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The Bourne Deception (Jason Bourne #7)

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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  4,568 ratings  ·  186 reviews
Jason Bourne's nemesis Arkadin is still hot on his trail and the two continue their struggle, reversing roles of hunter and hunted.

When Bourne is ambushed and badly wounded, he fakes his death and goes into hiding. In safety, he takes on a new identity, and begins a mission to find out who tried to assassinate him. Jason begins to question who he really is, how much of hi
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Hardcover, 423 pages
Published June 9th 2009 by Grand Central Publishing
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Norm
SUCKED, SUCKED, SUCKED, SUCKED!!!

Van Lustbader RUINED the whole Bourne concept. His writing is lackluster and filled with crap that should have been edited out.

I bailed 60 pages in, and that was 60 pages too many. I'll never get that part of my life back.

(Harsh, Norm)

Yes, I know, but it had to be said ... er, written.

Anyway, I've slogged my way through Van Lustbader's other Bourne books, but I'm all done now. He goes into the 'authors I will never read again' file, joining Clive Cussler and Jame
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Jerome
Absurd. The deception was that Jason Bourne was a minor character when one would think it was actually about him. It should have been titled the Trevor Deception. Moira Trevor was the lead character and saw the most action in this tedious book. Slow, boring and hard to finish. Buy it if you love to watch paint dry.

Among the problems:
1) Very little Jason Bourne. He is a small portion of the book, in fact. Most of it involves other characters who are not even in his time zone.
2) Very little resear
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Matt
I have finally cracked the Jason Bourne code! Who is this man, who says that he may be David Webb, professor of things Asian, or Jason Bourne, mercenary trained by the CIA? His agelessness that Lustbader presents in book after books appears to baffle many, though he refers to his life in the past and the memories that occurred, including children, two dead wives, and flashbacks. This man, this Bourne is a blood relative to James Bond... or at least he must be, as they are the only two characters ...more
James
Following straight on from The Bourne Sanction this book made a lot more sense to me. More evenly paced and follows the same characters from the previous novel it was much easier to follow. I'd obviously enjoyed the previous book as another airport visit led me to pick this up and read it straight through.
Cym Lowell
Imagine an Iranian missile (a Kowsar 3) bringing down a passenger jet over Egypt with many Americans on board, in the current context of a world anxious about the intentions of Iran. Add to that an American Secretary of Defense who is pounding the table for an attack on Iran, and a clandestine mercenary group working for all sides named Black River. As spice, Jason Bourne is in Bali with a new sweetheart only to be shot through the heart by an old colleague, and some former lovers wind their way ...more
Justin
I felt that this book was rushed, even though the story was alright it's quickly forgetable. I'm not hard to please when it comes to Jason Bourne but this novel didn't do it for me. It's projected that David Webb no longer exists and Jason Bourne is in full control--always. I don't like how soft Bourne has become even though he has some stern quoteables through the novel, his stature has diminished severely and in almost every sentence when Lustbader describes Bourne he is ailing from a wound an ...more
Villager
I haven't read a Bourne book since the passing of Robert Ludlum. Like everyone I've seen the Bourne trilogy that have been made into movies. As such, I missed a few of the books in the series. That said, I enjoyed the heck out of this book. Great villians. Remarkable twist plots. And I have to admit that I like the way that there are strong female characters in this book.

I recommend it for anyone that loves a good action-thriller with political overtones!
Darin
Jason Bourne and mysticism?! What crap. Lame. Filled with profanity to boot. I'm done with this author. Too many good books out there to waste time on this hack.
Elizabeth
fast action thriller
Donna
Bourne is again the target of a killer. He is spending his holiday on Bali when someone shoots him in the chest. If Jason's heart was in the normal anatomical position, he would have been killed instead of having to spend 3 months in recovery before he can take up the cold trail to find his erstwhile murderer.
The book has the backdrop of the usual political intrigue with the Secretary of Defense staging events to precipitate a war with Iran.
Generally, I don't care for knock-offs where a second
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William
Lustbader suffers from the "too many" principle in this novel; too many characters, too many double crosses, too many changes in direction. The Bourne Deception starts slowly, gets increasingly confusing as you go, and has an expected an uninteresting ending. And Jason Bourne is barely involved. He spends much of the first half of the book recovering from "death" and the bulk of the action rests with other characters who were introduced in previous Lustbader / Bourne books. I remember enjoying L ...more
James
This is the fourth novel by Eric Van Lustbader continuing the saga of Jason Bourne begun by Robert Ludlum. While each was a good story, they really did not live up to the standard that Ludlum set. As this adventure begins, Jason is resting up in Bali with his new girlfriend, Moira. At the conclusion of the last book, Jason had defeated and killed his arch-enemy, Arkadin, by throwing him off of a tanker into the ocean. However, Arkadin survived. He ambushes and nearly kills Jason in Bali. Jason f ...more
David
Picking up where The Bourne Sanction left off. Jason Bourne's nemesis Arkadin is still hot on his trail and the two continue their struggle, reversing roles of hunter and hunted. When Bourne is ambushed and badly wounded, he fakes his death and goes into hiding. In safety, he takes on a new identity, and begins a mission to find out who tried to assassinate him. Jason begins to question who he really is, how much of him is tied up in the Bourne identity, and what he would become if that was sud ...more
Jeff Cothern
SUMMARY:
Jason Bourne's nemesis Arkadin is still hot on his trail and the two continue their struggle, reversing roles of hunter and hunted. When Bourne is ambushed and badly wounded, he fakes his death and goes into hiding. In safety, he takes on a new identity, and begins a mission to find out who tried to assassinate him. Jason begins to question who he really is, how much of him is tied up in the Bourne identity, and what he would become if that was suddenly taken away from him. Meanwhile, an
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James
Ah. Right. Okay. A real let down. Lustbader's Bourne and Ludlum's Bourne are two seperate characters/series/etc etc in my head - it is the only possibly way that I could enjoy Lustbader's work, because no other author's attempt at Bourne could survive even the bareset, briefest comparison to Ludlow's masterpiece. But this, even by Lustabader's standards, is poor. A meager One Star and a half; I didn't like it but it was okay.

