The Bourne Legacy
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Once, Jason Bourne was notorious in the clandestine world of covert-ops as one of the CIA's most expert international killers for hire. Out of the ashes of his violent past he's emerged today as a Georgetown professor, living a quiet life, retired from danger-until he narrowly escapes the bullet of a faceless assassin. And when two of Bourne's closest associates are murdered, Bourne knows that his legacy has followed him-and set him up as prime suspect for the brutal crimes.

The quicksand of lies and betrayals is deeper than Bourne ever imagined. Hunted by the CIA as a dangerous rogue agent, he has only one option to stay alive-and one last chance to stay one step ahead of an unseen assailant whose vengeance is personal. Pursued across the globe, Bourne's on the run, and on the edge of discovering the truth-that he's become the expendable pawn in an international terrorist plot. One that's taking every living witness with it and plunging Bourne one step closer to the world-shattering consequences of...

Customer Reviews:

  • Artistic Liberties Too Great
    While I found "The Bourne Legacy" and easy read with a storyline I could get caught up in, I found the extension of the author's liberty to exaggerate absurd. Two areas in particular drove me nuts.

    First, the character Jason Bourne is supposed to be human, even in a novel. His physical ability to withstand hanging on to planes in the air by one arm, jumping on to trucks moving in the opposite direction off a speeding motorcycle, physical beatings beyond belief, swimming for two minutes in freezing water that we are told 50 pages earlier no human can survive in for 30 seconds, etc. is too much.

    Second, and even worse for me, was the climactic scene, a terrorism summit with attendance by the leaders of the US, Russia, and the most important Arabic countries. The hotel site for the summit, in Reykjavic, Iceland, has been closed for some time and security of the site has been detailed for weeks. On the actual day of the summit, Jason Bourne (who by now is the most published wanted man in the world and is known to be in Iceland), Kahn (the world's foremost assassin), and a whole group of Chechnian rebels (including the head of the rebels) all seem to be able to move in and out of the hotel without any hindrance. So basically the world's premier security forces are complete incompetent idiots. The ways of moving in and out are even more absurd given the security groups and the heightened threat.

    Please Mr.Van Lusterbader, maintain some control from going too far overboard.
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  • Ludlum betrayed
    I purchased this book while on a layover between flights with high hopes. After having read the entire Bourne trilogy I longed for more, like many true afficionados of a memorable character. The only reason I didn't put this book down midway was that it was a choice between soap-operatic plot "twists" or the overpriced airline skymall catalog.

    In the original storyline Jason Bourne is a tortured hero, being pushed and pulled by circumstances beyond his control and understanding due to his total lack of memory. He is discovering amazing and frightening skills that he didn't know that he had. Underlying this is a deep fear of what he is becoming along with a horror and guilt of what or who he may have been. His humanity and inner conflict make the character of Jason Bourne believeable. The secondary characters are equally well-developed and three dimensional. The action appeals to genre readers, but it is the character depth and development that causes this series to transcend the genre and appeal to a wider audience.

    This is in sharp contrast to Lustbader's creation. It opens up with the "Jason Bourne personality" reasserting himself without thought to the cost or consequence of his actions, leaving his dearest possessions (his family) behind without a twitch. He has become a two-dimensional caricature of the original. Supporting characters that gave a continuity to the story are conveniently dismissed, probably due to the difficulty in making them believable. I mean, Lustbader couldn't even accomplish this with the main character, what would have happened to the supporting cast? He totally ignores age or skill limitations which Ludlum would have included, and relies on a plot cobbled together from recycled action-drama cliches. The result is that this story has more stitchmarks than Frankenstein's monster - and is about as attractive.

