Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Dominion (Bourne Series #9) [NOOK Book]

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Jason Bourne is searching for an elusive cadre of terrorists planning to destroy America's most strategic natural resources-and needs the help of his longtime friend, General Boris Karpov. Karpov, the newly appointed head of Russia's most feared spy agency, FSB-2, is one of the most determined, honorable, and justice-hungry men that Bourne knows. But Karpov has made a deal with the devil. In order to remain the head of FSB-2, he must hunt down ...
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Overview

Jason Bourne is searching for an elusive cadre of terrorists planning to destroy America's most strategic natural resources-and needs the help of his longtime friend, General Boris Karpov. Karpov, the newly appointed head of Russia's most feared spy agency, FSB-2, is one of the most determined, honorable, and justice-hungry men that Bourne knows. But Karpov has made a deal with the devil. In order to remain the head of FSB-2, he must hunt down and kill Bourne.

Now, these two trusted friends are on a deadly collision course. From the Colombian highlands to Munich, Cadiz, and Damascus, the clock is counting down to a disaster that will cripple America's economic and military future. Only Bourne and Karpov have a chance to avert the catastrophe-but if they destroy each other first, that chance will be gone forever.

THE BOURNE DOMINION

Jason Bourne is one of the most compelling and best loved characters created by internationally bestselling novelist Robert Ludlum. The hero of eight novels, including The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy, Bourne has also been featured in three blockbuster movies starring Matt Damon. Now, New York Times bestselling author Eric Van Lustbader presents a new story about the rogue secret agent who has lost his memory.
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For sound, life-preserving reasons, trust is not a currency freely dispensed by Jason Bourne. Nevertheless, for many years, he had trusted his longtime friend Boris Karpov, a Russian general just recently appointed to head his country's most elite spy agency. That friendship dissolves in a heartbeat when Bourne learns that Karpov has accepted an assignment to kill him. A Jason Bourne thriller worthy of Robert Ludlum himself.

Publishers Weekly
Lustbader's complicated, action-packed sixth contribution (after The Bourne Objective) to Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne franchise pits the legendary, amnesiac superagent against longtime pal Boris Karpov, now head of Russia's secret police unit, FSB-2. Jason and Boris have helped each other in the past, but this time Boris's superior, Viktor Cherkesov, has persuaded him that he must kill Bourne to prove his worth and loyalty. Both Jason and Boris are battling a secret organization, Severus Domna, out to destroy America by capturing the only supplies of rare earths—minerals that are vital to all modern weaponry—that aren't in the hands of the Chinese. A host of other dangerous characters are involved, and it's a testament to Lustbader's skills that he can keep everyone in place and blazing away without losing track of the ongoing plot. While one needn't have read the earlier volumes, knowledge of the last two or three would help keep things straight. (July)
Bookreporter.com
"Lustbader is an excellent storyteller and is not afraid to keep the twists and turns coming in this sequel...This is an explosive addition to a series with an unrivaled heritage and storied pedigree."
CHICAGO SUN TIMES
"Don't ever begin a Ludlum novel if you have to go to work the next day."
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
"Reading a Ludlum novel is like watching a James Bond film...slickly paced...all-consuming."
THE OKLAHOMAN
"As twisted, dark and exciting as the others."
Bookreporter.com on THE BOURNE BETRAYAL
"Lustbader is an excellent storyteller and is not afraid to keep the twists and turns coming in this sequel...This is an explosive addition to a series with an unrivaled heritage and storied pedigree."
THE OKLAHOMAN on THE BOURNE SANCTION
"As twisted, dark and exciting as the others."
Bookreporter.com on THE BOURNE DOMINION
"With more twists and turns than a Napa Valley of grapevines, the non-stop action and resourceful Bourne plucked a fourth from my Star Jar."
BOOKLIST on THE BOURNE DOMINION
"The twists, the nonstop action, and the multilayered plot that Ludlum fans expect are here in abundance. Fans of the Bourne films will eat this one up."
BestsellersWorld.com on The Bourne Objective
"This novel rocks-it's filled with action, adventure, and has plenty of plot twists and turns . . . an entertaining, thrilling roller-coaster ride you won't want to end . . . a heart-pounding, adrenaline-inducing, action-packed novel that fans of the Jason Bourne franchise should eagerly embrace. It's a great novel, really, whether you are a longtime fan, or are relatively new to the series . . . an excellent novel."
Entertainment Weekly
"Reading a Ludlum novel is like watching a James Bond film...slickly paced...all-consuming.
Booklist
"The twists, the nonstop action, and the multilayered plot that Ludlum fans expect are here in abundance. Fans of the Bourne films will eat this one up.
Chicago Sun-Times
Don't ever begin a Ludlum novel if you have to go to work the next day.
Chicago Sun Times
Don't ever begin a Ludlum novel if you have to go to work the next day.
BOOKLIST
"The twists, the nonstop action, and the multilayered plot that Ludlum fans expect are here in abundance. Fans of the Bourne films will eat this one up."
Carol Memmott
Fans of the book and movie franchise will love this new plot-driven international thriller...This is classic Bourne."
Library Journal
Bourne returns—but does he want to? A defector from a shadowy organization called Severus Domna asks to join forces with him, at the same time confiding that Domna is planning to have Bourne assassinated and for that job has chosen Boris Karpov—someone Bourne actually trusts. Buy where Bourne still reigns.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609419165
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/19/2011
  • Series: Bourne Series , #9
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 24,645
  • File size: 1,016 KB

