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Reenter the shadowy world of Jason Bourne, an expert assassin still plagued by the splintered nightmares of his former life. This time the stakes are higher than ever. For someone else has taken on the Bourne identity—a ruthless killer who must be stopped or the world will pay a devastating price. To succeed, the real Jason Bourne must maneuver through the dangerous labyrinth of international espionage—an ...

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Overview

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 
Reenter the shadowy world of Jason Bourne, an expert assassin still plagued by the splintered nightmares of his former life. This time the stakes are higher than ever. For someone else has taken on the Bourne identity—a ruthless killer who must be stopped or the world will pay a devastating price. To succeed, the real Jason Bourne must maneuver through the dangerous labyrinth of international espionage—an exotic world filled with CIA plots, turncoat agents, and ever-shifting alliances—all the while hoping to find the truth behind his haunted memories and the answers to his own fragmented past. This time there are two Bournes—and one must die.

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“A killer of a thriller.”—USA Today

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ludlum has never come up with a more head-spinning, spine-jolting, intricately mystifying, Armageddonish, in short Ludlumesque, thriller than this. A Peking leader of seemingly irreproachable reputation, secretly a Kuomintang fanatic, has masterminded a plot to take over Hong Kong via political assassination, the result of which would be civil war in China and possibly global disaster. His principal agent is an assassin-for-hire masquerading as the legendary ``Jason Bourne,'' a one-time secret U.S. agent now, under his real name David Webb, struggling with the aid of a psychiatrist and his loving wife Marie to recover from amnesia. Only one man can destroy the conspiracy: Webb, who must be persuaded to re-assume his Bourne identity, track down the impostor and through him lay a trap for the vile Shengthe ``persuasion'' to be by way of his abducted wife. The action jolts from the back alleys of Hong Kong and Kowloon to a secret government complex in the Colorado mountains to the seats of power in Peking and even the interior of Mao's tomb. Every chapter ends with a cliff-hanger; the story brims with assassination, torture, hand-to-hand combat, sudden surprise and intrigue within intrigue. It's a sure-fire bestseller. 650,000 first printing; $150,000 ad/promo; BOMC selection; Franklin Library limited edition. (March 15)
Library Journal
In this sequel to The Bourne Identity , David Webb, still suffering flashbacks to his Jason Bourne persona, is forced to undertake a final, possibly fatal mission after his wife is kidnapped. He must find and capture an assassin who is posing as Bourne in Hong Kong. By so doing he'll foil a plot that could plunge the Far East and then the world into war. Ludlum's latest has a best seller quality that many imitate but few master. You can quibble about this being too long, too talky, too preposterously implausible, but you can't quit reading. As often happens with sequels, this is not quite up to the standards of the original, but legions of Ludlum fans will send it soaring up the best seller list. BOMC main selection. Charles Michaud, Turner Free Lib., Randolph, Mass.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345538208
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/29/2012
  • Series: Bourne Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 688
  • Sales rank: 57,208
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Ludlum was the author of twenty-one novels, each a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 210 million of his books in print, and they have been translated into thirty-two languages. In addition to the Jason Bourne series—The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum—he was the author of The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Chancellor Manuscript, and The Apocalypse Watch, among many others. Mr. Ludlum passed away in March, 2001.

Biography

Robert Ludlum was the author of 21 novels, each a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 210 million of his books in print, and they have been translated into 32 languages. In addition to the Jason Bourne series—The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum—he was the author of The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Chancellor Manuscript, and The Apocalypse Watch, among many others. Mr. Ludlum passed away in March, 2001.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Jonathan Ryder and Michael Shepherd
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 25, 1927
    1. Date of Death:
      March 12, 2001
    2. Place of Death:
      Naples, Florida

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Chapter One

Kowloon. The teeming final extension of China that is no part of the north except in spirit--but the spirit runs deep and descends into the caverns of men's souls without regard for the harsh, irrelevant practicalities of political borders. The land and the water are one, and it is the will of the spirit that determines how man will use the land and the water--again without regard for such abstractions as useless freedom or escapable confinement. The concern is only with empty stomachs, with women's stomachs, children's stomachs. Survival. There is nothing else. All the rest is dung to be spread over the infertile fields.

