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The Bourne Deception

(Jason Bourne #7)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  10,624 ratings  ·  250 reviews
Jason Bourne's nemesis Arkadin is still hot on his trail and the two continue their struggle, reversing roles of hunter and hunted.
When Bourne is ambushed and badly wounded, he fakes his death and goes into hiding. In safety, he takes on a new identity, and begins a mission to find out who tried to assassinate him. Jason begins to question who he really is, how much of
Hardcover, First Edition, 423 pages
Published June 9th 2009 by Grand Central Publishing
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Jan 21, 2010 rated it did not like it

Van Lustbader RUINED the whole Bourne concept. His writing is lackluster and filled with crap that should have been edited out.

I bailed 60 pages in, and that was 60 pages too many. I'll never get that part of my life back.

(Harsh, Norm)

Yes, I know, but it had to be said ... er, written.

Anyway, I've slogged my way through Van Lustbader's other Bourne books, but I'm all done now. He goes into the 'authors I will never read again' file, joining Clive Cussler and Jame
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Absurd. The deception was that Jason Bourne was a minor character when one would think it was actually about him. It should have been titled the Trevor Deception. Moira Trevor was the lead character and saw the most action in this tedious book. Slow, boring and hard to finish. Buy it if you love to watch paint dry.

Among the problems:
1) Very little Jason Bourne. He is a small portion of the book, in fact. Most of it involves other characters who are not even in his time zone.
2) Very little resear
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
I have finally cracked the Jason Bourne code! Who is this man, who says that he may be David Webb, professor of things Asian, or Jason Bourne, mercenary trained by the CIA? His agelessness that Lustbader presents in book after books appears to baffle many, though he refers to his life in the past and the memories that occurred, including children, two dead wives, and flashbacks. This man, this Bourne is a blood relative to James Bond... or at least he must be, as they are the only two characters ...more
Following straight on from The Bourne Sanction this book made a lot more sense to me. More evenly paced and follows the same characters from the previous novel it was much easier to follow. I'd obviously enjoyed the previous book as another airport visit led me to pick this up and read it straight through. ...more
Evelyn Wilson
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I probably won't continue to read Jason Bourne books. I think I may have 1 more. I like the fighting but too much Russian in them.
Cym Lowell
Jan 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Imagine an Iranian missile (a Kowsar 3) bringing down a passenger jet over Egypt with many Americans on board, in the current context of a world anxious about the intentions of Iran. Add to that an American Secretary of Defense who is pounding the table for an attack on Iran, and a clandestine mercenary group working for all sides named Black River. As spice, Jason Bourne is in Bali with a new sweetheart only to be shot through the heart by an old colleague, and some former lovers wind their way ...more
Aug 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
I felt that this book was rushed, even though the story was alright it's quickly forgetable. I'm not hard to please when it comes to Jason Bourne but this novel didn't do it for me. It's projected that David Webb no longer exists and Jason Bourne is in full control--always. I don't like how soft Bourne has become even though he has some stern quoteables through the novel, his stature has diminished severely and in almost every sentence when Lustbader describes Bourne he is ailing from a wound an ...more
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I haven't read a Bourne book since the passing of Robert Ludlum. Like everyone I've seen the Bourne trilogy that have been made into movies. As such, I missed a few of the books in the series. That said, I enjoyed the heck out of this book. Great villians. Remarkable twist plots. And I have to admit that I like the way that there are strong female characters in this book.

I recommend it for anyone that loves a good action-thriller with political overtones!
Sep 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
Jason Bourne and mysticism?! What crap. Lame. Filled with profanity to boot. I'm done with this author. Too many good books out there to waste time on this hack.
Matt Egan
Feb 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
Wait, did I really just read this?
Jul 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
A textbook example of total implausibility.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Jason Bourne (in the hands of Mr. Lustbader) has evolved from a master assassin to a player in the world of clandestine wet-jobs. In Bourne Deception, he spends too much time out of the narrative to make his presence felt. It feels that he is more of a prop to give structure to the various things happening in-and-around his name. This book is full of the author’s trademark clichés. The entire web of intricacy through events may seem to be overwhelming sometimes. There are just too many things go ...more
Roger Scherping
Jan 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
I was so excited to learn that there was a new author to write more Jason Bourne books. Just as the death of Vince Flynn didn't mean the end of Mitch Rapp, I couldn't wait to read more Bourne.

