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Robert Ludlum’s ™ The Ares Decision
Kyle Mills

Grand Central
October 2011 / ISBN 9780446699082
Suspense / Medical thriller

Reviewed by Bob Walch

The shocking massacre of an American Special Forces team by a group of normally peaceful farmers in Northern Uganda is not half as puzzling and terrifying as what a video of the attack shows. All of the natives, women and children as well as the men, seemed to show not only superhuman speed and strength but they were also driven by an inexplicable rage that apparently made them immune to pain, fear and all but the most serious injuries.

Something is obviously not right about what happened in this rural area, so the U.S. president sends specialists of his own clandestine team, Covert-One, to try to figure out what is happening in the region. What Army microbiologist Colonel Jon Smith discovers is quite troubling. A centuries old parasitic infection that causes violent insanity is the cause of the attack. Dormant for a long time, the parasite has been “resurrected” and is now a biological weapon that could, in the wrong hands, have serious consequences for mankind.

With the head of the Iranian Intelligence force trying to get his hands on the parasite, Smith realizes he doesn’t have much time to get control of the explosive situation. Then the entire assignment becomes even more challenging when Smith and his team are ambushed and cut off from outside support.

With this attack Smith begins to realize that his adversary is not just a group of dangerous Iranians. No, there are even more sinister forces involved here and the evidence points back to Smith’s own country and the nation’s center of political power in Washington, D.C.

Robert Ludlum’s Covert-One series lives on in the competent hands of Kyle Mills. This action- packed, tightly plotted thriller is as good and as entertaining as any of the seven novels that have preceded it.

Reviewed 2011
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