It was sundown, and both in Kowloon and across Victoria Harbor on the island of Hong Kong an unseen blanket was gradually being lowered over the territory's daylight chaos. The screeching Aiyas! of the street merchants were muted with the shadows, and quiet negotiations in the upper regions of the cold, majestic structures of glass and steel that marked the colony's skyline were ending with nods and shrugs and brief smiles of silent accommodation. Night was coming, proclaimed by a blinding orange sun piercing an immense, jagged, fragmented wall of clouds in the west--sharply defined shafts of uncompromising energy about to plunge over the horizon, unwilling to let this part of the world forget the light.

Soon darkness would spread across the sky, but not below. Below, the blazing lights of human invention would garishly illuminate the earth--this part of the earth where the land and the water are anxious avenues of access and conflict. And with the never-ending, ever-strident nocturnal carnival, other games would begin, games the human race should have abandoned with the first light of Creation. But there was no human life then--so who recorded it? Who knew? Who cared? Death was not a commodity.

A small motorboat, its powerful engine belying its shabby exterior, sped through the Lamma Channel, heading around the coastline toward the harbor. To a disinterested observer it was merely one more xiao wanju, a legacy to a first son from a once unworthy fisherman who had struck minor riches--a crazy night of mahjongg, hashish from the Triangle, smuggled jewels out of Macao--who cared how? The son could cast his nets or run his merchandise more efficiently by using a fast propeller rather than the slow sail of a junk or the sluggish engine of a sampan. Even the Chinese border guards and the marine patrols on and off the shores of the Shenzen Wan did not fire on such insignificant transgressors; they were unimportant, and who knew what families beyond the New Territories on the Mainland might benefit? It could be one of their own. The sweet herbs from the hills still brought full stomachs--perhaps filling one of their own. Who cared? Let them come. Let them go.

The small craft with its Bimini canvas enveloping both sides of the forward cockpit cut its speed and cautiously zigzagged through the scattered flotilla of junks and sampans returning to their crowded berths in Aberdeen. One after another the boat people shrieked angry curses at the intruder, at its impudent engine and its more impudent wake. Then each became strangely silent as the rude interloper passed; something under the canvas quieted their sudden bursts of fury.

The boat raced into the harbor's corridor, a dark, watery path now bordered by the blazing lights of the island of Hong Kong on the right, Kowloon on the left. Three minutes later the outboard motor audibly sank into its lowest register as the hull swerved slowly past two filthy barges docked at the godown, and slid into an empty space on the west side of the Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon's crowded, dollar-conscious waterfront. The strident hordes of merchants, setting up their nightly tourist traps on the wharf, paid no attention; it was merely one more jigi coming in from the catch. Who cared?

Then, like the boat people out in the channel, the stalls on the waterfront nearest the insignificant intruder began to quiet down. Excited voices were silenced amid screeching commands and countercommands as eyes were drawn to a figure climbing up the black, oil-soaked ladder to the pier.

He was a holy man. His shrouded figure was draped in a pure white caftan that accentuated his tall slender body--very tall for a Zhongguo ren, nearly six feet in height, perhaps. Little could be seen of his face, however, as the cloth was loose and the breezes kept pressing the white fabric across his dark features, drawing out the whiteness of his eyes--determined eyes, zealous eyes. This was no ordinary priest, anyone could see that. He was a heshang, a chosen one selected by elders steeped in wisdom who could perceive the inner spiritual knowledge of a young monk destined for higher things. And it did not hurt that such a monk was tall and slender and had eyes of fire. Such holy men drew attention to themselves, to their personages--to their eyes--and generous contributions followed, both in fear and in awe; mostly fear. Perhaps this heshang came from one of the mystic sects that wandered through the hills and forests of the Guangze, or from a religious brotherhood in the mountains of far-off Qing Gaoyuan--descendants, it was said, of a people in the distant Himalayas--they were always quite ostentatious and generally to be feared the most, for few understood their obscure teachings. Teachings that were couched in gentleness, but with subtle hints of indescribable agony should their lessons go unheeded. There was too much agony on the land and the water--who needed more? So give to the spirits, to the eyes of fire. Perhaps it would be recorded. Somewhere.

