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Robert Ludlum's the Bourne Deception Hardcover – June 9, 2009
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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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"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)
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Distracting is the apparent political leanings of the author who captures much of the internet lore of modern security contracting and concocts a wide-ranging conspiracy-theory of breathtaking transparency, seemingly directly aimed at indicting a real-life security contractor. Nonetheless, although a little slow to get started, this is an enjoyable yarn if one can look past the politics inserted -- but don't expect to recognize many attributes of either the lead personality or the tone of the tale... all new, if entertaining, territory...
My first disappointment with the book is how Bourne survives being shot. I found it hard to believe. Even more amazing, is how Bourne manages to find alcoholic doctors who somehow manage to pull themselves together long enough to save Bourne from a near fatal event.
As a fan of Warren Murphy's The Destroyer series Death Check: Destroyer #2 (Destroyer, 2) (Pt 2), I was also disappointed to find that with no new Destroyer novels in sight, Shiva is now protecting Jason Bourne.
There was one event in the novel that will probably bring me to checking out the next Bourne novel - but this time I'll check it out from the library first.
Final recommendation: skip the book and watch one of the Matt Damon movies or go back to the best of the series: The Bourne Identity (Bourne Trilogy, Book 1)