    Robert Ludlum isn't just spinning in his grave - he's generating electricity. The only resemblence between the two authors is the first letter of their last names. I gave this book one star simply because negative numbers were not an option....more info
  • not great
    I picked this book up after finishing the original Bourne series and was disappointed. "The Bourne Legacy" is cliche ridden and full of ridiculous "plot twists" that will have you rolling your eyes in exasperation. The author seems to have attempted to add his own style to the series by killing off key characters in the first few pages and remaking the Bourne character into someone who resembles the original in name only.

    Pick this book up if you're stuck at the airport or bus stop with nothing to read-- but avoid it if you're looking for a continuation of Ludlum's work....more info
  • Dissagree about this book....
    I dissagree with the many reviewers that blasted this book. I approached it with an open mind, fully understanding that this is NOT a Robert Lundlum Jason Bourne novel. Sadly, we will never see another one. While at first I was a little thrown off that, based on age descriptions, Bourne seemed to be younger than in Bourne Ultimatum (Although Matt Damon is younger, largely because the movies didn't really follow the books, Jason was in his 50s in the novel Bourne Ultimatum.). After getting over that, I really liked the plot and the age he put Bourne at. Not too old but still mature. I thought Mr. Van Lustbader brought some excitment and fun into a weathered character. (Remember that, when first published, B.U. did not get great reviews.) I liked the changes in locals, the plot twists and really enjoyed the main twist, which most probably saw coming! I enjoyed this book almost as much as the originals and, without Mr Ludlum around, that is still better than what many authors serve up. I rate it high and slightly higher than Bourne Betrayal....more info
  • My Book Purchase.
    Great price and a fast service. The book was just a little lacking in condition!...more info
  • Jason Bourne vs Nicholas Linnear
    Having read many novels by both Eric Van Lustbader and Robert Ludlum, and having enjoyed both authors, I was excited to see what Lustbader could do with the fourth Jason Bourne novel, and I wasn't let down. I think perhaps the biggest gripe many people have with this book is the same that many people had when Lucas released Star Wars Episode I. We'd grown up with Episodes IV through VI and now here comes Episode I...and...what is this??? What the heck is a Jar Jar Binks? And that cute little kid grows up to be Vader??? Give me a break!

    I think the removal of key characters from the first three novels was crucial to the plot of "Bourne vs Khan", because Bourne had to have no way of verifying Khan's alleged identity. Otherwise the twist of who Khan was claiming to be could have been unraveled with a simple phone call. (I'm trying to avoid spoilers, ok?)

    I think Lustbader's biggest mistake with this novel was juxtaposing Nicholas Linnear onto Jason Bourne. Considering that Bourne was a highly trained assassin, other than the scars his body would be in much better condition than the average male. It had also already been established (in a previous novel) that Bourne still ran to stay in shape, so for him to survive what he goes through in this novel, even at the age he realistically should be, it's not that unbelievable. Just take a look at the Masters at your local Dojo (assuming it's the real thing), and you'll see that they'd stand a good chance of surviving what Lustbader put Bourne through, which as I mentioned was also Lustbader's biggest mistake. I believe he wrote too much of Nicholas Linnear into this novel, and that didn't sit well with many readers who've come to love the human side of our amnesia-bedeviled spy, as it shouldn't. Bourne is not Linnear, but it was all too easy to read this as a Nicholas Linnear novel. That didn't make it a bad story, but it didn't make it a good Ludlum/Bourne novel.

    And there's another problem, but it's one the readers themselves are bringing to the table. This is not a Robert Ludlum novel, it's an Eric Van Lustbader novel. Both authors have their own styles and both are good to read (or at least I like them) but if you open a Lustbader novel expecting a Ludlum, you're going to be disappointed. Lustbader was not writing as Ludlum or attempting to copy his style, Lustbader took the Bourne character and wrote his own novel around him.

    If you like Lustbader, you'll enjoy this book.

    If you love Ludlum fanatically and are expecting a Ludlum novel you're going to be sorely disappointed....more info
  • Robert Ludlum should rise from his grave and devour Lustbader's soul...
    The thing I loved most about Ludlum's Jason Bourne books was how human David Webb was. He got injured, he aged, his amnesia was pretty much cleared up.

