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Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative (Jason Bourne series) Hardcover – June 5, 2012

3.8 out of 5 stars 199 customer reviews
Book 10 of 12 in the Jason Bourne Series

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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.


"Eric Van Lustbader keeps the action and plot moving forward, and the tension never lets up...readers most assuredly will be gasping for breath as each eye-opening chapter unfolds."―Book Reporter

"In true Bourne fashion, "The Bourne Imperative" is fast-paced and full of action. There are twists and turns that even the grandest of plot detectives could not forsee."―The Daily Reporter (IA)

"Chocked-full of clandestine operations and international espionage, this thrill-a-minute novel is a winner."―FreshFiction.com

"Another terrific thriller....Fans will discover this to be the best Lustbader Bourne novel yet."―Library Journal

"Action-packed thriller... The unrelenting action in the novel clearly shows how this series has become so popular both in print and on the screen."―Suspense Magazine

"Eric Van Lustbader offers plenty of thrills in the latest Bourne installment, showing why this remains one of the best high-octane series for readers."―Suite101.com

"Readers familiar with the story of Jason Bourne and Treadstone will be flipping pages as fast as they can...Van Lustbader pulls readers through the story with gusto...For series fans, a solid continuation of Bourne's story."―Booklist

"Established fans will find all the usual cliffhangers, hairbreadth escapes, and multiple betrayals they expect from this series."―Publisher's Weekly

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Product Details

  • Series: Jason Bourne series (Book 10)
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446564478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446564472
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #785,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By TChris TOP 500 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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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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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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There are so many characters in this novel, you should like at least one of them, right? But instead a tiresome series of fights occurs, multiple plot lines must be learned, and nothing that resonates in reality is there for the reader to be concerned about. We know that Bourne will win all of his fights, so reading the details of the battles seems a waste of time. Plenty of people die, but not one you care about. Well, maybe Rebeka. But the plot as it is is so wispy that the reader doesn't know what the stakes are. And the book is badly edited. "Her said" when "he said" is appropriate. Take a look at Chapter 28. Bourne is uncomfortable in the cockpit of the military plane:
"Bourne shifted his satphone from one ear to another...he was riding up in the cockpit. The Mirage fighter jet...wasn't comfortable..." (Page 398)Problem is, Bourne isn't to the fighter jet yet! He has just been picked up in a car the page before, and a turn of the page has him in that car, not the cockpit, riding to a boutique hotel. He doesn't go to the jet until page 405.
But does it matter? It only emphasizes what a mess this novel is. Give me a plot with a sense of purpose and some characters to care for, throw ina good writer and i will have a good read. This one wasn't.
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