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I originally gave this book 2 stars, but after a weekend to think about it, I have downgraded it to one star It would make an enjoyable if formulaic movie, but as a book it is pretty dreadful It is long, with an overly complex plot containing several fairly serious contradictions The author builds on a valid but hackneyed argument about the dangers of excessive private data collection and the explosion of surveillance in the aftermath of September 11, and throws in the usual corrupt politicians and powerful corporations with secret connections to all the right people The first half of the book is entertaining, and I wanted to know what was going to happen, plus Ludlum takes his characters to interesting locations in Spain, Switzerland, Russia, England, the Vatican and China The second half of the book descends into a bit of a yay for computers theme, and becomes even far fetched than the first half.The main character reacts to almost everything, from discovering a piece of information, to having an entire building blow up behind him, to being chased by a helicopter gunship, with the eloquent My God Ludlum also frequently has to fill his readers in on the hero s past in order to explain why he is so amazing he has taught himself to speak than 12 languages with no discernable accent, including an obscure Italian dialect in an emergency he can fly a plane he s an accomplished frogman knows his physics, electronics, guns and ammo happens to know that a drug he sees in a hospital patient s vein can luckily function as a truth serum if delivered in sufficient doses most handy He knows his way round the archives of the British library like he was born there can memorise the floorplan of 1200 rooms of British parliament in 2 hours, and happens to know about the secret passageways that criss cross the building He can drive a car off a bridge and get himself and his wife out after it has sunk, at the same time avoiding the strafing fire of a helicopter He knows lots about antiques He has an endless supply of money which he can draw on at any hour of the day or night, anywhere, seemingly without tipping off anyone as to his location, and without credit cards or identity records Master of disguise and personal combat, with or without weapons Crack shot Respected academic in Byzantine History And so on.What I did like is the fact that the female characters are strong, competent and have a role in the plot in their own right instead of just being sexualised objects as they are in so many works of John le Carre That aside, I still prefer le Carre The main character, deserted by his wife, remains chaste for years, despite temptations and offers, in the hope of being reunited with her Luckily that works out There is one totally gratuitous porno page which has no bearing on the plot or on the main characters, but Ludlum fills up the rest of the story with the usual exploding heads and red tear drop in the forehead stuff, and lots of guns and grenades, and with the occasional ethical tranquiliser dart Sounds exciting, but the plot is too long, convoluted and clunky, and ends unsatisfactorily, making what could have been an OK action spy novel into a disappointingly bad one.
(((READ BOOK))) ↶ The Prometheus Deception ☘ The Ultimate Spy After Fifteen Years As A Brilliant Master Spy, Nick Bryson Has Disappeared Into Anonymity As A Professor At An Exclusive College In Western Pennsylvania Until He S Suddenly Lured Back Into The GameThe Ultimate Threat Recruited By The CIA, He S Been Commissioned To Track The Moves Of The Directorate Once, The Ultra Secret Intelligence Agency Was Bryson S Training Ground Now It S A Multinational Terrorist Conspiracy Bent On Global DominationThe Ultimate Deception But To Eliminate The Core Of Corruption Means Plunging Into His Own Past, Investigating The Motives Of A Beautiful Stranger Who May Be His Greatest Downfall, And Infiltrating A Secret Nexus Of Power Called Prometheus That Holds The Terrifying Clues To His Past And The Even Terrifying Possibilities Of The Future The Prometheus Deception,is by far, one of the most intriguing and interesting books I have ever read This was my first go at a book whose author has been acclaimed by adult readers It did have drawbacks to its name, by being quite long, and the reader assuming that the book would never end But if patience assists the reader, I feel the reader would truly love the book.The book revolves around Nick Bryson, a kind of spy working for an agency called the Directorate The book starts with his boss, Ted Waller, diplomatically asking him to leave ,or basically firing him This, plus the mystery behind why Bryson s wife left him sets off the suspense of the book It is augmented by him coming to many secrets and controversies about his previous agency, which has apparently been deceiving him Are the rumours true Has Bryson really lived a life of deception The book goes on to quench your curiosity, and the clearness of the water which reveals the mystery truly brings satisfaction to the reader. There was a time when I couldn t get enough of Robert Ludlum, but it s been way than a decade since the last time I ve read any of his novels Like too much chocolate or a day spent in pajamas, all of a sudden I simply lost my taste for the enterprise in this case his highly formatted, thrill a minute, repetitive plot lines When I found this book at the back of one of my bookcases recently, I figured it had been long enough since I read any of his material so that perhaps what had previously bored me might once again thrill And at first it did.Ludlum s style, though highly predictable, always calls for his novels to go from 0 80 mph within the first few pages, sometimes before the reader even gets to the second page That s what happened in this book and at the beginning it was fun But it appears that during the intervening years since my last Ludlum novel, my palate has gotten sophisticated and my taste buds mature the thrill a minute ride only held my interest for about 50 75 pages, after which I could see the next plot device coming at me from a mile away And pretty much like clockwork, all the suspense spy thriller cliches came cycling by with predictable regularity I kept promising myself I d stop reading, but didn t, mostly because I kept hoping that something about the story or its arc would surprise me Sadly, the only surprise at the end of the book was how much like all his other books this one was. Okay, so Ludlum is in the category of guilty pleasure for me I pick him up once or twice a year when I need some Adventure ish escape, preferably in some exotic place and with a Conspiracy Theory attached.This one satisfied all the above requirements, though in the end I thought there were some plot holes and dangling story threads The double twist was predictable and the female characters, in true Ludlum style, remained underdeveloped Still, though hardly in the category of the whip cracking Bourne trilogy, it was a fun read Most impressive