    Now onto this atrocity. Eric Van Lustbader seems to have forgotten that Bourne is at least in his late fifties. And he also decided that David hasn't quite gotten over his amnesia; actually, Webb doesn't remember half the stuff he did in the books after his amnesia, let alone before it. He kills off two major characters from the original Bourne books. The new characters are little more than new names, not to mention Lustbader thinks all "ghetto" black men sell guns and speak horrifying ebonics that make those sections hard to read... and they trust middle-aged white men... yeah...

    Having Kahn turn out to be Joshua (David Webb's first son) was just retarded. Joshua was just sad, he hates David because he thinks that his suffering is his fault (never mind the fact in Ludlum's books they did find three bodies from Webb's former family) and then changes his mind?

    The end result is a poorly researched book, I am amazed that Lustbader actually included, like, four characters from Ludlum's books.

    I give this book one star because I actually paid for this book (obviously I am brain damaged) and there is no lower rating I can give it. I wouldn't be surprised if this book gives me cancer because I read it....more info
  • Some revelations
    Like many others I came to the book series (this is my first Bourne) via the two movies. While the book was nothing exceptional it did give some insights on the differences between the movie and book Bourne. The movie makes it seem like Bourne was in Europe from the start, while this book shows us his roots in Vietnam and other info on his background. I like globe trotting adventures, so it hit the sweet spot for me in that sense. A bit too Noir in stages, but overall it was well worth finishing..., even if there is a unbelievability factor towards the end that Bourne movies seem to avoid. ...more info
  • Keeps the surprises coming...
    Having read the Ludlum books, I wasn't quite sure I wanted to read another author's continuation of the series. I bought the book anyway and was enthralled from beginning to end. It was a great suspense story with many twists and turns and surprises until the end. I wasn't disappointed with this book at all. ...more info
  • Bourne Loser
    Who wants to read a re-invented Jason Bourne? Every character in this book is a tortured hero, struggling with their motives. The characters view their emotions like strange and curious dinner guests. In past stories, Jason Bourne was always in control even when he was cast clueless into any chaotic situation. This Bourne gives the impression of stumbling about, being lead along by various foes. He comes off as the 3rd - 4th strongest agent in the book (a sacriledge). Save your time, read something else....more info
  • another Bourne thriller
    I had read the other three Bourne books by Ludlum many years ago and thought they were three of his best. This one by Lustbader matches the intensity and suspense of the earlier books. It was fun to read and I had a hard time putting it down. I would recommend it to anyone who likes the Bourne series....more info
  • This book is dumb
    This book is terribly written, filled with repetitive cliches and sloppy sentences. I am going to finish reading it only because I am slightly mentally ill in regards to books.

    Actually, I never finished reading it. Perhaps I am not so insane as I thought....more info
  • Horrible
    I could barely stand to push through this book. I've enjoyed thrillers almost since I first began reading chapter books at a young age. And while I've been mildly annoyed at the strange editing issues that seem to plague some series (Vince Flynn's books come to mind, where a perfectly good passage will suddenly be marred by a random series of incomplete sentences apparently intended to represent some sort of thought), this book was virtually unreadable. It read like a children's book, with the author violating the basic rule of "show, don't tell" that every *good* author adheres to. The opening of the book was good in and of itself, but as it went along the story itself was subsumed under the load of horrible writing. ...more info
  • NOT the Bourne I know.
    After looking at the book in the store quite a few times I finally decided to give it a shot and see for myself. Less than a hundred pages in, I already wished I hadn't. By a little over a hundred pages read I finally threw the book down and decided I was not going to finish it.
    My first impression was that it was like the movie. Not to say that it was based on the movie, but that like the movie, it was only based on the book while not being similar at all. After a while I got the impression that maybe the writer had just skimmed through the other 3 Bourne books without really trying to see what the characters were even like or how they would act.
    It's more than just the writing that turned me off this book. I new that when buying it that it wouldn't be Ludlum prose. I just found the characters so dull and and the situations unbelievable. Bourne is good, but it seems that he has help from on high in some of his predicaments. The characters that i grew to care about in the other books are just not present here, only their names....more info
  • Bourne Again
    For orientation purposes, the Bourne Legacy is a sequel to (Robert Ludlam's) Bourne Ultimatum. More precisely, Bourne Legacy is the fourth of the Bourne series (following Ludlam's the Bourne Identity, the Bourne Supremacy, and the Bourne Ultimatum). Subsequent (Lustbader) novels in the series are the Bourne Betrayal, the Bourne Sanction and the Bourne Deception.

