The Bourne Betrayal (Jason Bourne #5)
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 fr...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.
I'm afraid I cannot recommend this book to anyone.
I can't believe the publisher allowed Robert Ludlum's name to be associated with it. Following on from the excellent Bourne series, a cheap ploy to capitalise on a sound reputation, by a sub-standard writer.
I won't spend much time reviewing this story as it can best be summarized as having a plot that is unbelievable and overly complex even for a Bourne/ ...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
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
On the other hand you have Lustbader who has taken up Ludlum's mantle and has continued to churn our Bourne b ...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
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
Mr. Lustbader is ...more