Feb 12, 10
Read from February 09 to 11, 2010
Great book (again). Ludlum's second installment in the Bourne series is quite different from the first book. Rather than the racing sense of simultaneous searching for Carlos, and his identity, this book is about Bourne/Delta/Webb in the Far-east, specifically Hong Kong, China, and Macao.
It is interesting to me that the book is set in East Asia, and the main reason that Bourne is engaged in his espionage activities is to stop a major Chinese power shift from taking place and thus avoiding a potential international WW 3. This book is set in the 1980's, around 10 years before the British handed Hong-Kong over to China. Its also set before the Tian an men square massacre...
However, the sense of China's rising power has not diminished in the slightest. In fact, they continue to trudge forward in terms of international, resource and economic power.
The snippets of Mandarin (in un-accented pinyin) were also fun to read, since I could understand what was being said!