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Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Betrayal (Bourne Series #5)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Bourne fan must read!!

Ok. Ludlum he is not. However, Eric Van Lustbader takes the central characters and ideas of Ludlum and makes them his own. This is his 2nd Bourne book and it was every bit as exciting as the first. I look forward to reading more of his works. If you are a Bourne fan, re...
Ok. Ludlum he is not. However, Eric Van Lustbader takes the central characters and ideas of Ludlum and makes them his own. This is his 2nd Bourne book and it was every bit as exciting as the first. I look forward to reading more of his works. If you are a Bourne fan, read this book for sure!

posted by Union_leader on May 17, 2009

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Chalk up another Lustbader bad read . . .

Despite misgivings and numerous attempts at reading Lustbader in the past, I decided to read his Bourne books solely because of the subject - Jason Bourne. I hoped Lustbader had improved his craft in the last few years and that this series would be good. I was greatl...
Despite misgivings and numerous attempts at reading Lustbader in the past, I decided to read his Bourne books solely because of the subject - Jason Bourne. I hoped Lustbader had improved his craft in the last few years and that this series would be good. I was greatly dismayed from the start when I realized he had completely set aside the original and true character of David Webb/Jason Bourne, and his family as they were created by Ludlum. For anyone who has read and loved the original Bourne books by Robert Ludlum, you realize the movies had very little in common with the books. And I loved the movies - Matt Damon was a terrific Jason Bourne. However, the movies and books had bare bones only in common. Lustbader’s Bourne character comes across as if he was a 30something covert ops hero and crashes forward through something like 10 or maybe 11 books/adventures to date. I really wanted to read the 'new' Jason Bourne adventures, although knowing that it would be as if reading about a new character rather than a continuation of a much loved and well-known character. That would have been fine - if Lustbader could really write. He does fine up to a point, but some of his plotting action is so incredibly stupid you wonder if a 10-year-old could have done better. One review I read mentioned Bourne heard his phone while revving a motorcycle with a helicopter flying immediately overhead – and I have to agree that is so far-fetched, I would say impossible. I nearly stopped reading at a point just moments before the ring of his cell phone when he jumped a Harley off the back of a moving rig and pulled a sharp U-turn in front of oncoming cars, ratcheting up through the gears in a chase scene. This whole scenario, from how they got on the street in a chase scene to begin with to the way it ended, is so badly contrived I could barely make it through. Not wanting to spoil anything further for those who might actually want to read this stuff, let me just say that the prelude to the chase scene was a real stumble-bumble scenario - nothing that David Webb/Jason Bourne of the first three books or the Jason Bourne of the movies would have done. Stupid is as stupid does for Lustbader. I waded through more pages until yet another incredibly stupid scenario and I quit. I can only stand to read poorly written, contrived plots for so long and then I just throw the book away or put it in a recycle bag. Unfortunately, this one is on my Nook. Oh yeah. Delete! Delete! Delete! For those who might actually enjoy somewhat poorly constructed action stuff and can ignore the tripe of Lustbader's writing, enjoy. But, please, be aware that all you are reading is Lustbader's bid for his own James Bond type series and it would have been far better if he had simply created his own character and not usurped the wonderful character that Robert Ludlum created. I had to give it a star rating to post the review and couldn't do just a tiny point of a star so let it be known that the star I had to give for this book was for the name - Jason Bourne - and nothing else.

posted by 11728473 on October 3, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2012

    Chalk up another Lustbader bad read . . .

    Despite misgivings and numerous attempts at reading Lustbader in the past, I decided to read his Bourne books solely because of the subject - Jason Bourne. I hoped Lustbader had improved his craft in the last few years and that this series would be good. I was greatly dismayed from the start when I realized he had completely set aside the original and true character of David Webb/Jason Bourne, and his family as they were created by Ludlum. For anyone who has read and loved the original Bourne books by Robert Ludlum, you realize the movies had very little in common with the books. And I loved the movies - Matt Damon was a terrific Jason Bourne. However, the movies and books had bare bones only in common. Lustbader’s Bourne character comes across as if he was a 30something covert ops hero and crashes forward through something like 10 or maybe 11 books/adventures to date. I really wanted to read the 'new' Jason Bourne adventures, although knowing that it would be as if reading about a new character rather than a continuation of a much loved and well-known character. That would have been fine - if Lustbader could really write. He does fine up to a point, but some of his plotting action is so incredibly stupid you wonder if a 10-year-old could have done better. One review I read mentioned Bourne heard his phone while revving a motorcycle with a helicopter flying immediately overhead – and I have to agree that is so far-fetched, I would say impossible. I nearly stopped reading at a point just moments before the ring of his cell phone when he jumped a Harley off the back of a moving rig and pulled a sharp U-turn in front of oncoming cars, ratcheting up through the gears in a chase scene. This whole scenario, from how they got on the street in a chase scene to begin with to the way it ended, is so badly contrived I could barely make it through. Not wanting to spoil anything further for those who might actually want to read this stuff, let me just say that the prelude to the chase scene was a real stumble-bumble scenario - nothing that David Webb/Jason Bourne of the first three books or the Jason Bourne of the movies would have done. Stupid is as stupid does for Lustbader. I waded through more pages until yet another incredibly stupid scenario and I quit. I can only stand to read poorly written, contrived plots for so long and then I just throw the book away or put it in a recycle bag. Unfortunately, this one is on my Nook. Oh yeah. Delete! Delete! Delete! For those who might actually enjoy somewhat poorly constructed action stuff and can ignore the tripe of Lustbader's writing, enjoy. But, please, be aware that all you are reading is Lustbader's bid for his own James Bond type series and it would have been far better if he had simply created his own character and not usurped the wonderful character that Robert Ludlum created. I had to give it a star rating to post the review and couldn't do just a tiny point of a star so let it be known that the star I had to give for this book was for the name - Jason Bourne - and nothing else.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2010

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    Ugh

    I couldn't even finish this book. Gave it to the local library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2008

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    I regret reading this book to the end. I kept expecting it to get better and it continually disappointed me. Even in the end the character was NOT Jason Bourne. This character stumbles into situations manipulated like a marionette by the puppeteer bad guys, and gets through only through shear luck, not the cunning skills we would expect him to have. The terrorists are portrayed as superior and smarter then every US agent or agency. Some ghetto street thug is more perceptive and enlightened then any of the trained personnel. I am growing tired of this constant bombardment that we are the incompetents and everyone else in the world is our moral superior. I'd like to see something explore more of the NikKi character relationship, Marie is dead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2007

    A money making fraud!

    Lustbader should stick with horror and leave this genre alone. I have been reading Ludlum since book one and he would be turning in his grave if he read this tripe. Writers like Clancy, Dale Brown, and, especially Ludlum, had a way of making the impossible possible. The bike chase, the car chase with the limo and especially the antics with the aircraft are just garbage. If you want a biz jet that will loop invent one, don't pick a real one that would fall out of the sky. I can't think of a positive thing to say about this book.

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