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Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Imperative by Eric Van Lustbader

23rd July 2012

*I received this book from the publicist on behalf of the publisher Grand Central Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

When Bourne pulls an injured man from the freezing sea  in Sweden, he doesn’t realize the man is the victim of a botched interrogation. The man wakes with no memory of who he is or why he’s there, but he speaks in several different languages and knows the name of any firearm Bourne hands him. It’s six weeks since Bourne’s last entanglement and near escape with a Mossad agent, Rebeka, and when he meets back up with her, he realizes nothing is coincidence.

Back in D.C., Treadstone directors Peter Marks and Soraya Moore are on the trail of a legendary assassin known as Nicodemo. Much like Bourne’s own identity, the man is part myth and part reality, making his existence and reign of terror even more terrifying. Where is Nicodemo, and who is he hunting? If you’ve read any Bourne books or seen the films, you know the answer – Jason Bourne.

Every once in a while when I review certain books, I always think: my readers must think I’m nuts. I’ll be the first to admit my reading tastes are…ahem…eclectic. For the most part I read literary fiction or mysteries, but I’ll veer off into sci-fi, romance, or action now and again.

I absolutely, positively love the Jason Bourne movies. In fact, James Bond, Mission Impossible, any spy/action movie is right up my alley. I’d rather watch Ghost Protocol (bad as it was) than New Year’s Eve or any other rom-com. They’re fun and ridiculous and make my palms sweat. This novel was no different.

With these sorts of novels, keeping track of the plot is difficult, and though I follow it, I’m not the person who will be able to point out any flaws or holes unless they’re pretty obvious. No, with these novels, I’m along for the ride, and the ultimate test (for me) is the fun factor. I like the twists and turns and action scenes, and The Bourne Imperative supplied plenty on and off American soil, with the Treadstone team dealing with issues of its own in the form of a possible spy sent from the president.

The gadgets and double agents and international diplomacy make this another win in the Bourne oeuvre, and if you’re looking for a quick read and/or something suspenseful, pick up The Bourne Imperative.

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P.S. Did anyone see the preview for the next Bourne move, minus Matt Damon? I really love these films but want Damon back as Bourne. I also don’t understand how you can get Rachel Weisz but not Damon? If it was just a cheaper version, eh, but there are some big names. My dad (who was with me in the theater when the preview played), made the point that Bourne is an identity not a person, so does it matter? It does to me. Anyone else?