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The Bourne Imperative (Jason Bourne #10)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  2,577 Ratings  ·  175 Reviews
The man Jason Bourne fishes out of the freezing sea is near death, half-drowned and bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound. He awakens with no memory of who he is or why he was shot-and Bourne is eerily reminded of his own amnesia. Then Bourne discovers that the Mossad agent named Rebeka is so determined to find this injured man that she has gone off the grid, cut her tie ...more
Hardcover, 435 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2012)
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B.R. Stateham
Aug 26, 2012 B.R. Stateham rated it liked it
While I like the Bourne series I have to confess the character is beginning to wear thin on me. Wear thin in that he's becoming two deminsional. He travels all over the world. He speaks every language known to man. He wins all his fights. And he absorbs more punishment that a krypton-clad Superman---and still keeps on ticking like a Timex!!

How about less mindless action and more story? More suspense. A real puzzler to win with sudden jabbing nightmarish flashes of searing action interspersed wit
This action-packed thriller is the latest in the popular series starring Jason Bourne, a black ops agent whose identity as a spy has obliterated his recollection of who he really is. This is the tenth book in the series; the first three were written by Robert Ludlum himself before his death in 2001.
Jason Bourne has enemies not just because of his position in world of spies, counter-spies and international crime, but personal ones. Throughout the years he has made enemies in every aspect of crimi
Jun 21, 2012 Jackie rated it it was ok
Like lots of people, I've long been a fan of the Jason Bourne series. And when Mr. Ludlum died, I thought we had lost a fine novelist. His vocabulary was impressive.

Van Lustbader has never been my favorite author. The previous Jason Bourne adventure he penned surprised me: I liked it. Then came this one. And I was again disappointed. Mr. Van Lustbader trades a decent vocabulary for the constant and completely unnecessary use of the famed "f" word. It isn't pleasant reading.

Add to that a book th
Mr. Gottshalk
Jun 26, 2015 Mr. Gottshalk rated it liked it
There were parts of this book that I really got into: some of the action sequences, Bourne, his allies, the villains, the robust settings from Sweden to Mexico City to Lebanon, and then there was the other 2/3 of the novel. It seems like the author felt the need to have so many characters double-cross each other because Robert Ludlum would've approved. But there comes a point when too much is just too much. I have been a sucker for the Bourne series going back to the original trilogy, but the co ...more
Jun 12, 2012 Christine rated it it was ok
Sadly...not impressed. Does anyone know of an author that can write a great spy novel/political thriller that knows how to write without using the F-word every few pages? Help me out here. I'm having a hard time finding them.
Matthew West
Mar 02, 2013 Matthew West rated it did not like it
Horribly convoluted, poorly written attempt at a spy novel. Utterly unreadable.

I had never heard of Van Lustbader when I picked this up, I was mainly drawn by the Bourne product name which usually guarantees quality in my experience of the Ludlum works.

Lustbader has vainly attempted to appeal to the short attention spans of a younger audience though lacks any real story-telling panache, consistently offering one and two (sometimes three) page scenes that cause the story to stop-and-start, not e

I like the Bourne movies, but I've never been able to get past the first few chapters of the third book. I think it's probably because those first few books are awfully dated (and the movies stray so far from them that they're hardly similar any more), and I was hoping that even though I hadn't read the books between this one and those first few that I might like it better. I think I did, though there are definitely things I was missing because I didn't know the recent history of the characters.
Tony Nielsen
Jun 22, 2012 Tony Nielsen rated it it was ok
I was disappointed in the latest Jason Bourne thriller. For me there were actually too many characters that it was hard to maintain focus on the action. Its not a vote against Eric Van Lustbader who was charged by the Ludlum estate to continue the legacy following Robert Ludlum's death. Some of his earlier effots have been OK but not thia time. The mix includes the usual Threadstone line-up, the Isaraeli Mossad, a Mexican drug lord, a Chinese politian and a cast of thousands which is the problem ...more
Nov 24, 2012 Maurice rated it did not like it
What a terrible read. The story was too convoluted and too many characters and things going on. Could not finish fast enough as I slowly got through the book. Won't be reading any more books with Ludlum's name on it that wasn't written by Ludlum. It was so bad I thought it might be me. So I picked up the latest Vince Flynn book and its as captivating as his preceding books. Do yourself a favor and take a pass on The Bourne Imperative.
Jeremy Renner makes a great new Tread Stone Agent. Hope to see the movie, and maybe the next one will have both Jeremy Renner and Matt Damon!
Judy Green
Dec 21, 2016 Judy Green rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dec 22, 2016 Cindy rated it it was ok
Wouldn't recommend. Hard to follow, because it jumped from storyline to storyline. Crude language throughout.
Feb 08, 2014 Speesh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spies, adventure, crime
High flying, high finance, high society, high jinx. Low down dirty double-crossing dirty tricks. That’s what you expect from a Bourne thriller - and that’s exactly what Eric Van Lustbader delivers. Time and time again.

