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The Bourne Retribution (Jason Bourne #11)

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Jason Bourne is one of the most popular and compelling characters in modern fiction. Originally created by bestselling author Robert Ludlum, now New York Times bestselling writer Eric Van Lustbader carries on Ludlum's legacy with a new novel about the rogue secret agent who has lost his memory . . .

Jason Bourne has been pursued by powerful governments--and escaped.
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2013)
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Khamneithang Vaiphei
Dec 03, 2013 Khamneithang Vaiphei rated it it was amazing
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Brace yourself for the ultimate showdown in this Jason Bourne thriller that has a deeply personal touch to a story that spans Mexican drug cartels, the Chinese Politburo, and the Mossad.

In The Bourne Retribution, a month after Rebeka’s funeral Jason Bourne is still mourning her death. Rebeka’s death throbbed like an internal wound that refused to heal. When the director of Mossad, Eli Yadin, asks him to investigate the rumor of Ouyang Jidan, a senior member of China’s Politburo, and Mexico’s dru
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With a new Jason Bourne movie on the horizon I thought it would be probably a good idea to read as many of the novels in the character’s series as possible in order to prepare. I’ve read four so far including The Bourne Retribution and I’ve yet to find anything in the series that matches up to the quality of Robert Ludlum’s original novel which shouldn’t really come as any surprise. But it’s becoming clear that Lustbader is gradually getting better in his role
D.B. Woodling
Would I have liked the book nearly as well had I not seen the movie first? Probably not.
Dec 11, 2014 Matt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jason Bourne is back for his eleventh adventure, ready to impress readers, but perhaps disappoint series fans. Bourne is called into action by Mossad to look into a secretive joint effort between member of the Chinese Politburo and some powerful cartels to rid him of his rivals. Still pained from a death close to his heart, Bourne will stop at nothing to earn retribution against one of his long-standing nemeses, infiltrating closed-circles with his ability to elude all those who get too close. B ...more
May 25, 2015 Ric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Escapist spy/action thriller. Not much to say. It's the movie version Jason Bourne wreaking havoc on all sorts of bad guys - Mexican cartel, Mossad turncoats, Chinese hegemonists. The large cast of characters is a must since Bourne kills quite a number of them.

The secrets and mysteries are what keep the narrative going, otherwise its just a series of Bourne fights and escapes. I haven't read any of the previous books but the references are not too hard to figure out. Bourne fell in love, someone
Mean Drake
Jan 19, 2014 Mean Drake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though the book starts off badly in my opinion, it picks up pace and settles down into a fairly good thriller. But the initial part of the book was very bad. Characters were ill-defined and doing illogical stuff and some of the things were incredulous. But then that's Bourne series. Overall, a good read finally.
Judee. Fong.
Apr 10, 2014 Judee. Fong. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eric Van Lustbader was given the arduous task of continuing the legend of Robert Ludlum's indestructible amnesiac hero, Jason Bourne. I had given the Jason Bourne series a bit of a rest as there has been 7 Bourne adventures since Ludlum's passing-- with each thriller having the Van Lustbader intricate plotline. "The Bourne Retribution" does not disappoint. This is definitely one of those thrillers that grabs you by the throat and makes you burn the midnight oil just to see what is beyond the nex ...more
Khamneithang Vaiphei
Jan 13, 2014 Khamneithang Vaiphei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Criss-crossing cities, countries and continents – from the Middle East to Mexico, and to China, The Bourne Retribution continues the saga of one of the most popular and compelling characters in modern fiction. Eric Van Lustbader masterfully writes a tale of loss, betrayal and vengeance in this latest Bourne novel.

