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The Bourne Sanction (Jason Bourne #6)

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"Jason Bourne must confront a nightmare version of himself--an amoral, heartless killer--in this new novel in Robert Ludlum's bestselling series"--Provided by publisher.
Paperback, 484 pages
Published July 29th 2008 by Orion Books (first published 2008)
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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
Milo (Bane of Kings)

Reading series out of order is always an interesting experience particularly when it’s the Jason Bourne novels as I can dip in and out whenever I want and usually understand what’s going on, and that was once more the case with The Bourne Sanction, the second Jason Bourne novel that I’ve read that wasn’t written by series creator Robert Ludlum, instead by Eric Van Lustbader, who has taken over and written every Bourne title since 2003’s The Bourne Legacy, the l
Jan 28, 2013 Matt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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
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.
Apr 24, 2009 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Lustbader, I like Bourne, what can go wrong, worth a few hours of fun.
Nov 06, 2011 Clark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 09, 2009 Cindi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, suspense
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".
Apr 18, 2013 Jim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sorry. This was a slog to finish. Not the best of the series.
Feb 15, 2011 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
William Porter
Feb 13, 2009 William Porter added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
I use these books from 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
Mar 15, 2012 Margo Kelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 21, 2012 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: peace-corps-read
- 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
Douglas Cook
Feb 22, 2009 Douglas Cook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 28, 2009 Kip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 10, 2014 MD rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
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
LA Carlson
Dec 10, 2014 LA Carlson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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,
Jan 20, 2016 Anthony rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I nearly gave up on this book, the characters motivations and actions seem to be too inconsistent to be believable. I also believe that Eric Van Lustbader is not able to write about traumatic events causing mental problems, it all seems a bit messy. This series is going from bad to worse, the Bourne Legacy was very similar to the Robert Ludlum books, I'm assuming it was due to having access to Roberts notes? Then there was the reboot with the Bourne Betrayal which was confusing and now this. Its ...more
Mar 22, 2015 Nabarun rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This really is a novel which grips you from the start. It is not just a pure adrenalin rush thriller, it has its element of mystery and suspense nicely grooved into the pages. You feel really engaged to both the hero and the villain of the book as both protagonists’ first work against each other and then frequent role reversals through out the book. That Arkadin and Bourne learnt what the tricks of their trade at the same source and that they are almost like two sides of the same coin makes this ...more
Apr 23, 2014 Mrb2825 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 18, 2015 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was definitely better than the Bourne Betrayal. Although the character of Jason Bourne seems to be becoming more one-dimensional, defined by his lack of memory. There seems to be more character development with every character except Bourne. But at least the storyline and action are more believable in this book than the last one. Arkadin surfaces as a real threat to Bourne, and remains so for at least the next couple of books. Arkadin becomes, in my opinion, the highlight of the story.
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
Don Schiewer
Jun 28, 2010 Don Schiewer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 05, 2012 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
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
Oct 11, 2011 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.

After reading it again, I tried to make sense of it once again. And, starting with the Bourne books that Ludlum wrote, I ju
May 23, 2013 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 08, 2013 Dipanjan rated it liked it
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
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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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