Meet the Author

ROBERT LUDLUM was the author of twenty-seven novels, each one a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 225 million of his books in print, and they have been translated into thirty-two languages. He is the author of The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Chancellor Manuscript, and the Jason Bourne series--The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum--among others. Mr. Ludlum passed away in March 2001. To learn more, visit Robert-Ludlum.com.

ERIC VAN LUSTBADER is most widely known as the New York Times bestselling author of twenty international bestselling thrillers including Ninja and Black Heart. He is also the author of two successful and highly regarded series of fantasy novels, The Sunset Warrior Cycle and The Pearl Saga. His novels have been translated into over twenty languages. ericvanlustbader.com
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Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Dominion


By Van Lustbader, Eric

Grand Central Publishing

Copyright © 2011 Van Lustbader, Eric
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780446564441

Prologue

Phuket, Thailand

JASON BOURNE EELED his way through the mob. He was assaulted by the bone-juddering, heart-attack-inducing, soul-shattering blast of music coming from ten-foot-tall speakers set on either end of the enormous dance floor. Above the dancers’ bobbing heads an aurora borealis of lights splintered, coalesced, and then shattered against the domed ceiling like an armada of comets and shooting stars.

Ahead of him, across the restless sea of bodies, the woman with the thick mane of blond hair made her way around gyrating couples of all possible combinations. Bourne pressed after her; it was like trying to push his way through a soft mattress. The heat was palpable. Already the snow on the fur collar of his thick coat had melted away. His hair was slick with it. The woman darted in and out of the light, like a minnow under the sun-beaten skin of a lake. She seemed to move in a shuddering jerk-step, visible first here, then there. Bourne pushed after her, overamplified bass and drums having highjacked the feel of his own pulse.

At length, he confirmed that she was making for the ladies’ room, and, having already plotted out a shortcut, he broke off his direct pursuit and plowed the new route through the melee. He arrived at the door just as she disappeared inside. Through the briefly open door the smells of weed, sex, and sweat emerged to swirl around him.

He waited for a pair of young women to stumble out in a cloud of perfume and giggles, then he slid inside. Three women with long, tangled hair and chunky, jangling jewelry huddled at the line of sinks, so engrossed in snorting coke they didn’t see him. Crouching down to peer under the doors, he went quickly past the line of stalls. Only one was occupied. Drawing his Glock, he screwed the noise suppressor onto the end of the barrel. He kicked open the door and, as it slammed back against the partition, the woman with ice-blue eyes and a mane of blond hair aimed a small silver-plated .22 Beretta at him. He put a bullet through her heart, a second in her right eye.

