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The Bourne Identity (Bourne Series #1)

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The Bourne Identity


The book begins as a half-dead man with his body bloodied and ridden with five bullets expertly placed in his back, is dragged from somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea onto an old trawler in the middle of one of the largest storms ...
The Bourne Identity


The book begins as a half-dead man with his body bloodied and ridden with five bullets expertly placed in his back, is dragged from somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea onto an old trawler in the middle of one of the largest storms seen in a long time. Less than three hours earlier he was shot and thrown into the sea by people intent on killing him for reasons he does not know or remember. Their mistake is in believing him to be dead. The man eventually finds himself in Zurich and discovers three things. One, his name is Jason Bourne; two, he works for a covert company called Treadstone; and three, he is being hunted down by an international assassin named Carlos for reasons he does not know. Names, pictures, and places trigger flashbacks and memories as he tries to figure out his identity. Throughout the book, Jason sees traps before they happen. When necessary he dismantles and kills people it seconds. He does things that one would never expect or believe possible for a man with amnesia. This book is a book of survival, instinct and skill. And it¿s about one man that has lost his memory and can do unnatural things. This book is about Jason Bourne finding his identity.
I immensely enjoyed this book, it is mature, exciting, and nothing in comparison to the movie that came out in 2002 by Universal Studios. I highly recommend it for young adults of 14 and up, but only if they are mature and knowledgeable readers. The book is an advanced read that is fast-paced and action-packed. But before reading this book, please remember it was written in 1980. Therefore, it is not as technologically advanced as what you see in the movie. Universal ¿revamped¿ the whole series to make it more appealing to a modern audience. I give this novel a ¿two thumbs up¿. If you choose to read this amazing work by Robert Ludlum, I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

Ludlum, Robert. The Bourne Identity. New York: Bantam, 1980.

posted by CommanderTuvok on October 18, 2008

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5 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

how in the hell are the 1st 3 books not on nook is beyond me.

how in the hell are the 1st 3 books not on nook is beyond me.

posted by wdawg on April 14, 2012

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Bloated, confusing, and melodramatic

    I enjoyed the movies so I thought I would try the books. I am disappointed. This book's plot is overly complicated. The book is bloated; it's just too long, with not enough to keep you all that interested through its 600 pages. It is confusing. The Bourne character and his girlfriend Marie are given to melodramatic avowals to one another (and themselves). Everyone talks to themselves in exclamation points! This first one in the series is a Bourne loser, and I will skip the rest of them.

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2008

    Slow read

    I personally felt this book took forever to get into. It was slow and repetitive 'especially the 'Cain is for Charlie and Delta is for Cain' line'. My Wife ended up buying me the other two from Ludlum, I read about a chapter and haven't picked it up again yet.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2005

    UUGH!

    All of the action in the Bourne Identity was stuffed into the first hundred some-odd pages, leaving the rest of the book rather boring. There are some ridiculous, even stupid situations in an already badly written story. I failed to see much actual character developement. All in all, the book was terrible, not worth the paper it's printed on.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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