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The Bourne Legacy (Jason Bourne #4)

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Timed to coincide with the feature film release of The Bourne Supremacy, starring Matt Damon, comes a new novel in the bestselling tradition of Robert Ludlum’s beloved Bourne series
In Robert Ludlum’s ground-breaking career, no other character so captured the world’s imagination as Jason Bourne. He appeared in three of Robert Ludlum’s own #1 bestselling novels, his bestsel
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Published August 16th 2011 by Macmillan Audio (first published June 22nd 2003)
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K.D. Absolutely
One of the biggest showbiz news last year here in the Philippines was the shooting of the supposedly movie adaptation of this book, The Bourne Legacy. It lasted for almost two months and caused horrendous traffic in Manila. I was not able to watch any part of the shooting and missed the regular showing of the movie during its theater run. However, I watched the movie the first time it appeared in Blu-Ray. Thank you, St. Francis Square for my pirated DVD. I love the movie. In fact, I love all the ...more
The fourth Bourne novel, but the first without Robert Ludlum at the helm. Sadly it shows, and Eric Van Lustbader's inexperience shines through. Inexperience, or possibly pressure from the publishers to get the book out there. Lustbader seems to feel nervous in the early parts of the novel and falls back on some overly purple-prose and alliterative-adjectives to cover up the lack of action. Instead these become a huge distraction themselves. Once the story kicks in the 'style' becomes much less o ...more
Jun 05, 2011 Holjo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are a fan of the original Jason Bourne book Trilogy written by Robert Ludlum, then you know that the movies are a very loose representation of the story. That isn't a negative comment. When you take a book that is probably 20-25 hours worth of reading and condense it into a 2 hour movie, changes will be have to be made.
The reason I'm pointing this out is because the Bourne books that are written by Eric Van Lustbader are more in line with the movie trilogy than the original book trilogy
Tyler Case
Nov 05, 2012 Tyler Case rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is easily the worst book that I have ever read. I do not know if this is because the writer is incompetent, there was no critical editing, or there was such pressure from whomever held the license that nobody cared about the quality. Regardless, the result is this pile of filth.

Here's the kicker: the story isn't bad. It isn't great, but it is a solid spy novel premise. Jason Bourne is living his life as David Webb, memory holes and all, when his life is threatened by an mysterious assassin.
Aug 21, 2012 Ema rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Since I was so enthousiastic about the first Bourne Trilogy, I thought: "why not continuing?".
This book (4th in the row) is clearly written by another author, since many things that were important in the first trilogy were not taken into account in this book. Some examples...
Bourne is over 50 and clearly felt frustrated about his diminishing physical abilities: in this book it is not even mentioned and Bourne keeps doing things that are very demanding for the body without himself even thinking a
Jul 26, 2012 Wingedbeaver rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 48-in-2012
This book was an obvious attempt by the publishers to cash in on the popularity of the movies. Van Lustbader, while keeping to the timelines and events of the previous Ludlum novels, decided to ignore much of what was written in The Bourne Ultimatum. It was pretty clear that Ludlam was trying to wrap up the Bourne story with the major focus of his last book being that Bourne was getting much to old to deal with the physical toll being a secret agent puts on one's body. I thought, since the word ...more
Aug 06, 2011 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first disocvered that Eric Van Lustaber was going to be taking over the Bourne character I was immeditaely repusled. It's not that I had ever read Lustaber before and been against his writing, but somehow I just felt that it was wrong.

For me someone who doesn't create their own characters isn't that worthy of my time; almost like no-one praises karaoke singers when they do well at replicating someone elses work, I feel that authors who use other peoples works haven't shown the right amou
Jun 04, 2008 Jay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is proving a tough book to read. Since this is not by Ludlum, fans of the original, both the author and Bourne character, are already set up for expectations of disappointment. The characters are somewhat flat and I suspect readers will find it hard to care for the protagonist. Bourne's nemesis seems to have an unreasonably easy time following the supposedly well-trained and supposedly elusive main character across the globe. Bourne also seems to have lost his fantastic close-quarters comba ...more
Dec 29, 2013 Karel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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This would have been two stars but for one niggling factor: I couldn't stand the sexism the book was saturated in. Don't get me wrong, I rarely give a shit about sexism and the last thing I had in mind when going into this book was lots of women being badass. But the treatment of women in this book is appalling.

