Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Sanction (Bourne Series #6)

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Overview

Jason Bourne returns to Georgetown University and the mild world of his alter ego, David Webb, hoping for normalcy. But after so many adrenaline-soaked years of risking his life, Bourne finds himself chafing under the quiet life of a linguistics professor.

Aware of his frustrations, his academic mentor, Professor Specter, asks for help investigating the murder of a former student by a previously unknown Muslim extremist sect. The young man died carrying information about the ...

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Overview

Jason Bourne returns to Georgetown University and the mild world of his alter ego, David Webb, hoping for normalcy. But after so many adrenaline-soaked years of risking his life, Bourne finds himself chafing under the quiet life of a linguistics professor.

Aware of his frustrations, his academic mentor, Professor Specter, asks for help investigating the murder of a former student by a previously unknown Muslim extremist sect. The young man died carrying information about the group's terrorist activities, including an immediate plan to attack the United States.

The organization, the Black Legion, and its lethal plot have also popped up on the radar of Central Intelligence, where new director Veronica Hart is struggling to assert her authority. Sensing an opportunity to take control of CI by showing Hart's incompetence, National Security Agency operatives plan to accomplish what CI never could—hunt down and kill Bourne.

In Europe, Bourne's investigation into the Black Legion turns into one of the deadliest and most tangled operations of his double life-the pursuit of the leader of a murderous terrorist group with roots in the darkest days of World War II-all while an assassin as brilliant and damaged as himself is getting closer by the minute...

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Globe-trotting secret agent Jason Bourne returns in the third installment under the helm of Lustbader, who struggles to captivate as convincingly and effectively as Ludlum did in the original novels. Amid a cheesy prologue that features corny background music to set the mood, Jeremy Davidson speeds through the opening paragraphs at breakneck speed. Perhaps in an attempt to increase tension from the start, Davidson comes off sounding incredibly forced and somewhat uncomfortable. As the story progresses, he slows down but lacks any real authenticity. His characters are flat and uninspired, his performance monotonous and bland. A Grand Central hardcover. (Aug.)

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Library Journal

Lustbader's third continuation of Ludlum's popular espionage series (after The Bourne Legacy and The Bourne Betrayal ) finds Jason Bourne trying to unravel the terrorist plot of a previously unknown Muslim group. AudieA Award nominee Jeremy Davidson does an outstanding job creating distinctive voices for the multitude of American, British, and Eastern European characters, but their sheer number and the constant switching of settings will test listeners' attention spans, and the musical cues employed during the action sequences are cheesy. Nevertheless, recommended for public libraries owing to the series' continuing popularity.-Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. Lib.

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.
Entertainment Weekly
Reading a Ludlum novel is like watching a James Bond film...slickly paced...all-consuming.
Publisher Weekly on The Bourne Legacy
"A hearty serving of meat and potatoes action adventure, just the sort of fare that both Ludlum's and Lustbader's fans relish."
THE OKLAHOMAN on THE BOURNE SANCTION
"As twisted, dark and exciting as the others."
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
"Reading a Ludlum novel is like watching a James Bond film...slickly paced...all-consuming."
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."
ArmchairInterviews.com on THE BOURNE BETRAYAL

"Fasten your seatbelts as the story of Jason Bourne takes off a few seconds into this audio suspense/thriller and continues all the way through. It is an excellently executed and wonderfully recorded book.... Jeremy Davidson has done a superb job....engaging and entertaining."
From the Publisher
"Don't ever begin a Ludlum novel if you have to go to work the next day."—Chicago Sun Times

"Fasten your seatbelts as the story of Jason Bourne takes off a few seconds into this audio suspense/thriller and continues all the way through. It is an excellently executed and wonderfully recorded book.... Jeremy Davidson has done a superb job....engaging and entertaining."
ArmchairInterviews.com on THE BOURNE BETRAYAL

"A hearty serving of meat and potatoes action adventure, just the sort of fare that both Ludlum's and Lustbader's fans relish."—Publisher Weekly on The Bourne Legacy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616793579
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/29/2008
  • Series: Bourne Series , #6
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 484
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT LUDLUM was the author of twenty-one novels, each one 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. 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.
ERIC VAN LUSTBADER is most widely known as the author of twenty international bestselling thrillers including The 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. Lustbader was born and raised in Greenwich Village. He and his wife, Victoria, have been residents of the South Fork of Long Island for more than fifteen years.
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  • Posted November 9, 2008