    The Bourne Legacy is an espionage fantasy, more-so than the original Ludlam novels. Bourne and Kahn are simply superhuman, and the vague implausible plot is secondary to the never-ending action. The plot is just an excuse for Bourne to be "on the run". As in all fantasies, "suspension of disbelief" is essential, but once you've achieved that state, the novel is a great read, although it does drag a bit at about the 7/8ths point.

    The Bourne Legacy begins with a detestable unnecessary flashback in which a group of Chechen rebels are killed. Like most such uses of this deplorable device, the only purpose is to snag potential purchasers (who are skimming first chapters in bookstores) with up-front action--even though the story line is a dead end.

    The actual story begins with a meeting in which Stephan Spalko hires "Kahn" to assassinate David Webb (Jason Bourne), for no given reason, in fact no plausible reason ever develops. As readers of the series know, Webb/Bourne is schizophrenic--two distinct personalities in one body, with little knowledge of each other. Bourne, a CIA assassin, is nominally retired and "asleep". Webb is a linguistics professor.

    Kahn shoots at Webb, barely missing him. Seeking answers, Webb tries to visit his CIA handler and friend Alex Conklin, but finds Conklin and another friend shot dead, and himself (Bourne) framed for the murder. In the meantime, Spalko is also working to release a biological agent at a peace conference in Iceland. Why? And what is the connection with Bourne? Some explanation is given--but don't expect it to make sense. This is one of those things that calls for "suspension of disbelief".

    The Bourne Legacy is certainly not the best "Bourne", nor is it the best "Lustbader". The novel has the feel of a very talented writer writing too quickly and mechanically, perhaps with a movie in mind. Yet, the flow, the suspense, and the action are so smooth, vivid and crisp that it is easy to overlook the excessive and unnecessary implausibilities and the shallowness of most characters. Caveats aside, the novel is entertaining and satisfying, which is what really counts. Moreover, even mediocre Lustbader easily tops most of the novels written by Deaver, Woods, Margolin, Bernhardt, Coben and most other "garden variety" popular authors--allowing for variations in readers' tastes. So, rating Bourne Legacy is a difficult call.
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  • A Swing and a Miss
    I am a fan of both Robert Ludlum and Eric Lustbader. Having said that, both do have one thing in common: they are either really "on" or really "off". In the case of The Bourne Legacy, Eric Lustbader I am sorrowful to say, is "off". It may have been that he was attempting to copy Ludlum's "workman" style of writing and in so doing lost his own voice. Whatever the case, THe Bourne Legacy did not do it for me.

    In the original Bourne trilogy, Jason Bourne is a powerful and in control figure even in the face of insurmountable odds. Though the character is confused about his past and how it connects to his present and future, he still decides strongly and takes action. In Legacy, Lustbader draws him as a bumbling, two dimensional character barely able to hold his own and disconnected from his feelings, while occasionally catapulting his abilities to superhuman levels. This left me unable to suspend my disbelief and find a "place" for Jason Bourne in my psyche. Bourne seems plastic to me in this book as do the other characters and I never really empathyze enough with them to care about them.

    I suspect that Lustbader works best in his own worlds and should possibly stay away from "playing" in another writers sandbox.

