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The Bourne Objective (Jason Bourne #8)

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  16,737 Ratings  ·  197 Reviews
Facing down mercenaries in Africa, Jason Bourne witnesses the death of an art dealer named Tracy Atherton. Her killing dredges up snatches of Bourne's impaired memory, in particular the murder of a young woman on Bali who entrusted him with a strangely engraved ring -- an artifact of such powerful significance that people have killed to obtain it.

Now he's determined to fin

Paperback, 547 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Orion (first published June 1st 2010)
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Jun 19, 2012 Jerome rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
May 20, 2010 AH rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.
Simon Lee
Jul 12, 2010 Simon Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 29, 2010 Trevis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 05, 2010 Darren rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, audio
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
Jul 28, 2010 Clark rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
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
Judy Fleming
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Denise Powell
Aug 02, 2012 Denise Powell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Okay. I'm lost. This book is clearly for Bourne aficionados. I have no idea what the heck is going on so I am throwing in the towel on page 65.
Mark Congdon
This is my first (and last) attempt to read a Lustbader Bourne book.
Ashley Bratina
Interesting, but not my favourite one in the series. A little slower until about midway through. Regardless, I will still read the rest in the series.
It gets going by page 229.
It read like a well meaning story with the attempt to surround the story with an explanation  of History.  However, I did not like the journey  it took to climax Bourne and Arkadin but when it happened it is thrilling but it just ends. Too much surround sound plot build up in the first 2 two books that at times seem irrelevant  to the heart of the story.  At times the descriptions of people, places and jokes felt like an attempt  to thrust every technique  or k
Greg Strom
Entirely too many characters to keep track of as they build for the big confrontation at the end (which considering the build up was quite short). Taking out woman with shell seemed unnecessary though did like Bourne's caring for the kid and reminding us that he still has a heart despite all he has been subjected to as Treadstone's not so secret weapon.
Eric Evans
May 27, 2017 Eric Evans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally this felt like a Bourne story. The action was great. Not a lot of new characters and a lot of different arcs. I like how everything comes together. Great read!!
Barry Bridges
May 30, 2017 Barry Bridges rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
More of the same. It feels like it is written in a hurry but at least you can also read it that way!!
Sep 06, 2012 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-thriller
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
Jun 03, 2012 Speesh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
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 intricacies of 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
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
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
Jul 05, 2012 Clark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 06, 2012 Matt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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
Jun 13, 2014 Matthew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I miss Robert Ludlum. After the Bourne Ultimatum this is the next book that has potential from Eric Van Lustbader. I was really looking forward to Bourne's premonition of death, the meeting between Bourne and Arkadin.

This book follows the typical pattern of the other books; there are a few chess pieces that move about the globe in search for the ending of the book. The main characters either move along to the next puzzle piece by some unforeseen force that luckily shows up in the nick of time or
May 19, 2011 Jake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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

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
Manley Ranch
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
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
Nov 07, 2011 Jackie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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