The Bourne Objective (Jason Bourne, #8)
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The Bourne Objective (Jason Bourne #8)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  11,334 ratings  ·  147 reviews
Book by Lustbader, Eric Van
Paperback, 547 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Orion (first published June 2010)
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Jerome
Eric van Lustbader is not a writer. A writer would use words appropriately. In the first few pages of The Bourne Objective, van Lustbader uses logarithm when he means algorithm, twice (at least), and he uses precipitously when he means either vertically or perpendicularly.

Pellet-sized ultrasonic screamers that paralyze large rooms of people, files locked using "logarithms", burner cellphones a "local call" then one using a 10-digit number, laptop computers with ejectable drives and netbooks that...more
AH
3.5 stars but rounded up

I’ve always been a big fan of Robert Ludlum’s books. The Jason Bourne books were amongst my favourites. So I was really excited to find out that I had won this book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.

Sadly, Robert Ludlum passed away a few years ago, but someone is still writing the Jason Bourne series. Eric Van Lustbader has taken over this franchise and seems to have succeeded in doing so. The book is written in Robert Ludlum’s style. My expectations of a Robert Ludl...more
James
An odd end to the Arkadin trilogy. After two years between The Bourne Sanction and The Bourne Objective, but a matter of months to this third one, it feels a little rushed. A slight side step into pseudo-religion and mysticism leaves you wondering if this is the same Bourne that we're used to.
Mark Sequeira
The book starts, "Night descended like a curtain of scuttling insects, coming alive with the setting of the sun. The noise was atrocious, as was the stench of unwashed bodies, human excrement, rotting food, and decomposing bodies. The garbage of Bangalore shifted back and forth like a sludgy tide...."

And while it does get better, it doesn't get much better. We face a character list out of Tolstoy, baal worship, secret societies, lesbianism, King Solomon's gold and transmutation. Yes, transmutati...more
Simon Lee
First thing with this book is that you need to remember that it is not Robert Ludlum writing it (my mistake also) and it's Eric Van Lustbader. EvL is not Ludlum and never will be. It's a brave person stepping in to the shoes of Ludlum and putting yourself out there in the firing line given the die-hard fans that exist already for Jason Bourne. So once you have understood and convinced yourself that it is not Robert Ludlum writing this novel, then your enjoyment increases significantly.

Jason Bour...more
Darren
I wish Van Lustbader would stop writing these books so I wouldn't feel compelled to read them just because they are supposedly a continuation of one of my favorite series. In his latest gravy train of Ludlum (seriously, RL's name is 3-4x larger than EVL's on the cover) the franchise continues to wander. This time, there is even a mysterious powerful secret society (maybe EVL should have put Dan Brown's name on the cover too).

I hope we aren't subjected to movie adaptations of these new Bourne boo...more
Clark
Aug 12, 2010 Clark rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: spy-novel, drama
Robert Ludlum must be turning over in his grave. This book was a terrible facsimile of the wonderful Jason Bourne series started by Ludlum. There was little or no research into the various locations visited during this novel and it was horribly dull throughout. There was also no explanation of some of the events from previous novels so, unless you had just read one, you really didn't know what was going on. I do know that I've read my last Eric Van Lustbader book. May Robert Ludlum rest in peace...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
Matt
With another Bourne novel, comes a new walk through literary molasses with a tepid beer as the prize. Lustbader has, again, insulted the Ludlum estate by ruining the wonderful JASON BOURNE character with his ongoing super human abilities that completely Hollywood-ise the famous spy’s ongoing life and treks across the world. As I mentioned in an earlier review, Jason Bourne must have James Bond DNA, as neither ages or loses their ability to fight and race around saving the damsel in distress. The...more
Trevis
This being the 8th novel within the world famous Jason Bourne, I expected it to be a bore, but my expectation were hugely shattered, and fortunately so.

BOURNE STILL HAS IT,Eric Van Lustbader has managed to pen another contriving, fast paced and explosive plot, where we are introduce to old and new alike characters...

