The Bourne Identity (Jason Bourne #1)
Jason Bourne does not know the answer to any of these questions. Suffering from amnesia, he does not even know that he is Jason Bourne. What manner of man is he? What are his secrets? Who has he killed?
The thing is: I haven't the faintest idea how the movie came out of the book. Beyond the premise of a man fished from the sea with no memory but incredible ingrained abilities and talents that make it look like he's really probably and assassin with no amnesia, and the fact that the first act after the prologue occurs in Zürich and deals with a Swiss bank, nothing is the same.
Sure, there's a girl named Marie, but s...more
I like this book and its sequels. I hate the movie and its sequels.
Please try reading the books and finding out what the plot actually is. The book is well plotted, thought out, with complex characters. I believe you'll like it.
A man wakes...more
"'If I scream, Monsieur?' The powdered mask was cracked with lines of venom now, the bright red lipstick defining the snarl of an aging, cornered rodent."
"Himself. The chameleon. The c...more
HOWEVER : There is a TON of swearing ! And I do mean a TON !
That was very disapointing . :( but, I now have a fully edited book if someone wants to swap/sell with me. :)
I just got a black pin coverd the words. I would have given this story a 5 if it wer...more
OK, there weren't any giant mutant seals at least, but right in the first pages our hero, later to be known as Jason Bourne, is shot multiple times...more
First, its a great story. It's fast paced and has that energy common to techno-thrillers. Ludlam can certainly hold his own in an arena I'd previously thought of as populated by Tom Clancy alone. The locales and the situations are captivating and the action and tension are riveting.
This book's strength (and perhaps its weakness) is the amnesia/myster...more
The major drawback which explains my rather poor quotation of this book is indeed the writing quality, or lack thereof. Some sentences simply do no...more
The premise really impressed me. A nameless man with highly unusual s...more
First, forget the movie. The only things the book and movie have in common are the title and the names of the main characters. This can be both good and bad. The good part is that you don’t know what’s going to happen based on Matt Damon’s adventures; the bad part is that it’s not nearly as much fun.
This is about as close as Ludlum gets to a semi-realistic espionage thriller. He’ll never be mentioned in th...more
All in all, it’...more
The 1980 novel (which spawned the 2002 film) opens with a man barely clinging to life being discovered by fishermen, nearly frozen to death in the cold French Mediterranean sea. He has sustained several gunshot wounds inc...more
Classic old school 80’s spy novel packed with action, drama and suspense. Written by Ludlum and not the grave digging wannabes.
Fishermen in the Mediterranean Sea rescue a man floating in the water. The man is an amnesiac. He is taken to a doctor who finds information of a Zurich bank account surgically implanted in his hip. The man travels to the Zurich bank to find clues to his identity. He finds he has an account of 5 million dollars and a name Jason B...more
Anyway, on to the source material.
The book isn't nearly as fast-paced as the movie, and that's a bad thing. Though Ludlom perfected the process t...more
The Jason Bourne of the books is a much more sympathetic charact...more
Then there's a rape scene.
Why was there a rape scene? Timing.
How is the rape scene resolved? A brief paragraph about the truth of the horror of rape.
What happens next? Now the sex starts.
Needless to say, (1) I thought the rape was unneeded -- particularly being that it has zero long-term impact on the characters involved, and (2) the way the rape was delivered, cleaned up, and swept away felt grossly unrealistic.
I finished the book, but...more
The story, for those of you who haven't seen the rather loose film adaptation, is as follows. A youngish, bullet-riddled man is found more dead than alive on a beach i...more
Marie's Stockholm Syndrome is so distasteful. As are every one of the many instances where crimes against women are dismissed, tolerated, or gotten away with (either by word or acti...more
The man can, however, tell a story. That is why his books are translated very well into great action movies.
but if i have to read one more line of the "oh john! oh marsha' bullcrap in his novels, i swear i will stab my eyes out with a fork. man on man, if that woman goes on anymore in her inner monologue about "that poor man! he couldn't stand it! not knowing who he was! and now he was . . . . blah blah bippity bla...more
"Mr. Ludlum stuffs more surprises into his novels than any other six-pack of thriller writers combines."—_The New York Times_Product Description
He has no past. And he may have no future. His memory is blank. He only knows that he was flushed out of the Mediterranean Sea, his body riddled with bullets.
There are a few clues. A frame of microfilm surgically implanted beneath the flesh of his hip. Evidence that plastic surgery has altered his face. Strange things that he say...more
By Robert Ludlum
Off a small island in the Mediterranean a man is found floating in the ocean. The man has no memory of who he is and how he came to be floating in the ocean clinging to a plank. He is taken to a doctor who has been tending to him upon his awakening the doctor tries to help him remember the man has had extensive facial reconstruction and something implanted in his hip that has a bank account number on it. The man follows the bank account lead and begins to disco...more
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