Robert Ludlum’s (TM) The Janus Reprisal by Jamie Freveletti

Robert Ludlum's The Janus Reprisal Reviewed by Allen Hott

Jamie Freveletti writes bestselling thrillers and she now has written a story to go along with Robert Ludlum’s series of Covert-One novels. The idea being to continue the Ludlum style and concept of government thrillers after the death of Ludlum. In essence The Janus Reprisal is written with previous Covert-One actions but using the writing talents of Freveletti.

Covert-One was created by the President after a failure caused by agencies that were not under his direct control. He has complete control of all the happenings in Covert-One and the operation as such is known only to its members. Basically the unit is used for fighting terrorism wherever and whenever the President deems fit.

One of his operatives, Colonel Jon Smith is an army officer with a background in microbiology while specializing in infectious diseases. As the story begins Smith, who is at a WHO convention in The Hague, awakens to find a killer in his room. The killer misses his silenced shot at Smith. Smith manages to get out of the room but only to find more gunmen shooting into rooms up and down the hall. Back into his room he slips only to find his potential assassin lying on the floor dead but without any noticeable reason.

Smith immediately gets a cellphone call from his Covert-One superior who tells him to get out of the hotel immediately. The CIA has just announced some sort of terrorist attack is taking place on the WHO convention hotel. Prior to leaving the room Smith finds three photos on the body of the man who tried to kill him. He recognizes himself, another Covert-One agent and an unknown woman.

With help from another Covert-One operative who is in the area, Smith is able to leave the hotel in a harrowing climb across the facing of the outside wall. He is soon met by other operatives and begins a very exciting adventure. Together they not only try to identify the unknown woman in the photograph but they also learn that an old nemesis of Smith’s has broken out of prison.

That nemesis is Omar Datar, a Pakistani warlord, who battled with Smith and is presently using his influence, power, and money to hopefully do a terrorist plot in the United States. He is having problems however as much of his wealth appears to be tied up and seemingly unavailable to him.

As Freveletti develops the plot the unknown woman in the found photo plays an important part. And Freveletti develops the plot very well! This is one exciting book from a slightly sluggish beginning to an adventurous turn of events with each page that is turned. Great read, really well done, and a great finish.

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