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The Bourne Betrayal (Jason Bourne #5)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  7,740 Ratings  ·  303 Reviews

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

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Published June 5th 2007 by Hachette Audio
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Nov 23, 2008 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book sucked harder than a Hoover.
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
Nov 15, 2012 James rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bourne completists
Lustbader manages to write both compelling prose and utter shite at the same time. You could call him the Dan Brown of the thriller world; if Brown hadn't already got that title sewn up himself. Since Robert Ludlum's death, Lustbader has been at the helm of the Bourne series of novels. Taking the original trilogy and, some might say, milking it for whatever he and the Ludlum estate can get. This book continues in that vein and feels a lot like Lustbader had the beginnings of a great idea for a s ...more
Jun 18, 2012 Jerome rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Characters are bland and undeveloped, if at all. Action sequences don't make sense. Overuse of gee-wiz technology that doesn't exist. Events happen (a good guy gets tied up and beaten) which weren't covered in the prior paragraphs.

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
Ben Jackson
Sep 24, 2008 Ben Jackson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Enemies
This is in my bottom 10 books of all time. Poorly conceived, written, edited, and packaged. The plot makes about as much sense as a colonoscopy to diagnose strep throat. It's full of continuity, spelling, and grammatical errors and about as exciting as golf.
Ken Gorry
Oct 10, 2012 Ken Gorry rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought no one could Kill Jason Bourne, so well done Eric Van Lustbader. Jason Bourne is now dead to me. The villain is boring. and somehow has built a bond style evil base in the Afghanistan mountains. for those of you who don't know the geography of the area it cant be traversed by a motorised transport. Yet somehow our villain managed not only to build a secret base but also managed to get an elevator and a tarmac runway. This is just one of numerous ludicrous scenarios Van Lustbader serves ...more
Dear Eric Van Lustbader:

Please leave the Bourne series alone.

Timi Ogunbekun
Jul 06, 2014 Timi Ogunbekun rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Bourne Trilogy ( Robert Ludlum's greatest work) was one of the best clandestine-thriller series I've ever had the privilege of reading. Normally the idea of a book series chronicling the adventures of a schizophrenic/amnesiac assassin would be absurd, but Ludlum made it work. He made readers connect, not only with Jason Bourne and his alter-ego, but every other character that was a part of Bourne's Life. He made you want to follow Bourne on his journey through confusion, paranoia, frustratio ...more
Oct 03, 2012 Ollie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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
If you love non-stop action thrillers, you'll enjoy this action-adventure thriller. With non-stop action, this novel takes you all over the world from Washington D.C. to Africa to Eastern Asia. I remember seeing the first Bourne movies years ago and on TV--now this propels us to post-9/11 world with terrorists and intricate plotlines. I've been wrapped up into a fast paced world. We can see Bourne struggle with his memory and how he copes with his loss. My heart sank with him. But we see him nev ...more
Dec 13, 2009 Edward rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I often will not even bother putting a three star book up on goodreads. I don't particularly like to give bad reviews, and a three star rating to me means that there are some pretty significant weaknesses.

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
Feb 17, 2012 Judy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A truly laughable plot line. Although, I'm sure those that love a good spy novel and/or the Bourne series will disagree with me. It really should be kept in the "Fantasy" genre. The characters are able to assume each other's identities with the greatest of ease right down to the last detail. The good guys are able to become the bad guys and vice versa. Not only are enemies able to walk the walk of one another but even their voices are amazingly counterfeited.
Sorry, but I don't buy it. The techn
May 19, 2008 Joel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
If this were a video game it would be rated M [Strong language, Extreme Violence, some sex, drugs]

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.
Jun 08, 2008 Euni rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: go-back-to
The fact that they are using Robert Ludlum's name and the character from his previous books, does not make this a thriller. I'm falling asleep reading this book and trying to figure out when the character is going to act like Jason Bourne. Or even David Webb.

I'm afraid I cannot recommend this book to anyone.
Apr 21, 2009 Robbie183 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Do not read this book!!

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.
Feb 28, 2014 Stephanie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Unworthy og the name Bourne.
Steve King
When the deputy director of CI and Bourne's only real friend is captured in the field by a well organized terrorist cell Jason Bourne will stop at nothing to rescue him. His quest will span three continents and as always, involve a number of death defying scenarios. However, the capture of Martin Lindros is more than an attempt to eliminate Bourne. The terrorists have a deadly plan to replace Lindros, gain high level access to CI and plant a false flag while they attempt to set off a nuclear bom ...more
Nov 19, 2016 Catherine marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I registered a book at!
M Brod
Feb 26, 2017 M Brod rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty awful. Totally predictable. Uses every gimmick and spy novels imaginable. One right after another. Not worth the read
Feb 25, 2017 Ashley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Bourne Betrayal is the fifth Jason Bourne novel and the second Bourne novel by author Eric Van Lustbader. As a fan of the first three Jason Bourne novels and movies I was excited for another Bourne story, though I must confess I haven't read anything by this author before. After having read this novel, I won't be in a hurry to read him again.

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/
Deborah Kohler
Predictable. Time to let Bourne retire.
Dennis Brown
Utterly predictable
Aug 11, 2011 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find that it becomes harder and harder to review books in a series as it goes on, so this one is going to be mercifully short - or at least, that's my aim.

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
Jun 09, 2013 Speesh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
Am I ok in saying this is an excellent read? A thoroughly tip-top thriller? One of the very best?

Credibility...Meet window?

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
Feb 23, 2017 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing story - extends the life of the Jason Bourne series. Action Packed Think this might have been made into a movie. We need a Jason Bource to keep America safe.
Apr 06, 2012 Matt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Eric van Lustbader puts out a decent book, filled with suspense and intrigue and uses that 21st century buzz plot, the fight against terrorists seeking to take over parts of the US. It has all the thrills you could want, some very descriptive fight scenes and even some graphic attacks that leave you wincing and wishing you had a doctor on hand. Fairly decent dialogue and the book flows fairly well. It is.... WAIT A MINUTE!! This is one of the Bourne series. Scratch the above and keep reading!

Ramakrishnan M
Robert Ludlum wrote 3 classic books on the “Jason Bourne” character. After his sad demise, Eric Van Lustbader has been writing some tales featuring the legendary Bourne.Continuing on earlier tales, Bourne is of course retired and living a simple academic life. He has also lost his wife Marie. His latest addition to miseries is the news that his friend, Martin Lindros, has gone missing in action. Bourne has to track him down, break down a Islamic fundamentalist terrorist network, prevent a nuclea ...more
Alick Chingapi
After a while, the constant fight against terror in the form of parties from the Middle East becomes a bit tiresome to read despite the great plot. More unravelling of his background in this book and new characters introduced into his life. The main point that held this together was the type of nemesis he faced. Far different from Carlos in his method of carrying out his plot. Kept me intrigued till the end.
Matt Crumpton
If only you could combine Lustbader and Ludlum into one writer. That would be an excellent novelist. Ludlum could create dynamic characters like Jason Bourne, and the stories he could come up with are top notch. However, Ludlum had trouble putting these stories on paper. He is a terrible writer, with an overuse of the exclamation point, and he can't write good dialogue between characters.

On the other hand you have Lustbader who has taken up Ludlum's mantle and has continued to churn our Bourne b
Apr 16, 2013 Laura rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow - if an author can't even get CONTINUITY right, then what else could they possibly get right?

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
Nov 22, 2008 Ed rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
I believe I read all Ludlum's books including the three Jason Bourne novels, undoubtedly the most popular character he created.

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'
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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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