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The Bourne Sanction (Jason Bourne #6)

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Jason Bourne needs to regain his life as David Webb so he accepts an invitation from his beloved mentor, Dominic Specter, to join the linguistics department at Georgetown. It's a relief to leave the Bourne identity behind, but Jason soon finds himself in a life-or-death confrontation where every move might be his last.

Specter tells him that a former student and son of his
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Hardcover, 484 pages
Published July 29th 2008 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2008)
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James
Originally, back in the dim and distant past that we now call 2008, this was my first introduction to Jason Bourne. An airport purchase having seen the three movies I was immediately confused by this book which appeared to bear no relation to those movies at all beyond the name of the main character and the fact that he'd apparently suffered from total memory loss at some previous point. At the time I didn't realise that the movies had pretty much kept only those two things (and the book titles) ...more
James
It's complicated, unnecessarily so to be honest. But, for an airport purchase (and my first Bourne book) a good read on a long flight. Maybe because I was jumping into the series at #6 rather than working my way through I was a little more lost than I should have been, but I soon caught up and enjoyed the ride.
John
I like Lustbader, I like Bourne, what can go wrong, worth a few hours of fun.
Matt
We are now so far away from the original Bourne series, I can hardly recognise the main character, his underlings, or even the connection that Bourne/Webb has with the man who opened Ludlum’s series years ago. Even taking the Bourne part out of it, this story fell far short of what I expected or even wanted to read, and it pains me that I have to see this drivel associated with what Ludlum built up over time. Where is the mentally calculating man? Where is the passion for justice and the king of ...more
Clark
Since this is the sixth novel starring Bourne (the Van Lustbader version), this Jason Bourne story focuses more on the growing list of supporting characters who've helped him in the past -- Deron (the forger), Tyrone (the street enforcer), Soraya Moore (CI / Typhon contact), Moira (the potential love interest) -- and the growing stable of politicos in the Beltway who want to put down Bourne for good.

There's plenty of political intrigue, as the new DCI Veronica Hart tries to keep the NSA from tak
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Cindi
It was a good no brainer read that wasn't as good as Robert Ludlum's writing but still good. I learned that you still don't mess with Jason Bourne and when you need something impossible done seek out "the man".
Jim
Sorry. This was a slog to finish. Not the best of the series.
William Porter
Feb 13, 2009 William Porter added it
Recommends it for: no one
I use these books from audible.com to work out with, to ride motorcycles late at night with and to walk with. I do not expect huge revelations or top literature. But this thing got so convoluted and complicated and ridiculous---one day they were in mortal hand to hand combat in Russia, garroted and injured and bleeding--crashing cars and shoot em up--the next day they are in Langley, one guy in Russia is related to some guy in Washington and another guy is a Russian cop but is in with the drug g ...more
Margo Kelly
If this had been the first book in the series, I would have quit halfway through and never picked up another.

What a bummer! I can't believe I read the whole thing ... but I just kept hoping for improvement, and I kept thinking something important might happen that I'd need to know if I chose to read the next in the series.

But I'm probably done with the series. There are so many great books in the world to read, I'm not sure I want to invest anymore time with Van Lustbader.

The previous books in t
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Emily
- Maybe I would have liked it better if I had read the previous books in the series first

- The whole "everyone I love dies so it's hard for me to open my heart to anyone" is a bit cliche and definitely could have been handled in a subtler manner.

- I liked the way Arkadin's storyline was handled with bits and pieces being revealed slowly throughout the book

-The bad guys are Nazis turned Islam terrorists? Are you kidding me?

- What exactly the terrorist plot was still confuses me - a boat with gas
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Douglas Cook
I have been reading Eric Van Lustbaser's Ninja books featuring Nicholas Linnear for years and have enjoyed them. Although they have a bit of oriental 'woo - woo,' they are fun reads.

I have also been reading Ludlum's books for 20 years and enjoying them immensly. The plots are convoluted, but why else would you read a 'spy novel'

Lustbader's continuation of the Bourne series [after Ludlum died:] and its subsequent movie fame has made Ludlums works more accessible to everybody.