Bourne Objective, is a direct follow-up of its predecessor Bourne Deception, its a riveting continuation of the deadly chase between Leonid Danilovich Arkadin and Jason Bourne, the...more
Alex Gherzo
Easily my least favorite of the Van Lustbader Bourne continuation novels. I've made my peace with the fact that Van Lustbader wants the novels to be closer to the movies than Ludlum's original books and, therefore, has altered the status quo significantly (to the point where, if considered sequels to Ludlum's works, they simply don't make sense -- not that they follow the movies particularly well either). But is it too much to ask that these new books be internally consistent? Does Bourne love M...more
Christopher Hernandez
As a fan of the Bourne series, I picked this book up by default. I was eager to continue in the Bourne saga, and see where it would bring him with his rival and fellow Treadstone graduate Arkadin. However, this book took many odd turns for me. The pseudo-religion and mysticism from the previous book was carried over. I am not sure it fits in the Bourne world, but I imagine it is author Lustabader’s attempt of adding his own flavor. I suppose it is not surprising considering Lustabader’s previous...more
Jake
I found this book was a great read. I was captured by it and could not put it down for a week. In this book (spoiler alert) Jason bourne takes on the Severus Domna and Leonid Arkadin, a russian Cia experiment gone wrong. Leonid Arkadin is somewhat like Jason Bourne in there creation yet they must kill eachother in order for the other to survive. Throughout the book Jason regains his memory and learns more about his past. I find it very interesting as this is a new twist for the series he learns...more
James
Anyone looking to Read Bourne for the first time, please start at the beginning or the series!

I almost feel dissaponted that I liked this now. The previous book in the series was appalling, and I was ready to can the whole series if this one even began to follow it's predecessor. The series has become something different from what Luldum had created, and in many - no, most - ways it's not the same series anymore. Still, this was an entertaining book with a complex, exciting plot. A standard, ent...more
Richard (Bound & Determined...)
I love the Jason Bourne movies. They are exciting, full of adventure, and action-packed. So, when I found The Bourne Objective at my local used bookstore, I jumped at the opportunity to experience the book series. Now, this is book 8, and before committing to it I asked the lady working the register if she thought I needed to know anything about the previous books to understand this one. Neither one of us figured I would. So, I swiped my card for the $6 + tax and rolled outta there with my brand...more
Kimme Utsi
Oct 18, 2012 Kimme Utsi marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook

Readers were first introduced to Jason Bourne's nemesis Leonid Arkadin, a brilliant Russian assassin and fearless international mercenary, in THE BOURNE SANCTION. His girlfriend was killed during a fight for which an enraged Arkadin blames Bourne. In THE BOURNE DECEPTION, Arkadin hunted Bourne to take revenge and kill him. Bourne, in a fight for his life, learned that Arkadin's skills mirror Jason's because he received the same original CIA Treadstone training. Now, in THE BOURNE OBJECTIVE, Jas

...more
Speesh
You know what you're getting when you get into a Robert Ludlum book.

Fast paced, exciting action, taking place in exotic, globe-trotting locations - a real page-turner, as long as you don't think too much about the intricaciesof the plot. And probably a couple of sleepless nights as you read "ok, just one more chapter then..."

You know what you're getting, you know what you're getting into and you know it's going to deliver.

If that's not for you, don't start one. Don't start one looking for deep m...more
Clark
The Bourne Objective continues the Bourne vs. Arkadin story arc. While it was a good summer read, it wasn't as good as it could have been.

Minor spoilers ahead.

The first part of the novel seems to resolve the fallout of the previous novel. We learn that Leonid Arkadin has taken over a vast arms dealing operation. He's made powerful enemies in Russia and narrowly escapes one of their kill team in India.

Bourne begins to explore the mystery surrounding an engraved ring and its connection to a laptop...more
DMCIA
It was a good book and follows almost exactly where the previous book left off. Several twists and such, not really too many surprises in this one though. I could have done without the lesbian crap in the book. I saw no need to put this in to forward the story line, and the stuff about the depends / fecal torture, that could have been left out as it had almost nothing to do with the story. I started to feel at several points that the author was spreading the story out in almost too many differen...more
Pooja Jeevagan
After picking this book 5 times in last 3 days and still being stuck on page 10, I give up...maybe this is a book for core action thrill lovers but it isn't for me...I would have read it for Ludlum whose few books I have enjoyed, but as soon as I realized by folly and found it to be posthumous write, I no longer had the will to try too much when I already have a number of other books I really want to read...