In The Bourne Retribution, the story begins a month after Rebeka’s funeral and Jason Bourne is still mourning her death. Rebeka’s death throbbed like an internal wound that refused to h
Stephen Gallup
I've been exposed to a sufficient dose of the Reacher novels, but aside from seeing the movie of the first Bourne installment wasn't up to speed on this particular hero. I suspect it would've been better to try a title that had actually been written by Ludlum, rather than by an imitator trying to carry on what he started, but when browsing the limited selection of audiobooks in the library one must take what comes to hand. (It turns out I encountered the same issue a few months ago with another ...more
Apr 20, 2014 Jakobk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"The Bourne Retribution" by Eric Van Lustbader is, as the title implies, another adventure of the amnesiac spy, Jason Bourne. Except this one is different. The book deals with Jason Bourne after Rebeka's death, and how he hasn't gotten over it. Now, I remember in "The Bourne Legacy" when Lustbader killed off Bourne's Psychiatrist Dr. Morris Panov, his old CIA Handler Alex Conklin, and Jason Bourne's wife. That was a sad moment, as the three people he had forged emotional connection to were kille ...more
J.c. Shepard
Aug 09, 2015 J.c. Shepard rated it liked it
At this point, VonLustbader has more than twice the history with Jason Bourne as Robert Ludlum had. In some ways the legend reads as fan fiction, in others it stretches so far from origins to be nearly unrecognizable. Take it for what it is and you'll happily go along for the ride. Bourne is older and wiser now, yet we never quite know how much he's the puppet or the puppeteer. One note: you won't get half as much out of the story if you haven't kept up with the series.
Mar 11, 2015 Janice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. The story was interesting and grabbed your interest. Finished it in about a week. Well developed characters that you could relate to. Jason Bourne trying to get retribution for the death of a woman he loved Rebeka- who had been killed in a confrontation between the Mexican drug lord cartels and their Chinese suppliers. The story takes place in Mexico and China as Bourne goes back and forth to hunt down those responsible fo ...more
Joel Anderson
Feb 24, 2014 Joel Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To this day, I recall when I first met Jason Bourne in the pages of Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Identity. A man fished out of the sea who soon discovers that he does not know who is or anything about his history. Over the course of 11 novels, I have come to know the man who, despite the odds against him always seems to complete his mission.

In The Bourne Retribution, he is recruited by Mossad using the lure of avenging the death of Rebekah, a woman he loved and an Israeli agent. His journey in sea
Jan 15, 2015 Stacy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sorry, but it just does not make sense to me. It just doesn't fly. Now we get a sudden desperation in Bourne and severe depression over a death. His memory of the event is much much more absorbing now than the event itself was. In the last book Bourne left Rebeka seemingly dead in the backseat of car in the middle of a city. No extraordinary measures and it seemed like no regrets or not much of one, all in a days work. No. This seems like a sudden reversal of Lustbader's work, packaged to tie in ...more
Denise Dougherty
Many years ago, I'd wait (somewhat) patiently for Robert Ludlum's new novel to be publish and then in a matter of days inhale it. Then the waiting would begin again. Since that time, I lost interest in the books. The last Bourne book read was The Bourne Identity.

I did,however, love the Bourne movies with Matt Damon. Guess that is why I picked up this Bourne audio book. Didn't get any further than disk 4. It was a bit confusing when scenes and characters constantly switched locations and then I j
Jan 17, 2015 Speesh rated it liked it
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A surprisingly agile and flexible tale, spanning the globe - several times. Involving the Mexican drug cartels, the Chinese, the Israelis and, of course, Jason Bourne caught in the middle, just trying to mind his own business, Well, obviously not minding his own business - though he does seem at times to have caught a tiger by the tail and knows he really should let go. Anyway, that’s what I’ve liked about EvL’s Bourne, he’s made Bourne almost self aware. Though, maybe with the films in mind, ‘B ...more
Trish Jackson
May 04, 2016 Trish Jackson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story, like all the other Jason Bourne books, will keep you on the edge of your seat with its fast pace and the terrifying challenges the characters have to overcome.
The plot moves back and forth from China to Mexico City, and it is fascinating how the author illustrates the differences in the two cultures and their values. It's all about power, and in the end, the Mexican Drug cartels with their abject disregard for life are no different from the Chinese Politburo members.
Jason Bourne's o
Joop Liefaard
Nov 03, 2014 Joop Liefaard rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Eli Yadin, hoofd van de Mossad en persoonlijke vriend van Jason Bourne vermoedt dat er een connectie bestaat tussen de Mexicaanse drugskartels en het Chinese Politbureau en dat de illegale handel tussen de twee verder gaat dan het alleen maar smokkelen van drugs. Om daar zekerheid over te krijgen vraagt Eli Yadin Jason Bourne een onderzoek in te stellen. Jason stemt ermee in en dat niet alleen om de waarheid over de illegale handel boven tafel te krijgen maar vooral omdat hij op deze manier in s ...more
Dec 19, 2014 Nabarun rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This the sequel to "the Bourne imperative". it begins with Bourne mourning the death of an Israeli operative and is spending time in Tel aviv next to Rebeka's burial ground. That is when the Mossad director Eli Yadin requests Jason to company another Mossad operative for a high profile meeting. In that meeting,Carlos the Mexican drug enforcement officer kills th amossad operative and injures Bourne.

