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Preview — Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Betrayal by Eric Van Lustbader
Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Betrayal (Jason Bourne #5)
In Odessa, Bourne...more
I love the Bourne Identity movies, and I figured Robert Ludlum is a famous author, so I figured this would be a fun read. Unfortunately, I didn't notice that Ludlum's name is just put on top in big letters because he or his estate own the copyright to the Bourne series, and this book was written by (in small print) Eric Van Lustbader. So I still don't know how good a writer Ludlum is.
What I do know is that Lustbader doesn't know squat about character devel...more
If you can get past the helicopters shooting down MiG-29s and Bourne in a commercial jet dogfighting with Iranian fighters (I'm not making this stuff up), you still have to deal with the incredible metamorphosis that has happened to Bourne himself between the Bourne Le...more
Below is a review I wrote and posted on Barnes & Noble where I purchased this book for my Nook. It still stands as my review.
Despite misgivings and numerous attempts at reading Lustbader in the past, I decided to read his Bourne books solely because of the subject - Jason Bourne. I hoped Lustbader had improved his craft in the last few years and that this series would be good. I was greatly dismayed from the start when I realized he had completely set aside the original and true character of...more
However, Lustbader's early stuff is some of my favorite fiction, and I will probably keep giving him a chance unless he goes the full Tom Clancy. I did think his recent First Daughter was better.
So, what was good about the book. The plot was interesting and wellpaced, especially the second half...more
Sorry, but I don't buy it. The techn...more
The body count was high and it seems that every character is either an assassin, murderer, or both, so I had a hard time deciding whether or not a particular character was a "good guy".
Getting past all that, this was an exciting read. Each time the author jumped between characters I wanted to stay with the one he was talking about because I was so engaged.
The reason why I say this is because the book was indeed very action packed, but it felt like there was no progression. It felt like the book was just action scene after...more
The Bourne Betrayal seems to go a little further into outrageous fiction. Jason Bourne has all but taken over (so long David Webb), his family is conveniently written out of the plot, and we now have another Mu...more
Turns out nothing. So, the Bourne Betrayal is a vacuous, ridiculous, vapid glassy-eyed mooncalf masquerading as a blockbuster in literary form.
See, there was this scene where Bourne had "disarmed" a woman [who was, clinging to him as they speed around on a Harley] who held a knife to his throat. Um, then she strangles him. Throat fetish maybe? I think at this point she helpfully deflects a shotgun bl...more
The problem that anyone trying to follow in Ludlum's footstep was going to face is that Ludlum's stories always had the feeling of reality to them. A feeling that this could, even if a little far-fetched, actually happen. He t...more
I think that what has become evident in this novel is that Lustbader is stamping his authority on the Bourne persona and novels; where with Legacy he made small changes with Betrayal he has started to drastically remold the Bourne universe.
- A perfect example of this would be the removal of Marie from the books; in Legacy she was sidelined...more
The Bourne Betrayal is right in sequence with the movies and is highly accurate. Jason Bourne with privious amnessia developes his memory back over time and the only friend he has left has been kidnapped by terrorist. The US government has now hired jason bourne to Track down his old firend and bring him home.
I could literally feel a rush when i read...more
I'll stick to my original rating though.
A very dazzling book. It got me thinking in the wrong direction many times.
Somehow I keep remembering that David Webb was in his 50's already...more
Two months after Jason Bourne's second wife has dies, he learns that Martin Lindros, his only friend in the CIA, went missing in Africa where he was tracking shipments of yellowcake uranium. After Bourne finds him, Martin returns to the U.S., but only after he persuades Bourne to go to Odessa to penetrate the clandestine world of terrorist money men there.
In Odessa, Bourne is hampered by confusing flashes of memories. He becomes convinced that they're false, but who planted them and why? And h
On the other hand you have Lustbader who has taken up Ludlum's mantle and has continued to churn our Bourne b...more
I hope not. I don't think so. In fact, I'm sure not. Because this one did exactly what it says on the tin and thrilled the whatsits off me. Why on earth do we read books, if not for pleasure? And reading this one is as pleasurable an experience as they come.
But first, a word of warning: Don't read the summary on the back. In my view, it gives away way too much of much too ma...more
After Ludlum died, somebody, maybe his publisher, maybe his heirs decided they didn't want to see a good thing die with him. So they came up with the idea of having Eric Van Lustbader, who hadn't written a best seller in years continue the series. Wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I liked Lustbader's books particularly the Nicholas Linnear series but to paraphrase Lloyd Bentson, "He'...more
The book was very different from the movie. It looked like Marie didnt die in...more
Already devastated by loss, Bourne is shattered by a report that his last friend in the world, Martin Lindros, has gone missing. A CI deputy director, Lindros was in Ethiopia tracking suspicious shipments of yellowcake uranium and atomic bomb weaponry. His last lifeline to humanity, Bourne will not let Lindros go. Despite his hatred for CI, Bourne sets out to rescue his friend and finish the job: dismantling a terrorist network determined to build nuclear armaments by cutting off their s...more
The explosive pace helped schism plotting misgivings and character malfeasance. The stor...more
Mr. Lustbader is...more