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    Born to Be Wild

    On the whole, "The Bourne Sanction" is a well-paced action-packed thriller. Lustbader doeesn't write like Robert Ludlum, who created the Jason Bourne character, and doesn't intend to, as far as I can make out. Shot through with a hysterical paranoia that triggers the pile-driving action, Ludlum's Bourne novels run rings around Lustbader's. In fact, Lustbader seems to spend more time on describing the villain of the piece Arkadin than on describing Bourne.<BR/><BR/>In the plot department, again Lustbader can't keep stride with Ludlum, who was forever tossing inconceivable twist on inconceivable twist in his byzantine plots, ramping up the suspense as his books roared to their conclusions. The convoluted plot revolving around a plethora of Russian characters in "The Bourne Sanction" is all but impenetrable. Since I couldn't follow all of it, I wasn't surprised by many of its revelations. Still, there was enough action to keep me turning the pages.<BR/><BR/>I have reservations about any writer using another writer's character as his hero. It seems like a form of plagiarism, even if the original writer's estate permits it and is compensated for it.<BR/><BR/>If you skim the frequent flashback longueurs, this is a competent, enjoyable thriller for most of its tomelike length.<BR/><BR/>--Bryan Cassiday, author of "Fete of Death"

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2010

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    More Chaotic Chases

    The 6th instalment in the "Jason Bourne" series by Robert Ludlum

    This novel focuses primarily on never ending action placing characters in hair raising situations. The author has Bourne on another chaotic chase, this time in Moscow dogging pursuers while he himself hunts one of the most dangerous villains, a killer named Arkasan. Hold you breath, this is a fast paced story where Bourne faces the most treacherous campaign to date.

    Bourne now assuming the name of David Webb lives an ordinary life as a scholar at the Georgetown University. Unsatisfied with this deceit he desperately wants to get back into action. When his mentor Dominic Specter approaches him for help it is exactly what Jason needs to lift his spirits and leave his make believe world behind.... Dominic is convinced that a group of terrorists named "The Black Legion" are preparing an attack on the United States.....something has to be done..... The story is a little farfetched but nonetheless you are in for a wild ride. The author has written many superb action sequences that will have you on the edge of your seat.

    During this time, there is a turf war brewing between the Central Intelligence and the National Security Agencies overriding their actual mandate in global affairs. Each agency is aware of the "Black Legion" and their plans but true to life politics trump logic at times. NSA's aim is to covertly illuminate Bourne at all expense thus discrediting the CIA. The infighting in this sub-plot gives a touch of reality and I found it more interesting than following Bourne's actual mission.

    This novel is a satisfying read although I prefer seeing Bourne's capers on the big screen.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2008

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    Not Ludlum, But a Good Bourne Story

    Eric Van Lustbader is not Robert Ludlum, and though he tries to maintain the Ludlum style in the latest Bourne thriller, it doesn't quite match up. It is a good book with a typically complicated Bourne plot, but it starts slow and takes quite some time to grab your attention. And while it finally takes off and develops into a solid story, the resolution is rather abrupt. While I did enjoy it, and would recommend it to any fan of the Bourne series, I think Van Lustbader can do better.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2008

    exciting entry

    Still reeling from the death of Martin, Moira Trevor asks her friend Jason Bourne who is David Webb in his office at Georgetown University. Jason explains David is a widower and a father of two children who live in Canada with their maternal grandparents as he wants them as far away from the BOURNE LEGACY as possible. He tells Moira that he returned to the teaching position as head of Comparative Linguistics Department, a role his late wife Marie loved for him, Moira¿s anodyne is go back to field work, which is why she has come to visit him. Her employer NextGen Energy Solutions fears a terrorist attack at the Long Beach port. --- However, not too long after returning to his Professor Webb persona, Bourne is bored with normalcy. He informs his academic mentor Professor Dominic Specter only to see two thugs grab the man Bourne rescues him. Specter explains his father died fighting the Eastern Brotherhood, Muslims who claim since WWII to want to fit in peacefully with the West, but who are terrorist known as the Black Legion. He asks Bourne to kill leader Semion Icoupov who has started a terrorist plot to devastate America that has begun the countdown with the murder of an associate Pyotr by Leonid Arkadin. --- This is an exciting entry in the Bourne saga as the action starts from the moment Webb meets Specter for coffee and never slows down until the final Treadstone-Conklin coda. The story line is fast-paced though the European connection with WW II roots seems a bit over the Alps. Still no one will care as the Bourne adrenalin flows with he doing what he does best battling bad guys to prevent a terrorist attack unable to wait for High Noon with an assassin sent to murder him. --- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2014