Unfortunately, this is not Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne. This Bourne is weak, confused, love-struck, and indecisive, a shadow of Ludlum's confident, strong and focused Bourne. The new Bourne is as disappointing to a faithful reader of the Trilogy as the selection of Tom Cruise to play Jack Reacher was to on
Graziano Fruzzetti
Mar 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
I am being very generous giving this book a 1. There so many characters it was necessary to keep a list to keep up with them. To the next prospective reader, please check to see whether you are actually reading a novel by Ludlum or by Eric van Lustbader using Ludlum's trademark. Very unsatisfactory ending, leaving the reader wondering what the hell happened to all the main characters. Did Van Lustbader forget to finish it or did he leave the reader hanging thinking he would want to read the next ...more
Freethings Forme
Bourne learned some more stuff about his past. Bourne also solved another mystery and stopped the plans of some people that thought they knew what was best for the United States. Of course they were wrong and denounced when caught red handed. Bourne still remains persona non grata even though he has helped national security countless times.
I recommend this book.
Randa Mcnair
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
So many people die! It's almost like George Martin wrote this story. As I get further into this series, it's getting harder to keep up with all the characters being introduced as so many are being killed off.
Rodolfo Baez
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I feel the biggest problem this book has is going way off-course from Jason Bourne. The side stories can be interesting but their main purpose is to make Jason Bourne part of them at the last pages of the book.
Rodolfo Baez
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I feel the biggest problem this book has is going way off-course from Jason Bourne. The side stories can be interesting but their main purpose is to make Jason Bourne part of them at the last pages of the book.
Kevin Dingess
Good Action!

I felt that this book was not as well-written as many of Ludlum’s Bourne novels. However, it is well worth the read and has lots of great action and fights in it. Well worth your time to read; it brings a good end to one of Bourne’s worst enemies!
Horace Clinard
Jun 22, 2020 rated it liked it
I’m surprised that I must say that I was disappointed. There were too many characters, too many story lines, and some of the story lines were well put together or coherent. I love Jason Bourne, but maybe I’ve been impressed with them more in the movies than the books.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: action-thriller
At least Bourne wasn't being accused of being a traitor in this one. :-)
Martha Locker
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love the Jason Bourne series
Mike Corgan
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: robert-ludlum
Very good book in the Bourne Series.
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love the Jason bourne series' in terms of books because they're more detailed than the movies. As always this was also a thrilling read as it feels almost real.
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Really nothing like the first few... not sure why I didn’t just put it down after the first few pages
Wally Mountz
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, spy
The action sequences in these books are always good, however, the plots are more like Mission Impossible. Just too many and too complicated. Add that to the fact there must have been 30 characters in this book-it is simply too much. So much so that I nearly abandoned this book at the 2/3s mark because I was getting bored. I persevered and the ending was good.
Martial Trevett
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
SecDef Holliday and Arkanan try to take the Iran oil fields and kill Jason Bourne
Malcolm Tang
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not a big fan of Mr Ludlum's writing. The story is poorly organized and the characters are unrealistically superhuman-like.
Cheryle Downen
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very good story
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Eric Van Lustbader was born and raised in Greenwich Village. He is the author of more than twenty-five best-selling novels, including The Ninja, in which he introduced Nicholas Linnear, one of modern fiction's most beloved and enduring heroes. The Ninja was sold to 20th CenturyFox, to be made into a major motion picture. His novels have been translated into over twenty languages.

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