The Bourne Identity (Bourne Series #1)

The Bourne Identity (Bourne Series #1)

by Robert Ludlum
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vstrother More than 1 year ago
I used to hate reading. My philosophy was why take days/weeks to read a book when I could watch a movie in about 2.5 hours? I have owned the Bourne Trilogy DVDs since The Bourne Ultimatum came out. I love the movies, but the book is so much better. Mr. Ludlum, God rest his soul, is a great writer! There were times I literally could not put the book down and could not wait to pick it up again. It is action packed and suspenseful. I just finished The Bourne Identity and bought The Bourne Supremacy today. I plan on reading the entire series. Take it from someone who used to love to watch the movie instead of reading the book...BUY THE BOOK! I do have to admit that watching the movie helped me visualize the fighting moves that are mentioned in the book.
CommanderTuvok More than 1 year ago
The Bourne Identity

The book begins as a half-dead man with his body bloodied and ridden with five bullets expertly placed in his back, is dragged from somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea onto an old trawler in the middle of one of the largest storms seen in a long time. Less than three hours earlier he was shot and thrown into the sea by people intent on killing him for reasons he does not know or remember. Their mistake is in believing him to be dead. The man eventually finds himself in Zurich and discovers three things. One, his name is Jason Bourne; two, he works for a covert company called Treadstone; and three, he is being hunted down by an international assassin named Carlos for reasons he does not know. Names, pictures, and places trigger flashbacks and memories as he tries to figure out his identity. Throughout the book, Jason sees traps before they happen. When necessary he dismantles and kills people it seconds. He does things that one would never expect or believe possible for a man with amnesia. This book is a book of survival, instinct and skill. And it¿s about one man that has lost his memory and can do unnatural things. This book is about Jason Bourne finding his identity.
I immensely enjoyed this book, it is mature, exciting, and nothing in comparison to the movie that came out in 2002 by Universal Studios. I highly recommend it for young adults of 14 and up, but only if they are mature and knowledgeable readers. The book is an advanced read that is fast-paced and action-packed. But before reading this book, please remember it was written in 1980. Therefore, it is not as technologically advanced as what you see in the movie. Universal ¿revamped¿ the whole series to make it more appealing to a modern audience. I give this novel a ¿two thumbs up¿. If you choose to read this amazing work by Robert Ludlum, I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

