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Posted September 9, 2011
I used to hate reading. My philosophy was why take days/weeks to read a book when I could watch a movie in about 2.5 hours?
I have owned the Bourne Trilogy DVDs since The Bourne Ultimatum came out. I love the movies, but the book is so much better. Mr. Ludlum, God rest his soul, is a great writer! There were times I literally could not put the book down and could not wait to pick it up again. It is action packed and suspenseful. I just finished The Bourne Identity and bought The Bourne Supremacy today. I plan on reading the entire series.
Take it from someone who used to love to watch the movie instead of reading the book...BUY THE BOOK! I do have to admit that watching the movie helped me visualize the fighting moves that are mentioned in the book.
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The Bourne Identity<BR/><BR/><BR/> 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. <BR/> 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.<BR/><BR/>Ludlum, Robert. The Bourne Identity. New York: Bantam, 1980.
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Posted August 8, 2012
The Bourne Identity
By Robert Ludlum
Off a small island in the Mediterranean a man is found floating in the ocean. The man has no memory of who he is and how he came to be floating in the ocean clinging to a plank. He is taken to a doctor who has been tending to him upon his awakening the doctor tries to help him remember the man has had extensive facial reconstruction and something implanted in his hip that has a bank account number on it. The man follows the bank account lead and begins to discover very odd things about himself, that he has an uncanny knowledge of how to kill without being detected, how to blend in to his surroundings and even how to change his appearance so thoroughly no one will recognize him, but how does he know these things?
I have never seen any of the Bourne movies and this is my first spy novel so I had no idea what to expect. I guess I didn’t expect there to be so much discussion on every little thing and I had thought there would be a lot more action. There were times when I desperately wanted to tell the author to get to the point, or at least back to the fun action parts, but when it did come to the action it was so well written and intense I would feel even more irritated when I had to sit through more debate. Not only was this novel a brilliant action packed story but also a love story, Jason Bourne meets takes a woman hostage but then the hostage begins to be his only ally and the bond they form is remarkable. This was a well written and thoroughly addictive story.
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Posted January 2, 2013
First off, the book is nothing like the movie. That's not a bad thing, it's a totally different story, so set your expectations appropriately. It is a good story, but what really bothered me was the hate for women that was evident throughout. The first woman met is beat mercilessly then falls "in love" with her abuser with in hours. Other women are whores and decietful. I feel like I need to read The Girl Who Played With Fire to redeem my soul after reading this book
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Posted May 5, 2010
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.
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Posted August 10, 2009
The movie version is known for its lightning paced action and the novel version couldn't be further from the truth. Its not bad but there was at times information overload and the repetition in Bourne's inner monologue became tiresome. Ludlum's ideas here are really good but the execution lacked at times. I rarely like a movie better than the book its based but that's not thte case here.
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Posted September 22, 2014
I am a highschool student who has never enjoyed or finished an assigned book from my school, and my senior english class, allows the student to choose any book they want to read. After watching the entire Bourne Trilogy over the summer, and having loved the movies, i decided i was going to give the book a chance. I finished this book, and it was amazing. It was difficult for me to put it down, and i even had some teachers tell me to stop reading during class and pay attention to their lectures. The Bourne Identity novel is taking the movie and adding so much more to the plot and characters. What i am saying is that Jason Bourne from the movie is just a scratch of the surface to what Jason Bourne from the book is. I will most definitely be picking up the next book in this series as soon as i can,Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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