Of the six or seven or so women in the book, one was repeatedly referred to as a bitch-woman by her co-workers (which becomes cringe-worthy after the first dozen or so times), one was a
Dec 22, 2012 Ric rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm half way through this and to be honest I'm forcing myself to continue. I want to like this but it just doesn't feel like the same Bourne as in Ludlum's trilogy. The characters seem to have less depth including Bourne and his inward struggle (that is almost non existent, but to me was a major theme in the originals - Webb/Bourne/Delta). The main characters that you grew to know and love are MIA or dead. I couldn't really care less about Khan. I feel sorry for Marie and David, the trilogy fini ...more
Jan 28, 2015 Mdaly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hate to admit I even read such a dreadful book. I know I wasn't expecting Tolstoy but I was hoping it would be similar to 'Jack Reacher', I was sadly mistaken. The movie of this book which has a completely different plot is a masterpiece in comparison to this waste of forestry. The plot is risible; the characters are unbelievable; the dialogue is cliched, and the women characters are simply objects. I know this wasn't penned by Robert Ludlum but if his estate think this is an acceptable book t ...more
Jan 17, 2013 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As the torch of the Bourne series is passed along from Robert Ludlum to Eric van Lustbader, there is some continuity that makes the move seamless, though also some items that I, in my mission to read the series’ books consecutively, have noticed and will address below. That said, the action laid out by the giant Ludlum has continued in this 4th book in the series, even if it is not as thorough as Bourne novel fans may be used to experiencing. For now, though, the action and storyline do seem to ...more
Aug 07, 2012 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer : My mom, knowing that I would be watching the film version of Eric Van Lustbader’s The Bourne Legacy on Sunday, decided to buy me a book copy of it. I was forced then to watch the film adaptation of the first three books so things would make sense when I start reading the fourth book. And I have known, right after I was done watching them that I am officially glued with the series.

In Eric Van Lustbader’s The Bourne Legacy, Jason Bourne, the notorious international assassin is once ag
Jan 17, 2014 Jerome rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Margo Kelly
Aug 22, 2011 Margo Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed it! It was not my favorite Bourne book, but it was a good read while out camping. The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five is because the plot dragged in the middle and one of the main characters rambled on too much. But ... that was part of his egotistical character. None-the-less, I found myself skimming his inner monologues.

