I've always been intrigued with spies. Honestly, who isn't, but I usually tend to watch them in movies (James Bond, anyone?). So when I decided I need to read more than my usual horror and romance, I decided to go to a master of suspense, Robert Ludlum. While I could've started off with his most famous book, The Bourne Identity, I chose to go to his other series, Covert-One. The bonus was the Covert-One books had more availability at my local library! I didn't feel like waiting months to read Bourne.
The Hades Factor is the story of Lt. Col. Jon Smith, MD. He and his fiancee, Sophia, work for an Army-run government lab working with deadly diseases. One day the lab gets word of a deadly virus, seemingly attacking random people. Unfortunately for Sophia, she gets too close to the truth and is killed to stop her from figuring it out. Now, Lt. Col. Smith has to find out where this disease is coming from and who killed his fiancee. But the people behind the disease have connections in high places and will make it hard to uncover.
It amazed me to read about what people would do for money. Kill millions of people? Sure, why not, in the end they'd get their money. The bad guys in this book took advantage of people, infected them without their knowledge or consent and then only hoped their cure worked. All they wanted was the money.
I loved this book and definitely need to read the rest in this series! Smith was a completely likable character and I was so sad for his loss.
Title: The Hades Factor