I like these 'Bourne’ thrillers so much, that I am able to forgive almost anything that does - or sometimes doesn’t - happen in them. I’m even prepared to (well, almost prepared, I suppose I should say) overlook the constant ‘punching in’ of telephone numbers. One just doesn’t punc
Dec 05, 2014 Nabarun rated it really liked it
My first Bourne novel which I read, but have seen the movies over and over again! Always wanted to read this series, hence the leap of faith and I was not disappointed.

The book starts when a man is shot by a Mossad agent, Rebeka, and he falls in the river and is flown down stream only to be picked up byJason Bourne. For Jason, it's deja vu and hence he wants to help him. He saves the guy and takes him back to the place where he saved him. And that's when the plot starts to unfold into a bigger p
Lizzie Hayes
Aug 31, 2012 Lizzie Hayes rated it it was amazing
‘The Bourne Imperative’ by Eric Van Lustbader
Published by Orion, 24th May 2012. ISBN: 978-1-4091-1645-5

I read the earlier books by Robert Ludlum in the 1970’s and by the time he wrote The Bourne Identity I was a huge fan. But following his death, although I was aware that Eric Van Lustbader was continuing the series featuring Jason Bourne, I never felt any compunction to read them. However, when The Bourne Imperative was sent to me for review I decided to give it a go.

Jason Bourne pulls a man fr
Christopher Hernandez
Oct 09, 2014 Christopher Hernandez rated it did not like it
This book was an absolute mess. I picked up the book at the library to bide time till another book was returned. I also had hopes that this book would return the excitement that I once had for the series. I think I'm done hoping.

The Bourne Imperative was a hodgepodge mix of overly used spy story plot and cliche. It was as if Lustbader was writing five different books, but under publisher deadlines, elected to stitch them all together with exposition occurring through overly talkative antagonists
Feb 11, 2013 Matt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
The saga is over! Fifty-four days long and many painful pages, storylines, plots, poorly written sequels, unrealistic character development, and a slew of painful hours of narration have finally come to an end. Eric Lustbader's taking over of the JASON BOURNE series torch was one of the most painful transitions I have seen and the books pushed deeper and deeper into a literary miasma. Thank God that is over. While Lustbader did open this book up to something interesting, Bourne finding an amnesi ...more
Jul 30, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it
Still a great series. Exciting, fast paced.

The man Jason Bourne fishes out of the freezing sea is near death, half-drowned and bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound. He awakens with no memory of who he is or why he was shot-and Bourne is eerily reminded of his own amnesia. Then Bourne discovers that the Mossad agent named Rebeka is so determined to find this injured man that she has gone off the grid, cut her ties to her agency, and is now being stalked by Mossad's most feared killer. Do the a
Gordon Wulff
Nov 06, 2013 Gordon Wulff rated it really liked it
A classic added to the fact that I have been reading Eric VL since I was about 12 years old . Cannot go wrong with this for an entertaining read .

A new Author that is doing some amazing works .

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Max Madrasi
Jun 28, 2012 Max Madrasi rated it it was ok
Jason Bourne pulls out an amnesiac like himself and then caroms around Europe, Middle-East and Mexico to boot, always playing catch up. Almost every character coming into contact with Bourne, Treadstone team and allied characters, turn out to work for the other side. There is a middle eastern angle with Mossad angle to spice up the antagonism. The involvement of Chinese and Mexicans give it a distinct James Bond feel.