Thus begins this book where Bourne finds out who Rebeka's killers were and embarks on the journey
Bill Mazzola
May 23, 2014 Bill Mazzola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Van Lustbader's Bourne books are never going to be the original Ludlum trilogy. Ludlum was much more cerebral and akin to classic spy novels. That being said, this book was Van Lustbader's best one since the first one he wrote. It was a sharp, taut, engaging thriller from start to finish, and I thought it was the best he has written the Jason Bourne character yet. A few books back I was ready to give up, but the last two - this one in particular - make me glad i didn't.
Jan 03, 2015 Vloestef rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zoals steeds in de Bourne serie een page turner in een internationale setting.
Ideale vakantie literatuur, niet nadenken, lezen en je laten onderdompelen in een wereld van onoverwinnelijke geheime spionnen.
Het verhaal heeft nog een leuke plotwending in de laatste bladzijden, maar eigenlijk had die niet gemoeten.

Verder is het feit dat een deel van dit boek zich in shanghai afspeelt, de enige reden geweest waarom ik net deze Bourne heb uitgeselecteerd om te lezen.
Apr 08, 2014 George rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This volume in the Bourne series started well and faded at the end. Still Eric Van Luster has much to be proud of. Of the post-death ghostwriters or pre (in the case of Cussler0 he is clearly the best at maintaining a franchise. It's funny Ludlum did 3 of them Lustbader has done maybe 3x as many already. Kinda like Stephen Malkmus' whose afterlife with the Jicks is now far longer and more prolific than his time in Pavement.
John Hubenthal
It was strange to see plot elements from the films to be used in the book after all this time. The books and films are so different, and this is one of the rare exceptions where I think the films are better. The author seems to be aligning the story more with the film series and less with the roots of Ludlum. Most of the characters in the book kill each other off just when you think you might recall who they are. Other story lines jump ahead bizarrely and I flipped back to see if I missed someth ...more
Apr 28, 2014 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always, a well-written book to continue the Bourne series and tradition. In this book, Bourne is seeking Retribution for the death of the one he loved, Rebekah, who was killed in Mexico City. His friend, Eli Yadin, head of Israel's Mossad, learns that OOyang Jidan, a senior member of China's Politboro and a major Mexican drug lord, may have been trafficking in something far more deadly than drugs. Bourne agrees to investigate this for Yadin, but only because he has a personal agenda.
V.E. Lynne
Prior to reading 'The Bourne Retribution' I had never, for some reason, read a Jason Bourne novel. I have seen the films though, and liked them, and happily enough I found the character of Jason Bourne in this book to be as enjoyable as the movie version. The story went by, as you would expect, in a blur and proved a good way to spend a couple of afternoons. Would read another instalment in the series.
Tom Tischler
Dec 08, 2013 Tom Tischler rated it really liked it
Eli Yadin the head of Mossad and Bourne's friend learns
that Oujang Jidan a senior member of China's Politburo is
a major Mexican drug lord and maybe trafficking in something
more deadly than drugs. He cons Bourne into investigating
and Bourne agrees only because Jidan killed Rebeka one of
the only people Bourne cared about and Bourne is determined
to avenge her, but he becomes enmeshed in a worldwide
scheme involving Chinese, Mexicans and Russians. This takes
him, from Tel Aviv to Shanghai to Mexico
Robert J. Boyd
Another good Jason Bourne read by Eric Van Lustbader.

Eric Van Lustbader does avery credible job of capturing the essence of Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne his invincible super spy, and weaves a carefully constructed plot with many twists snd turns allowing our hero to overcome great obstacles to accomplish his goals. I enjoyed reading this one.
R Boyd
Jul 30, 2014 Bob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jason Bourne is at it again on a "mission" for the Mossad and also out to avenge the death of his Love, the agent known as Rebecca. His journey takes him from Israel to China to Mexico and back with numerous death defying adventures on the way. A light read if you like lots of action and a "hero" who can sustain plenty injuries and keep on ticking like the3 energizer bunny...
David Rubin
Oct 19, 2015 David Rubin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Borne saga continues. He remains both flawed and invincible; brilliant and memory challenged -- and, we continue to love Jason Borne. The book spans three continents and three dramatically different systems encompassing a broad range of characters. Read the book for continued great escapism
I was given this book as something to read while my father recovered from knee surgery in the hospital. I like the movies much better than the books. I can't get that sense of suspence from the books. my review might also be tainted by the fact this is the first book of the series. I have no context beyond the movies for the characters.
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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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