The Janson Directive

The Janson Directive

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  • Paperback | 406 pages
  • ISIS Publishing
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 075316812X
  • 9780753168127

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This, alas, is Robert Ludlum's last thriller, completed shortly before he died. But there is no diminution in his invention, drive, proliferation of ideas or knowledge of international politics: they are all here in spades. This is a book for a long, uninterrupted, weekend with the phone off the hook. Hungarian Peter Novak, philanthropist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, spends his riches on supporting of rebellions against oppressive regimes. To 50-year-old Vietnam veteran Paul Janson, sometime Corporate Security Consultant, now 'retired' and working freelance, Novak has always been an inspiration, and a mentor. When the news breaks that Novak has been captured by terrorist extremists and imprisoned in a tiny cell beneath a stone palace on a small island in the Indian Ocean Janson knows what he must do and who he must take with him: his trusted friend and protege Theo Katsaris. Their step-by-cautious-step, minute-by-minute rescue attempt is nail-bitingly suspenseful and convincing: courage and cool in partnership with high-tech aids. Miraculously they escape, and head for the comparative safety of the outside world. Then, success in their grasp, something goes hideously wrong, and Janson is suddenly left alone, without mentor and protege, to hunt down the killer who has robbed the world of its potential saviour - and Janson of his two friends. Luckily Paul Janson is the archetypal thriller-hero and this is only the beginning of an astonishingly intricate and continually shifting plot, written by a man seemingly at the height of his creative powers, whose understanding of history, treachery and greedy ambition is mind-blowing and whose ability to keep a steady hand on a multiplicity of swiftly changing developments is electrifying. The end hints at more to come, which Ludlum's death now makes impossible. So we'll presumably never know who Peter Novak truly was - or indeed how many of him there were.... (Kirkus UK)
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