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The Bourne Supremacy

(Jason Bourne #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  177,610 ratings  ·  1,252 reviews
A killer with no face, no identity and a name the world wanted to forget:

Jason Bourne

Reenter the shadowy world of Jason Bourne, an expert assassin still plagued by the splintered nightmares of his former life. This time the stakes are higher than ever. For someone else has taken on the Bourne identity—a ruthless killer who must be stopped or the world will pay a devastatin
Mass Market Paperback, 688 pages
Published 2004 by Orion (first published February 11th 1986)
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Sep 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
#2 in the Bourne trilogy. This book didn't have some of the elements that made the first one so great, but it had a few things that weren't there in the first book that I liked, namely the distinct seperation of David Webb, the mild mannered husband and Jason Bourne, the highly trained killing machine who cares for nothing but himself. Ludlum actually creates three different characters in the same body: David Webb, Jason Bourne and "Delta", Webbs codename during his time as a heartless American ...more
Mar 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people stuck in 1980s stereotype-land
Well, this was the worst book I've read in a long time. Where to start? It's bloated, racist and dull. The scenery is a bit interesting and the plot from the first hundred pages or so appeared just convoluted enough that I wanted to see what happened in the end, or I would have been done with this book by the end of half an hour. But I soldiered on...

In the end, the book was far less interesting than the Bourne Identity, perhaps because there was less for Bourne to do as the man being manipulate
Sep 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
So this time instead of Europe Bourne had to run through oriental environs of Hong Kong and China to grab a killer who is killing in his name in the name of Jason Bourne. And David Webb has to be Jason Bourne again in order to stop the fake assassin and to stop a terrible plan from succeeding. I don't remember the movie much and intend to watch them again but I don't think that the movie went on the similar storyline. Once I finish 'The Bourne Ultimatum' I would finish the trilogy again. I reall ...more
Rupali Rotti
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I guess whoever likes reading, or even knows how to read, should (or would surely already have) read the Bourne series. The first book that I'd read many many years ago, changed my life for the better. I have this habit of implementing the learnings of what I read in practical life.

The second book, The Bourne Supremacy, though its learnings cannot be implemented in real life unless you are in danger, but I'm sure I could use those when I do get in trouble some time. Every paragraph of this book
Mar 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
First and foremost, this book has absolutely nothing to do with the movies that recently came out. Sure, they share the same title, but let me reassure you, they have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the movie. The only thing that is kept from the book and transferred into the movie is the fact that Bourne is killers killer (if you don't believe me, just watch the movie. He kills a man with a TOWEL).
All that being said, I found this to be a quite enjoyable book. It takes place in China. Apparently
My first thought will give you an idea of how this book reads: I am so happy to be done with it! The plot is terribly complex and if you are clueless about the Far East/China and try to follow it, good luck to you! The book and the movie are not similar and this is one of the rare instances where I found the movie better than the book.

In the movie, his wife is killed right away. Not so in the book. The wife annoyed me to no end. Here's what I thought of that:

As for the economic "genius", Marie
Daniel Ionson
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Once again, utterly forget all of the movies.

While book 1 of this series is superior, this is still a top-notch book. Ludlum knows how to keep the tension brewing. Once again, the protagonist's psychology (inner-conflict) is a great element of the tale. I highly recommend this book; it's nothing like a "dumb action movie" book.


One peeve... A thing I really never got: The Ambassador who manipulated David never convinced me that David was truly n
Sep 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That difficult middle book in a trilogy. This time, Bourne is tricked into heading to Hong Kong to track down his kidnapped wife. Except it's all a government plot to get him to assassinate a rogue Chinese leader who is threatening the stability of the region.

A frantic chase across the US, China and Hong Kong. Involving the Chinese, American and British secret services. This book was pretty un-put-down-able - including several late nights where my arms were unable to support the book any more. S
The second novel in the original Bourne Trilogy and Mr Ludlum is really getting the hang of this character. It is almost as if the fictional Jason Bourne is now living a life of his own and the author is just along for the ride. Mainly set in Hong Kong and China the almost supernatural spy is leaving a trail of destruction and we are never really sure who is actually in control of actions and consequences. Ludlum truly was a master of the genre. If you liked the Bourne Identity then pick this up ...more
Hajarath Prasad Abburu
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's a whodunit. It's a psychological thriller. It's a spy adventure. And more than everything, it's a beautiful love story.

While the first 20-25% of the book is impressively straight forward, most part of the remaining book was thrillingly confusing, and at times agonising too.

David Webb and Marie are thoroughly impressive as leads, but whenever Jason Bourne comes to the fore, he delivers the fireworks so rivetingly.. Having read the book at a stretch for a reason, the tension never really diff
While reading this book, I couldn't picture Jason Bourne in my mind without seeing Matt Damon, but those who think the book follows the movie, I'm going to tell you right now, it doesn't.

David Webb thought he put the past behind him, he hung up the Jason Bourne mantel, is married to Marie, and is teaching Asian studies at a University in Maine (Where I'm from). But after Webb turns down his own Government when a ruthless Chinese tyrant is working on creating a new order with assassinations perpe
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
now i am hooked. This was such a great, easy and creative book. i was hooked after the first page.

