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The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
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Jun 07, 2012

really liked it

An entertaining, but highly technical look at espionage with a classic pulpy twist; Jason Bourne has lost his memory and must rediscover his mission, his contact and himself! On the way, Bourne will battle a host of thugs, fall in love with a beautiful, witty economist and be put on the trail of a legendary assassin.

But the real star is the method; Bourne's training is laid out in intricate detail. You'll follow his thought process as he analyses dangerous situations on the fly, economizes his time and resources and psychological breaks down the moves of his foes. This is an iconic novel for a reason, even if the flow gets bogged down frequently as Bourne re-emphasizes elements of his process.

So if you liked the movie; give the novel a try. The main themes are similar, but the story is 90% different.
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