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The Bourne Ultimatum by Robert Ludlum
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Apr 04, 2008

it was ok
Recommended for: No one I know
Read in January, 2007

After three grueling months I finally finished reading this book. You may ask yourself: "If it was so grueling, why did he finish it at all?" Good question! After reading the first two books in the Bourne trilogy, I felt compelled to finally see the final confrontation between Jason Bourne and Carlos the Jackal. Now I will admit that The Bourne Ultimatum was not nearly as boring and convoluted as its predecessor, The Bourne Supremacy. However, I'm fairly certain that Robert Ludlum took a class on writing ridiculously bad exposition dialogue before completing the series. The characters never say anything the least bit natural or believable in the entire book, and every conversation seems to include one character saying to another, "I'm not following you", after which the speaker tediously explains their prior explanation about unexplained government conspiracies in an inexplicable fashion. Hey Robert--if your characters need the dialogue re-explained so that your reader will have the slightest clue what the hell's going on...maybe it's time to write better! Of course, Ludlum's dead, so we know he can't read this. Just like I could barely read his book. If the book had been about 400 pages shorter, it would have at least been fast-paced and fun, but at over 660 pages, it was incredibly overblown and repetitive. It's a real shame, because I loved The Bourne Identity. Without the mystery of who Jason Bourne is and why he knows how to be such an amazing super-spy, there's nothing to draw you into the story. Stay away unless you are a hard-core Ludlum or spy-thriller fan.
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Anthony McIntyre I so totally agree with this review. (BTW I read yours after writing mine, which said more or less the same thing)

Danica Seriously, you are right, worst dialogue I've read in a long time.

Joanna I agree. I listened to this and it just seamed to drag on.

Pedro Rotoli Ludlum is dead, address your concerns to Lustbader now.

Charlie Day I was hoping someone would comment on his dialog style! that practically ruined the books for me

Meredith Thanks. You just saved me from finishing this book. I am 60 pages into it and the horrible dialogue is making me crazy.

Carl Agreed... i thought the criminals were so much more clever than the good guys and a step ahead every time. A grueling read. 1 step forward, 2 steps back.

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