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on March 8, 2014
(Spoiler) I don't have a lot to say that hasn't been covered in other posts. I just enjoyed the intricacies of the plot. Of the first three, this one is the best- unpredictable, but not arbitrarily so, and a wide array of loose ends that all get tied up, some in unusual ways. As I'm sure has been mentioned, this plot has absolutely nothing to do with the movie plot. Having the tension of his lover being involved in the storyline makes it so much more interesting, giving the book another dimension all together. Once Marie in the 2nd movie dies (who is NOT the Marie from the book), the movies lost a little. After the 3rd movie, where he finds out truly where he comes from, "where it all began," it seemed all compelling reasons for other stories regarding Jason Bourne had been laid to rest- that's my own opinion.

One thing else to note about the book vs. the movie. The character played by Matt Damon has a significantly different flavor than the Jason Bourne in the book. Both are focused, and brilliant strategists, tacticians, and excel in combat. However, Matt Damon's character is humble, noble, and has subtle caring and warmth for those around him who are not villains. Jason Bourne in the book is frequently sarcastic, his focus can have a coldness to it, and he can be self-centered in a way that I didn't see in character in the movies. I'm not saying it's bad, but it's different and an adjustment I had to make in connecting to his character in the book.
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on April 20, 2016
The second book in Ludlum's Bourne series is an entertaining read set in a very different setting from the first novel. This makes for some intriguing and interesting plot points as well as showing Bourne's considerable skills in another way. Again, Ludlum's writing and vivid descriptions make for a compelling and entertaining read.

BUT, without giving too much away, this novel is missing much of what made the original novel great. (Mild spoilers for both novels following) So much of the first novel dealt with Bourne's internal struggle to reconcile the sort of man he wanted to be with the mounting evidence of who he actually was. This struggle made the first novel a compelling read, as he dealt with this identity crisis. In the second novel, Bourne is forced, in a slightly contrived way, into becoming that man again. This means that the internal turmoil of the first novel, although hinted at, is largely missing from the second. Bourne forces the struggle out of his mind so that he can do what he needs to do. One is left wondering how many times he can be forced into being the assassin before that crisis ceases to be a plausible part of the story. This is a shame as that struggle made up so much of the magic of the first novel. Interestingly that struggle is largely missing from the movies.

Bourne Supremacy is an interesting enough read but I was left a little disappointed and unlikely to read the rest of the novels in the series. Unfortunately, without that inner crisis, Bourne's character is simply not as interesting or as exciting to read.
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on April 22, 2018
Don't buy the books expecting what you see in the movie. Very few details are the same. However, the books are awesome in their own right, much more detailed. Kind of on the long side, but worth it.
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on May 25, 2018
From the beginning to the end I couldn't putt in down. I read later into the night than I intended to.Had to force myself to do other things the next morning besides pick up the book again. A very intricate story that had a degree of plausability. Could have been reading right out of current history. Well done , Mr. Bourne. Saved the world again.
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on April 10, 2014
The sequel to The Bourne Identity. While some elements of the first book made their way into the original film, this book is almost nothing like its movie counterpart. Here, Ludlum moves the action to Hong Kong and China, and his depiction of those places would have been considered more sophisticated in 1987. Now it's creaky and sometimes wince-inducing (brace yourself to read the word "oriental" a lot).

The story is centered around a Jason Bourne doppelgänger (literally someone claiming to be JB) killing high profile targets in the far east. The "real" Jason Bourne is then manipulated by a cynical US diplomat into hunting the impostor down. It's worth noting that the theme of an untrustworthy (and ungrateful) government apparatus is one of the few things that is unchanged in the movie adaptations.

Many of the action set pieces are enjoyable; this is where Ludlum's work often shines. Unfortunately, this book was in dire need of a more aggressive editor. Long scenes full of dialogue keep bogging the narrative down and often the characters speak in a painfully melodramatic fashion.

Take your time with it, don't expect too much, and you'll be able to tease out a good time. If you haven't got the patience to endure the tedious bits, just stick to the movies.
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on May 28, 2017
After being glued to The Bourne Identity, I thought surely Mr Ludlum would only get better. I was wrong. One of the most boring books I think I've ever read. Pushed myself to the halfway point in hopes that the story would pick up once the ball got rolling, but it never even budged. I was also dissapointed that Carlos the Jackal was nowhere to be found. Knowing, of course, that he makes a return in Ultimatum, I look forward to the Bourne/Carlos conclusion, and I hope that Ludlum delivers a similar feel to that of Identity. Fingers crossed.
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on May 18, 2016
Way less exhausting to journey through than its predecessor, this installment has just the right amount of thrills, clever details, and persuasive revelations to keep one at edge and not on the trail to a good nap. The dialogue is highly intelligent and sophisticated, just as this story's construction. And the insight on topics that actually matter more than the subject himself is another fine addition to this meal of somewhat convoluted but fulfilling adventures. Jason is still as great as you discovered him to be, but what Ludlum brings new to the table is a plot that makes Bourne not only a survivor of a more excruciating hell, but one who no one in their right mind should underestimate for any reason. Jason is a man of duty, but even more of decency. Considering his life a boring masterpiece only makes one an individual of insanity.
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on June 7, 2008
I think the book and the movie are both great. As most avid fans of Robert Ludlum and the Bourne Trilogy know, the plots of the books and movies of the same names are completely different. I have surfed the web looking for reasons for this and have so far failed to find the justification for completely different plots - so I must use my intuition.

The Bourne novels were written in the 80's - the first novel, the Bourne Identity, represented action in 1978. Bourne was a product of the Vietnam war. The assassin Carlos the Jackal (a real person), featured in the novels, was captured in real life in 1994.

On the other hand, the movies are all from the decade of 2000. The movies also feature current technology. I believe the film's creators wanted current high tech weapons and communications to be on display in the movies, not stuff from the 70's or 80's. Carlos was already captured so to use him would date the movies. The international scene that was a backdrop to the book trilogy (in 1978 and later) did not seem suitable (my opinion) for the filmmakers so they chose completely different plots.

The book is a great, but very complex read - don't let your attention waver for a minute or you will be lost!
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on May 16, 2018
It was a very well written story, including all the details he has included...but the names and their positions do become a bit confusing..He sure does seem to know a lot about China. It make me hesitant to visit there.
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on January 10, 2018
The movies are 10x better then the books. The movies are not in sync with the books timeline wise but the writing is so 1950's Ian Fleming that I could not finish it.
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