The characters were easy to fall in love with and follow, along with the story. the author made the mental visions so easy and vivid of the surroundings and the characters actions felt so real.

i would highly recommend this author and this book.
Kenya Wright
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It sucks that I saw the movies first because the books are so much better and I wish I didn't know some of the things that were going to happen. That being said, this is an awesome series packed with action and punches. ...more
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seasonal Reading Challenge Fall 2018 Task 15.9 - Get a Clue: Mystery MPG & Characteristic 3 (name in title)
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Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2020
I didn't care all that much for the first one, and this one was worse. What a heap of convoluted nonsense, replete with clichés and ridiculous dialogue. And if I had a euro for every time a Chinese characters was referred to as "the Oriental"... Ugh. Suffice it to say, I did a lot of skimming to get through this. ...more
Ryan Naples
May 29, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: winter2008
The first 100 and the last 100 pages were great. The 400 pages in the middle were kind of slow. The book is totally different from the movie. The book takes place in China in the late 70s and is premised on how the world will pretty much end if China tries to take over Hong Kong before 1998. Nothing like an out-dated international crisis to get the blood pumping. I'm just glad to have finished this book (I read it over the course of 2 years). ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
As before, please read the book and forget the movie. if you've seen the movies and think you got the story you haven't. Ludlum plotted and charactized a complex and well thought out story...and this may be the waekest of the series. it's still far better than the recent movie. ...more
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(4.0) more preposterous, but somehow more gripping than the first.
Barnabas Piper
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
I gave up. It dragged.
Mathew Bookworm Smith
The second installment of the Bourne series is again full of action. However, the old proverb - about sequels never being as good as the original - is true.

Wordy! This book just has too many words. It could be a quick two or three hundred page fast movin' action packed paperback, instead of the 600 page mammoth it turned into. Now, there were many scenes that put you on the edge of your seat and kept you turning those 600 pages. There were the expected car chases, the identity changes, the occas
Apr 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Anyone looking for a book that mirrors the adaptation that made Matt Damon the new spy fatale can move along and not read the rest of this review. Hollywood chose to keep the name of Ludlum’s second book in the series, but make it much more thrill-centred and nothing like what I remember of the movie. Alas, it goes to show that bombs and sex sells, while honest to goodness thriller books, set in a time before GPS technology and the like, seem to wither on the vine. I must say that while the book ...more
And the legend is back.

In this Bourne instalment the chameleon Jason returns to the spy/assassin game when his wife, Canadian economist, Marie, is kidnapped by a Chinese taipan who means serious business. Jason moves heaven and earth to get her back, which means leaving his gentle alter-ego, David, behind and embracing the killer he tried so hard to forget, Delta, in the hunt for his successor.

The new Jason Bourne is out there and only the original can catch him.

Behind the scenes Havilland and
Tushar Gargava
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Patient, brilliant and breath-stopping is this book!

Robert Ludlum always hooks me so easily in his well-researched books that I curse myself for ever aspiring of writing one myself! Sometimes, the simplest of the sentences that he frames loop me in them for minutes, while I try to understand the various other meanings he might have intended for the said.

Jason Bourne is finally shown as the man with more than 2 parts well at the end of the book, until when it was only hinted, and never explicitl
Adrian Ramos
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book 2 of Jason Bourne. Too Damn long. Jason Bourne aka David Webb is nuts. And if you try follow along. You’ll be nuts too. International spies, CIA, black ops,.... i love this stuff. This book was obviously written some time ago. Jason Bourne was a CIA assassin in Vietnam. Then in the Far East. Fighting against bad “orientals”. Old terms no longer used or maybe not even socially acceptable. Sounded like 1975 all over again.

I need some easy reading. Same genre. Taking a break from RobertLudlum
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
2.5 stars. Oh boy, this book was bloated and did not make me eager to find out what was going to happen next. And thus it took me a long time to finish it, a surprise, as I like thrillers and loved The Bourne Identity all those years ago. I just didn't care about most of the characters and the yelling that punctuated most of the dialogue was annoying. The best part was the interesting trinity that was Webb/Bourne/Delta, and how each personality impacted the other. The ultimate compartmentalizati ...more
Apr 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Far fetched but entertaining. Towards the end, it felt like the story had dragged on for too long. One glaring error - the citizens of Hong Kong speak Cantonese, not Mandarin; Mr. Ludlum's transliteration of the Chinese made them all sound like they were speak Mandarin. This is an important political distinction during this sensitive time for Hong Kong. ...more
Jan 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: american
overall enjoyable. many pages but what with the action they quite flew by. weird though that there was a second mini-climax like an afterthought. not necessary in my opinion, the baddie could have been dealt with before the main climax. would have saved 50-100 pages.
again my never-ending gripe with thrillers: i don't need a love story in it. no need for "oh david i love you so much, i hope i can have you back, i must have you back..." "oh marie, i love you so much, i can't bear the thought that
Feb 23, 2009 rated it liked it
When I read the first book in the series, I was a bit disappointed. I had just seen the movie adaptation and my expectations for the book were rather high. But a strange thing happened with the second and third books in the series--while the movie adaptations got worse, the books in the series got better. I consider this the midpoint in the upswing of the Jason Bourne story arc; Ludlum has succeeded in introducing an interesting character, and he continually raises the bar in terms of action and ...more
Jan 28, 2010 rated it did not like it
God, if this book could have been harder to get through, I'm not sure how. I read an older version, but they shouldn't even put Matt Damon's face on this thing. There is basically nothing in common with this book and the movie except the name of the main character and the title. Unbelievably, all the negatives of the first book were further exacerbated in this one by making the ranting 20 pages long instead of 10 and making the story into such a convoluted conspiracy that it's amazing the United ...more
Dean Macholl
I couldn't put down The Bourne Identity, but I couldn't seem to pick this one up. It took me a while to finish this because I kept setting it aside for better reads. There is way too much going on in this book that I just didn't care about and as far as I could tell tell had nothing to do with the main plot. I will say though it was interesting seeing the Bourne/Webb identities clash in a way that isn't brought up in the films. ...more
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Robert Ludlum was the author of twenty-seven novels, each one a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 210 million of his books in print, and they have been translated into thirty-two languages. He is the author of The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Chancellor Manuscript, and the Jason Bourne series--The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum--among others. Mr. Ludlum ...more

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