The Bourne Imperative (Jason Bourne, #10)
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The Bourne Imperative (Jason Bourne #10)

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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, 448 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2012)
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Kathleen
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...more
Jackie
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...more
B.R. Stateham
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...more
Christine
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.
Jennifer

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....more
Tony Nielsen
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
Maurice
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.
J 'gywenivere'
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!
Speesh
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...more
Matthew West
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...more
Nancy
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...more
Matt
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
Gordon Wulff
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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‘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...more
Linda
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
Mad Madrasi
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...more
Jeff
Oct 30, 2012 Jeff rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
Kai
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...more
Burt
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
Rajeev Singh
This book is quite an improvement upon the previous Bourne books by Mr.Lustbader.While the previous few books had Leonid Arkadin as a very formidable figure,sometimes outshining Bourne, this one has brought Bourne back to the front.It is reminiscent of 'The Bourne Legacy' which I liked very much as it portrayed Bourne as an exceptionally competent agent who could tackle almost any situation. In this book, Bourne gets the better of Ilan Halevy, a ruthless Mossad killer.I like the Bourne books for...more
Joel Anderson
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 series...one 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...more
Jarrod Walker
I received this book as a first reads giveaway.

Not having ever read a Bourne book in the past I was pleased that it was not a series where you need to start at the beginning to know who each of the characters were. Having seen the movies was easily enough back story to get you caught up with who was who. Overall I enjoyed the book. It did seem to drag a little in the middle, and the ending in a way wrapped up a little too quickly. The one real criticism I have was that the writing style and lan...more
Sherry Ramsey
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
Michal
Caution! Adverbs Ahead

The idea was good. It could have been pretty scary. But there were so many characters, I felt I needed a score card to keep track of them. Every chapter shifted through all the various plot threads, and this drove me crazy. I kept hoping it would get better, but it just didn't work and it became one of those, "Finish it just to see what happens" books.
Maybe in film it might have worked since it seemed to have been written for those of short attention spans.
Kathy
Just finished the latest in the Bourne saga. There is about 6 different story lines and as usual Eric Van Lustbader does a great job of holding you on and not wanting you to put the book down. It is very current with technology and yet characters from other books are the thread of the story. It will make a great movie, even though the Bourne Legacy opens August 10 I'm waiting for this book too.
I like the fact that in this book main characters die and others live; women are strong and I always fa...more
Andrea
Love all the Bourne books and love me some Eric Lustbader.
Don Sparrow
I'm a huge fan of the Jason Bourne adventure series and as I've said before Eric Van Lustbader ( this is his 6th Bourne novel ) is carrying on for the deceased Robert Ludlum in grand style.I actually feel this book is worth 3.5 stars.Fast paced non stop action, adventure, globe trotting, suspense, and intrigue are all in abundance in this latest in the series. Bourne and his Treadstone accomplices Soraya, Peter & Hendricks are all back working together to solve this latest mystery.Jason Bour...more
MepoInc
Awesome Bourne as normal. Only problem with this book, is it is intertwined highly. There are over 16+ main to the story characters that need followed, and at times I had to go back to keep them straight. They all come together and make complicated sense in the end, making it a good story. This one never could be made into a movie as it has too many characters and the story would be too long, but it would make one heck of an action movie. :)
Melinda
This was a fast paced book and will translate well into a movie but lacked many details I love about books which are feelings and thoughts and the intricacies of those in the face of the story. The Bourne character is seemingly much more at ease with himself in this story and the complexities of the "spy" part of the book are interesting. It wasn't a "have to stay up and finish" kind of book but entertaining reading nonetheless
LemonLinda
Wow - this was really intense. A friend gave me the audio of this and so I listened. It is an all senses on alert, expect to be surprised kind of read. It is not my typical go to read but once in a while it is good to be stretched and taken on a trip across many nations by various characters with top secret international knowledge which is about to be compromised, yet ultimately knowing what the outcome will be.
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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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