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Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Objective (Jason Bourne, Book 8) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2011

3.4 out of 5 stars 124 customer reviews
Book 8 of 12 in the Jason Bourne Series

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Lustbader's cookie-cutter fifth Jason Bourne novel in the Ludlum franchise (after The Bourne Deception) downgrades the title character to a mere co-star with villain Leonid Arkadin, a graduate of the same covert training program, who also possesses almost superhuman combat skills. Bourne and Arkadin's globe-trotting pursuit of each other drives the main plot, which includes yet another secret cabal bent on world domination, Severus Domna. The members of Severus Domna have their eye on a ring Bourne possesses that's a clue to the location of King Solomon's legendary gold. Arkadin's use of silly aliases (e.g., Stanley Kowalski, Frank N. Stein) dissipates any effort at realism, while implausible and formulaic side stories involving Soraya Moore, ousted from her position with the CIA, don't help. Those who don't mind Bourne's devolution from the tortured amnesiac soul Ludlum created into a stock action hero will be most satisfied. (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
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Vision; First Edition edition (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446539791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446539791
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I liked the original 3 Bourne Novels. Liked, not loved. Bourne could get a bit whiny about Marie at times. Nevertheless, the original 3 Bourne Novels would get solid 4 star ratings from me.
The last batch of Bourne Novels Suck.
if I am counting them right, there are 5 novels written by Eric and each one is worse than the previous one.
I remember reading a review where they reviewer said it was terrible and that Eric goes on and on about the Nemsis and not Bourne. I thought i would give Eric one last try with the Bourne Objective.

He failed and should be shot. From one novel to the next Bourne is a different person. He no longer ages, he falls in love with women after knowing them for a day or three, yet forgets about his dead wives, he lost son and the children he abandoned.

Bourne in Erics books is terrible. I tried, really tried to like this Bourne and i cant. I hate the Bourne that Eric is writing about and will not buy another book by this author.

Instead I have taken to the Gabriel Alon series by Daniel da Silva. I find those a good enough replacement for the Bourne i was looking for.

Eric, do us all a favour and let Bourne die with dignity. Your novels have a character named Bourne in them, who gets some mention while focusing on several other characters who are boring.
Stop writing Bourne. Do something else, go kill some other series.
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a waste of time. endless conversations by a host of characters you soon lose interest in. of no interest to folks looking for exciting writing. this was phoned in.
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It would seem those who have picked up and attempted to read the further exploits of Jason Bourne written by Eric Van Lustbader generally fall within two groups...those who seem to enjoy them, and those who compare them way TOO much to the incomparable Robert Ludlum. I admit, I fell into that category myself back when the first Post Ludlum Bourne novel was released (the Bourne Legacy). I had a difficult time separating the writing of the original 3 books with that of the new...that is until I began to see it a bit differently. I decided to judge the book based on not having read Ludlums earlier works, and upon that little epiphany, my enjoyment actually improved exponentially.

Many have chimed in on the 4th Lustbader Bourne novel being not quite up to par (at least with his other books) and while I can accept that, the Bourne Objective was an entirely different Bourne book--especially compared with #4. The storyline was a bit familiar with plots already established by the late, great Robert Ludlum, but I tried to focus on what I liked more than be picky. With that in mind, Bourne #5 became a roller coaster of suspense, and action. Death & mayhem were on virtually every other page, and finally the conspiracy came close to being what our dearly departed author may have come up with...or at least I'd like to THINK so.

For those who simply cannot separate Eric Van Lustbaders writing style from Ludlums, well, maybe you ought to just let this one pass, but if you can judge a book as though you had never read him before, I believe you just may enjoy this one--or at least a whole lot more than you will if you don't...I suppose it really depends on the person ultimately.

Will Lustbader EVER reach the status of Ludlum? My guess is no--not even close...
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Format: Hardcover
I have read each Ludlum book and have seen each Bourne movie at least three times. I am a true Ludlum Fan. I have read the Van Lustbader books on Bourne and have to say, I unfortunately try to compare the character in these books to Ludlums-it does not work. My recent excursion into Van Lustbader's The Bourne Objective, will be my last. I find his writing style inconsistant, tedious and he has taken my favorite character and has ruined him.

I am done with Bourne, unless of course, Ludlum had some gems locked away for future reading..
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I have only a few requirements for a spy novel.

The plot must be entertaining, the protagonists and their situation must be plausible, and the mundane details of their surroundings must be consistent. Supposedly set in our present day universe, this novel falls short on all counts.

Pellet-sized ultrasonic screamers that paralyze large rooms of people, files locked using "logarithms", burner cellphones a "local call" then one using a 10-digit number, laptop computers with ejectable drives and netbooks that can be massively upgraded by an agent in the field litter this inconclusive chapter of David Webb's life, conflict with reality, adding nothing except length to the book.

I tried to mentally gloss over these items when I found them, but they were numerous enough that they couldn't overcome the other problem - the quest for the ring's secret wasn't plausible. The story just wasn't that interesting.

Each time I encountered one of these errors or inconsistencies I had to double back to be sure that I hadn't misunderstood what I'd read, and then try to figure out what the author might have intended to say, and why it was in the story.

I never did. I think this is the work of an aging author and/or editor so out of touch with the basics of physics, communication and computer technology that they should change to working on historical novels or science fantasy.

The "Bourne" title got me to pick this book from the shelf, but I'll have to think twice before I invest my time reading another Van Lusterbader/Hachette novel.
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