The white-robed figure walked slowly through the parting crowds on the wharf, past the congested Star Ferry pier, and disappeared into the growing pandemonium of the Tsim Sha Tsui. The moment had passed; the stalls returned to their hysteria.

The priest headed east on Salisbury Road until he reached the Peninsula Hotel, whose subdued elegance was losing the battle with its surroundings. He then turned north into Nathan Road, to the base of the glittering Golden Mile, that strip of strips where opposing multitudes shrieked for attention. Both natives and tourists alike took notice of the stately holy man as he passed crowded storefronts and alleys bulging with merchandise, three-story discos and topless cafés where huge, amateurish billboards hawked Oriental charms above stalls offering the steamed delicacies of the noonday dim sum. He walked for nearly ten minutes through the garish carnival, now and then acknowledging glances with a slight bow of his head, and twice shaking it while issuing commands to the same short, muscular Zhongguo ren, who alternately followed him, then passed him with quick, dancelike steps, turning to search the intense eyes for a sign.

The sign came--two abrupt nods--as the priest turned and walked through the beaded entrance of a raucous cabaret. The Zhongguo ren remained outside, his hand unobtrusively under his loose tunic, his own eyes darting about the crazy street, a thoroughfare he could not understand. It was insane! Outrageous! But he was the tudi; he would protect the holy man with his life, no matter the assault on his own sensibilities.

Inside the cabaret the heavy layers of smoke were slashed by roving colored lights, most whirling in circles and directed toward a platform stage where a rock group ululated in deafening frenzy, a frantic admixture of punk and Far East. Shiny black, tight-fitting, ill-fitting trousers quivered maniacally on spindly legs below black leather jackets over soiled white silk shirts open to the waist, while each head was shaved around its skull at the temple line, each face grotesque, heavily made up to accentuate its essentially passive Oriental character. And as if to emphasize the conflict between East and West, the jarring music would occasionally, startlingly, come to a stop, as the plaintive strains of a simple Chinese melody emerged from a single instrument, while the figures remained rigid under the swirling bombardment of the spotlights.

The priest stood still for a moment surveying the huge crowded room. A number of customers in varying stages of drunkenness looked up at him from the tables. Several rolled coins in his direction before they turned away, while a few got out of their chairs, dropped Hong Kong dollars beside their drinks, and headed for the door. The heshang was having an effect, but not the effect desired by the obese, tuxedoed man who approached him.

"May I be of assistance, Holy One?" asked the cabaret's manager.

The priest leaned forward and spoke into the man's ear, whispering a name. The manager's eyes widened, then he bowed and gestured toward a small table by the wall. The priest nodded back in appreciation and walked behind the man to his chair as adjacent customers took uncomfortable notice.

The manager leaned down and spoke with a reverence he did not feel. "Would you care for refreshment, Holy One?"

"Goat's milk, if it is by chance available. If not, plain water will be more than sufficient. And I thank you."

"It is the privilege of the establishment," said the tuxedoed man, bowing and moving away, trying to place the slow, softly spoken dialect he could not recognize. It did not matter. This tall, white-robed priest had business with the laoban, and that was all that mattered. He had actually used the laoban's name, a name seldom spoken in the Golden Mile, and on this particular evening the powerful taipan was on the premises--in a room he would not publicly acknowledge knowing. But it was not the province of the manager to tell the laoban that the priest had arrived; the berobed one had made that clear. All was privacy this night, he had insisted. When the august taipan wished to see him, a man would come out to find him. So be it; it was the way of the secretive laoban, one of the wealthiest and most illustrious taipans in Hong Kong.

"Send a kitchen stick down the street for some fuck-fuck mother goat's milk," said the manager harshly to a head boy on the floor. "And tell him to damn-damn quick. The existence of his stinking offspring will depend upon it."