    Love the character, Jason Bourne

    Each book adds to the adventures and thrilling activities of Jason Bourne.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2013

    Very highly recommended

    Terrific is hardly adequate. I am hooked on this series. Especially since I never saw any of the movies. Will be reading them in order and checking out the next one soon. Rapid Reader

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    Another great Bourne book

    One of those books once you start you cant put down

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  • Posted September 17, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    I haven't read a Eric Van Lustbader book in years but I still remember Angel Eyes as one of my all time favorite books. Mr. Van Lustbader keeps a reader on their toes as his sytle moves quickly for character to chacacter and back and forth between past and present, which is something I really enjoy. Many years ago I had read Robt Ludlum's Bourne trilogy and I was hesitant to read another Bourne by a different author, but since it was Van Lustbader I had to give it a go. I was very pleased and plan to read the rest of the series that he has written or co-written.
    As always, the book was almost impossible to put down once you were reading. You can go wrong with this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    Loved the Bourne Saction

    I have enjoyed each of the Bourne series and I am delighted that he has some new ones out. Can't wait to read them all.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2011

    as good as the movies

    a real page turner

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2010

    Jason Bourne Fans, enjoy!

    The story was enjoyable; would likely have been a much better read had it been unabridged. The abridged audio copy was a greater challenge to follow. Found myself backing up often to catch limited tag lines to determine whose point of view the story was in. Ended up listening to the whole audio abridgement twice in order to piece together the story that had been TOO brief the first time through. I expect had I listened to the unabridged copy, it never would've been necessary to listen to it a second time to feel like I fully "got it."

    As far as a Jason Bourne novel, true to character, fast-paced, action-packed, and rewarding ending. This particular audio performer did an excellent job presenting the various characters, accents; an enjoyable entertainment experience!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    Wonderful book!

    Outstanding job, Mr. Van Lustbader! Keep up the good work!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2009

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    Lustbader does is again!

    Any fan of this series will truly enjoy this installment. Edge of your seat action the whole way through. A must read!

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

    A New Bourne Series

    Van Lustbader continues his own Bourne saga with typical action packed plots similar to the Bourne movie portrayal. The plot is not quite as intricate as Ludlam's original series, but it is still good. Great for vacation reading or if you're a diehard Bourne fan.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2008

    An Insult to Ludlum

    This book is poorly written and an insult to not only Ludlum but the reader's intelligence. The structure is a mess and the author doesn't even know the definition a rendition yet he continues to use the term incorrectly. My advice: Do Not Buy This Book. It may just encourage a follow up. Unfortunately for me, when I choose to read a book I have to finished. This is not a page turner. Ten pages and lights out.

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    And, In This Corner

    Jason Bourne has about 400 hand to hand fights in this novel, and you might not wonder how many of them he wins. They came and they came, to the point where my eyes just glazed over as one fight hardly differed from the other. There's quite a bit of good writing here, wasted, in my opinion, as the plot is just so preposterous that Wile E. Coyote would be snickering. The characters and the locations spin through so fast that you can only focus on Bourne and his fights. There's lots of betrayal in this one, the biggest one being that done to the reader who hoped for better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2008

    Not in Ludlum's Style

    I read this hoping it would be an extension of Ludlum's Jason Bourne...instead its a mismash of themes hard to follow, still developing characters very late in the novel and to this reader, very uninspiring. Sorry, but this book just didn't cut it for me....it was very difficult reading the whole thing as I was hopefully looking for some redeeming writing at the end... Alas, all I ended up with was this review.

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