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The Bourne Evolution

(Jason Bourne #15)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  1,069 ratings  ·  112 reviews
America's most enduring hero, Jason Bourne, returns in a propulsive, fresh story for the Bourne canon that tests old skills--and uncovers new ones.

After the death of his lover in a mass shooting, secret agent Jason Bourne is convinced that there is more to her murder than it seems. Worse, he believes that Treadstone--the agency that made him who he is, that trained him
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published July 28th 2020 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Adah Udechukwu
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 stars to The Bourne Evolution. The novel is extraordinary.
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, netgalley
First up I did say to myself, "What are you doing reading a Bourne book?" Why, because at the very least there's the danger of Matt Damon running across my mental imagining of the storyline. Given the years of watching and occasional re-watches. Yikes, was I in danger of pre determining my response? After all, big shoes to fill!
I always like to read a book before the movie but is that even possible with the film franchises reeking havoc with my expectations.
So how did I go?
Freeman has obviously
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

This is definitely not the version of Jason Bourne from the original novels, nor the version played by Richard Chamberlain in the TV Movie back in the 80's. This is definitely the Bourne of the latest batch of movies.

A terrorist group known as Medusa is taking over Big Tech, through the machinations of a beautiful dominatrix. A social network is actually taking over the will of many people. Naturally, Medusa wants a piece of that.

Jason finds himself framed
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I absolutely loved Ludlums Jason Bourne series and read the first one by Lustbader. But then I thought, no more. #PenguinPublishingGroup and #GPPutnamsSons gave me this arc of Brian Freemans The Bourne Evolution. I must say that I was most pleasantly surprised how good it were. Freeman has caught the charater dead on and writes like Ludlum is back. Great work and I hope there will be more to come. Thanks also to #Edelweiss and the author @bfreemanbooks
Deep Ranjan
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Bourne Evolution by Mr.Brian Freeman is a slick return of Jason Bourne with a captivating plot and fantastic character development.

1.Contemporary Plot👉8.5🌟
2.Fastpaced Narrative👉9🌟
3.Intriguing Characters👉9.5🌟
4.Character Development👉8.5🌟
5.Dynamic Settings👉10🌟
6.Quick and Short Action Sequencs👉8.5🌟
7.Weapons Descriptions👉6🌟
8.Dialogues/Chemistry between👉9.5🌟

Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Bourne Evolution pays a respectful tribute to The Bourne Identity while introducing Jason Bourne into the modern era in a fresh and exciting manner, rather than simply rehashing the elements of the prior Jason Bourne stories. The Bourne Evolution factors in the influence of Big Data companies and software in this day and age, with a shadowy organization known as Medusa that is hellbent on causing anarchy through social and data exploitation of individuals. Jason Bourne is the one man standin ...more
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite authors has always been Robert Ludlum. I have read everything he has ever written and eagerly awaited his new ones. The Bourne series was one of the best and will live as a literary testament to his memory. I was crushed when he passed away and thought his genre was doomed.

I was wrong. Brian Freeman has taken one of the most exciting iconic characters of our times and made him his own. I was thrilled to hear that this author was taking this challenge on and after reading this
Ross Sidor
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superlative thriller that I cannot recommend enough. Do yourself a favor and read it. Based on the plot summary and the choice of Brian Freeman, who does not write in this genre, I was hesitant going into this, but my doubts were quickly laid to rest. This book is definitely for readers who complained that "Treadstone Resurrection" was not Ludlum enough.