The holy man sat passively at the table, his zealous eyes now gentler, observing the foolish activity, apparently neither condemning nor accepting but merely taking it all in with the compassion of a father watching errant children.

Abruptly through the whirling lights there was an intrusion. Several tables away a bright camper's match was struck and quickly extinguished. Then another, and finally a third, this last held under a long black cigarette. The brief series of flashes drew the attention of the priest. He moved his shrouded head slowly toward the flame and the lone, unshaven, coarsely dressed Chinese drawing in the smoke. Their eyes met; the holy man's nod was almost imperceptible, barely a motion, and was acknowledged by an equally obscure movement as the match went out.

Seconds later the crudely dressed smoker's table was suddenly in flames. Fire shot up from the surface, spreading quickly to all the articles of paper on the surface--napkins, menus, dim sum baskets, isolated eruptions of potential disaster. The disheveled Chinese screamed and, with a shattering crash, overturned the table as waiters raced, shrieking, toward the flames. Customers on all sides leaped from their chairs as the fire on the floor--narrow strands of pulsing blue flame--inexplicably spread in rivulets around excited, stamping feet. The pandemonium grew as people rapidly slapped out the small fires with tablecloths and aprons. The manager and his head boys gestured wildly, shouting that all was under control; the danger had passed. The rock group played with even greater intensity, attempting to draw the crowd back into its frenzied orbit and away from the area of diminishing panic.

Suddenly, there was a greater disturbance, a more violent eruption. Two head boys had collided with the shabbily dressed Zhongguo ren whose carelessness and outsized matches had caused the conflagration. He responded with rapid Wing Chun chops--rigid hands crashing into shoulder blades and throats--as his feet hammered up into abdomens, sending the two shi-ji reeling back into the surrounding customers. The physical abuse compounded the panic, the chaos. The heavyset manager, now roaring, intervened and he, too, fell away, stunned by a well-placed kick to his rib cage. The unshaven Zhongguo ren then picked up a chair and hurled it at the screaming figures near the fallen man as three other waiters rushed into the melee in defense of their Zongguan. Men and women who only seconds ago were merely screaming now began thrashing their arms about, pummeling anyone and everyone near them. The rock group gyrated to its outer limits, frantic dissonance worthy of the scene. The riot had taken hold, and the burly peasant glanced across the room at the single table next to the wall. The priest was gone.

The unshaven Zhongguo ren picked up a second chair and smashed it down across a nearby table, splintering the wooden frame and swinging a broken leg into the crowd. Only moments to go, but those moments were everything.

The priest stepped through the door far back in the wall near the entrance of the cabaret. He closed it quickly, adjusting his eyes to the dim light of the long, narrow hallway. His right arm was stiff beneath the folds of his white caftan, his left diagonally across his waist, also under the sheer white fabric. Down the corridor, no more than twenty-five feet away a startled man sprang from the wall, his right hand plunging beneath his jacket to yank a larger, heavy-caliber revolver from an unseen shoulder holster. The holy man nodded slowly, impassively, repeatedly, as he moved forward with graceful steps appropriate to a religious procession.

"Amita-fo, Amita-fo," he said softly, over and over again as he approached the man. "Everything is peaceful, all is in peace, the spirits will it."

"Jou matyeh?" The guard was beside a door; he shoved the ugly weapon forward and continued in a guttural Cantonese bred in the northern settlements. "Are you lost, priest? What are you doing here? Get out! This is no place for you!"

"Amita-fo, Amita-fo . . ."

"Get out! Now!"

The guard had no chance. Swiftly the priest pulled a razor-thin, double-edged knife from the folds at his waist. He slashed the man's wrist, half severing the hand with the gun from the guard's arm, then arced the blade surgically across the man's throat; air and blood erupted as the head snapped back in a mass of shining red; he fell to the floor, a corpse.

