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Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Legacy (Bourne Series #4)

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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

The Bourne Legacy

The Bourne Legacy, written by Eric Van Lustbader, features main character Jason Bourne, running from a Hungarian man by the name of Stepan Spalko. Spalko¿s plan is to release a bacteriological weapon on a hotel in Iceland where world leaders will be meeting. It is up to...
The Bourne Legacy, written by Eric Van Lustbader, features main character Jason Bourne, running from a Hungarian man by the name of Stepan Spalko. Spalko¿s plan is to release a bacteriological weapon on a hotel in Iceland where world leaders will be meeting. It is up to Bourne to stop Stepan from killing the world leaders. Jason must dodge all the things Stepan Spalko throws at him, such as a hired assassin named Khan. The story begins with David Webb a.k.a. Jason Borne, a professor of linguistics at Georgetown University in Virginia, being shot at as he walks out onto the campus. He thought his CIA days were over but now he realizes unknown people are after him. He is then chased all over the world, including Hungary and then ending up in Iceland. Jason Bourne is man who is very smart and has a quick thinking mind to help him get out of tight situations. Very few people are able to track Jason down because he is frequently moving around and he hides in secret. This is just one of many reasons why you should read this book to see what he is planning on doing next. One thing I liked about this book was that it was hard to put down. Every time I read a chapter, I always wanted to read on even when I was tired. I think that the reason why I kept reading was because at the end of every chapter, it always kept me in suspense. Overall, I think the book kept me interested and was never boring. Another thing I liked about this book was how Jason Bourne was able to escape death many times. In one chapter, Khan almost killed Jason but then a woman named Annaka came and almost shot Khan before he ran away. In another chapter, Jason was severely injured and was chased down by the Hungarian police, but he managed to find a vent to hide in. Throughout this book, Jason should have been killed many times but was able to escape with his quick thinking. Jason, Stepan, Khan, and Annaka are probably the four most important characters in the book. Jason and Annaka are always running from Stepan and Khan, but towards the middle of the book, there is a twist between Khan and Jason that makes the book much more interesting. I thought this book was amazing and I would recommend it. If you like action and suspense, then this book is for you. If you don¿t find this story interesting in the beginning, then this probably isn¿t the book for you. You may have to re-read some of it to fully understand the story as it can get a little confusing but it was great.

posted by Anonymous on April 28, 2008

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

OK read but a pale imitation of the original

Eric van Lustbader's plot moves along like a house on fire. It doesn't miss a beat and there are no skips in the story. But when you compare this story to the original trilogy by the late Robert Ludlum, it's like looking at a piece of paper instead of a block of wood - ...
Eric van Lustbader's plot moves along like a house on fire. It doesn't miss a beat and there are no skips in the story. But when you compare this story to the original trilogy by the late Robert Ludlum, it's like looking at a piece of paper instead of a block of wood - there's just no "there" there.

I had no problem with the character of Khan and who he turned out to be - Ludlum's plots always required you to suspend your belief in the logical and the ordinary, so that didn't matter one bit. But van Lustbader doesn't flesh Khan out at all, and makes too big a deal out of his reason for pursuing Jason Bourne. And unlike in Ludlum's books, there are no characters in this story with any redeemable values whatsoever.

If I want to visit Jason Bourne's world again I think I'll open one of Ludlum's books.

posted by nprfan1 on November 23, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2008

    MISLEADING -LUDLUM IS NOT THE AUTHOR!

    This book is so absurd i threw in the trash after 90 pages.He surely is no ludlem! our hero now in his sixties can defeat supermab-batman-the incredible hulk- plus chinese army with a switchblade. Problem is theres no credible explanation of how he does it! this book is absolute waste of money!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    I like to read a book whenever possible before seeing the movie.

    I like to read a book whenever possible before seeing the movie. This book and the recent movie with the same title have nothing to do with one another, so do not bother if that is your purpose. Additionally, the book is poorly written. If you know that you already enjoy the author's work from previous novels, then have at it. Otherwise I would advise you to stay away from this one.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2008

    A reviewer

    my friend and i were wandering around russia reading the ludlum trilogy and as we were leaving moscow, we popped into a bookstore and joked about how cool it would be to find another jason book. and, there is was, one of maybe 200 english books. finding it was more exciting than reading it, and on the train passing novgorod i found myself unimpressed, unconvinced, but still in the spirit and compelled by the name jason bourne. its not the original but its not awful, although the writing and intricacies of plot were FAR below ludlow standard

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2004

    Dissappointing is the best way to describe it...

    This book, albeit an intriguing story, should NOT have used the Bourne character. It missed so much of what made up and drove David Webb, Delta of Medusa, and ultimately Jason Bourne of the CIA¿s Operation Treadstone... It dropped the pivotal pieces of the puzzle that allowed the story to stay glued together. Alex and Mo being gone was one thing, but almost NO mention of Marie was not even close to where Ludlum took us with David Webb and Jason Bourne in Supremacy¿ What happened to Bourne¿s reliance on Marie to keep him somewhat stable during his missions? What happened to Johnny St. Jay? The sudden thought of Bourne¿s son surviving in Phnom Penh all those years ago is ludicrous! It begs so many questions that don¿t get answered¿ I¿m disappointed that I will now relate the Bourne character to the events of this book¿

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2010

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