Robert Ludlum's The Arctic Event (Covert-One Series #7)

Robert Ludlum's The Arctic Event (Covert-One Series #7)

by Robert Ludlum, James H. Cobb

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On a remote island in the Canadian Arctic, researchers discover the wreckage of a mysterious World War II-era aircraft, a discovery that forces the Russian Federation into a shocking admission. The unmarked plane is a Soviet strategic bomber that disappeared with its crew more than fifty years ago while carrying two metric tons of weaponized anthrax.

Desperate to prevent a political and diplomatic firestorm, the U.S. president dispatches a Covert-One team led by Lieutenant Colonel Jon Smith to the crash site. But others have reached the frigid, windswept island first, including an international arms dealer and his crew of vicious mercenaries. As for the Russians, they are lying: a second, even deadlier, secret rests within the hulk of the lost bomber, a secret the Russians are willing to kill to protect. Trapped in a polar wilderness, Smith and his team find themselves fighting a savage war on two fronts—against an enemy they can see and another hiding within their own ranks.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455519415
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 07/31/2012
Series: Covert-One Series , #7
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.87(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

ROBERT LUDLUM was the author of twenty-seven novels, each one a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 225 million of his books in print, and they have been translated into thirty-two languages. He is the author of The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Chancellor Manuscript, and the Jason Bourne series— The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum—among others. Mr. Ludlum passed away in March 2001. To learn more, visit

JAMES COBB, a longtime mystery/thriller writer, is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound and an avid student of militaty history and technology. He is a member of the United States Naval Institute and the Navy League. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

Date of Birth:

May 25, 1927

Date of Death:

March 12, 2001

Place of Death:

Naples, Florida


B.A., Wesleyan University, 1951

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Robert Ludlum's The Arctic Event

By James H. Cobb

Grand Central Publishing

Copyright © 2007 Myn Pyn, LLC
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ISBN: 978-0-446-69907-5

Chapter One

The Present Day The Canadian Arctic

Clad in Day-Glo orange parkas and snowmobiling suits, the three rope-linked figures leaned on their ice axes, forcing themselves up the last few yards to their goal. They had made their climb on the southern face of the ridge, its bulk shielding them from the prevailing wind. But now, as they struggled over the lip of the small, bare rock plateau at its peak, the full blast of the polar katabatics raked them, the wind chill driving the effective temperature from merely below freezing to well below zero.

It was a pleasant autumn afternoon on Wednesday Island.

The pale, heatless ball of the sun rolled along the southern horizon, filling the world with the strange, grayish glow of the weeks-long arctic twilight.

Looking down at the surrounding ocean, it was difficult to tell island from sea. The pack was closing in around Wednesday, the new, living ice buckling and jumbling up on the beaches. The only leads of free, dark water to be seen trailed behind the drifting icebergs on the horizon as they resisted the frozen constriction of the coming winter.

To the east, the driving winds had drawn a snow squall across the far end of the island, blurring the second, taller mountain intoan ominous dark bulk hinted at behind a ragged curtain of mist.

The vista was that of hell with the furnaces shut down, yet the three who viewed it were of the breed who found such sights exhilarating.

The team leader threw his head back and challenged the wind with a wild wolf howl. "I claim this mountain by right of conquest and hereby name it ... What in the hell are we going to name it anyway?"

"You were first man up, Ian," the smallest of the three climbers pointed out, her voice muffled by her wind mask. "So by rights it should be Mount Rutherford."

"Agh, no! This should not be!" the third member of the climbing team protested. "Our lovely Miss Brown is the first lady to climb this formidable peak. It should be Mount Kayla."

"That's very sweet, Stefan, but it still won't rate you more than a handshake back at the station."

Ian Rutherford, an Oxford biology major, chuckled. "I suppose we shouldn't worry about it. No matter what we might name it, we'll just end up calling it West Peak as we always have."

"You suffer from excessive realism, Ian." Stefan Kropodkin, of McGill's cosmic ray research program, grinned into the heavy woolen muffler that covered the lower half of his face.

"I think we need a little realism at the moment." Kayla Brown was in geophysics at Purdue. "We're already an hour off our schedule, and Dr. Creston wasn't too happy about us coming up here in the first place."

"Another man with little romance in his soul," Kropodkin grunted.

"We still have enough time for a few photographs," Rutherford replied, unslinging his rucksack. "Cresty certainly can't object to that."

They saw it as they cautiously worked around the perimeter of the tiny plateau, and it was the sharp eyes of the little geophysicist-to-be from Indiana who made the discovery.

"Hey, guys, what's that? Down there on the glacier."

Rutherford peered down into the saddle between the peaks. There was something there, just barely visible through the snow haze. He shoved his goggles up and pulled his binoculars out of their case. Being careful not to allow their frigid metal to touch his facial skin, he peered through them.

"Bloody hell! There is something down there!" He passed the field glasses to his friend. "What do you think, Stefan?"

The Eastern European looked for a long time. Then he lowered the binoculars. "It's a plane," he said wonderingly, "a plane on the ice."