Without hesitation, the killer-priest slid the blemished knife into the cloth of his caftan where it held, and from under the right side of his robe he withdrew a thin-framed Uzi machine gun, its curved magazine holding more ammunition than he would need. He raised his foot and crashed it into the door with the strength of a mountain cat, racing inside to find what he knew he would find.

Five men--Zhonggou ren--were sitting around a table with pots of tea and short glasses of potent whiskey near each; there were no written papers anywhere in sight, no notes or memoranda, only ears and watchful eyes. And as each pair of eyes looked up in shock the faces were contorted with panic. Two well-dressed negotiators plunged their hands inside their well-tailored jackets while they spun out of the chairs; another lunged under the table as the remaining two sprang up screaming and raced futilely into silk-covered walls, spinning around in desperation, seeking pardons yet knowing none would be forthcoming. A shattering fusillade of bullets ripped into the Zhongguo ren. Blood gushed from fatal wounds as skulls were pierced and eyes were punctured, mouths torn apart, bright red in muted screams of death. The walls and the floor and the polished table glistened sickeningly with the bloody evidence of death. Everywhere. It was over.

The killer surveyed his work. Satisfied, he knelt down by a large, stagnant pool of blood and moved his index finger through it. He then pulled out a square of dark cloth from his left sleeve and spread it over his handiwork. He rose to his feet and rushed out of the room, unbuttoning the white caftan as he ran down the dim hallway; the robe was open by the time he reached the door to the cabaret. He removed the razorlike knife from the cloth and shoved it into a scabbard on his belt. Then, holding the folds of cloth together, his hood in place, the lethal weapon secure at his side, he pulled the door back and walked inside, into the brawling chaos that showed no sign of lessening. But then why should it be different? He had left it barely thirty seconds ago and his man was well trained.

"Faai-di!" The shout came from the burly, unshaven peasant from Canton; he was ten feet away, overturning another table and striking a match, dropping it on the floor. "The police will be here any moment! The bartender just reached a phone, I saw him!"

The killer-priest ripped the caftan away from his body and the hood from his head. In the wild revolving lights his face looked as macabre as any in the frenzied rock group. Heavy makeup outlined his eyes, white lines defining the shape of each, and his face was an unnatural brown. "Go in front of me!" he commanded the peasant. He dropped his costume and the Uzi on the floor next to the door while removing a pair of thin surgical gloves; he shoved them into his flannel trousers.

For a cabaret in the Golden Mile to summon the police was not a decision easily arrived at. There were heavy fines for poor management, stiff penalties for endangering tourists. The police knew these risks and responded quickly when they were taken. The killer ran behind the peasant from Canton who joined the panicked crowd at the entrance screaming to get out. The coarsely dressed brawler was a bull; bodies in front of him fell away under the force of his blows. Guard and killer burst through the door and into the street, where another crowd had gathered shrieking questions and epithets and cries of bad joss--misfortune for the establishment. They threaded their way through the excited onlookers and were joined by the short, muscular Chinese who had waited outside. He grabbed the arm of his defrocked charge and pulled his priest into the narrowest of alleys, where he took out two towels from under his tunic. One was soft and dry, the other encased in plastic--it was warm and wet and perfumed.

The assassin gripped the wet towel and began rubbing it over his face, sinking it around and into the sockets of his eyes and across the exposed flesh of his neck. He reversed the cloth and repeated the process with even greater pressure, scrubbing his temples and his hairline until his white skin was apparent. He then dried himself with the second towel, smoothed his dark hair, and straightened the regimental tie that fell on the cream-colored shirt under his dark blue blazer. "Jau!" he ordered his two companions. They ran and disappeared in the crowds.

And a lone, well-dressed Occidental walked out into the strip of Oriental pleasures.

Inside the cabaret the excited manager was berating the bartender who had called the jing cha; the fines would be on his fuck-fuck head! For the riot had inexplicably subsided, leaving the customers bewildered. Head boys and waiters were mollifying the patrons, patting shoulders and clearing away the debris, while straightening tables and producing new chairs and dispensing free glasses of whisky. The rock group concentrated on the current favorites, and as swiftly as the order of the evening had been disrupted it was restored. With luck, thought the tuxedoed manager, the explanation that an impetuous bartender had mistaken a belligerent drunk for something far more serious would be acceptable to the police.