He was smoke by the time her forehead hit the tiles…

Bourne opened his eyes to the diamond glare of tropical sunshine. He looked out onto the deep azure of the Andaman Sea, at the sail-and motorboats bobbing at anchor just offshore. He shivered, as if he were still in his memory shard instead of on Patong Beach in Phuket. Where was that disco? Norway? Sweden? When had he killed that woman? And who was she? A target assigned to him by Alex Conklin before the trauma that had cast him into the Mediterranean with a severe concussion. That was all he could be certain of. Why had Treadstone targeted her? He racked his brain, trying to gather all the details of his dream, but like smoke they drifted through his fingers. He remembered the fur collar of his coat, his hair, wet with snow. But what else? The woman’s face? That appeared and reappeared with the echo of the flickering star-bursts of light. For a moment the music throbbed through him, then it winked out like the last rays of the sun.

What had triggered the memory shard?

He rose from the blanket. Turning, he saw Moira and Berengária Moreno Skydel silhouetted against the burning blue sky, the blindingly white clouds, the vertical finger hills, umber and green. Moira had invited him down to Berengária’s estancia in Sonora, but he had wanted to get farther away from civilization, so they had met up at this resort on the west coast of Thailand, and here they had spent the last three days and nights. During that time, Moira had explained what she was doing in Sonora with the sister of the late drug czar Gustavo Moreno, the two women had asked for his help, and he had agreed. Moira said time was of the essence and, after hearing the details, he had agreed to leave for Colombia tomorrow.

Turning back, he saw a woman in a tiny orange bikini high-stepping like a cantering horse through the surf. Her thick mane of hair shone pale blond in the sunlight. Bourne followed her, drawn by the echo of his memory shard. He stared at her brown back, where the muscles worked between her shoulder blades. She turned slightly, then, and he saw her pull smoke into her lungs from a hand-rolled joint. For a moment, the tang of the sea breeze was sweetened by the drug. Then he saw her flinch and drop the joint into the surf, and his eyes followed hers.

Three police were coming down the beach. They wore suits, but there was no doubt as to their identity. She moved, thinking they were coming for her, but she was wrong. They were coming for Bourne.

Without hesitation, he waded into the surf. He needed to get them away from Moira and Berengária because Moira would surely try to help him and he didn’t want her involved. Just before he dived into an on-coming wave, he saw one of the detectives raise his hand, as if in a salute. When he emerged onto the surface, far beyond the surf line, he saw that it had been a signal. A pair of WaveRunner FZRs were converging on him from either side. There were two men on each, the driver and the man behind him clad in scuba. These people were covering all avenues of escape.

As he made for the Parole, a small sailboat close to him, his mind was working overtime. From the coordination and meticulous manner in which the approach had been made, he knew that the orders had not emanated from the Thai police, who were not known for either. Someone else was manipulating them, and he suspected he knew who. There had always been the chance that Severus Domna would seek retribution for what he had done to the secret organization. But further speculation would have to come afterward; first he had to get out of this trap and away to keep his promise to Moira to ensure Berengária’s safety.

Within a dozen powerful strokes he’d come to the Parole. Hoisting himself over the side, he was about to stand up when a fusillade of bullets caused the boat to rock back and forth. He began to crawl toward the middle of the boat, grabbing a coil of nylon rope. His hands gripped either gunwale. The WaveRunners were closer when the second fusillade came, their violent wakes causing the boat to dance and shudder so violently, it was easy for him to capsize it. He dived backward over the side, arms pinwheeling, as if he’d been shot.

The pair of WaveRunners crisscrossed the area around the overturned boat, their occupants looking for the bobbing of a head. When none appeared, the two scuba divers drew down their masks and, as the drivers slowed their vehicles, tumbled over the side, one hand keeping their masks in place.

