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  • Sep 4, 2009
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This is Eric Van Lustbader's fourth book under the Robert Ludlum trademark; all four are Jason Bourne novels. It is the seventh volume in the Bourne series; the others were written by Robert Ludlum. The book has many interesting parts, but there are at least five problems with the novel.
First, although ostensibly about Jason Bourne, and he has a role in the tale, the novel focuses more on his girl friend Moira and his enemy Arkadin than on him, and both are involved in more interesting events. Bourne seems to have been emasculated; there is little fight in him, certainly no excitement.
Second, it seems as if the author ran out of ideas of how to deal with Bourne's amnesia. There is no new twist or event because of Bourne's amnesia, nor does it hold him back from acting. The amnesia is mentioned every so often, but the reader wonders why.
Third, while Robert Ludlum's descriptions of places were always interesting and even educational, this book has descriptions that lack both of Ludlum's abilities. In fact, the descriptions act like a drag that entices the reader to drop the book and pick up something more interesting.
Fourth, this book picks up where the prior The Bourne Sanction left off, but Lustbader assumes that his reader knows the prior book and he leaves people who haven't read it sometimes wondering what he is talking about.
Fifth, and probably most important, the book is very slow moving.

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Shadowy master assassin Jason Bourne spends too much time offstage in bestseller Lustbader's cliché-ridden fourth thriller in the Ludlum franchise (afterThe Bourne Sanction). Having pushed his latest archenemy, Russian Leonid Arkadin, off a tanker into the ocean, Bourne assumes his foe must be dead. Not long after, Arkadin ambushes Bourne, hitting him with a rifle shot that would've killed a normal man. Seriously but not mortally wounded, Bourne decides to keep his survival a secret. The duel between the pair gets submerged in a plot line about a corrupt U.S. defense secretary's efforts to use the downing of a civilian airliner in Egypt by an Iranian missile as a casus belli. The action sequences and inevitable betrayals are old hat. Clumsy prose doesn't help (œShe was dead, but he could not forget her, or what she caused in him: the tiniest fissure in the speckled granite of his soul, through which her mysterious light had begun to trickle, like the first snowmelt of springĀ).(June)
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ISBN-10: 0446539821
ISBN-13: 9780446539821
Author: Eric Van Lustbader
Genre: Suspense, Spy Stories
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Date Published: June 9, 2009
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