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The Bourne Supremacy (Jason Bourne Book #2): A Novel (Jason Bourne #2)

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Reenter the shadowy world of Jason Bourne, an expert assassin still plagued by the splintered nightmares of his former life. This time the stakes are higher than ever. For someone else has taken on the Bourne identity—a ruthless killer who must be stopped or the world will pay a devastating price. To succeed, the real Jason Bourne must maneuv
Published July 4th 2000 by Random House Audio (first published February 11th 1986)
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Sep 25, 2008 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#2 in the Bourne trilogy. This book didn't have some of the elements that made the first one so great, but it had a few things that weren't there in the first book that I liked, namely the distinct seperation of David Webb, the mild mannered husband and Jason Bourne, the highly trained killing machine who cares for nothing but himself. Ludlum actually creates three different characters in the same body: David Webb, Jason Bourne and "Delta", Webbs codename during his time as a heartless American ...more
Mar 04, 2011 Ali rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people stuck in 1980s stereotype-land
Well, this was the worst book I've read in a long time. Where to start? It's bloated, racist and dull. The scenery is a bit interesting and the plot from the first hundred pages or so appeared just convoluted enough that I wanted to see what happened in the end, or I would have been done with this book by the end of half an hour. But I soldiered on...

In the end, the book was far less interesting than the Bourne Identity, perhaps because there was less for Bourne to do as the man being manipulate
My first thought will give you an idea of how this book reads: I am so happy to be done with it! The plot is terribly complex and if you are clueless about the Far East/China and try to follow it, good luck to you! The book and the movie are not similar and this is one of the rare instances where I found the movie better than the book.

In the movie, his wife is killed right away. Not so in the book. The wife annoyed me to no end. Here's what I thought of that:

As for the economic "genius", Marie
Mar 27, 2009 Wesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First and foremost, this book has absolutely nothing to do with the movies that recently came out. Sure, they share the same title, but let me reassure you, they have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the movie. The only thing that is kept from the book and transferred into the movie is the fact that Bourne is killers killer (if you don't believe me, just watch the movie. He kills a man with a TOWEL).
All that being said, I found this to be a quite enjoyable book. It takes place in China. Apparently
The second novel in the original Bourne Trilogy and Mr Ludlum is really getting the hang of this character. It is almost as if the fictional Jason Bourne is now living a life of his own and the author is just along for the ride. Mainly set in Hong Kong and China the almost supernatural spy is leaving a trail of destruction and we are never really sure who is actually in control of actions and consequences. Ludlum truly was a master of the genre. If you liked the Bourne Identity then pick this up ...more
Rupali Rotti
Aug 04, 2012 Rupali Rotti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I guess whoever likes reading, or even knows how to read, should (or would surely already have) read the Bourne series. The first book that I'd read many many years ago, changed my life for the better. I have this habit of implementing the learnings of what I read in practical life.

The second book, The Bourne Supremacy, though its learnings cannot be implemented in real life unless you are in danger, but I'm sure I could use those when I do get in trouble some time. Every paragraph of this book
Sep 15, 2011 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That difficult middle book in a trilogy. This time, Bourne is tricked into heading to Hong Kong to track down his kidnapped wife. Except it's all a government plot to get him to assassinate a rogue Chinese leader who is threatening the stability of the region.

A frantic chase across the US, China and Hong Kong. Involving the Chinese, American and British secret services. This book was pretty un-put-down-able - including several late nights where my arms were unable to support the book any more. S
Ryan Naples
May 29, 2007 Ryan Naples rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: winter2008
The first 100 and the last 100 pages were great. The 400 pages in the middle were kind of slow. The book is totally different from the movie. The book takes place in China in the late 70s and is premised on how the world will pretty much end if China tries to take over Hong Kong before 1998. Nothing like an out-dated international crisis to get the blood pumping. I'm just glad to have finished this book (I read it over the course of 2 years).
Far fetched but entertaining. Towards the end, it felt like the story had dragged on for too long. One glaring error - the citizens of Hong Kong speak Cantonese, not Mandarin; Mr. Ludlum's transliteration of the Chinese made them all sound like they were speak Mandarin. This is an important political distinction during this sensitive time for Hong Kong.
Apr 06, 2012 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Anyone looking for a book that mirrors the adaptation that made Matt Damon the new spy fatale can move along and not read the rest of this review. Hollywood chose to keep the name of Ludlum’s second book in the series, but make it much more thrill-centred and nothing like what I remember of the movie. Alas, it goes to show that bombs and sex sells, while honest to goodness thriller books, set in a time before GPS technology and the like, seem to wither on the vine. I must say that while the book ...more
And the legend is back.