The Bourne Santion i
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tgrantl
As a Bourne book, it's a big ol' pile of "meh." There is nothing new or novel about the plot. Lustbader desperately seeks to make up for this by keeping his readers distracted with a tale that uses _every_ cliche in the genre - sometimes two or three times in certain characters.

However, I really enjoyed the development and treatment of Arkadin, one of the half-dozen villians. It's pretty rare when you find yourself pulling for someone so evil. Interest in this character alone - not the title cha
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Kip
I was a little disappointed. I'm a big Bourne fan, but maybe it was really Ludlum and not Van Lustbader. The plot was sort of hard to follow in spots, the characters were pretty shallow with one or two exceptions, and the action sequences weren't as compelling as I remember from earlier books. I'll read the next one though...

* Couldn't finish
** I had nothing else to do
*** Passed the time, would be **** for genre / author fans
**** Everyone could enjoy this book
***** Everyone should read this book
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MD
I really like the Jason Bourne character. But one of the things I really liked about him was how important it was to him to be a good and decent man. I guess for the series to continue he kind of has to go in the direction of giving up his David Webb life, but I felt like he is also giving up the values he held in the earlier books and becoming just another formula super-spy with his past memory loss serving as nothing but a quirk.

I also found the plot ridiculous. The mastermind's motivation mak
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LA Carlson
Dec 10, 2014 LA Carlson rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to LA by: found at library
Shelves: fiction
Admittedly, I've never read any of the late Robert Ludlum's books but I am a fan of the Bourne movies; except the last one with Renner. Van Lustbader received permission from the Ludlum estate and is continuing where Ludlum left off. He seems to be doing it with success in this novel. Many of the fictionalized drama books I pick up are poorly written these days but this one holds up better than most and I really enjoy chapters that are about 10 pages in length. It''ll be interesting to see if th ...more
Christian
Cut my teeth on the Bourne trilogy 30 years ago. Reread them before the movies were released and fell in love with them again. I walked by the bargain bin at the bookstore and picked up The Bourne Sanction, Bourne Dominion, the Bourne Objective and a fourth Bourne book......unfortunately, I read them out of order. I suggest you read them in order. Maybe bc of the order or bc I'm aging rapidly, but it seemed as some of the suspense in the new Bourne books are generated more by the confusion creat ...more
Christopher Hernandez
I was a bit out of order when I read books 6 thru 8. Now that I have finally caught up, I can arguably say that Lustbader Eric Van has clearly gone his own way with the Bourne character.

This book is plagued by so many "What the...?," but if I simply look at the book for what it is (a simple action thriller with a BAMF character. The real page turner for this book and the next was the introduction of a new nemesis. Leonid Danilovich Arkadin, though unbelievable in his introduction to the series,
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Mrb2825
This book is very entertaining and even though I read it without reading the books before it I still liked it.
I would though suggest reading the books before it because they explain a lot of the missing key details that the writer does not go over in this book. The book is for people who like mysteries and for people who like the movies. There is differences from the movies and the books but they both have the same type of plot. I would recommend this book to a lot of people because it as very
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Toni Osborne
The 6th instalment in the "Jason Bourne" series by Robert Ludlum

This novel focuses primarily on never ending action placing characters in hair raising situations. The author has Bourne on another chaotic chase, this time in Moscow dogging pursuers while he himself hunts one of the most dangerous villains, a killer named Arkasan. Hold you breath, this is a fast paced story where Bourne faces the most treacherous campaign to date.

Bourne now assuming the name of David Webb lives an ordinary life
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William
I'll start by saying that while this novel is the best (so far) of the three Bourne books by Eric Van Lustbader, none of the new novels compare to Robert Ludlum's original trilogy.
The nice thing about this piece was the "candle burning at both ends" feeling I got as I followed both Jason Bourne and his "new" arch nemesis, Leonid Arkadin, to their inevitable showdown. The two men leave a bloody trail of bodies and bullets in their wake, and then, through an ingenius little twist, are forced to he
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Don Schiewer
Jun 28, 2010 Don Schiewer rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: very few people.
Shelves: fiction
This was a very difficult read - typos, grammatical errors, etc.[return][return]I found the story line to be okay (at best) and was at least mildly entertained...but towards the end I was in disbelief at the number of resolutions to plots that came about by coincidental meetings, events, and even a child in Munich (with a British Accent) saying, "...right as rain" - Literally this saved the day! Lame...After the first couple coincidences that resolved tension or a dangerous situation I began to ...more
Ben Campbell
Hard copy is 484 pages of Hemingwayesque descriptions. Lustbader slams Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne sanctions into counterbalanced injunctions spiked with self-deprecating permission to systematically and callously kill and maim opposing foes.