For starters, this book reads actually like a Ludlum novel. If Ludlum were alive and writing in 2020, this is the book he would write. The pros
Matt Persson
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Funny how a lot of books I have read lately have a blurb "Bourne for the new Millineum" Well, Now we officially have the Real Bourne for the new Millennium!! The book was everything I have been hoping for. Bourne is back and better than ever. LUDLUM would be proud. Part Ludlum books, part movies all Bourne. The story, setting and pace were great and had me in the wsge of my seat. Cannot wait until the next one!! ...more
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've read by Freeman and it was fantastic. His Bourne is in the vain of Matt Damon's Bourne and it works incredibly well. ...more
Sep 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can't think of how many stars for a book I have to pull out of as the sexual fantasy aspect is off the charts gross for my tastes. This story has some interesting technology company themes going for it as well as the lone crusader theme. So...I like some of this book but am nauseated by a chunk of it. What to do? I guess I like my action clean and wholesome. If you like kinky you may like this book.

I made it to 39% but I guess I will pass forward to see how it ends. 3 stars will have to suffice
Ray Palen
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE BOURNE EVOLUTION, the latest novel in the Jason Bourne saga opens with two occurrences that are eerily close to both recent and current events. The first is a mass shooting that takes place in Las Vegas, very similar to the tragedy that occurred there during the Country Music concert back in 2017. In the novel, it is an antique car show and goes down as the worst mass shooting incident in U.S. history. Sixty-six were reported dead but there is some discrepancy over that number possibly being ...more Mystery & Thriller
THE BOURNE EVOLUTION, the latest entry in the Jason Bourne saga, opens with two incidents that are eerily close to both recent and current events. The first is a mass shooting that takes place in Las Vegas, very similar to the tragedy that occurred there during the country music concert back in 2017. In the novel, it is an antique car show and goes down as the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Sixty-six individuals are reported dead, but that number may actually be 67. We will return to this ...more
Kathleen Gray
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fans of the Bourne movies should pick this up asap! Freeman has taken an iconic character and updated him and the scenario he's got to deal with to today in a way that had me turning the pages. This opens with a shooting in Las Vegas that leaves Bourne's wife dead and then moves on to the shooting of a congresswoman who is about to make a big announcement about big tech. Why on earth would Bourne be blamed? Well, that's what he wants to know and he teams up with a terrific partner in Abby who is ...more
Dawn Traylor
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I’ve always enjoyed the Bourne movies more than the books. Ludlum was a good author but there was a lot of language and the flow of the storylines was slow. Brian Freeman has changed all that! This is definitely 5 star. I loved it. The storyline hooked you in and you couldn’t stop. Minimal language that felt natural and not forced. Felt like it was the same Jason Bourne we know and love, but better writing!
Mike Kennedy
I am so happy Mr. Freeman took over this series and brought it back to what it was supposed to be. Unfortunately, the last few installments from Mr. Lustbader were subpar at best. Mr. Freeman’s first entry in the series brought us back to what we got when Mr. Ludlum first brought us the series. It had action, suspense, and was an all around page turner.

Overall the story and plot was excellent. A congress Woman is killed by a sniper, and Jason Bourne is framed for the crime. He fights to clear h
Stef Gibby
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great read. I hesitated to read this, as the films are so goo, but this was a film in its own right.
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Freeman isn't a Ludlum, nor Lustbader, but he does a fine job picking up the Bourne legacy mantle. Full of the same fast paced adventure, with the well loved style of Jason Bourne. I will read more of Freeman's work outside the Bourne Series ...more
Jun 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to author Brian Freeman for this FREE Kindle copy of The Bourne Evolution. And thanks to Goodreads for hosting the opportunity.

Well written and paced, Jason is at it again. An easy, fun read, with plenty of action. This man is UNstoppable!
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nope. Just not good enough. This genre may have had its day.
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Bourne book although I've seen and liked the Matt Damon movies. This book certainly captures the essence of the character and provides an exciting - though somewhat unrealistic - backdrop for Bourne to use his lethal skills. Set up by a shadowy technology-based organization called Medusa, Bourne is hunted by his old friends at Treadstone while he roams the world to track and eliminate Medusa's leadership. Of course, he meets a girl and their shared adventures lead to romance. Th ...more
Lisa  Carlson
Sep 13, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: local Mpls radio station
Shelves: fiction
It may very well be time to put this series to bed. I haven't read other work by NY Times best selling author, Minnesotan Brian Freeman. I'm mystified as to why the Robert Ludlum estate keeps picking authors to extend the series and male white authors no less. Clearly, no one is interested in making movies from these books. How about a female author? How about a reboot with a Latino or African American at the helm? I am a huge fan of the movies with Matt Damon which are drawn somewhat from Ludlu ...more
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished, my-books, owned
My review of THE BOURNE EVOLUTION by Brian Freeman

