Friday, May 25, 2012

Review: Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative by Eric Van Lustbader


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:

The man Jason Bourne fishes out of the frozen lake is near death, bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound and drowning.  He awakens as an amnesiac, with no memory of who he is or why he was shot--and Bourne is eerily reminded of his own past.
Meanwhile, Mossad agent Rebekah is so determined to find this man that she's gone off the grid, cut her ties to her agency, and risks a summary execution if caught by her former colleagues.
Back in the U.S., Treadstone operatives Peter Marks and Soraya Moore are recovering from their last mission, during which Peter Marks was critically injured by a car bomb and Soraya Moore was almost killed in an ambush.  Cleared for duty and back at the office, they discover a new man assigned to their team: Dick Richards.  Can they trust Dick, or has he been sent to spy on them?
Everything turns on the amnesiac.  Will Bourne learn his identity and purpose before an international incident causes deadly consequences?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ROBERT LUDLUM was the author of twenty-one novels, each one a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 210 million of his books in print, and they have been translated into thirty-two languages. He is the author of The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Chancellor Manuscript, and the Jason Bourne series--The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum--among others. Mr. Ludlum passed away in March, 2001.  www.Robert-Ludlum.com
ERIC VAN LUSTBADER is most widely known as the New York Times bestselling author of twenty international bestselling thrillers including  Ninja and Black Heart. He is also the author of two successful and highly regarded series of fantasy novels, The Sunset Warrior Cycle and The Pearl Saga. His novels have been translated into over twenty languages.  www.ericvanlustbader.com

MY TAKE:

I didn't really get into the Bourne movies, but I do enjoy action-thriller novels. As such, I didn't hesitate to request this book.

In The Bourne Imperative, Jason Bourne comes across an amnesiac man who may be the most important piece in a puzzle that involves Treadstone, the Mossad and several surprise players.

This novel was a well-crafted piece, even though the thing that everyone was fighting over wasn't exactly something that interested me. There are plenty of plot twists in this book, some surprising, some expected.

There were a lot of characters that were brought into the story, which got confusing for me. However, even though it was hard to keep track of how they were connected to each other, they were fleshed out in such a way that it was easy to care about them.

Thanks to NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for the e-ARC. Publication date of Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative is on June 5, 2012.

THE GOOD:

  1. It's action-packed.
  2. You care for the characters.
  3. It reads like a Bourne movie.

THE BAD:

  1. The number of characters can make it hard to remember how everything relates to each other.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:

"You've led such a fascinating life."
He shrugged. "More than some, I suppose. Less than others."

READ IT IF:

  1. You liked the Bourne movies.
  2. You like action thrillers.
  3. You like fast-paced books.

RATING:
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