Global Muslim terrorists, homegrown self-serving politicians, kindhearted yet ruthless CIA agents, and then there is Jason Bourne and his nemesis Leonid Danilovich Arkadin. Equally Callous, equally threatening, remorseless and impenetrable. Will they both s
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James
After the death of his best friend in the last book, Jason Bourne returns to Georgetown University. He hopes to return to some sense of normalcy as his alter ego, David Webb, a professor of languages. However, it is not to be. After so many years of risking his life in the world of spy and counter spy, Bourne finds himself bored. Aware of his frustrations, his academic mentor, Professor Specter, asks for help investigating the murder of a former student by a previously unknown Muslim extremist s ...more
James
Once again a steady yet great continuation of the Bourne persona, Four Stars all the way.

However, it must be noted that over the books Lustbader has slowly made the character of Bourne more of his creation as time passes. First of all he has removed any ties to the Ludlum Bourne, such as Marie, Conklin and his kids then he created a new reef of characters - Lindros, his assassin son, Mo (I can't remember if Mo was Ludlum's or Lustbader's, excuse me if I am wrong) - which he in turn removed and
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BoekenTrol
30-12-2012
Re-reading this book. Not because it is so very good, but because I lost track of the Bourne story. Got the latest for my birthday this year and I wanted to read them (the ones by Van Lustbader) in order because movies and Ludlum's versions keep getting in the way of getting a good clear view om what happened when and why with what reason or consequence.

01-01-2013
After reading it again, I tried to make sense of it once again. And, starting with the Bourne books that Ludlum wrote, I ju
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Nikki
Reviewed by Nikki Pringle for Reader Views (8/08)



When we catch up with Jason Bourne this time around, we find our hero doing his best to put the past behind him and move forward by living his life as his astute linguistic scholar alter-ego, David Webb. Memories of his beloved Marie and of his time spent in Project Treadstone under the direction of Alex Conklin still lurk beneath the surface. Bourne is not sure how much longer her can keep up the façade of a college professor when within him is t
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Dipanjan
As it seems, there has been a very clear metamorphosis in Jason Bourne under the hands of Mr. Lustbader from where Mr. Ludlum had left him. Jason Bourne was originally a helpless man striving to understand who he was all the time. Beneath his expertise as an assassin and/or a special ops warrior, he was always a man who was extremely vulnerable on the emotional side. There was always a constant struggle between who he is and who he might be. This singular trait made Jason Bourne a very interesti ...more
Kimme Utsi
Oct 18, 2012 Kimme Utsi marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook

Jason Bourne returns to Georgetown University and the mild world of his alter ego, David Webb, hoping for normalcy. But after so many adrenaline-soaked years of risking his life, Bourne finds himself chafing under the quiet life of a linguistics professor. Aware of his frustrations, his academic mentor, Professor Specter, asks for help investigating the murder of a former student by a previously unknown Muslim extremist sect. The young man died carrying information about the group's terrorist a

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Kealan Harris

Kealan Harris 1/1/13



The Bourne Sanction by Robert Ludlum



The book starts off with Jason Bourne as his alter ego; David Webb, a linguistics professor at Georgetown University. He somewhat content with his quiet peaceful life, but soon realizes that this isn't what he wants. He turns to his mentor at Georgetown; Dominic Spector, one of a select few who know of Bourne's dual identity. He longs for his old life of action and adventure. Dominic asks for Bourne to help in the investigation of the murd
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Al
Jason Bourne returns to Georgetown University and the mild world of his alter ego, David Webb, hoping for normalcy. But after so many adrenaline-soaked years of risking his life, Bourne finds himself chafing under the quiet life of a linguistics professor. Aware of his frustrations, his academic mentor, Professor Specter, asks for help investigating the murder of a former student by a previously unknown Muslim extremist sect. The young man died carrying information about the group's terrorist ac ...more
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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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