Suddenly, all thoughts of fines and official harassment were swept away as his eyes were drawn to a clump of white fabric on the floor across the room--in front of the door to the inner offices. White cloth, pure white--the priest? The door! The laoban! The conference! His breath short, his face drenched with sweat, the obese manager raced between the tables to the discarded caftan. He knelt down, his eyes wide, his breathing now suspended, as he saw the dark barrel of a strange weapon protruding from beneath the folds of white. And what made him choke on his barely formed terror was the sight of tiny specks and thin streaks of shiny, undried blood soiling the cloth.

"Go hai matyeh?" The question was asked by a second man in a tuxedo, but without the status conferred by a cummerbund--in truth the manager's brother and first assistant. "Oh, damn the Christian Jesus!" he swore under his breath as his brother gathered up the odd-looking gun in the spotted caftan.

"Come!" ordered the manager, getting to his feet and heading for the door.

"The police!" objected the brother. "One of us should speak to them, calm them, do what we can."

"It may be that we can do nothing but give them our heads! Quickly!"

Inside the dimly lit corridor the proof was there. The slain guard lay in a river of his own blood, his weapon gripped by a hand barely attached to his wrist. Within the conference room itself, the proof was complete. Five bloodied corpses were in spastic disarray, one specifically, shockingly, the focus of the manager's horrified interest. He approached the body and the punctured skull. With his handkerchief he wiped away the blood and stared at the face.

"We are dead," he whispered. "Kowloon is dead, Hong Kong dead. All is dead."

"What?"

"This man is the Vice-Premier of the People's Republic, successor to the Chairman himself."

"Here! Look!" The first-assistant brother lunged toward the body of the dead laoban. Alongside the riddled, bleeding corpse was a black bandanna. It was lying flat, the fabric with the curlicues of white discolored by blotches of red. The brother picked it up and gasped at the writing in the circle of blood underneath: JASON BOURNE.

The manager sprang across the floor. "Great Christian Jesus!" he uttered, his whole body trembling. "He's come back. The assassin has come back to Asia! Jason Bourne! He's come back!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2009

    AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book is amazing.I could not think of a better way to escape then in this book.I enjoy Ludlum's writing style.He keeps you on the edge of your seat.In most parts of this book you'll wish you could read faster to see what happens next.I have read this one three times now and it gets better every time.READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!.You will LOVE it.

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  • Posted June 5, 2009

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    Mindblowing!Fantasticaly absorbing.

    The very very very best and most mindblowing and interesting book ever!Maybe the best ever in the history of thrillers!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2003

    Which BOURNE Will Reign Supreme?

    In the Bourne Supremacy there is a constant battle between one Bourne and another. One good, the other evil. One the origanal, the other, the imposter. Because his wife has been kidnapped, David Webb, alias: Jason Bourne, must seek out a man who is posing as the real Jason bourne to get his wife back. This man could push Hong Kong and eventeually, the world, to war by his endless assassinations and killings. The hunt begins as one man seeks his other self. In this exciting novel, the skills of a man trained by the best saves his wife, himself, and, the world. I thought that The Bourne Supremacy was a great book.

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    Posted May 22, 2013

    Jason

    FAKE JASON

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    Those who recommend the movies rather than the books either must

    Those who recommend the movies rather than the books either must never have read the books or seen the movies- there is little in common between each book and the movie of the same title. I loved the movies (Except for the Bourne Legacy with Jeremy Renner- mediocre at best), and had not read the books prior to seeing all of the movies. The Ludlum Bourne Trilogy is an almost entirely new adventure, with only the main premise and a few key characters being the same. That being said, Ludlum's dialogue can seem contrived, forced and downright goofy at times, his attempts to convey the anguish and torture of the amnesiac Bourne can be clumsy, ineffectual and repetitive. However, Ludlum displays a deftness in ratcheting up the international intrigue and this alone manages to outweigh such stylistic weaknesses.
    It's a good read, and good story, and a new adventure for Bourne movie fans who were let down by the non-Bourne last Bourne movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Sam

    Lololol

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Jason

    Sry i have to break up with u im sry bye forever

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Good

    :)

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  • Posted December 27, 2012

    A big, brawling novel!

