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The Bourne Supremacy (Jason Bourne #2)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  101,050 ratings  ·  755 reviews
A KILLER WITH NO FACE, NO IDENTITY, AND A NAME THE WORLD WANTED TO FORGET:
JASON BOURNE

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 devastat...more
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Published February 1st 1989 by Random House Audio (first published 1986)
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Dan
#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
Ali
Mar 04, 2011 Ali rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
James
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...more
Wesley
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...more
Ryan Naples
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).
Matt
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
Michelle
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...more
Brian
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...more
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...more
Tushar Gargava
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...more
Rupali Rotti
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...more
Antonia
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...more
Elisa
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...more
Kate
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
Sarah Sammis
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...more
Vardan Partamyan
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
Danielle
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
Seth
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
Henry
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...more
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
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.
Jitesh Mehta
it was not as good as IDENTITY but the story,the pace and everything was good but the only this book lacked was the suspense which the 1st book kept me awake the whole night to read it
now i am going to start with the 3rd and the final part of this epic series that is THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM i hope it doesn't disappoint me but i like this bourne series and i would have hoped that this suspense shouldn't have finished in just 3 books
LOVE U JASON BOURNE,DELTA,CAIN not DAVID WEBB lolzzzz
Jann
It was a huge letdown following the first book. The Bourne Supremacy got confusing quickly. The plot moves just as fast as the first, but this time it's even more through the government conspiracy stuff that I have a really hard time reading personally. When they disembowel someone, it was the only time I had a vivid picture in my head of what was going on, so much so that I actually gagged. By the end, I honestly didn't know what was happening and I wasn't sure I cared.
John
Although not the unqualified masterpiece that THE BOURNE IDENTITY was, THE BOURNE SUPREMACY certainly makes for a worthy sequel. I love the book for its enormous scope, intricate plot, slavish devotion to accurate detail, high-octane action, and complete unpredictability. It's also a blast watching Bourne go up against someone with a similar background and skills. I might be biased, however, in giving this book a full five stars. I fortuitously selected this book to read during a vacation to Hon...more
VBergen
The action and suspense are great. It was hard to put the book down each time I had to. The character of Marie is better than the movie. Here she is smart and brave.

In the previous book, The Bourne Identity, the alarmingly trivialized abuse scene of Marie and the way she goes on with her life like if nothing happened was very upsetting. On this book, it changed because the event is mentioned like if it 'almost' happened. However, there is again a very detailed attempt of abuse.

It is not clear...more
Theresa
There is no star rating to give this book that would be accurate. Lots of it would be 5 stars. Some of it maybe two. The last hundred or so were definitely 5 stars. I also skimmed some of it. So many words. If Robert Ludlum didn't love words, this book could have been 300 pages and it would have been perfect. I think the basic plot was amazing, it was all the filler that killed it.

The Bourne Identity was a five star book for me, I loved it even when it was killing me. The thing I loved was Marie...more
Mike (the Paladin)
As before, please read the book and forget the movie. if you've seen the movies and think you got the story you haven't. Ludlum plotted and charactized a complex and well thought out story...and this may be the waekest of the series. it's still far better than the recent movie.
Max
Following on a year after the end of 'Identity', 'Supremacy' finds the US government ready to screw Webb/Bourne over again in order to avert a crisis in the Far East. It's fascinating the way we see into Webb's psyche and the schizophrenic mash-up of Webb and Bourne in his head. In this novel Webb is still plagued by visions and memories but is able to engage his assassin alter ego almost at will. Bourne is a fascinating character and even his setting up for missions is a joy to behold – everyth...more
Rob
Read this awhile ago. It was borderline 1 star. I'd give it 1.5 if I could. His wife is super annoying and the story was just slow. This is one where I actually liked the movie much much better (probably because the only thing in common it had was the name)
Eyehavenofilter
I love a food fast paced spy book and this does not disappoint. The pages just flew by. I could not think of anyone else but ( you know who) while I was reading but I guess that's the way it goes. Nothing was lost in my imagination for sure.
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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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