Orion Publishing Group
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Suspense and Thriller
This book has been published as a sequel to Robert Ludlum's initial novel on this series called The Janson Directive, featuring Paul Janson in the central role. He is described to be an ex-Navy SEAL and an erstwhile representative of a U.S. government secret association called Consular Operations. He is shown to be preoccupied by his memories of the Vietnam War.
In this sequel, Paul Janson is shown to abandon his past life filled with murders and international conspiracy. He is occupied with a new mission and has a new partner. Joining hands with agile sharpshooter Jessica Kincaid, he assists other disillusioned secret agents in re-adapting and starting new lives. He also takes on autonomous missions, but confirms only if he thinks they will help the society in the wider picture.
In this book, Janson accepts the mission to save a doctor who has been abducted by West African rebels during an attack of an American oil service boat. Initially, it seems that the doctor's life was refrained from any harm so as to give attention to the rebels' wounded supremo, Ferdinand Poe. But when the mission ceases to function properly, Janson understands that he is now involved with a much bigger plot. The puppet dictator has unidentified helpers on the oil reserves of this scrambling country and Janson finds himself in this strange dilemma where he is unable to comprehend whether he has been putting his energy for the wrong group.
About Robert Ludlum
Robert Ludlum was a very popular American novelist and author. He has created a few of his works under various pseudonyms like Jonathan Ryder and Michael Shepherd.
Apart from this novel, Ludlum is reputed for the creation of many more novels such as The Cry Of The Halidon, The Road To Gandolfo, and The Chancellor Manuscript. Ludlum is mainly seen to follow plots based on the themes of spy fiction, mystery and action thrillers.
Plots in Ludlum's work generally comprise one heroic individual, or a small association of exerting persons, in a battle against influential opponents with selfish and self-centered interests and desires. These adversaries are seen to be strong enough to put into use political and economic influence by horrifying means. The plots in his novels typically incorporate global associations, covert military personnel and government organizations, committed to preserve their state of affairs if they are vicious, or weaken them if they are not. Ludlum's novels are occasionally intensified by conspiracy theories, be it ancient or modern.
He received his education at The Rectory School then went to Cheshire Academy and Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Before he made his name as an author, he had served in an array of posts like a United States Marine, theatrical actor and producer. Many of Ludlum's works have been adapted into movies and miniseries