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Product Details

  • Series: Jason Bourne series
  • Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (January 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044656446X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446564465
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this audio edition of the latest installment in the Jason Bourne series, narrator Holter Graham provides distinctive, appropriately accented voices—not only for the book's self-reliant and indestructible hero—but also for a mysterious amnesiac he rescues from an icy death; a beautiful Mossad agent who has gone rogue; the super-assassin who's tracking her; assorted Israeli, Chinese, and Mexican villains; officials at a CIA training facility, Treadstone; and even the president of the United States. As the Treadstone crew attempts to identify and nullify a legendary assassin known as Nicodemo, Bourne must contend with the leaders of Core Energy, a group intent on controlling the world through the use of rare metals. If the ensuing subplots, surprises, and treacheries strain credibility, Graham reads them with the stirring conviction of a true believer. And this impassioned narration will make it difficult for listeners not to get caught up in the fate of Bourne and the free world. A Grand Central hardcover. (June) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.


"This is Eric Van Lustbader's sixth Jason Bourne novel (Ludlum wrote three) and fans of the book and movie franchise will love this new plot-driven international thriller.... This is classic Bourne."—USA Today on The Bourne Dominion

"Thriller addicts who love intricate webs of conspiracy mixed with an adrenaline rush of action and global adventure will snap this one up."—Library Journal on The Bourne Objective

"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

Eric Van Lustbader has done a marvelous job with Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne novels.
Nina G. Ledet
Ever since I read the first book, I have always been anticipating when the next book in this series will be coming out.
regular joe
There are too many characters with too much jumping back and forth and too little real story line.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By TChris TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"She took another long drag from her cigarillo, which emitted smoke like a just-fired pistol." If this is the kind of sentence you love to read (and I can't believe it is), The Bourne Imperative is the book for you. It is packed with similar silliness.

Jason Bourne fishes a fellow out of the water who speaks multiple languages but remembers nothing about his life, including his own name. Did Jason Bourne catch another Jason Bourne? That would be quite a coincidence, but so is the fact that Bourne happens to be boating in the same Swedish archipelago where the nameless man is being pursued by rogue Mossad super-agent Rebeka, whose life Bourne saved in The Bourne Dominion. The nameless man knows about some nefarious doings of Mossad in Dahr El Ahmar, but he can't remember what he knows. Bourne's larger concern is super-terrorist Nicodemo who seems to be a clandestine player in Core Energy, a company that is trying to corner the market on rare earths. Rebeka's larger concern should be Ilan Halevy, "the Babylonian," who has been commissioned to kill her (among others) by Mossad. An alliance between yet another rogue Mossad agent and a Minister of the Chinese government adds an additional layer of convolution to this messy plot.

Meanwhile, back at Treadstone, a new boy named Richard Richards is keeping an eye on co-directors Saroya Moore and Peter Marks, reporting directly to the president. A subplot involves Saroya's pregnancy, political reporter Charles Thorne, the senator to whom he is married, and Maceo Encarnacion, the president of a shadowy internet security firm,.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael Davis on June 23, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Review of the Audible edition.

There are times when viewers/readers are so attached to the initial author or actor that they simply will not tolerate a new actor, or author. No matter how good the replacement is, they refuse to move on past the original creation (Thinking about you, X-Files).

I try to avoid that prejudice. So, I have enjoyed a few of the Eric Van Lustbader forays into Ludlum territory.

I'm not sure of the history of Eric Van Lustbader, nor of his relationship to Robert Ludlum. It does appear, though, that he is the heir--apparent of the Bourne series. As long as the Bourne Line continues, I'm glad. Unless, that is, like this Bourne detour, it leads you to silliness, implausibility, and uncharacteristically melodramatic deviation. It is intolerably each of those: Part the Housewives of Beverly Hills, part Bourne (more toward the end), and part Star Wars: Part V (who even cared about the title of that?). I loved the Bourne series. This is, frankly, mindless and tedious and does not deserve to be part of the Ludlum story-line.

One further note: The narrator, in my opinion, fails miserably to realistically convey emotion. Most annoying is his voicing of female characters. I'm sure he tried. Alas, it doesn't work at all.

Near the beginning, the book has Bourne pulling a man out of the water, someone, who like Bourne, has lost him memories. Bourne should have left him in the water. The character, like the book, would better have been left to drown.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Andrew G Ede on June 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Van Lustbader has written some very good books over the years, but sadly this is not one of them. Jason Bourne, the well-known super agent, has become a cardboard action hero surrounded self-made evil geniuses and stunningly beautiful, deadly but deeply flawed women. Fights are always to the death, and Jason just escapes each time, but of course you know that because there are still 100 pages left in this door stop. The story is told from multiple viewpoints in a vain attempt give the story immediacy, but really is just a way to draw out the painfully thin plot. The actions of the characters frequently defy logic and it appears that everyone is a rogue agent. Plot devices like a woman pregnant with a high politico's illegitimate baby and a peppy octogenarian are really scraping the bottom of the barrel. There is no imperative to read this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JOHN on July 21, 2012
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Such a really badly written book. With a story that was a bitty, bore. Who and what is Bourne now? You can not love the underdog anymore just a hired thug I think. with a cast of many that one can not really feel. It got to the stage I just wanted the book to be over . I had to stick with it because it was Bourne. Never again, time to move on. What a terrible pity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dwntwnbrown on August 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
It seemed that this book was written, edited and printed in a hurry. I had enough trouble keeping up with the multitude of characters and who was a double/triple/quadruple agent, but then throw in the RIDICULOUS amount of spelling, grammatical and editing errors and it made for a frustrating read. I felt like the author thought he could get past his sophomoric writing by putting the script through an auto thesaurus. It read like he was trying too hard. The editing was the worst I've ever read. An example can be found in the beginning of chapter 13. The writer goes into detail about how Martha couldn't pick up the photo of her father, that doing so would be a desecration. The very next sentence he writes "at last she put down the photo". This is only one of many many blatant editing errors that forced me to take pause, reread and further distract me from this convoluted story. 1 star, at best.
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