    Whatever the case, I am sad to say that I had a really hard time finishing this novel. It left me empty and dissappointed. I will of course give Eric Van Lustbader another read as some of his books have been brilliant, but I will avoid any more of his Bourne novels and re-read the old Ludlum classics....more info
  • Disappointment
    Coming from a huge Robert Ludlum fan, The Bourne Legacy is a huge disappointment. Lustbade totally devated from the original Bourne trilogy. The writing style leaves much to be desired. I typically read a Ludlum novel in 1 to 2 days. This book was so boring it took me 3 weeks to finish. About the only thing I like about the book is that he brought his son into the picture. But even the development of that was week. Eric Van Lustbader, please don't dishonor Robert Ludlum and write another Ludlum based novel. PLEASE!!!!...more info
  • This is NOT Jason Bourne. Very BAD
    Totall ripoff.
    Completely agree with one of the previous reviews, this is NOT a Jason Bourne character, this is just someone carrying on his name. and for no apparent purpose.
    Can't say I'm a huge fan of Ludlum, but at least with first 3 books you could see an artist at work, creating plot lines, character intricasies.
    This however was a work of a FAR inferior writer who I think browsed through the first 3 books. I couldnt put th other 3 down, especially the ultimatum, this one I put down veery quickly.
    If you're looking for a good continuation to the saga, don't bother, it's a waste of time and $.
    To put it bluntly, I can't comprehend how a true Jason Bourne fan could enjoy this crap....more info
  • craftsman-like but cliched
    The book is well-crafted, and uses the craftsman's tricks to get the suspence having shorter sections flipping back and forth between different characters/scenes as it gets closer to the climax.

    the new twist is adding a character who claims to be a son of Bourne...a good plot idea, but i'm not satisfied with the way Lustbaden portrayed the interaction between Bourne and the would-be son.

    the book suffers from reliance on a lot of cliches. the enemy, chechen terrorists, are potrayed in a manner more consistent with official US war-on-terrorism government spin and are not credible in terms of understanding the plausibility of such persons & their motives.

    if you've read Ludlum's stuff or seen the Bourne movies, you know that the CIA are not supposed to be the "good guys" but are often portrayed as secretive, domineering, imperialist entity that isn't really under any real popular control, and the people in these aggencies are portrayed as a mixed bag, contradictory. this novel's portrayal of the CIA as the good guys is at odds with that other portrayal, and is another of the novels defects, to anyone who has a real understanding of the actual CIA role.
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  • Timeless Jason Bourne
    Good overall tale, refreshingly true to the Ludlum legacy... There are discernable style differences, and the overuse of unique adjectives/adverbs seems more apparent in the audio version, but not enough to be distracting, just noticeable.

    Some have complained of flawed discourses or noted a seemingly unreasonable plot. I didn't find it so - indeed those were some of the strongest features. Lustbader seems to be a bit more transparent with the inner cognitive and psychological workings of his characters than Ludlum, and some of the story's "facts" are distractingly untrue (there is no Wal-Mart where he depicts and am not sure why that was important to the story), but the plot itself is exceptionally well built, with tidbits of coming attractions sprinkled throughout so when a major event occurs the reader is left with the mystery readers' - Oh, why didn't I see that before -- challenge...

    Overall a very good and readable tale, moves quickly and a more than adequate adaptation of the Jason Bourne character from the Jackal cold-war days to the contemporary Islamic terrorism motif...
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  • Jason Who(?)
    This might have been a good yarn if the author had not tried to make it a continuation of the Jason Bourne trilogy. The hero is not Jason Bourne. No matter how a reader tries to forget it, a comparison to Ludlum's Bourne is always being made. Van Lustbader's Bourne isn't.

    If this is the first of a new series, it is a serious mistake. The context has nothing but a few names in common with the Ludlum trilogy. None of the characters (that are left alive) resemble Ludlum's characters in the least.