Completely invisible to them, Bourne was treading water under the overturned boat, the trapped air sustaining him. But that respite was short-lived. He saw the columns of bubbles through the transparent water as the divers plunged in on either side of the boat.

Quickly he tied off one end of the nylon rope to the starboard cleat. When the first of the divers came at him from below, he ducked down, wrapped the cord around the diver’s neck, and pulled it tight. The diver let go of his speargun to counter Bourne’s attack and Bourne ripped off his mask, effectively blinding him. Then he grabbed the speargun as it floated free, turned, and shot the oncoming second diver through the chest.

Blood ballooned out in a thick cloud, dispersed by the current rising from the deep. Bourne knew it wasn’t wise to stay in these waters when blood was spilled. Lungs burning, he rose, breaking the surface under the overturned boat. But almost immediately he dived back down to find the first diver. The water was dark, hazy with the gout of blood. The dead diver hung in the mist, arms out to the sides, fins pointing straight down into darkness. Bourne was in the midst of turning when the nylon rope looped around his neck and was pulled tight. The first diver drove his knees into the small of Bourne’s back while he hauled on the rope from both sides. Bourne tried grabbing at the diver, but he swam backward out of the way. Though it was clamped shut, a thin line of bubbles trailed from the corner of Bourne’s mouth. The rope was cutting hard into his windpipe, holding him below the surface.

He fought the urge to struggle, knowing that this would both pull the rope tighter and exhaust him. Instead he hung motionless for a moment like the diver not three feet away, twisting in the current, playing dead. The diver pulled him close as he drew his knife to deliver the coup de grâce across Bourne’s neck.

Bourne reached back and pressed the PURGE button on the regulator. Air shot out with such force it caused the diver to loosen his mouth, and, with a thick plume of bubbles, Bourne tore the regulator free. The cord loosened around his neck. Taking advantage of the diver’s surprise, Bourne freed himself. Turning, he tried to pinion the diver’s arms, but his adversary drove the knife toward his chest. Bourne knocked it away, but as he did so the diver wrapped his arms around Bourne’s body so he couldn’t surface to get air.

Bourne pressed the diver’s octopus—the secondary regulator—into his mouth and sucked air into his fiery lungs. The diver scrabbled for his regulator, but Bourne fought him off. The man’s face was white and pinched. He tried again and again to position the knife so that it would cut Bourne or the octopus, to no avail. He blinked heavily several times and his eyes began to turn up as all the life drained out of him. Bourne lunged for the knife, but the diver let it go. It spiraled down into the deep.

Though Bourne was now breathing normally through the octopus, he knew that following a purge there would be very little air left in the tanks. The diver’s legs were locked around him, ankles crossed. In addition, the nylon cord had become entangled with both of them, building a kind of cocoon. He was working on freeing himself when he felt the powerful ripple. A chill rolled through him, rising from the depths. A shark came into view. It was perhaps twelve feet long, silvery black, slanting unerringly upward toward Bourne and the two dead divers. It had smelled the blood, sensed the thrashing bodies in the water transmitting the telltale vibrations that told it there was a dying fish, possibly more than one, for it to feast on.

Struggling, Bourne swung around, the diver in tow. Unbuckling the harness of the second diver’s air tanks, he pushed them off. Immediately the corpse sank down amid its black clouds of blood. The shark changed course, heading directly for the body. Its mouth hinged open and it took an enormous bite out of the diver. Bourne had given himself a respite, albeit a short one. Any minute now more sharks would be drawn to join in a feeding frenzy; he had to be out of the water by then.

He unsnapped the first diver’s weight belt, then pulled off his tanks. Then he fitted the mask over his face. Taking one last aborted breath, he let the tanks go—they were out of air, anyway. The two of them, locked in a macabre embrace, began to rise toward the surface. As they did so, Bourne worked on the nylon cord, unwinding it from around them. But the diver’s legs were still imprisoning his hips. Try as he might, he couldn’t unlock them.

