Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Objective (Bourne Series #8)

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Facing down mercenaries in Africa, Jason Bourne witnesses the death of an art dealer named Tracy Atherton. Her killing dredges up snatches of Bourne's impaired memory, in particular the murder of a young woman on Bali who entrusted him with a strangely engraved ring­­-an artifact of such powerful significance that people have killed to obtain it. Now he's determined to find the ring's owner and purpose. But Bourne never knows what terrible acts he'll discover he committed when ...
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Overview

Facing down mercenaries in Africa, Jason Bourne witnesses the death of an art dealer named Tracy Atherton. Her killing dredges up snatches of Bourne's impaired memory, in particular the murder of a young woman on Bali who entrusted him with a strangely engraved ring­­-an artifact of such powerful significance that people have killed to obtain it. Now he's determined to find the ring's owner and purpose. But Bourne never knows what terrible acts he'll discover he committed when he digs into the past.

The trail will lead him through layers of conspiracy to a vicious Russian mercenary, Leonid Arkadin, who was also a graduate of the Central Intelligence training program Treadstone. A covert course designed to create ruthless assassins for C.I., it was shuttered by Congress for corruption. Yet before it was dismantled, it produced Bourne and Arkadin, giving them equal skills, equal force, and equal cunning.

As Bourne's destiny circles closer to Arkadin's, it becomes clear that the eventual collision of these men is not of their own making. Someone else has been watching and manipulating them. Someone who wants to know, Who is the more deadly agent?

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Editorial Reviews

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Jason Bourne and arch villain assassin Leonid Arkadin continue their globe-trotting dance of near death in this standalone sequel to The Bourne Deception (9780446539821). As close call follows close call, another danger arises: A secret group vying for power wants one of Jason Bourne's rings and they seem quite willing to sacrifice his life to get it. Fast-paced action thriller.

Publishers Weekly
Lustbader's cookie-cutter fifth Jason Bourne novel in the Ludlum franchise (after The Bourne Deception) downgrades the title character to a mere co-star with villain Leonid Arkadin, a graduate of the same covert training program, who also possesses almost superhuman combat skills. Bourne and Arkadin's globe-trotting pursuit of each other drives the main plot, which includes yet another secret cabal bent on world domination, Severus Domna. The members of Severus Domna have their eye on a ring Bourne possesses that's a clue to the location of King Solomon's legendary gold. Arkadin's use of silly aliases (e.g., Stanley Kowalski, Frank N. Stein) dissipates any effort at realism, while implausible and formulaic side stories involving Soraya Moore, ousted from her position with the CIA, don't help. Those who don't mind Bourne's devolution from the tortured amnesiac soul Ludlum created into a stock action hero will be most satisfied. (June)
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.
CHICAGO SUN TIMES
"Don't ever begin a Ludlum novel if you have to go to work the next day."
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."
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
"Reading a Ludlum novel is like watching a James Bond film...slickly paced...all-consuming."
THE OKLAHOMAN on THE BOURNE SANCTION
"As twisted, dark and exciting as the others."
From the Publisher
"Don't ever begin a Ludlum novel if you have to go to work the next day."—CHICAGO SUN TIMES
Library Journal
No one is what he or she seems to be. Lustbader's fifth installment (after The Bourne Deception) of Ludlum's saga of rogue agent Jason Bourne finds Bourne in possession of a ring with a cryptic engraving. Bourne, a product of the newly reformed ruthless and clandestine American Central Intelligence program called Treadstone, is still being hunted by his former employer. Treadstone is anxious to capture Bourne and Russian Leonid Arkadin, two of their top lethal graduates, to find out where their training went wrong. If that fails they want to manipulate the killer-with-a-conscience Bourne and the unscrupulous Arkadin into destroying each other. As Bourne works to put the shattered pieces of his memories back together, he doesn't know whom or what to trust. And time is running short for Bourne as various parties work to gain control over the ring, a key to unimaginable wealth, and terminate the indestructible Bourne. VERDICT Thriller addicts who love intricate webs of conspiracy mixed with an adrenalin rush of action and global adventure will snap this one up. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/10; for more summer thrillers, see Andrew Smith's "Short Takes: Summer Men's Fiction," p. 68.—Ed.]—Susan O. Moritz, Montgomery Cty. P.L.s, MD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594448877
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Series: Bourne Series , #8
  • Pages: 437
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