I really enjoyed getting back to the Bourne series. I look forward to reading the next one, but I fear I must only read it when I have time to go fr
Kevin Sorensen
Aug 12, 2011 Kevin Sorensen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know quite a few die-hard Bourne fans really ripped Lustbader's attempt to write of Jason Bourne. I'm not sure if they were ripping on the previous books by Ludlum or on the movies, featuring Matt Damon; doesn't matter to me. I enjoyed the book. I don't read these like they were real or historical; they're fiction, for heaven's sake. With all the heavy reading I do, this type of reading let's me escape into another world for a while. Are there inconsistencies? Probably. Were there parts that m ...more
Mar 27, 2014 Ken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any Ludlum fans
Usual Bourne story which has the habit of keeping one guessing and turning the pages. As ever, Bourne seems capable of extraordinary escapes from being outnumbered and out-muscled. A genuinely good read.
Apr 30, 2012 Marcio rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's mildly entertaining on its own rights, but as a Bourne novel, it was a disappointment. I don't think the writer understands what really makes Jason Bourne/David Webb tick. The book tosses out most of the continuity and concepts from the previous 3 books and replaces it with a bunch of new ideas that don't really work all that well, and ultimately writes a new character that has not a whole lot to do with the original one. Not happy with this one, started reading the sequel with some hope, a ...more
Jason Bourne
Oct 05, 2015 Jason Bourne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
it looks like Jason Bourne character in the 4th part become attention seeking all of a sudden , Bourne is not conspicuous ... this new Bourne is too conspicuous and attracts too much attention .
Bourne didn't have a face , he was a chameleon ... master of disguise but this character is readily visible ... unfortunately the author hadn't really understand the Bourne character "the saying is so true "we see the things as we are not the way they are"
the Bourne in fourth book is in complete contr
Clemens Wittmann
The book the Bourne Legacy is a thrilling story about a man called David Web, a linguistic professor, who is forced to once again slip into his secret identity as Jason Bourne due to a failed assassination attempt on him. When he finds his old CIA friend Alex Conklin dead along with Doctor Morris Panov, he realized that he tapped into a trap. Due to serious evidence and his fingerprints at the place of crime, police and CIA start to believe that he was behind the killing so they start to hunt hi ...more
Sep 19, 2015 Animal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If this is the first time you read the Bourne series and have previously watched the film series like I have, you will be severely dissapointed by this book. First, this isn't the same Bourne we see in the movie versions. The Jason Bourne in this book is a Vietnam vet which would likely place him in the 60-70 year old age range, a far cry from the young 20 or 30-something Matt Damon in the film version. Secondly, the story line becomes a bit convoluted in this book. Even the hand-to-hand combat ...more
Sean Kelly
Is "meh" enough of a word to summarize my feelings on this book? I am an unabashed Ludlum fan, I enjoyed the original Bourne trilogy immensely, and the films weren't even that bad (although some of the real twists were left out, presumably to fit the story into a reasonable-length film). With a new author, approved by the Ludlum estate, come new issues: this book is filled with conflicts between character age and actual timelines, there is a distinct style difference (which can be overlooked wit ...more
Alison Peters
Mar 31, 2014 Alison Peters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bourne Legacy continued the story of Jason Bourne, a super assassin who lost his memory in an accident. He lives a normal life now, as David Webb, but that life is interrupted when he is framed for murder and the country sends him on the run. Throughout the book he must escape death several times, by various, mysterious people, whilst trying to uncover the truth.
Plot Twists: The Bourne Legacy had some excellent plot twists involved. They were unexpected and genius. I can not say much of
Hertzan Chimera
Apr 29, 2012 Hertzan Chimera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, reading a Lustbader book's like reading a book from Frank Herber'ts son. Well written. Page turner. By the numbers action. Sure. But the Ludlum voice is no longer there. Yet despite the anodyne 'voice' Lustbader has (and his mixing metaphors) I sorta enjoyed this quite a lot. Nice twist on a series that's shifted quite a way from where the films went.
Bill Simpson
It was nice to have more Jason Bourne to read. The author seemed to stay true to Ludlum's Jason (mostly). I had a hard time with Kahn, who seemed to be able to get everywhere without any hitch or snafu. For a young assassin of his age I don't find him to be very believable. The villain was a real bad guy...someone you can really hate.
Apr 20, 2015 VBergen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book seems to have been written in a rush:
- Part one, part two, book three...?
I wonder if Van Lustbader really studied the characters of the Jason Bourne's series because in this book he showed very a very different protagonist:
- On the third (Robert Ludlum's) book David was fifty something years old and he was constantly suffering for not being nimble enough like when he was younger. He was already feeling the ravages of the age. Here he is on his mid sixties and he seems to be way mor
Oct 10, 2014 Villager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must admit that I'm a wee bit confused on the Bourne series. I get confused about the movies versus the books. I'm convinced that they do not follow each other at all. In any case, in this book I'm confronted by Jason Bourne as a mild-mannered professor with a wife and two children. I don't recall him having children in any previous book or movie ... so I must have missed something along the way.

Once I get past that fact (...and the fact that he doesn't think one iota about his wife and kids t
Hassan Alamin
The second book of Ludlum's I have read.

The book is good.
A man without past is washed into the nets of a fishing boat. He is barely alive and has no knowledge of who he is or how he got there. Over the course of three books, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, he gradually comes to realise who and what he really is- a strange amalgam of a man named David webb, and a deadly killer: Jason Bourne.

Now David Webb is living a peaceful life as a university professor in
Oct 08, 2007 Alyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
not my favorite of the series (have read all) but still a good story. there's continuity of characters, but eric van lustbader's style falls short to that of the late robert ludlum.
Oct 29, 2015 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable spy thriller. This is the first Bourne novel written by Eric Van Lustbader. While some people may not enjoy the shift in story and writing style compared to the Ludlum books, I quite enjoyed it. My biggest problem with the original trilogy of stories is that the writing was so dry/bland. They were great stories, but they were very hard to get through. That is not the case here. Lustbader writes a real page turner. I will say that this is probably the weakest of Lustbader's Bourn ...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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