    A good concept of a master, retired spy meeting up with a son thought dead, poorly tied to a successful series weakens the "new" concept. I hope this is the last of the Bourne/Kahn series. If it is to be continued, I would like a name change now. Don't read if you are looking for a continuation of the Bourne trilogy....more info
  • complete rip off
    I hope that what I am about to say does not fall under the category of "spiteful remark" as described in the review guidelines, but there is no way to describe my opinion about this book without some serious emotion.

    First, this book is not by Robert Ludlum. The cover uses a trick to make you think it is. I picked this book up quickly one day and only noticed the large print with Ludlums name and the title. The real author was in small print. So, as far as I am concerned, I have been lied to and I have had my money stolen from me.

    To top it off, the book isn't very well done. I stopped reading it half way through because there were so many times when Jason Bourne did things that were totally out of character. He would do things that were stupid which would just lead him into trouble. I can only think that the author couldn't figure out any other way to get to the next action scene. The author obviously didn't have a real understanding of the character of Jason Bourne, so there is no way he could write a continuation of the story.

    I have many Ludlum books, but I'll never buy another one on principal. I have no respect for him anymore due to his lending his name to a shameless rip off such as this book....more info
  • Ludlum estate should be angry
    It almost seems like the author never read Ludlum's books before he wrote this. I can't imagine why the Ludlum estate would allow Lustbader to butcher the Bourne stories so thoroughly.
    The only thing I can think is that he is writing this story to be the basis for a movie script for a 4th movie. The movies bear no resemblence to the books at all, except for a character called Jason Bourne who has lost his memory. This book would seem to fit if all you know about these stories was the movies. The author blatantly ignores major plot lines from the books, but makes it easy to adapt this to a screenplay. For instance, in the movies, they killed off Marie at the beginning of the 2nd movie, but she lived through all 3 books. In this book, there is so little reference to Bourne even having a wife that it would be easy to eliminate those sections entirely for a movie.
    This book does a great disservice to all fans of Robert Ludlum. This author couldn't even dream of being as talented as Ludlum. I will not be buying the next Bourne book this guy has written and I will make sure to throw away this one, as I will never waste my time on it again....more info
  • Ludlum's Legacy
    Van Lustbader for those that may not know was himself quite the backselling author with a popular series. The Ninja titles tended to flash back often providing hints about title character's past. In his most recent work he is more subtle about linking the past to the present as Lustbader adopts the ever growing in popularity Bourne.
    Jason Bourne is the alter ego (the Mr Hyde if you will) to Professor David Webb. When Webb's family got killed CIA agent Alex Conklin recruited him and helped mold him into an excellent assassin/operative. Years later someone has murdered Conklin and Bourne's other friend/psyciatrist Mo Panov and framed Jason Bourne for the deed. With CIA and a mysterious assassin dogging his trail Bourne must survive long enough to get at the truth.

    This is not Ludlum's writing, to state the obvious therefore those making comparisions between this title and the original trilogy are bound to feel disappointed. However Eric Van Lustbader is a talented author whose own interpretation of the mythos is well worth checking out. He weaves a tight thriller shifting scenes and action almost flawlessly with on or two exceptions where I admit it(the narrative) jerked from one scene to another so hastily and disjointedl;y I checked if I skipped pages accidentily. Overall though the minor critiques I reserve do not overshadow the fun and pleasure I recieved from reading this entry. As a bonus although it may be tricky this could be a stand alone introduction to Bourne's universe as well as a continuation of the story.
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  • Not even a vacuum cleaner sucks this much!
    Avoid this like the plague if you liked either the Bourne books or films.

    Where should I begin with this review? Should I start off by saying that, even though he's now in his mid-60s, Bourne's fund of energy and determination is endless? Or how about that 3 of our favourite characters from the previous books have gone? Or that the book is simply badly written?

