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  • Nov 21, 2010
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Like most of the people today, I have been introduced to Jason Bourne through the movie trilogy staring Matt Damon. In my opinion these were well executed spy/assassin thrillers and are among my favorite action thrillers of all time. I was aware that they were based on the eponymous novels by Robert Ludlum, but until recently did not consider reading it. I am really glad that I eventually got around and read the book, because it is every bit as exciting as the movie. Furthermore, although the main premise of both the book and the movie is the same - an American man who has lost all of his memory is trying to find his way in the world while battling various enemies - the nature of his background and the adversaries he faces are significantly different. This makes the book suspenseful and unpredictable even if you had seen the movie.

The world that Ludlum places Jason Bourn in is the world of high-level international ideological terrorism from the late seventies. The world has changed significantly since then, but it is still interesting to see the threats that were making international headlines back in those days. Ludlum exhibits a very high understanding of logistics and tactical maneuvering that anyone involved in covert operations would have required. All of the plot's twists and turns are extremely plausible yet entertaining. The action moves at a brisk pace, yet Ludlum pays a lot of attention to character development and the interpersonal relationships. One could even say that the book is almost philosophical in its dissection of personal identity. It makes you wonder how would you yourself go about rediscovering or even constructing your own sense of self if all the information you have is extremely fragmentary and unreliable.

This is a high-paced exciting thriller that is still very fresh three decades after it had originally been published.

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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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