Oline Cogdill

The prolific Robert Ludlum, who died in 2001, is one of those authors whose characters are still with us.

Douglas Corleone, left, author of the exciting Good As Gone, is the latest author who has been tapped to continue Ludham’s brand.

Corleone will be the author of Robert Ludlum’s The Janson Equation, the fourth novel in the Paul Janson series. No word yet when the novel will be published.

The Janson novels—not to be confused with the Jason Bourne series—have an interesting history.

The first The Janson Directive was published posthumously in 2002, the year after Ludlum’s death. Other authors also have been tapped in the past to continue other Ludlum series.

The second and third novel were finished byPaul Garrison.

Paul Janson follows the footsteps of Ludlum’s other characters.

Janson is a former Navy SEAL and former member of a U.S. government covert agency Consular Operations. He is haunted by his memories of the Vietnam War during which he was captured and tortured by the Viet Cong. Janson is now a corporate security consultant who is in much demand so he picks which jobs he takes.

Needless to say, Corleone is quite happy about this opportunity. "I'm thrilled that the Ludlum legacy lives on and that I get to be a part of that," Corleone emailed me.

Corleone’s Good As Gone shows that he can produce an action-packed story.

In my review of Good As Gone, I said: “Simon Fisk, the hero of Douglas Corleone’s new series, could easily be a cousin of Jack Reacher. Like Reacher, the hero of Lee Child’s best-selling novels, Simon is a loner constantly on the move, with a background in law enforcement and a penchant for coming to the rescue of those in need.

“And like Child, Corleone delivers an adrenalin-fueled plot with believable, complex characters. Reacher and Simon could indeed be cousins, but each is a distinct character. As Good as Gone proves, Corleone shapes Simon with a unique personality and background, intriguing enough to maintain a long-running series.”