    The author's style of writing is reminiscent of someone in high school trying to copy his favourite author. I've lost count the number of times a character does something "at length" (a phrase so jarring to me it's hard not to notice). The way he divides action into chapters is also unusual, to say the least, the action flitting between characters and continents for no rhyme nor reason. And while Ludlum would describe in detail seemingly inconsequential matters to successfully build up the scene or the tension, van Lustbader lumbers us with description upon description of anything, seemingly to reach the word limit.

    Ludlum was known for his in-depth research before writing his novels. Indeed he was praised by "people in the know" for his accurate portrayals of the machinations of the CIA - the way people talk, the codes, the procedures, etc. van Lustbader, however, clearly limited his research to Google - and he didn't even click on the right pages. He states that Bourne running through a stream would get some dogs off his trail because they would never pick up the scent - wrong. Dogs find it easier to follow someone when they cross water because they disturb the bottom of the river and the scent is easier to follow. Then he was talking about Bourne stealing the ID of a baggage handler in the US... and then using it in a French airport. Somehow I don't think baggage handlers actually get on the plane and then get off in the destination country to take everything out of the plane. He also talks about Bourne crashing his bike into an "18-wheeler". We don't have them in Europe. Or some French government agent pulled out a tri-band mobile phone so he could phone the US. Why? You only need a tri-band phone if you GO to the US from Europe.

    Then there are problems with the Bourne backstory. In the Ludlum books, it was stated that Bourne was NOT, in fact, a killing machine, he had only made a relatively few kills, and then only when necessary. van Lustbader has concocted a whole other story for Bourne where he deliberately and savagely killed someone. And what about Bourne's first family that were killed? Bourne saw them being buried. He was there at their funerals. Presumably he saw their bodies. So, if that's the case.... {I don't want to "spoil" the plot}

    The book was TORTURE to get through, but I made it to the end simply so that I didn't waste my money.

    DO NOT buy this book. It's a few hours or days of your life that you will never get back....more info
  • Good, but not for Astronomy fans
    On reading THE BOURNE LEGACY, a couple of sentences stopped me cold. In page 217 of the St Martin's Paperbacks edition, it says "Dr Asaph Hall discovered the two moons of Mars. Nobody knows why he chose to call them Deimos (Anxiety) and Phobos (fear)."

    There are several objections here. First, Deimos means "Terror" rather than "Anxiety". Second, the one who suggested the names was Dr Henry Madan, instead of Hall. And finally, the reason is well known: in Greek mythology, Phobos and Deimos were the sons of Mars.

    Other than that (for Astronomy buffs or nitpickers, maybe) the book reads well, though the writing seems "speedier", less wordy, perhaps, than the original Ludlum works....more info
  • Dangerously Unprofessional
    In the prologue Lustbader writes following phrase of utter nonsense "The rifle was loaded with special non-fragmentation bullets OF THE SMALLEST CALIBER THE RIFLE COULD ACCOMODATE"unquote my capitals. Firearms by definition take only the caliber bullet for which they are calibrated. The rifle in question is a "Finnish Sako TRG-41 bolt-action sniper rifle" which comes in two calibers .300 Win.mag and .338 Lapua ammunition (large caliber bullets). To even think of using a caliber smaller than the rifles' specified caliber is ludicrous. I hope that even the most rank amateur of shooters would know that it is very dangerous to use ammunition of the wrong caliber in any firearm. I quote this from Remingtons "10 commandments of Firearm Safety" web page.
    "Every firearm is designed to use a certain caliber or gauge of ammunition. Using the wrong ammunition, mixing ammunition or using improperly reloaded ammunition can cause serious personal injury or death. And it only takes one cartridge or shotshell of the incorrect caliber or gauge, or which has been improperly reloaded to destroy your firearm."