In this Bourne instalment the chameleon Jason returns to the spy/assassin game when his wife, Canadian economist, Marie, is kidnapped by a Chinese taipan who means serious business. Jason moves heaven and earth to get her back, which means leaving his gentle alter-ego, David, behind and embracing the killer he tried so hard to forget, Delta, in the hunt for his successor.

The new Jason Bourne is out there and only the original can catch him.

Behind the scenes Havilland and
Jan 16, 2013 Antonia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american, 2013
overall enjoyable. many pages but what with the action they quite flew by. weird though that there was a second mini-climax like an afterthought. not necessary in my opinion, the baddie could have been dealt with before the main climax. would have saved 50-100 pages.
again my never-ending gripe with thrillers: i don't need a love story in it. no need for "oh david i love you so much, i hope i can have you back, i must have you back..." "oh marie, i love you so much, i can't bear the thought that
Tushar Gargava
Mar 24, 2013 Tushar Gargava rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Patient, brilliant and breath-stopping is this book!

Robert Ludlum always hooks me so easily in his well-researched books that I curse myself for ever aspiring of writing one myself! Sometimes, the simplest of the sentences that he frames loop me in them for minutes, while I try to understand the various other meanings he might have intended for the said.

Jason Bourne is finally shown as the man with more than 2 parts well at the end of the book, until when it was only hinted, and never explicitl
Jan 28, 2010 Danielle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
God, if this book could have been harder to get through, I'm not sure how. I read an older version, but they shouldn't even put Matt Damon's face on this thing. There is basically nothing in common with this book and the movie except the name of the main character and the title. Unbelievably, all the negatives of the first book were further exacerbated in this one by making the ranting 20 pages long instead of 10 and making the story into such a convoluted conspiracy that it's amazing the United ...more
Feb 23, 2009 Seth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read the first book in the series, I was a bit disappointed. I had just seen the movie adaptation and my expectations for the book were rather high. But a strange thing happened with the second and third books in the series--while the movie adaptations got worse, the books in the series got better. I consider this the midpoint in the upswing of the Jason Bourne story arc; Ludlum has succeeded in introducing an interesting character, and he continually raises the bar in terms of action and ...more
Vikas Khair
Sep 15, 2010 Vikas Khair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
So this time instead of Europe Bourne had to run through oriental environs of Hong Kong and China to grab a killer who is killing in his name in the name of Jason Bourne. And David Webb has to be Jason Bourne again in order to stop the fake assassin and to stop a terrible plan from succeeding. I don't remember the movie much and intend to watch them again but I don't think that the movie went on the similar storyline. Once I finish 'The Bourne Ultimatum' I would finish the trilogy again. I reall ...more
Asghar Abbas
Mar 01, 2016 Asghar Abbas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

It was fine.
Sridhar Babu
Jun 19, 2017 Sridhar Babu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jason Bourne ((aka)) David Webb ((aka) Delta, Marie, Edward Newington McAllister, Raymond Havilland, Morris Panov, Alex Conklin, Sheng Chou Yang, Lin Wenzu, D'Anju (Echo), and others...



David Webb was actually a scholar by profession, spoke several Orienta
Bookworm Smith
The second installment of the Bourne series is again full of action. However, the old proverb - about sequels never being as good as the original - is true.

Wordy! This book just has too many words. It could be a quick two or three hundred page fast movin' action packed paperback, instead of the 600 page mammoth it turned into. Now, there were many scenes that put you on the edge of your seat and kept you turning those 600 pages. There were the expected car chases, the identity changes, the occas
Victoria Jefferson
I liked this better than the first one, even thought I had seen the movie before reading it. I engaged with the characters more and felt that it was faster moving and with lots of thrills,. The fascination I had in the first volume with the international dimensions of this thriller were continued here and it was nice to travel to exotic faraway places in the company of such a hero. Nice writing, I thought.
Jan 05, 2011 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
8/18/04 - 6/10