He broke the surface and immediately saw one of the WaveRunners bouncing over the water directly at him. He waved. In the mask, he was hoping the driver would assume he was one of his divers. The WaveRunner slowed as it neared him. By this time, he’d managed to untangle the rope. As the craft swung around, he grabbed onto its back. When he tapped the driver on the knee, the WaveRunner took off. Bourne was still half in the water, and the vehicle’s speed loosened the diver’s death grip. Bourne pounded on the diver’s knees, heard a crack of bone, and then he was free.

He swung up onto the WaveRunner and broke the driver’s neck. Before he tossed him into the water, he unhooked the speargun from his belt. The driver of the second WaveRunner had seen what was happening and was in the process of turning when Bourne drove directly at him. The driver made the wrong choice. Drawing a handgun, he squeezed off two shots, but it was impossible to aim accurately on the bucking vehicle. By this time Bourne was close enough to make the leap. He swung the speargun, launching the WaveRunner’s driver off the vehicle even while he took control of it.

Alone, now, on the sapphire water, Bourne sped away.



Continues...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2011

    I love Jason Bourne!

    I am a real fan of the Bourne character. I hope there is another book in the making. THE BOURNE DOMINION is a must read for all who like Jason Bourne. Well done Eric Van Lustbader!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2011

    Recommended with reservations on the excessive violence.

    I have read all of Robert Ludlum's books, and think that he would never have ratified the violence in this one. Lustbader's work is an excessive hyperbole of violence.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    Unread

    Have not read yet. How can I rate a book I haven't yet read?

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    Fab! Check it out

    I have read all of these books and this is another I can not put down! An nearing the end and don't want it end!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    Great series

    Robert has been dead for a bit. His ghost writers do a great job writing in his same style and producing a great book. Love them!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    I got sucked into this for the first hundred pages. I normally l

    I got sucked into this for the first hundred pages. I normally like this kind of spy stuff/ action, but then it became too bloody.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    The Bourne Dominion

    Very juvenile writing style
    Couldn't get past the first 25 pages
    Definitely not an authentic Ludlum

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2012

    I am a long-time fan of Eric Van Lustbader's books. Any possibil

    I am a long-time fan of Eric Van Lustbader's books. Any possibility of reviving the Nicholas Linnear saga? I imagine since some time has passed that Nicholas' son(s)/daughter(s) would be in the forefront. Here's to hoping . . .

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  • Posted January 21, 2012

    Highly recommended!

    It carries on in the Lustbader tradition of a VERY good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2011

    If you're a fan of Jason Bourne - read it.

    Another installment in the Ludlum/Lustblader saga. As usual, the plot has a series of convolutions and violence is throughout. Jason gets stabbed, shot and beaten, but like the legendary Timex, he keeps on ticking. A nice read and keeps up the interest.

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  • Posted October 26, 2011

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    Eric Van Lustbader carries on the tradition of the thriller/spy novel that Ludlum created and wrote so very well.

    Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite

    Robert Ludlum passed away ten years ago, and here, in Bourne Dominion, Eric Van Lustbader carries on the tradition of the thriller/spy novel that Ludlum created and wrote so very well. Jason Bourne is back and, this time, is on the track of a group of terrorists, called Severus Domna, who want to bring down the economy of the United States. The story of Jason's search is blended with the stories of the danger-filled activities of his skilled super sleuth friends, Peter in Washington D.C. and Saryah in Europe. Jason fears that his Russian friend, Boris, has become his enemy, but it turns out that they may both be fighting against the Severus Domna. Or are they?

    This twelve CD package of The Bourne Dominion by Eric Van Lustbader will keep the listener occupied for hours as each CD lasts for thirty to forty-five minutes. The reader does an excellent job of enunciating carefully and reading slowly, but not too slowly, so the listener can absorb the twists and turns of the story. His attempts at imitating the voices of the Spanish, Arabic and Russian characters fails, in part, as the listener will wonder the nationality of the character who is speaking. The voice the reader uses for the French characters is better. The indication of the beginning of each chapter of Bourne Dominion is good, but there should be more emphasis on the separation of Jason's story, as it moves into Peter's and then on to Boris' or Saryah's. This is a nice addition to library lending collections where Ludlum is popular.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2011

    Too hard to keep up with the characters

    The story jumps back and forth to different locations and people and that makes it difficult to keep up with the plot.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    Another great book- You must read it!

