Janson Directive

by Robert ludlum

Hardcover, 2002



Paul Janson has a difficult past that includes a shadowy, notorious career in U.S. Consular Operations. Nothing could lure him back from retirement except Peter Novak, a man who once save Janson's life, who has been kidnapped by terrorists and is set to be executed. Now Janson finds himself marked for death as he tries to rescue his friend.


(198 ratings; 3.4)

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LibraryThing member reading_fox
I really enjoyed this gripping thriller. A little unbelivable plot-wise in places the story is so well told that you hardly notice. A special operative, Janson, gets drawn back into a covert world he thought he'd left behind, in order to rescue his former mentor. A tragic accident later, he
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realises nothing is as it seemed and he sets out to investigate the "real truth" in countries across the world with allies in strange places - who is working for whom and who can be trusted?
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LibraryThing member coyle220
This type of fast-paced spy novel is a popular request in a library. A billionaire philanthropist is kidnapped by terrorists and must be rescued. In this case, the rescue is botched and the would-be hero is on the run. All the clues come together for a thrilling end.
LibraryThing member donagiles
Kills more people than I know. speed of things happening in overwellmeaning , just keep changing , never know who is who..
LibraryThing member Carl_Alves
The Janson Directive was published after Robert Ludlum’s death. It’s very typical of a Ludlum novel filled with high-wire action scenes and loaded with twists and turns. In this novel, Paul Janson, a former assassin for the United States government who now runs a private security company is
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hired to rescue kidnapped Nobel Peace prize winner, Peter Novak. He is being held captive by Muslim extremists in the Indian Ocean. Just after his rescue attempt, Novak is killed in a fiery explosion. Instead of this being the end of the novel, it’s just the beginning. Janson is then targeted by assassins throughout Europe, leaving a trail of dead bodies in the process.

This novel certainly moves at a fast pace and is enjoyable to read. The reveal behind the novel is absolutely preposterous, which is typical of Ludlum. I wouldn’t say it kills the novel, but it certainly made me groan. Believability is not one of Ludlum’s strengths, but action is, and this novel has it in spades. A fun novel, but not one that requires a great deal of deep thought.

Carl Alves – author of Blood Street
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LibraryThing member JBarringer
The super-agent on the run from his own agency story is one I usually find entertaining, but this book was way too long and tedious. Janson's past trauma seems tacked on, not well enough integrated with his character, and while we get to see lots of gritty gruesomeness from his time in Vietnam, but
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more as violence-porn than as insight into Janson's character and situation. Similarly, the politics and economics that are tacked on as vital elements of the plot are sparse and awkward, so that the plot seems like more of an excuse to see more violence-porn. Not my favorite spy thriller.
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St Martins Press, First Edition

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0312253486 / 9780312253486


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