    Not the best! Probably won't get another.

    jg

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  • Posted January 11, 2012

    Disappointing

    Coming from a movie watcher like myself, I absolutely loved The Bourne Identity book! There were times I couldn't put it down and couldn't wait to pick it back up again. The first book is sooo much better than the movie. I planned on reading the entire series instead of watching my DVDs. After reading the first book I couldn't wait to start The Bourne Supremacy. Now I wish I hadn't! I bought the 2nd book on Sept. 30th and have yet to make it to page 200. This 2nd book in the series is extremely slow to develop and very boring.

    My advice is to just watch the movie instead of reading the 2nd book.

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  • Posted January 7, 2010

    The Bourne Supremacy By Robert Ludlum

    I thought that The Bourne Supremacy was an amazing thrill ride adventure book. I mean David Webb was Delta. The ruthless leader of Medusa. Delta killed Cain, the REAL Jason Bourne, and after the war in Nam took his Identity to take down Carlos. Now the government wants him back to take out an impostor in the Far East. He declines them and they kidnap his wife under the name of a non-existent taipan to recruit him, but not as Webb and not as Bourne. They want the only man who can finish the whole job in Asia, they want Delta. They bring about the same scenario that gave birth to Delta, but this Delta will make it blow up in their faces if he doesn't get his wife after he completes the job. This Delta will spill as much blood as he can before he himself is killed if he loses his wife forever. The book is action packed and the plot is twisted around conspiracies and cover ups. This is not a book for little kids or the faint of heart. This is a book for anyone looking for a good read and a book you won't be able to put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2007

    Bourne Fan!

    Loved the plot, the twists and the action! I especially liked the description of characters and places, it added flavor to the story (to my mind atleast). I love the character of Jason Bourne and his battles with good and evil, in this world, and in himself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2006

    Suspenseless and plodding

    I bought this book thinking it would have the pace and action of the movies. Wrong. I don't know if the writing is typical of Ludlum, but I found it ungrammatical (pronounce reference: who is speaking??), mystifying, lacking any narrative flow, and featuring dialogue that should be excised in favor of some vivid action scenes. I hope the third movie in the 'Bourne' series doesn't depend too heavily on Ludlum's plodding plot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2005

    A Successor to 'The Bourne Identity'

    Ludlum succeeds yet again with this one, cliffhangars not only through each chapter, but almost each page! Once you think it could not get any more exciting than this, the book kicks it up another notch to bring you an intriging, heart-pounding ending, the book surpassing 5 times the action The Bourne Identity deomnstrated. A compeltely successful sequel to an already amazing novel, one wishes the movie had done the same.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2004

    Excellent plot , but.......

    I was swept away by the action but nearly drowned in the analytical dialogue. So much meaningless mind-digging by the characters that put the brakes on the action before cutting to the chase again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2004

    Good writing but tooooo loooong !

    definitely not as good as the first in the trilogy - the mystery is not there and the book is just way too long. i give it 4 stars only because i like Ludlum in general.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2003

    Better than the First

    I read this novel immediately after reading the Bourne Identity. Both are extremely good, although I think The Bourne Supremacy is twice as exciting. I thought the dialog was fine, not 'over-wordy.' This is one of my favorite books; I highly recomend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2002

    The Best

    A great book for anyone who is looking for a great action packed book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2002

    Clunky dialog doesn't slow it down

    Like other Ludlum novels, the plot twists 180 degrees at the drop of a hat. The action keeps you reading late into the night. And unfortunately, his novels are plagued by HORRIBLE dialog. Usually unclear in its direction, the dialog slows parts of the book down more than it helps to move things along. I constantly find myself having to skim back through chapters to clarify things in later chapter, because the dialog is so often cloudy at best to the reader.

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