    I enjoyed the new Jason Bourne, exciting and dynamic. Could not put the book down, great continuity. Keep me up until late night!!

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    Tongue In Cheek Reading

    Is this Jason Bourne or James Bond?? This is not a novel you can take seriously. You could put it down for a week and not really care. Care is the key word--there are just too many characters in the multi-plots you don't care about. It's strictly a recreational read that passes as a time killer when you don't have anything better to read.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

    Great read

    More good reading

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

    NOT recommended

    This guy is not Robert Ludlum. If the book was free I would not recommend it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2011

    Very Well Written with an Interesting Plot

    I have been an avid fan of the Bourne novels ever since I could follow the plots, and despite what some say, I think Mr. Lustbader has done a nice job so far. Sure there are a few discrepancies in the series (Luther Lavalle's physical description changing, Don Herrera's son changing from Jaime to DIego, and of course Peter Marks dying in the Bourne BEtrayal and now being alive and well), but this latest entry in the Bourne series has been his best one yet. With Arkadin dead, Bourne is now going toe-to-toe with the infamous Severus Domna as they try to destpry the US economy. Mixing the Black Leigon with DOmna made a very interesting plot twist and drew me in like a magnet. He does get carried away in some sense, but overall the novel is wonderful and still it is proven that Jason Bourne is the best covert character in literature, sorry Bond. I give this book a 4 out of 5 and am eagarly waiting a proposed tenth novel with the starting title of The Bourne Upset. By the way, the novels are spaced out over weeks or even one year if you did not already know. I know some people complain Bourne is too old but if you think about it, he is really only in his late forties or early fifties, it isn't like he's dodging bullets with a walker as some people have exaggerated.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2011

    In a word "Garbage"

    In more than a word, unnecessary plot lines, unnecessary characters. Tedious, tiresome. I've never been moved to write a review here, but this book was horrendous. Robert Ludlum must be turning over in his grave.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

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    An Orgy Of Violence and Betrayal

    The Bourne Dominion is a series of violent actions wherein the odds are so stacked against the one we want to survive that all is hopeless. But, no, the one we want to survive always does. After a dozen or so of these fights, we know exactly who is going to win. There is some suspense in who will betray who, and who is not what he or she seems to be. But ultimately all of the violence and betrayal leave the reader rather numb, instead of thrilled. For the record, I did not get a free advance copy of the book to review, nor did I worry about Nook pricing.

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

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    Eric Van Lustbader's latest Bourne entry is his best to date

    In Russia, Viktor Cherkesov informs General Boris Karpov he is the country's chief of FSB-2 secret police if he completes the loyalty test; his assignment is to kill his long time friend and field operative ally Jason Bourne. He begins the hunt at the same time that Bourne seeks out his Russian comrade to help him with a threat to the world equilibrium involving rare earth metals used in modern technology including weapon systems.

    Whereas the Chinese has been way ahead of the rest of the globe in procuring the rare earth metals, the Severus Domna anti-American organization, has deployed plans to obtain the rest, which will cause a Greater Depression than that of the Bush era. Bourne knows the only way to prevent the destruction of the American economy and subsequently that of the world is teaming up with the Russian bear who has recently tried to kill him in Columbia.

    Eric Van Lustbader's latest Bourne entry is his best to date (see The Bourne Deception and The Bourne Objective)as he captures the essence of the amnesiac especially in the cold environs that he works in where values like loyalty are sold on a sort of commodity exchange. The story line is fast-paced from the moment Karpov tortures and kills several FSB-2 operatives and never slows down as the reader wonders whether Karpov will assist or assassinate his former ally.

    Harriet Klausner

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