Plot: One Star and a Quarter

As overall plots go this was okay. The ide
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BoekenTrol
The more books there are between Ludlum's Bourne and Lustbader's Bourne, the smaller the character gets and the smaller the books get.
I do not mean that in size, because they're still quite thick, but in contents or plot.

What deception? Bourne has been mislead all his life since he entered Treadstone, so there's nothing new to that.
Apart from that, Bourne is playing only a small part in this book, so I think it is becoming time to change the title's of the books. On the Dutch version still "Rob
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Al

Shadowy master assassin Jason Bourne spends too much time offstage in bestseller Lustbader's cliche-ridden fourth thriller in the Ludlum franchise (after The Bourne Sanction). Having pushed his latest archenemy, Russian Leonid Arkadin, off a tanker into the ocean, Bourne assumes his foe must be dead. Not long after, Arkadin ambushes Bourne, hitting him with a rifle shot that would've killed a normal man. Seriously but not mortally wounded, Bourne decides to keep his survival a secret. The duel b

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Jenn Flynn-Shon
The back and forth writing style bouncing around from character to character is tough for me to follow because I read in bits and spurts so it becomes hard to keep up. With that said the narrative is good, there are plenty of clear descriptions and I enjoyed some of the dialogue. With so many characters though it made some of the voices seem flat. There wasn't enough to fully develop who they were and so it was hard to get a read on what they'd look like, dress like, be doing in their world. Oth ...more
Clay
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Mike
This does not even come close to what I had come to expect from Lustbader's continuation of the famous Ludlum novels. It is simply a bridge from Lustbader's previous Bourne novel which I enjoyed to what I sincerely hope is a vastly improved next book. As I have so much enjoyed the first six Bourne novels I will persevere and try to continue with number 8 at some time. This one, number 7, was poorly written - it felt as if there were two different authors fighting for control of the book. The fir ...more
Kimme Utsi
Oct 18, 2012 Kimme Utsi marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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After Bourne is ambushed and nearly killed while in Indonesia, he fakes his death to take on a new identity and mission- to find out who is trying to assassinate him. In the process, Bourne begins to question who he really is and what he would become if he no longer carried the Bourne identity. Across the globe, an American passenger airliner is shot down over Egypt-apparently by an Iranian missile-leaving the world wondering if it was an accident or an act of aggression. A massive global team l

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Judy
Shadowy master assassin Jason Bourne spends too much time offstage in bestseller Lustbader's cliché-ridden fourth thriller in the Ludlum franchise (after The Bourne Sanction). Having pushed his latest archenemy, Russian Leonid Arkadin, off a tanker into the ocean, Bourne assumes his foe must be dead. Not long after, Arkadin ambushes Bourne, hitting him with a rifle shot that would've killed a normal man. Seriously but not mortally wounded, Bourne decides to keep his survival a secret. The duel b ...more
Sue
Van Lustbader is definitely remaking Jason Bourne into a character who is his own rather than Ludlum's Bourne. Gone is most of the mental anguish of the original trilogy along with most of the characters and David Webb. I enjoyed the different plot threads in the book though sometimes it was difficult to keep track of all of the characters and what they were doing. It was interesting that Bourne's plot was just one of many. It wasn't all about him though of course all of the plots did eventually ...more
Pat
Having not read any of the previous Bourne novels, but remembering that I really enjoyed EVL's The Ninja I gave it a whirl on holiday. Of course I have seen the movies and this probably (definitely) influenced my take on the book.

Lustbader has a great eye for action and plot but this was still a little draggy at times. Almost like cutting through the fat to get to the juicy bits. I kinda agree that Bourne shared top billing with a few other characters and this detracted from the overall pace of
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Mrb2825
I thought that this book was a good sequel to the Bourne Sanction. I liked it because it tied everything together. If you read the first book it showed Arkadin's motives and made it a very worth while read. It also has a good storyline and is very suspenseful. I would recommend this book to everyone who has read the previous book because the storyline revolves around the other book's storyline. But other than that I would recommend this book to everyone.
Bruce
I've liked everything that Lustbader has written in this series. But I did not like this one as well. It was OK, but not as good as the previous ones. The plot was too cut up with too many side elements that did not add to the story but took away from the tension and action of the main story. And there were so many characters that there was not time (pages) enough to develop all of them well. Jason Bourne almost seemed to have a supporting role in this one. If you want to stay up with the series ...more
Larry
I just discovered that the estate of Robert Ludlum has commission Eric Van Lustbader to continue the Jason Bourne series of novels. This was the first one I saw which is the fourth in the series of five. Great Jason Bourne read. His amnesia and his escaping death continues. He definitely has more than 9 lives. The other books in order of publishing, earliest to latest:
The Bourne Legacy
The Bourne Betrayal
The Bourne Sanction
The Bourne Deception
The Bourne Objective (am now reading this one and will
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Jhin
Bourne series never let me down.
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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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