Robert Ludlum's The Altman Code: A Covert-One Novel

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Macmillan, Mar 13, 2004 - Fiction - 496 pages
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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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User Review  - HenriMoreaux - LibraryThing

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. Read full review

ROBERT LUDLUM'S THE ALTMAN CODE

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Rising from the dead, Ludlum's fourth postmortal burlesque in the Covert-One biotech series (lotsa germs!), with US President Castilla's ultrasecret personal agency's virologist, Lt. Colonel Jon Smith ... Read full review

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Contents

Prologue
1
PART ONE
5
Chapter One
7
Chapter Two
17
Chapter Three
29
Chapter Four
39
Chapter Five
53
Chapter Six
67
Chapter TwentyThree
251
Chapter TwentyFour
261
Chapter TwentyFive
272
Chapter TwentySix
282
Chapter TwentySeven
291
Chapter TwentyEight
302
PART THREE
311
Chapter TwentyNine
313

Chapter Seven
80
Chapter Eight
90
Chapter Nine
100
Chapter Ten
114
Chapter Eleven
126
Chapter Twelve
135
Chapter Thirteen
146
PART TWO
159
Chapter Fourteen
161
Chapter Fifteen
169
Chapter Sixteen
177
Chapter Seventeen
187
Chapter Eighteen
198
Chapter Nineteen
208
Chapter Twenty
218
Chapter TwentyOne
231
Chapter TwentyTwo
241
Chapter Thirty
321
Chapter ThirtyOne
331
Chapter ThirtyTwo
340
Chapter ThirtyThree
351
Chapter ThirtyFour
362
Chapter ThirtyFive
371
Chapter ThirtySix
379
Chapter ThirtySeven
388
Chapter ThirtyEight
400
Chapter ThirtyNine
408
Chapter Forty
419
Chapter FortyOne
428
Chapter FortyTwo
438
Chapter FortyThree
452
Epilogue
464
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About the author (2004)

Robert Ludlum was the author of 25 thriller novels, including The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum—the books on which the international hit movies were based—and The Sigma Protocol. He was also the creator of the Covert-One series. Born in New York City, Ludlum received a B.A. from Wesleyan University, and before becoming an author, he was a United States Marine, a theater actor and producer.   Gayle Lynds is the bestselling, award-winning author of several international espionage thrillers, including Masquerade, The Coil, and The Last Spymaster. A member of the Association for Intelligence Officers, she is cofounder (with David Morrell) of ITW (International Thriller Writers). She lives in Santa Barbara.

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