The Prometheus Deception
is a spy fiction
thriller novel written in 2000 by Robert Ludlum
about an agent in an ultraclandestine agency known only as the Directorate named Nick Bryson, alias Jonas Barett, alias Jonathan Coleridge, alias The Technician, who is thrown into a fight between an organization he knows as Prometheus and his former employers at the Directorate.
Like other Ludlum novels, The Prometheus Deception
conveys Ludlum's concern about the accumulation of power by individuals or organizations. Whereas some of his prior novels, such as The Holcroft Covenant
and The Aquitaine Progression
featured conspiracies by governments or political extremists to seize control of the world, The Prometheus Deception
features a conspiracy by a very large company. Though it details the reaction of governments to a series of major terrorist attacks, The Prometheus Deception
was written before the events of September 11, 2001
. Readers have noted a striking similarity between the novel's plot and the synopsis of the TV show "Alias
," (aired September 30, 2001 to May 22, 2006) in which a secret agent working for what she believes is the CIA discovers she's been working for a terrorist organization all along.The Prometheus Deception
was one of Ludlum's last books published in his lifetime.
The story begins with the protagonist, under the alias the Technician, who is in deep cover to stop the Hezbollah
terrorist organization from overthrowing the government of Tunisia
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