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This time, into Africa

GARRISON PICKS UP WHERE  LUDLUM LEFT OFF

“THE JANSON Command” continues the Ludlum franchise’s parade of hits; it takes up right where “The Janson Directive,” written by Robert Ludlum himself, leaves off.

Written by Paul Garrison, who knew Ludlum personaly, this latest thriller maintains the original characters and writing tempo flawlessly.  The reader will enjoy a typical Ludlum plot, full of government and corporate culprits dripping with self-interest and duplicity, pursued by tireless avengers who won’t let them get away with it.

Paul Janson is known in the covert ops community as “The Machine.”  Jessica Kincaid, his business partner and protégé is also world-class sniper in her own right.  An old Janson colleague, now working for  international oil giant American Synergy, brings them in to hunt for a doctor the company says was kidnapped by pirates off the coast of Africa.

But from the very start, what they are told doesn’t add up to what they find. The doctor doesn’t expect them and actually seems afraid of them. Worse, the country they find him in is in the midst of civil war and they run into a formidable group of covert op mercenaries who seem to know they are coming.

For Ludlum fans reading “The Janson Command” is like find a long-lost novel written by the master himself. It’s good reading.

Matthew J. Meyer is a freelance reviewer in Spotsylvania County.

“THE JANSON Command” continues the Ludlum franchise’s parade of hits; it takes up right where “The Janson Directive,” written by Robert Ludlum himself, leaves off.

Written by Paul Garrison, who knew Ludlum personaly, this latest thriller maintains the original characters and writing tempo flawlessly.  The reader will enjoy a typical Ludlum plot, full of government and corporate culprits dripping with self-interest and duplicity, pursued by tireless avengers who won’t let them get away with it.

Paul Janson is known in the covert ops community as “The Machine.”  Jessica Kincaid, his business partner and protégé is also world-class sniper in her own right.  An old Janson colleague, now working for  international oil giant American Synergy, brings them in to hunt for a doctor the company says was kidnapped by pirates off the coast of Africa.

But from the very start, what they are told doesn’t add up to what they find. The doctor doesn’t expect them and actually seems afraid of them. Worse, the country they find him in is in the midst of civil war and they run into a formidable group of covert op mercenaries who seem to know they are coming.

For Ludlum fans reading “The Janson Command” is like find a long-lost novel written by the master himself. It’s good reading.

Matthew J. Meyer is a freelance reviewer in Spotsylvania County.

THE JANSON  COMMAND

By Paul Garrison

(Hachette, $27.99, 418 pp.)

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