U.S. Congress. Several respected statesmen are raising a ruckus about widespread invasions of privacy, behind which stand a Seattle software billionaire and a mysterious nexus of power called Prometheus. But is Prometheus allied with the Directorate--or with a different group altogether? Filled with post-Cold War double-crosses, New Economy high jinks, and even a few Wall Street shenanigans thrown in for good measure, The Prometheus Deception is pure old-style Ludlum, repackaged for the new millennium. --Barrie Trinkle

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Nicholas Bryson, an agent for a covert American group called the Directorate, comes out of retirement after learning the Directorate is actually a traitorous group and joins forces with the CIA to put a stop to their actions. Robert Ludlum is the acknowledged master of suspense and intrigue. This is his first hardcover novel in three years, and he is at the pinnacle of his craft. His latest character, Nicholas Bryson is a retired deep cover operative who learns that the organization he worked for was actually using him as a pawn against the country's interests. The CIA recruits Bryson to stop the organization, and he will have to rezone his rusty skills to survive in this wilderness of mirrors where no one can be trusted.… (more)

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