This might have been good, but just wasn't for me...
Burt
I was never a Ludlum fan for anything but the Bourne series and I was motivated to read the Bourne series by the excellent first two movies with Matt Damon as Jason Bourne. I enjoyed the first few books quite much although the initial transition to author Van Lustbader was a bit ragged. Now, however, I am beginning to find the writing both tedious and soap operetic. I have taken care to read all of these in order and I have but two to go. I hope that Bourne's now perennial antagonist Arkadin is...more
Shaft
[SPOILERS AHEAD:]I wasn't so sure at first when Van Lustbader took over the Bourne franchise but this book goes some way to proving that he is a worthy scribe to take things over. Make no mistake this book is violent and there are a couple of times when I had to pause as my imagination pulled together a picture so disturbing as to give me pause you'll probably know when you reach the passage that caused me to do that.

Arkadin is back but somehow changed in my view, when we first see him, he is no...more
Jim
Eric Lustbader needs a new plot for the Bourne books. Though the action scenes are well down and the many characters is great the lack of an actual plot beyond Anakin (sp) and Bourne circling as the last two Treadstone people is boring. This is the third book following the two. If Lustbader prefers the other guy just give him his own book and let Bourne get back to being a professor and super spy.
Jackie
The short of it is that Eric Van Lustbader isn't a fantastic writer, but neither is series creator Robert Ludlum. Van Lustbader's story moves along at a quick enough pace if you like this kind of international spy-mystery type of story. I like Bourne as a character enough and Van Lustbader's Arkadin keeps two of the 3 revolving parts of the story interesting. The third is the classic political interworkings sub-plot that I could take or leave. The biggest problem I have with this iteration is th...more
Al
Readers were first introduced to Jason Bourne's nemesis Leonid Arkadin, a brilliant Russian assassin and fearless international mercenary, in The Bourne Sanction. His girlfriend was killed during a fight for which an enraged Arkadin blames Bourne. In The Bourne Deception, Arkadin hunted Bourne to take revenge and kill him. Bourne, in a fight for his life, learned that Arkadin's skills mirror Jason's because he received the same original CIA Treadstone training.Now, in The Bourne Objective, Jason...more
Ken Gendrich
Great Ludlum style with great plot lines and excellent intrigue. Requires paying close attention to names
Barbara Doll
It was okay but I either missed something or that is how the book will lead to the next book. This is the first Bourne book I've read but I have enjoyed the movies.
Bruce
This is a continuation of the Bourne Identity series started by Robert Ludlum. But Lustbader, I think, does as good a job if not better (especially when compared to Ludlum's later books) than Ludlum did. I gave it 4 stars (and thought about giving it 5) only because the twists and turns were almost two many. There were 7 or 8 separate lines of action, with scenes cutting between the various lines and each time the scene changed there was a new twist. It may be the most imaginative book I've read...more
Mike Philbin
it's like about the eighth book in the undead franchise or something, and I stopped reading them at book 4... this was just there, so I got it out.

Aye, here's the rub, "It's not totally shit," and by this I mean you can read it and it's an okay page turner but IT'S GOT NONE OF THE IN-DEPTH KNOWLEDGE OF THE NEED-TO-KNOW WORLD AND ORGIASTIC DETAILS of the undead franchise's papa, Robert Ludlum.

When Ludlum writes, you know he knows.
When Lustbader writes, you know he's battling hard to compare to th...more
Amy
This is the first of these type of action books that I've read. So many characters! It took me the first 3/4s of the book to be able to keep them all straight. I find that I don't like to read violence either. The thing that kept me reading this book was having seen the Bourne movies and being able to imagine Matt Damon as Jason Bourne. Two characters predicted that Jason would die by the end of the story, but that didn't come near to happening they way said it would. Maybe I missed something in...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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