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 www.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. www.ericvanlustbader.com

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  • Posted June 7, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The Bourne Objective

    Having read the last two books featuring Bourne's "evil twin" Leonid Arkadin, I expected a nice end to the explosive trilogy...and I was not disappointed. A little hard to follow at first, the book picks up almost immediately. If you are a Bourne fan and do not mind that Mr. Lustbader has taken over the famous series, you will not be disappointed. I give it a 4/5, and excitedly wait for the presumed next novel, The Bourne Reality.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2011

    14.99 for a ebook?

    I would be very tempted to buy this book if not for the price. I cannot believe they charge this much for a book in 'e' format.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

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    fast-paced conspiracy thriller

    The CIA creator of Treadstone hunts the two top graduates, American Jason Bourne and Russian Leonid Arkadin. The inventor needs to know first hand what failed in the fail safe Treadstone program so the error can be rectified and a new generation of super skilled cold killers can be created. Once the mission accomplished, Treadstone wants each to kill the other.

    Bourne and Arkadin stalk one another even while the former gains possession of a ring coveted by a secret cabal, Severus Domna, who believe the jewelry leads to King Solomon's gold; a major step for their achieving their goal of world control. Meanwhile Bourne continues his personal hunt to learn who he was while Treadstone, Servus Domna and Arkadin focus on his death.

    Although at times inane, readers will enjoy this fast-paced conspiracy thriller as two major webs converge on Bourne as well as Arkadin. Loaded with action, fans will anticipate a showdown between the two Treadstone grads as each understands the world has room for only one and if their "mentor and the cabal have their way: none.

    Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2010

    Foul mouthed excuse of a waste of time that is NOT Jason Bourne.

    Van Lustbader has totally betrayed the Jason Bourne that Robert Ludlum created and Matt Daman has failthfully portrayed in the Bourne Trilogy of movies. He seems to be more intent on using as much foul mouthed language as can fit on a single page than continuing the Legacy of Jason Bourne that Robert Ludlum has created and Matt Daman has continued on the screen.
    I just hope that someone else can take up the challenge of continuing the Bourne saga with the same vigor as Ludlum and Daman.
    Woefully Disappointed.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2010

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    Get a New Story Line

    Author needs to ditch Arvadin & Treadstone and find another reason for Bourne to exist. This book was drudgery. I will not buy another if this hackneyed premise shows up again. And, I've bought them all. And I've enjoyed Lustbader too.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Outstanding Adventure..Could not put down.

    It is right along with the Bourne series. Loved the BOOK.

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  • Posted October 25, 2010

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    Bourne STILL Has Amnesia??

    I think I read the first of these books in the late 1970s...you'd think he'd be cured by now!! While I loved books one through three, this effort is even worse than # 7 in the series as it has too many characters, too many subplots and too many plot twists. After a while you need a roadmap to keep track of who is doing what to whom. I expect in # 9 that we'll learn that Mitch Rapp is Jason Bourne's love child!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2010

    One of the better Bourne sequels

    While this is not a Robert Ludlum story, it has a nice pace to it in the 2nd half and it's an engaging story. It seems to bring about a satisfying conclusion to the series. While the character of Bourne is fun, it's probably time for him to retire after this book.

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  • Posted June 13, 2010

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    The Reader's Objective

    The reader's objective is to get to know the characters and learn to follow along with the plot. In the beginning of this novel, there are way too many characters thrown at us. Some of them are just now being remembered by Jason Bourne. We switch back and forth to different groups of people, as well as back in time. So it makes for a tough start to the book, which ultimately proves to contain little new in the plot department.

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