about The Prometheus Deception, however, was its prescience Even though it was written before 9 11 and the subsequent WWW related loss of privacy we re all experiencing on top of the Patriot Act and a burgeoning culture of surveillance, with cameras on every corner , Ludlum saw all this coming, including what sorts of mischief can be got up to when Unknown Groups of Powerful Baddies get hold of the network But then Ludlum always seemed to know way than was good for him, didn t he, or for us I certainly came away from this book, as with so many of his books, even gobsmack paranoid about our assorted international Alphabet Soup intelligence organizations than I already was But entertained. I liked this one like 90% of Ludlums This one was written apparently just before my favorite, The Sigma Protocol which was the last one Ludlum finished Leyla reminded me of Khalehla in The Icarus Agenda, another character I liked This one is scarily up to date in where it s set written in 2000, before the whole 9 11 and the shampoo paranoia So many of the horrors in this book, especially the surveillance, has happened to a scary degree in the real life I don t think Ludlum thought that could happen Anyway, I read this copy in Italian as I was lucky to have it will get a copy in English for my other half later bookcrossable as usual 9 10http www.bookcrossing.com journal 8 The Prometheus Deception is 1984 on steroids Published in 2000, the author s prescience is both fantastic yet totally believable in light of recent headlines coming out of Washington, D.C., and the NSA If you care for your freedom of privacy, once you ve read this book you will become terrified It is a wild ride not into the future but into today s world of surveillance and all things technology. I am giving this one only for those who are particular fans of the political thriller genre for other readers I would suggest this is of a two star book.The story is simple in its complexity A superagent whose real name may or may not be Nick Bryson is taken out of retirement to fight against his former employer, the ultra secretive Directorate spy organisation which has gone bad Or has it Whom can he trust What sinister conspiracy is driving the plot along at breakneck speed, from improbable shoot out to improbable shoot out Will uncovering the mystery of his wife s disappearance five years previous provide the answers to these questions, just in time for him to save the day while racing away from gunfire and mega explosions Spoiler alert Probably For those who enjoy this kind of thing i.e have no pr0blem suspending their disbelief on a wire 600 feet off the cliffhanger chapter endings, while plutonium enriched 39mm exploding bullets wiz past this is a solid read The pacing is near perfect, the protagonist is a likeable good guy, and the prose is passably well written The best part is the author s Ludlum himself or a clever ghostwriter meticulous attention to detail, sure to please enthusiasts of guns, spy gadgetry and exotic destinations alike As a seasoned traveller myself, I was truly impressed by his careful descriptions of places I know well If he bluffed the descriptions straight out of a Lonely Planet guidebook, he did a damn fine job of it.On the negative side, well, let s just say there are almost as many clich s as rounds of spent ammunition If you are looking for something truly different, keep looking The other thing that had me grinding my teeth was the sheer quantity of what I call backsplaining in the narrative By this I mean the use of unrealistic dialogue to fill in background that should already have been given in the narrative, and which forces the characters to say things to each other which they never would, because they already know this An example Nick, as you know, our organization is highly secretive We set it up that way because it was important to us that we avoid leaks We do this through a series of knowledge compartments that enhance security and make us impermeable from the outside Many operatives in the intelligence community don t even know we exist Right Ted, I know Our biggest fear has always been a repeat of the Jack Ngiski fiasco, when in the 1950s a high level CIA operative sold out to the Russians and blew the cover on dozens of our undercover agents Exactly That set us back for nearly a decade This is the reason why you, one of our longest serving agents, still only know a handful of people who work here The above example is paraphrased, but it is hardly an exaggeration If I as a writer am ever guilty of this level of backsplaining, I sincerely hope my editor goes deep undercover, disguises herself as a Chilean border control agent using an authentic uniform and a latex mask, then shoots me twenty seven times with an Israeli made Makarov Uzi 13.5mm semi auto with exploding radioactive bullets, laser sighting and a titanium vanadium alloy silencer that can also be used to pick locks and decrypt enemy code.In summary, if you like the genre and want an easy, light, fun, well paced read, go for it If however you want originality, depth and really good writing, don t waste you time on this one. I love novels that remind me of movies, specifically espionage styles This book travels the world many counrtires over All of the characters are intertwined, and yet you discover this throughout the entire story rather than within only the first few pages I believe the pace is perfect, as you are engaged for the whole duration His character development allows you to become one with the individual and take his journey with him You, too, are seeing the sights in the Middle East, Paris, and throughout I also enjoyed that there was a significant amount of research involved the tactics and the technology used by the characters, for example He did his job well in that he gets his readers to want to delve into this world he has created It s better than the boring everyday it s exciting and new I would love to integrate creative research into my work so that I may expand the range of possibility this allows for one to create a solid, new atmoshphere for the reader to experience. Ludlum thrills with high action, complicated relationships, and intricate plots there is no lack of tension or mystery here Ahead of his time in predicting just where terrorism, surveillance, and many other scary realisms were heading, The Prometheus Deception describes our worst nightmares and then some Ex spy Nicholas Bryson believes he s out of the game, retired and hidden away at a university, until he finds himself pulled back in unexpectedly Now he must rely on every trick he ever learned, every skill he ever honed, and his always trusty gut instinct to survive what s coming and unravel a mystery that threatens the world as he knows it.Ludlum writes in great detail about everything the length at which he describes settings, techniques, and situations can be overwhelming at times That s the only reason I rated this 4 stars instead of 5, but it is still an attention grabbing book that I didn t want to put down.