The Bourne Supremacy was similar to Bourne Identity. The storytelling was not all that great, making it hard to follow who knows what and where all the plot tangles are going. There were also quite a few repetitive and annoying focuses (like the Bourne vs Webb conflicts). The premise is pretty implausible and makes a pretty flimsy backbone for the plot. The plot does move along nicely though. It makes for a nice roller coaster ride, albeit a shallow one. The overal plot was a littl
Sarah Sammis
Jul 19, 2012 Sarah Sammis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pc, read-in-2006
While I have to admit to finding the book a little too long I did enjoy it more than the recent film of the same name. The film takes what had happened to David Webb's first wife as the starting point to remove Marie from the film so he can go rogue and go back to Europe to replay the "best of" scenes for the first film. That is not what happens in this book (thank goodness!)

The Bourne Supremacy was published in 1986 and so the story centers around the cold war politics of the pre return of Honk
Aug 17, 2008 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is packed with political masterminds, psychotic killers, zealots, and other creatures that populate the dark recesses of the human mind. It took me a long time to read this book, but it was well worth the time and effort to be introduced to the world of Jason Bourne once again, as well as the world of Hong Kong and the tension that existed surrounding the treaty of 1997, when the British gave control of Hong Kong to China. The movies are fun, but the Jason Bourne of the books is far mo ...more
Nov 11, 2016 Toni FGMAMTC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, spy-thriller
These books are so different from the movies. The storyline isn't the same. Also, the timeline is like 60's & 70's instead of current-ish. It kind of makes me think of how superhero comics have alternate reality universes for the same characters. Regardless of the small details, the overall is the same, lots of government and unknowns. He has to figure out who is doing what to him. He starts from nothing, not knowing who is against him or if anyone is on his side. Everyone is shady and a pos ...more
The Bourne Supremacy I didn't enjoy this book nearly as much as I enjoyed the previous. A large part of what ruined my enjoyment was the premise, I didn't buy it. Apparently Jason Bourne was the only one able to replace the other Jason Bourne and kill Sheng. Why? Do they not have other agents available? Why would you send an agent into the field with amnesia, who is known to have debilitating flashbacks? He didn't do anything that another competent agent couldn't have done.  I will say despite t ...more
Vardan Partamyan
Aug 24, 2013 Vardan Partamyan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, not many parallels can be drawn between the movie and the book with the novel succeeding in continuing the story that basically ended with the Bourne Identity. That is the one feeling that I had while reading the book and that feeling was very hard to fight. There is palpable tension and Ludlum is a master in describing hard as nails operatives and impossible situations with twists and turns and explosions and gunfire, melee and biting dialogue. The situations are fresh, the sense of ...more
Oct 22, 2016 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, exciting
The story feels a little contrived at times, but I guess in order to keep it exciting you've got to keep it going somehow. And it was very exciting! Much like the first book, events happen in rapid order and it doesn't really let up until the end when things get a bit bogged down in conversation.

But I liked the new characters; I enjoyed the reappearance of old characters; and I enjoyed the resolution of the story. Jason Bourne is an odd example of a hero, but I'm liking him. I'll read the next o
I was very impressed by the first book in this trilogy and was genuinely excited about this series, but this book fell flat on its face for me. The character development was uninspiring and not contiguous with the first book, and the action seemed more forced and illogical. It read as though an editor was pushing for a second novel and Ludlum obliged without the passion and candor that he put towards his first work.

I'll read the last book to round out the series, but I hope it turns up from here
Galen Johnson
I love thrillers, and I loved the first book in this series. But for some reason this book took me longer to read than Anna Karenina. I liked it enough to keep reading, but it was a little bit dense for a spy/thriller book and yet not dense enough to by multi-layered and deep-thought-worthy. I am not going to offer an in-depth review of it, but I will say that I am glad I didn't pick this up for a beach read or an airplane read, because it requires a little bit of concentration to follow the plo ...more
Elsie Aton
Jun 23, 2008 Elsie Aton rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
not the *worst* thing i've ever read... but pretty close. i can't think of another book that i've stopped reading when i'm only 30 pages from the end, but i just don't care enough to finish.

just... absolutely terrible writing. average of 10 exclamation points per page, lots of italics to emphasize constantly repeated text, as though the reader can't figure out what's important or remember things more then 2 minutes. almost as poorly written as the DaVinci Code, but at least i could finish that.
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Robert Ludlum was the author of twenty-seven 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 ...more
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