Ludlum, Robert. The Bourne Identity. New York: Bantam, 1980.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
About 16 years ago, my cousin loaned me this book, raved about how great it was and told me I would not be disappointed. He also made it quite clear that I had to give it back! Well, before I even finished the book I understood why he said that. This is the beginning of one of the best book series you could ever read! Great plot and plenty of action, it's a definite page turner that will be hard to put down. I HIGHLY recommend this book and will be reading this series for the third (or maybe fourth) time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a highschool student who has never enjoyed or finished an assigned book from my school, and my senior english class, allows the student to choose any book they want to read. After watching the entire Bourne Trilogy over the summer, and having loved the movies, i decided i was going to give the book a chance. I finished this book, and it was amazing. It was difficult for me to put it down, and i even had some teachers tell me to stop reading during class and pay attention to their lectures. The Bourne Identity novel is taking the movie and adding so much more to the plot and characters. What i am saying is that Jason Bourne from the movie is just a scratch of the surface to what Jason Bourne from the book is. I will most definitely be picking up the next book in this series as soon as i can,
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This series should be read in order otherwise it s too easy to get lost.
cinimod More than 1 year ago
The Bourne Identity is a book that you will either love or hate. It may start out as a bit slow, but as soon as you get into it, you will have a hard time putting it down. All the time I had to choose between going to bed and reading another chapter. Easily my favorite book that I have ever read, and I highly recommend it. It is entirely different from the movies, but it is just as good.
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TJH_ More than 1 year ago
Yes, This book was very good. I'm putting it out plain and bold to everyone who reads this! Yes this story has an amazing plot with a series of connections going out like tree limbs into different parts of the story. Some ending, some still growing. It comes with many twists in the story. This book has a precise line of events. But with there series of big and complicated words makes it hard to understand what is happening to them. And with every twist it sucks you into the book. It brings you into the book as each character life goes. you can always tell the difference because some people in the story have their story go on for a short time unlike the main characters who have there's going on for quite a while with there story. Overall the story of Bourne Identity is actually two different stories. But as the story progress's they come together. But i would say that with the adult content, complicated words and switching of stories. It is a very hard one to read and requires that you follow along and read every part. All in all, still the best book i have read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love action, conspiracy, and a little love mixed in, this is the book for you. Jason Bourne takes you on an adventure around the world that will make it hard for you to put the book down. Tough read, and it makes you think but the twists and turns will suck you right in like a tractor beam. The movies are good but the book is incredible. It has so much more conspiracy and is very compelling. A must read!
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conniejackson More than 1 year ago
From Robert Ludlum, Jason Bourne, the hero is brought to life. The author has a gift to bring this character to a stage that you can almost live his life with him, feel his distress and his agony. The story was very captivating and it was a thrilling read. When it comes to the "spy" novel, there are few writers that exceed Robert Ludlum's talents. When I finished reading this book I came to this conclusion that most "thriller" writers fall way short. The book is fairly long, so set back and enjoy several evenings of an exciting, wonderful story. Highly recommend.
deaconjohn More than 1 year ago
As a friend of mine and I talked about the "Bourne" movies he told me to consider reading the books. He said the storyline and plot was much better. Having read the Bourne Identity, I am amazed at how much different the stories are. Besides a few of the characters sharing the same names as the movie version, the two renditions are not similar at all. In this book, Jason Bourne has amnesia and the woman he partners with is named Marie but he ends up in a battle of wits with the most accomplished assassin in the world (Carlos) and not so much with Treadstone. The moves and counter moves of the two men trying to draw each other into a trap are fascinating. If you're a fan of spy novels, of mystery and intrigue, I highly recommend The Bourne Identity to you. I plan on reading the "Supremacy" and the "Ultimatum" as soon as I can get my hands on them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After watching the movies I started reading the books. I am usually a fantasy reader but this book has really got me started on a whole different kind of reading. This book is fast paced, originall, and very well written. The plot is fantastic and will have you surprised at every turn. I highly recomend this book.
arein More than 1 year ago
This book starts out not like any other book you have read. It starts out describing a man who does not remember who he was. He ends up discovering that he was Cain, one of the most deadliest men alive and that he was being hunted by another deadly man named Carlos. He finds a woman and saves her as she would have been killed if he did not come to her rescue. In his first encounter with Carlos's army he takes out three of his men. He gets his information through meeting with people in dark alley ways and dark restaraunts. This thriller is a book you cant put down and it is a really easy read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A man is pulled from the ocean, five bullets in his back. His memory is erased, a result of amnesia. All he has to identify himself is a tiny sliver of paper implanted in his hip that has a bank account written on it. For six months he recovers in an alcoholic doctor¿s house on a tiny island in the Mediterranean. When he leaves this house, he discovers unknown killing abilities. When he attacks a man on a fishing boat and breaks the man¿s wrists, he is asked to leave the island. When he arrives in Zurich, he goes to the bank whose name was implanted in his hip. There, he discovers that his name is Jason Bourne. When he reveals this to the bank, men with guns come and hunt him. He then goes to Paris, France. There he discovers that he is being hunted by Carlos, a mysterious assassin known to only those close to him. He also discovers that Jason Bourne is a killer, an assassin employed by the government. Memories flash back to him. Delta, Charlie, Cain. Words come to him, flashes of light. He is chased by more men. Bourne eliminates them with out knowing what he is doing. He gets away with a woman named Marie St. Jacques. At first he forces her into helping him and then she chooses to help him because she believes in him. Together they plunge into the realm of information against him, Cain, a cold blooded killer. This is the Bourne Identity. Bourne, known to many as Cain, is nothing more than a myth, created by the United States intelligence community to trap Carlos. The man who plays Cain is David Webb. David became Cain when he joined a covert militia in Vietnam code named Medusa. As Cain, he got amnesia when he was shot and thrown into the ocean to die. He is a lean man, a trained killing machine. In Zurich and Paris men tried to kill him constantly but he triumphed over them all. Marie, the girl that he joined up with, is a petite woman from Vancouver, Canada. She is on business in France when Webb finds her. She works for the government of Canada, who wants to bring her back when they find out she is involved with Jason..She is important to him, however, because he is wounded and she helps him recover. Carlos, on the other hand, has been provoked by the man named Cain, just as the Americans wanted. He is a Venezuelan, trained for combat in the Soviet Union. He can dismantle, load, and fire almost any gun you can imagine, and his hand combat skills are unparalleled. These characters are all very important to this book. If you are looking for action and adventure, suspense and surprise, this book is for you. The Bourne Identity packs a punch with a complicated, interesting story line filled with action. It has some great characters and a surprise twist ending. It has twists and turns throughout the whole story, always revealing new information that you never thought possible. The mood is all about suspense, keeping you on the edge of your seat. From the start it draws you in and keeps you interested with a good story line. The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum is really a great book. A five out of five!
Anonymous 10 days ago
It was just okay. The book quickly became mired in insider speak and a choppy narrative that required some filling in of the narrative gaps. The twist of the assassin who has lost his memory is the one bright spot that kept me reading. It felt like an editor needed to step in and assist the reader in clarifying some of the plot points and jargon . I did finish it but just barely. I doubt that I'll read another Bourne adventure
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Extremely exicting and exuberatingly suspensful.
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toniFMAMTC More than 1 year ago
I love these movies. It's been awhile since I've watched them, but unless I'm confused, the book is very different. I wasn't crazy about the romance aspect for much of it. Actually a portion of the story lost me for awhile, but I was really into it by the end. I'm sure where the story is going from here into book 2, but I'm looking forward to finding out.