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One of the best thrillers I have ever read!

  • Sep 22, 2004
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Having seen the movie of the same title and really liking it I decided to try this book. The movie takes some aspects from the book but both are absolutely different stories. And as good as the movie was, the book is about 100 times better!

It starts out with some newspaper articles about some assassinations and the hunt for a man named Carlos. That is just fodder to be stored away till much later in the book. The story then jumps ahead to a man being shot and falling into the ocean. He hangs on to some floating debris for life and is fished out unconscious much later by a fishing boat.

The captain of the boat brings the man to a "retired" doctor working in a small coastal town. The doctor treats the patient for about 5 months in which we learn that the man has amnesia but has some incredible skills related to fighting and covert military type terminology. He also had some face altering surgery. The only clue to the man's identity is a Zurich bank account number that is contained on a piece of mircofilm that was surgically implanted in his hip.

The man makes his way to Zurich after pulling a "con" on a wealthy aristocrat to obtain money to create a false passport. He seems to have memories of a hotel so he goes there and is recognized by the concierge who calls him Mr. Bourne. With a name to go on, he heads to the bank and there learns his full name is Jason Bourne. What he doesn't know is that his bank account has some special instructions to a network of killers, should anyone try to access it. From then on Jason is a marked man, with faceless killers coming out of the woodwork after him.

Jason later winds up at a hotel and when he senses men are waiting to get him, he kidnaps a woman (Marie) from the hotel to use as cover. He ends up keeping Marie to the point where she is also a target for the unknown killers so she is now in it together. Jason ends up saving Marie twice and she realizes that he is not a crazed kidnapper, but a desperate man trying to save his life. Marie decides to help Jason regain whatever he can of his memory and put a face to the man who wants him dead. They piece together that the man is in fact Carlos, the super assassin mentioned at the beginning of the book.

The book is full of all kinds of great escapes and excitement. It is also extremely interesting the tactics that get used by Jason to act as a "chameleon" to blend in to any situation and to be able to social engineer information to help explain more about himself and to learn the whereabouts of Carlos.

On top of everything, the covert US government operation that Jason was working for thinks that Jason has turned against them, so they are also trying to kill him.

This is a massive book that you cannot put down so try to read it on a long weekend that you have little to do!

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"Mr. Ludlum stuffs more surprises into his novels than any other six-pack of thriller writers combines."—The New York Times
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ISBN-10: 0553593544
ISBN-13: 978-0553593549
Author: Robert Ludlum
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Richard Marek Publishers
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