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Really great read for spy thrillers.
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.