Of late, I get the feeling that Jason Bourne novels are being written with the
Aug 21, 2012 Linda rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
When I got the book, I thought it was written by Robert Ludlum, but I was mistaken. There are several "Bourne" books written by Eric Van Lustbader whom I now know was given permission by Ludlum's estate to continue writing "Bourne" novels. Ludlum died in 2001, and someone forgot to tell me. When I saw both names on the audible audiobook, I thought perhaps it was a collaborative effort, like James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. But no, the sole author is Lustbader and he just doesn't do it for me. ...more
May 21, 2015 Chase rated it really liked it
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Oct 30, 2012 Jeff rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
SUMMARY: A Mossad camp outside of Israel. A Mossad operative/assassin off the grid. An unconscious man who barely escapes death thanks to Jason Bourne. A mythical assassin known by many aliases. The CEO of an energy company. The CEO of another company. Two drug lords. A senator. A supermodel. The Chinese Secret Service. This and other storylines are weaved seamlessly together in this book.

CONS: Even while keeping track of characters and deaths, there are so many plot twists, double crosses, trip
Aug 23, 2014 Sue rated it really liked it
I love the fast-paced action in this book and I appreciated the fact that this storyline wasn't about the Arabs. Instead the action centered around an American businessman trying to take over the energy business, a Mexican drug lord, and the Chinese government, along with a disgruntled American government hacker and a few other characters, actually a lot of characters. Sometimes it does get difficult to keep all of the characters straight but overall I enjoy this since they help the intricacies ...more
Jul 20, 2013 Burt rated it liked it
As I indicated after I finished reading and remarked on The Bourne Dominion, if Van Lustbader didn't find a way to get many of the "worn out" characters out of the stories (becoming boringly redundant), The Bourne Imperative would be my last Bourne read. Most are now gone and behind us and Van Lustbader seems to have left the door just slightly open to having Jason forge some new kind of relationship with Mossad and an all new cast of characters there. A lot could be done to show a very tenuous ...more
Oct 23, 2016 Doug rated it liked it
It seems the more of Van Lustbader's Bourne series I read, the harder the plot is to follow and the less I enjoy them. The book read like an action movie instead of a suspenseful thriller and left me wishing for the good old days when our dearly departed Robert Ludlum was crafting the mystery and intrigue.

In this book, the antagonists aren't nearly as "scary" and the threat they pose is dull and uninteresting. The last chapter ends suddenly leaving loose ends and setting up for an obvious seque
Dec 27, 2012 Kai rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Bourne Imperative takes Jason Bourne from Finland to Mexico. He is still being hunted by every nations. His past is still unknown except for his name David Webb before he is Jason Bourne. He helped a Mossad agent Rebeka to find the man she has been following.

This book is nothing but intrigue which will keep the readers reading to find out the why and several plots that are happening at the same time. There are so many pieces of the puzzle but to understand exactly what is going on, the readers
Feb 15, 2016 John rated it it was ok
I'm between 2.5 and 3 stars on this one. This book thankfully was a bit more coherent than the last one. But characters continue to fly in and out of the storyline at such a pace that they don't serve much purpose other than to add to the ever increasing body count.

At this point, I'm not sure who Jason Bourne is anymore or what his motivations are. He has stepped out of time and is just an ageless super spy out there flying on his own.

Who does he work for? Not the CIA or any other U.S. Agency? H
Sherry Ramsey
Sep 14, 2012 Sherry Ramsey rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012
Hmmm...what to say about this book? A lot of unpleasant people get killed. Some unpleasant people do not get killed. Some slightly less unpleasant people also get killed. Pretty much everyone is double-crossing at least one other person, and everybody wants the money/power/validation. Some of the characters are pretty much incomprehensible, yet interesting in a watching-an-accident sort of way. It's all very exciting and convoluted and you don't know who can trust whom. (The best answer is, don' ...more
Joel Anderson
Aug 09, 2012 Joel Anderson rated it really liked it
Typically action-packed Bourne story. Lustbader has done a commendable job of picking up the Ludlum character and managing to remain true to both the character and his own writing style. In typical fashion, Bourne manages to save the day, though with close calls along the way. Some characters return but end up making their final appearances in the will have to read the story to find out who.

Suffice it to say, there are forces after Bourne, from many different angles and organization
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Eric Van Lustbader was born and raised in Greenwich Village. He is the author of more than twenty-five best-selling novels, including The Ninja, in which he introduced Nicholas Linnear, one of modern fiction's most beloved and enduring heroes. The Ninja was sold to 20th CenturyFox, to be made into a major motion picture. His novels have been translated into over twenty languages.

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