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Robert Ludlum's The Arctic Event (Covert-One Series #7) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very excited when I discovered a new Covert One book was on the market, but after reading The Artic Event, I was left not only disappointed, but disgusted. It is apparent that this so called author, James H. Cobb, had never bother to read any of the previous novels prior to writing his jibberish. It is appauling to me that someone had the audacity to let this book be published with Robert Ludlum's name on it. Not only did he change the intergerity of the charcters, but their dynamics with each other. I cannot put into words how upset to have this so called author trash what has taken six pervious novels to build. The plot was slow and predictable. The action-lame, dull. This book ranked lower than a dime store novel. I hope that in the future,Covert One, to go back to the spirit it was intended, and ensure that this is Mr. Cobbs last attempt at the series. Please bring back Gayle Lynds, Patrick Larkin, and Philip Shelby, and make Robert Ludlum proud
mysterybuff47 More than 1 year ago
While I've moved away from the techno-thrillers in recent years, I got this as a gift and actually read it because of the links to WWII. It was better than I expected, and I enjoyed reading it. Because of the great descriptions of Arctic weather, it makes a great read on hot summer nights.
lost_in_a_book More than 1 year ago
Readers of the Covert One Series will most likely be disappointed in this book as the well developed characters of the series are not true to themselves in this title. It will be interesting to see if the characters return to their, "normal selves" or if they will continue to go through personality changes in the up and coming novel. Now I must say the book is not as bad as some make it out to be. New characters are thoroughly introduced and the story line is believable enough. The best part of this book is that I found myself on the edge of my seat several times eagerly anticipating what was going to happen. All in all, not a bad book just a little skewed in the returning character department. One last point this title takes a little while to get in to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has a slow beginning but once you get into it, it really holds your attention.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read about our or five of the Covert One series novels so I will admit that I have not read them all, but I think I have a good feel for what Ludlum wants with his characters, and having a new author rape Randi Russel is not it. I was very disapointed that Cobb felt the need to to 'spice up' a successful franchise. If you like the characters of this series, I cannot recomend this title.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The photograph taken on remote Wednesday Island in the Canadian Arctic was a simple innocent display of the harshness of the wintry environs. However, incidentally the photo includes the wreckage of a WW II Russian bomber plane that shakes up the leaders of Russia and consequently the western governments. The Russians believe the lost plane that vanished five decades ago contained weapon-graded anthrax. No one knows what weathering will have done to the plane or the sealed cargo. Covert One, consisting of the best operatives from several nations, is sent in to learn the status. US Army physician Lieutenant Colonel Jon Smith, CIA Agent Randi Russell and Russian history professor Valentina (Val) Metrace are the agents assigned to investigate. Also the Russians add Major Gregori Smyslov to the team with a special agenda that if a certain secret deadlier than anthrax is uncovered, he is to kill the Covert One team. No one on this sanctioned squad is aware that notorious armed dealers have sent cold blooded mercenaries to Wednesday Island to pick up the anthrax for resale value. --- This is an exciting tribute to Robert Ludlum¿s Covert One team as THE ARCTIC EVENTS is an entertaining exciting thriller. The Covert Team dies not trust the newest Russian assigned to them and has doubts about the loyalty of the professor the Russians feels the same way about the Americans as they wonder what the Yanks will do with the cargo if found in containers that are movable. Although the arms dealing mercenaries add suspense, they seem more like intruders to a tense situation between teammates distrusting one another made tauter by adverse brutal weather and the other weapon. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down
Porter26 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fast, enjoyable bit of action and intrigue in the tradition of Ludlum. Good for an enjoyable escape.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another covert one hit!!
Bookmarks & Blue Light WP More than 1 year ago
Well I enjoyed it and was able to get immersed in Cobb’s writing style without much trouble. I think he did a good job at keeping me interested in the plot. I also enjoyed the way that there’s diverse personalities, although some readers would agree that there wasn’t much creativity put into the characters’ physical appearance and personalities. There’s Jon (buff + kind), Valentina (dangerous/mysterious + sultry), and Randi (tormented on the inside + keeps focussed on the job). Pretty clichè stuff but I’m alright with it. I think it’s easier to root for the protagonists when an author gives us readers with something familiar or expected. I do have a bone to pick with Smyslov’s character build though. At first I got the feeling that he might be the only one suited for such a mission but his monologues and thoughts later in the novel says otherwise. With all that said, IMO this book is a 4-star – I was genuinely entertained. The action is this book is a treat to those who enjoy spy-action movies but that aspect doesn’t overwhelm readers. I definitely don’t mind spending time reading this book again or other works by James Cobb. Trigger warnings: Rape.
johnwillie More than 1 year ago
Very supenseful
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42Jo More than 1 year ago
in character for the series
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Cameraflyer More than 1 year ago
I liked the concept. There are not any slowdowns in the book Jon Smiths character is still fresh. It is a series I will follow as long as it keeps going Over all an action thriller that makes it hard to go to sleep if you happen to start it at night.
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