THE BOURNE EVOLUTION is an incredible thriller!! It met and surpassed my expectations for a great thriller. At first, I was hesitant about purchasing the novel since there seemed to be a Jason Bourne/ Treadstone revival in novels and on the screen.
Brian Freeman was an unknown and experienced author (to me) who was reported to have inherited the responsibility to carry on the Bourne franchise. I had some questions since I had discovered the origin
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was good enough as thrillers go - and I'm sure plenty good to be heir apparent to the Bourne franchise. Brian Freeman is one of the best thriller/mystery writers around.

I loved the Quebec setting, though I am not familiar with the city, but reading about it like this makes me want to go there (much like reading Louise Penny). The rest is kind of a blur (I read a lot of mysteries in January), but some of the locations were what you might expect - Vegas, a Caribbean island, the exclusive est
Albert Riehle
Aug 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Two things I need to get out of the way right off the bat. Firstly, I'm a Brian Freeman fan. I really enjoy his work in the mystery\thriller genre. Secondly, I have never read any of Robert Ludlum's books or Jason Bourne stories outside of the movies. So, it's through that lens that I'm writing this review.

It's a 3.5 star book as far as I'm concerned. Freeman always writes good characters and he does so here. After a really slow-paced start that took some time to gain momentum, the book kicks in
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In preparation for reading this book I thought I would reread the Ludlum novels but I gave up after the second because I found they weren't as good as I remember them! I thought it was probably because I enjoyed the Bourne films or they just didn't stand the test of time. I was looking forward though to reading Brian Freeman's version of Bourne.
I was not disappointed. I enjoyed every page of this thriller, I think Nr Freeman has pulled off a great job of somehow linking the best bits of the orig
Sep 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I debated what to give this one. Taken on its own, 4 stars would be right. Freeman may not quite be at the level of Lustbader or Ludlum (who is) but he spins a compelling yarn.

However. . .this novel really should have been called Bourne Rebooted. It's a complete reimagining of a Bourne who it is mentioned in passing was a teenager during 9/11. Few of the backstory elements of the first 14 Bourne books are consistent other than he was shaped by a shadowy agency called Treadstone and he lost his m
Bodo Pfündl
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brian Freeman brings Bourne back to life in all his original glory

The author not only gets the gist of Bourne‘s identity exactly right but also manages to seamlessly transfer the character into the here and now. Ludlum’s Bourne has always been hugely influenced by the times he lived in and Freeman swiftly follows him in that tradition. Power struggles and geopolitical manipulation in a Silicon-Valley-esque world of Big Data vs privacy protection form the thematic backdrop of Brian’s impressive
David McGuire
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Better than the original

I read the original Bourne trilogy and I consider this one even better. The overall plot was refreshing and original. The pacing of the novel was great. Not only is the action great, but the entire novel great. I've read novels where there was great action but the overall novel sucked, this book most definitely stands out as one of the best. So much better than 'The Treadstone Resurrection' which I thought killed the Bourne franchise. This book redeems the entire franchi
David Dalton
I jumped on this Jason Bourne thriller because it is the first Borne novel written by Brian Freeman.

I read the first Bourne thrillers by Robert Ludlum way back in the late 70's I believe. Loved the original trilogy. From there I ended up reading almost all of Ludlum's other thrillers. I already knew of Eric Lustbader when he took over the Bourne series, from his White Ninja and other thrillers. So I jumped on board when he took over and read the first two or three by Eric and then kind of fell o
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