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Product Details

  • Series: Jason Bourne series
  • Mass Market Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Vision; Reprint edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044653983X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446539838
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #722,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Shadowy master assassin Jason Bourne spends too much time offstage in bestseller Lustbader's cliché-ridden fourth thriller in the Ludlum franchise (after The Bourne Sanction). Having pushed his latest archenemy, Russian Leonid Arkadin, off a tanker into the ocean, Bourne assumes his foe must be dead. Not long after, Arkadin ambushes Bourne, hitting him with a rifle shot that would've killed a normal man. Seriously but not mortally wounded, Bourne decides to keep his survival a secret. The duel between the pair gets submerged in a plot line about a corrupt U.S. defense secretary's efforts to use the downing of a civilian airliner in Egypt by an Iranian missile as a casus belli. The action sequences and inevitable betrayals are old hat. Clumsy prose doesn't help (œShe was dead, but he could not forget her, or what she caused in him: the tiniest fissure in the speckled granite of his soul, through which her mysterious light had begun to trickle, like the first snowmelt of spring). (June)
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Review

"Don't ever begin a Ludlum novel if you have to go to work the next day."—CHICAGO SUN TIMES

"Lustbader is an excellent storyteller and is not afraid to keep the twists and turns coming in this sequel...This is an explosive addition to a series with an unrivaled heritage and storied pedigree."—Bookreporter.com on THE BOURNE BETRAYAL

"Reading a Ludlum novel is like watching a James Bond film...slickly paced...all-consuming."—ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

"As twisted, dark and exciting as the others."—THE OKLAHOMAN on THE BOURNE SANCTION

More About the Author

Eric Van Lustbader is the author of more than twenty-five best-selling novels, including The Ninja, a New York Times bestseller for 24 weeks, in which he introduced Nicholas Linnear, one of modern fictions most beloved and enduring heroes. His New York Times bestselling novel, "The Testament," was published in September, 2006 and in paperback in August, 2007.
His novels have been translated into over twenty languages; his books are best-sellers worldwide and are so popular whole sections of bookstores from Bangkok to Dublin are devoted to them. The Ninja was sold to 20th Century-Fox. It is now in pre-production.
Mr. Lustbader is a graduate of Columbia College, with a degree in Sociology. Before turning to writing full time, he enjoyed highly successful careers in the New York City public school system, where he holds licenses in both elementary and early childhood education, and in the music business. He is a second-level Reiki master.

Customer Reviews

This whole book is disjointed, too many characters of too little significance.
eco author
Eric Van Lustbader has been systematically destroying the Jason Bourne character in his books and this last book is just the final blow.
bookworm
There are too many good books out there to waste your time reading this disappointment.
M. Mickley

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

132 of 137 people found the following review helpful By E. Gormly on July 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Jason Bourne is in title only.

It is with agonizing sadness that I must tell others NOT to buy this book.
See, I LOVE the Bourne character; I love the idea of Bourne. I am the type of person who would count the days for a new Bourne (or Reacher) Novel.
I am also extremely forgiving in terms of plot, characters, reality and all the facts that get in the way.
I don't let a fact get in my way of enjoying a good yarn.

Robert Ludlum did an amazing job; Lustbader has slowly destroyed this fine series.

Where to begin? Since I am about the same quality writer as Lustbader, I will spare you my dribble and just list the issues.

1. Jason Bourne is in title only.

True.. Unbelievable as it might sound, Jason Bourne is hardly in the book and worse yet, he is not the focus of the plot, he is not tied to the plot, he is not the driving character, he is not the savior, he is not the lover, the fighter or anything in between. Jason Bourne is filler.

FILLER! Can you believe that? Lustbader can NOT be forgiven for this.

I feel like Lustbader took advantage of the license he has and wrote an overly emotional, intellectually drippy, poorly connected war for oil short story and then threw Jason in because he had a contract.

2. The story is crap. Really.

The plot holes and connections are almost unforgivable, as it is after all (supposed to be) a Bourne book, I can handle ridiculous coincidences, unrealistic converging of vague plot points, and seemingly super genius all powerful villains, but what is not forgivable is the 60% emotional filler.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By William F. Cummings on June 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
What can be worse than saying "Sorry I Bought It"? It is, "Wasted My Time Reading It". Not a good Jason Bourne Book and, in short, a lousy read. Too much jumping around with characters, too much time spent on history of some characters, very light plot, and way not true to the Jason Bourne as written by the original author. The introduction of "mystic forces" drives the plot towards SciFi writing. Doubt if I will pickup the next, and hopefully last, Bourne novel unless I can get it at a garage sale. Can not recommend this book to anyone.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By H. Feshir on July 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Very very dissapointing. I never write reviews since I don't consider myself an expert, however I felt it was my moral obligation to warn of this book.
The pace is extremely slow and boring, too many nostalgic moments and slow narrative that took away from the pace. Bourne himself was transformed into this dull character in this novel (never thought I'd see it happen). It seemed at times that the author was simply stuck and put a ton of fillers. A slow read, don't expect much. I am truly sorry for anyone who purchased this one.
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Newman VINE VOICE on June 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Having read several of Van Lustbader's other works I was excited with the prospect of him bringing new life to a series that has not had a really good book since The Bourne Identity. This book did not live up to my expectations and I might add it was not as good as any of the two follow-ups that Ludlum had penned to the original novel.

A high ranking US Government official makes a deal with a Russian military type to have Jason Bourne assasinated if the Russian will do the same to a suspected terrorist leader. The Russian agrees and unbeknownst to the American, the Russian is really Bourne's arch-enemy Arkadin who Bourne thought he killed in the last book.

Meanwhile Bourne is in hiding in Bali with his latest girlfriend (Moira) and Arkadin learns his whereabouts and comes to assasinate him. Thinking the deed is accomplished, Arkadin heads on to other business. Meanwhile Bourne cheats death in an implausible way.

Then a US airlines is shot down over Egypt by what appears to be an Iranian fanatic group and the US may be headed for war in Iran. Bourne will eventually be drawn into all of this and we also have an appearance in the book of Conklin's (the man who trained by Bourne and Arkadin) successor.

The book drags throughout and most of the characters are one-dimensional. Bourne is nowhere near the person who tackled his identity problem in the first book and grappled between his David Webb and Bourne personnas. Instead we have a very shallow, boring Bourne and it really kills any semblance of magic the book may have.

I hope that this series can be gracefully put to bed but it seems that we will be subjected to at least one more sequel.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jim on July 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
After fifty pages, I realized I didn't give a rat's rear end about any of the characters, including the protagonist -- and character-development, at that point, was probably its strong point. Rarely do I just toss a book aside after getting a hundred pages into it, but that's what I did with this one. Life's too short. Read something else.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ian R. Colle on July 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Ludlum's heirs and fans must be livid at what Van Lustbader's done to the character of Jason Bourne. Don't bother reading this book. It's unbearable. The fight scenes are pathetic. What counts for dialog is as cliche ridden as you can get. Go back and read a real Ludlum book. Please stop buying these books and maybe Van Lustbader will stop trying to write them!
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