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Great and fascinating, but movie lovers beware!

  • May 16, 2005
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Let's face it, there's a hard day in every male's life when he realizes he's never going to become a professional spy/killer.

This is a great book about solo spies/assasins and their wonderful abilities to adapt. Spies and espionage are very fascinating subjects to read about because it is something that most everyone can only imagine or pretend about. Well, this book is ingeniously written about the life of a spy, with a very interesting storyline about the loss of Bourne's memory. Questions left unanswered like how do I know how to dismantle a gun? How do I know to fight like this?

I enjoyed the espionage and the story to the utmost degree. The only thing I could've seen less of would be the love story. I won't give away too many details but it seemed a little far-fetched to me. But then again, I'm never going to be a spy/assasin so what do I know?

The battle sequences are riveting and packed with twists and turns because of the abilities to use the enviornment that all spies must have, and the ability to blend into the background is perfectly done. Breaching enemy lines undetected, etc., etc. I could want nothing more from an espionage book, except a little less love.

If you were a die-hard fan of the movie, you may not like this book. The movie is completly different from the original book except for a couple things: Jason Bourne and memory loss. There are a couple other areas that are similar, but not enough to even say the movie is close to the book.

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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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