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The Bourne Ultimatum (Bourne Trilogy, Book 3)

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A book by Robert Ludlum

The literary faults and stylistic excesses that characterized The Icarus Agenda , The Gemini Contenders and other of Ludlum's works are present in his latest mammoth thriller, but fans will nonetheless cheer the return of his most popular character, … see full wiki

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Author: Robert Ludlum
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Bantam
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Ludlum's long drone out ultimatum

  • May 31, 2009
In the first Bourne (The Bourne Identity (Bourne Trilogy, Book 1)) we meet the mysterious assassin Jason Bourne as he struggles to recover his memory and combat his arch enemy international terrorist Carlos the Jackal. In the second Bourne (The Bourne Supremacy (Bourne Trilogy, Book 2)) we learn more about Bourne's past as he recovers it upon his return to the Far East where we are introduced to Medusa, the secret American cabal of military and intelligence secrets and spies that drove Bourne to the edge of insanity. I rated each of those books four stars for their action-filled if somewhat wordy narratives.

In the final book of the trilogy, Carlos meets Medusa (now a far reaching financial and political conspiracy)and the Mafia as they battle Bourne with the assistance and hindrance of the Russians, the French, the Caribbean, and the kitchen sink.

The "Ultimatum" is delivered with all the conciseness of James Michener. The action narrative is buried in stopping and starting too many story lines with too much explanation and too many characters. The Mafia storyline is the biggest mistake, replete with clumsy stereotypes and racist ethnic caricatures that would have been out of place in a book written in the 1950s.

Even Jason Bourne himself is not very likable, as Ludlum paints him as aging and insecure, and his insecurity and mental instability between Bourne and his alter ego David Webb come across as angry, arrogant, and short-tempered. In the end, he wins, of course, and all is well. Along the way, the action is good when it is allowed to flow, and the goodwill Ludlum and his characters banked in the first two books propels the reader through to the end, but with one star less than I rated the first two books.

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