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Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Retribution (Jason Bourne series) Hardcover – December 3, 2013

3.9 out of 5 stars 323 customer reviews
Book 11 of 12 in the Jason Bourne Series

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"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 on The Bourne Imperative

"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) on The Bourne Imperative

"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 on The Bourne Imperative

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

"The twists, the nonstop action, and the multilayered plot that Ludlum fans expect are here in abundance. Fans of the Bourne films will eat this one up."―Booklist on The Bourne Dominion

"Complicated, action-packed.... it's a testament to Lustbader's skills that he can keep everyone in place and blazing away without losing track of the ongoing plot."―Publisher's Weekly on The Bourne Dominion

"Thriller addicts who love intricate webs of conspiracy mixed with an adrenaline rush of action and global adventure will snap this one up."―Library Journal on The Bourne Objective

About the Author

ROBERT LUDLUM was the author of twenty-seven novels, each one a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 225 million of his books in print, and they have been translated into thirty-two languages. He is the author of The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Chancellor Manuscript, and the Jason Bourne series--The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum--among others. Mr. Ludlum passed away in March 2001. To learn more, visit www.Robert-Ludlum.com.

ERIC VAN LUSTBADER is the author of numerous bestselling novels including First Daughter, Blood Trust, The Ninja, and the international bestsellers featuring Jason Bourne: The Bourne Legacy, The Bourne Betrayal, The Bourne Sanction, The Bourne Deception, The Bourne Objective, and The Bourne Dominion. For more information, you can visit www.EricVanLustbader.com. You can also follow him on Facebook and Twitter.
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Product Details

  • Series: Jason Bourne series (Book 11)
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (December 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455550957
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455550951
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (323 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Helpful Advice TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
“The Bourne Retribution” by Eric Van Lustbader is another sequel full of exciting adventures that were experienced by secret agent who has lost his memory, the book character that was originally created by Robert Ludlum.

This sequel begins where the last novel “The Bourne Imperative” finished, Jason Bourne is still recovering from Rebeka's death.
The head of Mossad who is also Jason's friend will find out about connections between China’s Politburo and Mexican drug lord that obviously work on some joint venture, looking like much more important than drug trafficking.

Bourne will become involved in whole story, parts due to his friend asking, and partly because of a desire to avenge Rebeka.
He will be drawn into a dangerous game that except Mexicans and Chinese includes Russians, and path to the goal will lead him around the world until he will reach the end of the chase in China where from the hunter he’ll be transformed into prey…

“The Bourne Retribution” is another book in the Jason Bourne series that was written by Ludlum’s heir, Eric Lustbader.
Once again his book is a real page turner, filled with twists and turns, and with excellent turnaround at the end, perhaps the best in the series that will thrill even the long-term fans of the series.

Therefore it can be concluded that with such author the Bourne series is far from being over…
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Ludlum is turning over in his grave....Bourne is unrecognizable...Van Lustbader should give any profit to charity out of shame for writing such tripe that even the WORST would be "It was a dark and stormy night." writer could have done better! After reading this book you come away with several negative impressions (besides the nausea of having been conned out of good money for the book).
First, the book toggles back and forth between Bourne and "the rest of the world". "Events" happen in one of these modes and to create suspense, the author switches to the other mode to create an event and then switches back to resolve the first event then switch back to resolve the other. This happens so regularly that one imagines Van Lustbader writing two stories then shuffling them together like a deck of cards. The events themselves are unimaginatively CONTRIVED with descriptions as if they were directions to actors for a (bad) movie script.
Secondly, and MOST EGREGIOUSLY, Van Lustbader writes characters who go from venomously DRIVEN to cute and cuddly with the turn of a page. Their behavior begins with one "mode of being" and Bourne is their "magic talisman" to convert them.
Thirdly, just in case he's lost the reader as to the motivations of the characters, at around the 3/4 mark of the book, he has 3 of them engage in a conversation describing "how did this mess start?" At that point I knew that the answer was "Someone told Van Lustbader he was a writer" One expects to "suspend disbelief" but for THIS particular book, only a lobotomy would suffice.
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I've read all of the Bourne books prior to this one and enjoyed most of them. Something changed in the author's writing style in this book. It's very amateur-ish, as if one of his trainees was doing the writing and he didn't proof it. I always enjoyed Van Lustbader's descriptive style...very seamless and natural. In this book the style seems so contrived and immature. Bourne's character has changed, too. He never used to laugh at the mayhem he caused and was considerate of innocent people...no longer the case. I'm only 15% of the way in the book and not sure I'll even finish it. Very disappointed.
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Another installment in the Jason Bourne franchise developed by Robert Ludlum and now continued by Eric van Lustbader. This time out, Bourne is out for revenge as an intimate love interest has been murdered. To execute the plan, a complex geopolitical entanglement ensues with Chinese politboro machinations as well as a type of arranged marriage between a Chinese high ranking official and a Mexican women whose father (who Bourne killed) was in the drug trade. All of this is overseen by the Israeli Mossad with double agents working for the Chinese and the Americans. The global reach is a bit of a stretch with all the criminal elements sounding very American.

The plot is barely credible with the Mossad director leading Bourne around to execute all the convenient kills for them. At the same time, Bourne eventually teams up with the Mexican woman who begins as a tough, ruthless killer and ends up as a good little girl back in mother's arms as a result of Bourne engineering a family reunion since he knows the woman's half sister and mother (and manages to save the mother's life twice). There's also a Russian spy that Bourne befriends by regaling him with stories abut his boss.

For hard core Jason Bourne fanatics, this is fresh meat, but the Bourne franchise is wearing thin and running on fumes at this point.
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