Robert Ludlum's The Hades Factor

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Thorndike Press, 2000 - Fiction - 703 pages
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Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Smith is an army doctor, virologist, and former military spook who now works for the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID). He is, for the first time in his life, happily in love and engaged to marry his colleague, Dr. Sophia Russell. A cellular and molecular biologist, Sophia is investigating an unknown killer virus that has three known and unrelated victims. Attempting to link the deadly killer with a virus she had studied as a student in Peru, Sophia falls victim to an evil even deadlier than the virus.

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Robert Ludlum was born May 25, 1927 in New York City. He enlisted in the Marines at the age of eighteen and received a B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1951. He began acting professionally at the age of sixteen in the 1943 Broadway production of Junior Miss. He also had roles in summer stock and appeared in over 200 television dramas for such live programs as Studio One and Kraft Television Theater. He then tried producing with the 1956 Broadway production of The Owl and the Pussycat. He took the play, four years later, to his creation of Shopping-Center Theater at Playhouse-on-the-Mall in Paramus, New Jersey. His first novel, The Scarlatti Inheritance, was published in 1971. His other works include The Matlock Paper, The Chancellor Manuscript, The Bourne Identity, The Scorpio Illusion, The Matarese Countdown, and The Bancroft Strategy. He also wrote under the pseudonyms Jonathan Ryder and Michael Shepherd. He died on March 12, 2001 at the age of 74.

Gayle Lynds is an award-winning American author. She is known for writing spy fiction or spy thrillers. She has co-authored three novels with Robert Ludlum. Her books are published in over 20 countries. Lynds was born in Nebraska, but raised in Iowa. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Journalism, and now lives in California where she is a full-time novelist.

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