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Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Betrayal (Jason Bourne series) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2008
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About the Author
ERIC VAN LUSTBADER is most widely known as the New York Times bestselling author of twenty international bestselling thrillers including Ninja and Black Heart. He is also the author of two successful and highly regarded series of fantasy novels, The Sunset Warrior Cycle and The Pearl Saga. His novels have been translated into over twenty languages. www.ericvanlustbader.com
Top Customer Reviews
You expect to have to suspend reality a bit when reading books in this genre, but I felt my intelligence was really being insulted this time. Things occur all through the book that go beyond stretching reality to ignoring it altogether. Furthermore, I feel a book has really failed when it's long on description and short on atmosphere. This one dives into long detailed descriptions almost seeming like 'padding' but fails to involve the reader emotionally at all. It feels like it was a writing assignment rather than an inspired book. What a shame to end the Bourne series on a low note.
Under Deputy Director Martin Lindros, Central Intelligence has been reforming itself to become more effective in combating terrorists. But not everyone is happy about that progress, including the terrorists. Based on a lead that suggests a risk of nuclear terror, Lindros returns to the field. Meanwhile everyone else wants to play politics to advance their own self interests. Jason Bourne is naturally concerned because Lindros is his only friendly ally.
Meanwhile, Bourne is struggling with recurring images of a young woman dying in his arms that he associates with the death of his wife. What's worse than amnesia?: being tortured by the thought that he may bear enormous guilt for the deaths of others. How can he clear his mind? The methods he tries have unexpected consequences.
Soon, Bourne is brought into the search for the terrorist threat . . . but he's curiously ineffective at what he does. He stumbles as he travels a road into lots of hostile territory to stop the threat. Naturally, each stop on the road is filled with violent confrontations that often wound Bourne.
If you are a Lustbader fan, you'll find this book hews closer to the Lustbader type of action thriller than to the Ludlum style. I suspect that after The Bourne Betrayal there will be so little of the Ludlum story line left that it will be like starting up a new thriller series.Read more ›
I was trying to picture Mr Van Lustbader sitting at his computer reviewing this little passage. Did he ask himself: Would your average waiter (of any nationality) have this kind of information in his head? Even if he did, would the horror of his situation allow him to list all these facts so comprehensively? Would a Pakistani Muslim be so enchanted with Israel? Is Omar actually a Pakistani name?
Clearly satisfied on all these counts and that this would be the normal reaction of anyone about to die gruesomely at the hands of Islamic fanatics, Mr Van Lustbader then lets Omar get into his stride, expounding his beliefs on how Israel should be the model for them to follow.
Perhaps understandably, the terrorist leader slices Omar's throat, telling him: "This is gibberish." Mr Van Lustbader go that bit right. What a perfect epitaph, not only to this ludicrous scenario, but to the whole book.
I give it one star because I actually finished this ridiculous tale. And I only did that because I'd paid good money.
How greatly disappointed I was. The only resemblance between this and the previous 4 books is the main characters name - Jason Bourne. Nothing else even remotely provides the feeling of the previous novels. Typically Lustbader, this novel is sketchy, full of plot holes, and alluding to plot scenarios and backgrounds that are never explained. This plot has more holes than Swiss cheese!
Absolutely the worst Bourne book yet, with nothing to tie it to the previous novels and no redeeming factors. If the Ludlum Foundation has any credibility at all with regard to Ludlum's legacy, they will never licence Lustbader with another Bourne novel again.
A thorough waste of money and time. Greatly disappointing.
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