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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446539872
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446539876
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 4.1 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #858,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Globe-trotting secret agent Jason Bourne returns in the third installment under the helm of Lustbader, who struggles to captivate as convincingly and effectively as Ludlum did in the original novels. Amid a cheesy prologue that features corny background music to set the mood, Jeremy Davidson speeds through the opening paragraphs at breakneck speed. Perhaps in an attempt to increase tension from the start, Davidson comes off sounding incredibly forced and somewhat uncomfortable. As the story progresses, he slows down but lacks any real authenticity. His characters are flat and uninspired, his performance monotonous and bland. A Grand Central hardcover. (Aug.)
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From School Library Journal

Lustbader's third continuation of Ludlum's popular espionage series (after The Bourne Legacy and The Bourne Betrayal) finds Jason Bourne trying to unravel the terrorist plot of a previously unknown Muslim group. Audie Award nominee Jeremy Davidson does an outstanding job creating distinctive voices for the multitude of American, British, and Eastern European characters, but their sheer number and the constant switching of settings will test listeners' attention spans, and the musical cues employed during the action sequences are cheesy. Nevertheless, recommended for public libraries owing to the series' continuing popularity.—Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. Lib.
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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.

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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Brian on September 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
To agree with a few previous reviewers, I thought this title was pretty mediocre compared to the earlier Bourne books, and others I've read in the genre. The plot was a bit confusing at times, but I expect some of that in an action-thriller. My main problem was that the character of Jason Bourne was incredibly shallow! Much more time was spent developing the character of his nemesis in the book.

There were definitely a few grammatical errors and typos. Something else that annoyed me: Lustbader seems to be in love with the word "preternatural" and used it every time he could throw it in there. Why use a little-known word so often when a simpler one would suffice? Also, his knowledge of weaponry, spycraft, etc seems very sketchy-- an "HK 1911 .45" handgun is something that doesn't exist, for example. The action scenes and fighting scenes were confusing and difficult to understand as a reader. If you've ever read someone like Clancy, this will sound to you like it's been written by an 8th grader... Lustbader is much, much better at describing beautiful scenery and vistas than he is at describing action and espionage.

My other problem with the book was more subjective. If you're like me, you may get tired in this day and age of things that smack of anti-Americanism. In this book, the NSA is depicted as wholly evil, and the only military man (the general) is a ridiculous caricature of every negative military stereotype you've ever heard. I realize that there need to be villains, but I found it a bit silly. The subject of waterboarding is raised, and it's treated as the most horrible, inhumane thing that's ever been seen on earth. However, numerous people are shot, stabbed, tortured and maimed in far more damaging and invasive ways without a second mention.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Fark Me!! on May 26, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Let me preface my review with my Ludlum/Lustbader history. I travel quite a bit for work, and as with most of my reading I picked up the Bourne Identity in the airport. I found the Bourne character and story to be well written and compelling, and quickly devoured the remaining two books in the trilogy.

I am also a huge fan of Lustbader's Nicholas Linnear books. I read The Ninja and the following books in high school and loved them.

When I saw that Lustbader had been tapped to continue the Bourne series, I instantly snapped up a copy. The first two books fell well below my expectations, and I mentally struck the series from my 'must-read' list. This weekend I was again in the airport and saw the Bourne Sanction. I started reading the first few pages and was pleasantly surprised. No glaring inconsistencies, no magical coincidences. Some very entertaining writing. So I purchased the book and boarded my plane. Thirty pages later, I regretted my decision. 150 pages after that I was convinced Lustbader's main objective in writing the book was to personally insult me. The plot devices used in the book are so egregious they actually made me feel slightly nauseous. Unfortunately, I am rarely able to stop reading a book once I start it. And so, I was forced to finish this one. Along the way, I promised myself two things: never read another Lustbader novel, and write a review to hopefully help someone avoid the agony to which I was being subjected.

In this book, as with the other Lustbader Bournes, Jason Bourne is the beneficiary of coincidental events so improbable it appears he is an incompetent who must rely on luck in order to survive. In fact, Bourne is so lucky that he should consider getting out of the spy business and playing poker.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By S. Tyler on January 31, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Like a couple of other reviews I've read here on this title, I have to agree that Lustbader is not worthy of writing in Ludlum's "Bourne" series. There are a few things that bother me immensely.

First...Either Lustbader or his editors have chosen to make EVERYONE say "do you" as "d'you". I'm only half way through this book (and I will finish it just to see how Lustbader muddles through the story), but in three and a half books so far, only one person has said "do you". What gets me about this is that even foreigners are saying it, whether they are speaking in their native language (as we would assume they would be if they are in their home country) or in English. I know quite a few people from foreign countries who very rarely use ANY English contractions, so Lustbader's use of it for everyone is a little ridiculous. Since Bourne is supposed to be so educated, I would expect him to speak more properly, at least.

Second...He can use every kind of Russian slang or proper term for everything except the scarf we all associate with old Russian women. For this, he uses the word "babushka". This means "grandmother", not "scarf". All he needed to do was use "sharf" and give the English equivalent, as he has done with all of the other Russian terms he's used. Why is Lustbader so inconsistent? Bad writing in a series he shouldn't be writing in is the answer.

Third...Bourne is a product of the Vietnam War. That puts him today closing in on 60 years of age. I can't remember if Ludlum ever gave an exact age or not, but that seems like it should be fairly close. And yet, he's able to run, fight, etc., as if he were still in his prime. In Ludlum's last Bourne book, I remember Bourne commenting on how he was getting too old for some of these antics.
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