Robert Ludlum's The Paris Option
A Covert-One Novel
Publication Date: July 2002
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For 30 years, Robert Ludlum's novels have set the standard for the finest in international intrigue and suspense. With an unbroken string of bestsellers in almost every country in the world, Robert Ludlum's books have been enjoyed by hundreds of millions of readers, and are widely acknowledged as classics in the field. Now, after the bestselling Covert-One novels The Hades Factor and The Cassandra Compact comes the third thrilling novel in the series - The Paris Option.
A fiery explosion in the dark of night shatters one of the laboratory buildings in Paris's esteemed Pasteur Institute. Among the dead is Emile Chambord, one of the leaders in the global race to create a molecular - or DNA - computer. Unfortunately, Professor Chambord kept the details of his work secret, and his notes were apparently destroyed in either the bomb blast or the raging fire that followed.
The scientific community does not expect a workable DNA computer to be developed for years. But suddenly U.S. fighter jets disappear from radar screens for a full five minutes, and there's no explanation. Utilities across the Western states cease functioning, and all telecommunications abruptly stop, with devastating consequences. This is not the work of a clever hacker, although Washington, worried about a panic, assures the public it is. Only the enormous power and speed of a DNA computer could have caused such havoc.
Under the cover of visiting his friend Marty Zellerbach, who was severely injured when the Pasteur lab was destroyed, Covert-One agent Jon Smith flies to Paris to search for the connection between the Pasteur explosion and the forces now wielding the computer. Following a trail that leads him across two continents, Smith uncovers a web of deception that threatens to wreck havoc and forever reshape the world.
Robert Ludlum is the author of over twenty novels, each one a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 210 million of his books in print, and they have been translated into thirty-two languages. He is the author of The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Chancellor Manuscript, and the Jason Bourne series--The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum --among others. The Bourne Identity was made into a major motion picture starring Matt Damon, which released in June 2002. Mr. Ludlum passed away in 2001.
Gayle Lynds is The New York Times bestselling author of Masquerade , Mosaic and Mesmerized, all highly praised novels of international suspense. A former newspaper reporter and magazine editor, Lynds also worked at a think tank where she had top-secret security clearance. Lynds lives in Southern California with her husband, novelist Dennis Lynds. Her collaborations with Robert Ludlum include The Paris Option and the fourth Covert-One collaboration, The Altman Code.
“Ludlum is light years beyond his literary competition in piling plot twist upon plot twist, until the mesmerized reader is held captive...[He] dominates the field in strong, tightly plotted, adventure-drenched thrillers. Ludlum pulls out all the stops and dazzles his readers.”—Chicago Tribune
”Ludlum stuffs more surprises into his novels than any other six pack of thriller writers combined.”—The New York Times
“Reading a Ludlum novel is like watching a James Bond film.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Welcome to Robert Ludlum's world...fast pacing, tight plotting, international intrigue.”—The Plain Dealer
“Robert Ludlum is the master of gripping, fast-moving intrigue. He is unsurpassed at weaving a tapestry of stunningly diverse figures, then assembling them in a sequence so gripping that the reader's attention never wavers.”—The Daily Oklahoman
“Don’t ever begin a Ludlum novel if you have to go to work the next day.”—Chicago Sun-Times
”If a Pulitzer Prize were awarded for escapist fiction, Robert Ludlum undoubtedly would have won it. Ten times over.”—Mobile Register
“An exciting medical-military thriller that moves at a rapid pace to its climax...an exciting new series.”—Midwest Book Review
“A pop hit...that should bounce right up the bestseller lists.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Gripping...robust writing and a breakneck pace.”—Boston Herald