    I think Lustbaders phrase is recklessly unprofessional and potentially dangerous. This should be corrected as a matter of urgency for all subsequent publishings of "The Bourne Legacy". This is a clear example of Lustbaders utter lack of research on his subject. There are numerous examples throughout the book that support my hypothesis that Lusbader did not do his homework. Pivotally he failed to note that in two of the previous books of the series we are told that David Webb gathered his dead loved ones in his arms after they were killed by the stray fighter aircraft. How could Joshua then even exist? This book appears to be based on something that didn't happen. In my opinion the Webb/Bourne Lustbader portrays is a poor imitation of Ludlum's excellent creation. I gave one star because there isn't an option for -stars....more info
  • Bad writing , crappy plot
    Yes, I finished the book, though I am not sure why. It does leave you wanting to find out what is going to happen, so maybe thats why I kept reading. The book was so poorly written, though, I had to grit my teeth through it. Bourne's encounter with some street toughs who were roughing up one of his students in the first chapter should have warned me. It was obvious that the writer has never had any contact with toughs, or even TV portrayals of them. A 3rd grader could have written better dialog. The continual use of the epithet "gook" to describe an asian person shows that the writer is truly out of touch. The rest of the dialog in that scene was just stupid. The other thing that bothered me was the constant use of obscure descriptive verbs (if one more barefoot person "padded" anywhere, I swear I was going to burn the book) and adjectives (cats paw???) was just irritating, but the bad dialog and the "Clancy" trick of putting a humanitarian as the biggest terrorist the world had ever seen just goes to show that this writer's brain is on another planet. (as I write run-on sentences......) Also, his constant reference to a woman of power as "bitch-woman" just confirmed that his misogynism, racism and general fascism are just under the surface, and he was using the book to mask it. Anyway, skip this one. It will suck you in, expecting it to get good. But it doesn't. I wish I had the time I spent reading this back to do something else, like get a root canal....more info
  • The Bourne Redundancy
    I picked up this novel out of curiosity to see what a new author would do with the character of Jason Bourne. I always felt that the original Robert Ludlum novels had a great premise for an action series - superspy with amnesia! - but they were disappointing because that central idea was watered down with overly melodramatic writing and terrible dialogue. But I loved the direction that the Matt Damon movies took the character, so figured I would give this book a try.

    The Bourne Legacy is much closer in tone to the Ludlum novels than the movies, which is unfortunate in my opinion, but if you liked the original novels, you will probably enjoy this book. Lustbader plays it safe by mimicking the tone and style of the original books. In this one, Bourne tries to foil a terrorist attack on a political summit, while dodging assassination attempts from a ruthless killer who happens to have severe parental abandonment issues. It's all fun, but nothing groundbreaking, and Lustbader misses his chance to really make the series his own by lending it a fresh voice. The melodrama, the enormously bad dialogue, and the gaps in logic inherent in the original books are all still found here.

    If anything, I would have to say that this novel is even a little inferior to the Ludlum books, at least in one important regard. The one thing that Ludlum did very well in his Bourne novels was his depiction of how Bourne's mind worked - the product of loads of CIA training, he was always calculating, noting details, thinking of escape routes, coming up with novel ways to stay one step ahead of everyone who was trying to kill him. Lustbader's treatment of the Bourne character is much more two-dimensional, like a typical American two-fisted, square-jawed hero archetype without much depth or personality. The spy plot is pretty conventional and there aren't any big surprises, whereas at least Ludlum's portrayal of international intrigue was always a little better thought-out.

    To sum up: the book does a serviceable job of imitating Ludlum's style, but don't look here for a bold new re-invention of the Bourne franchise....more info
  • A Ludlum follow-up
    Robert Ludlum is dead, but the Bourne Legacy lives on! Ludlum's estate agreed to allow Eric Van Lustbader to write the fourth novel in the series - and it seamlessly works with the first three.

    Jason Bourne has settled into his new identity and new life as David Webb, a college professor with a loving wife who knows of his past, and two wonderful children.

    When Bourne is attacked in his classroom, he escapes and learns that two of the three people he can trust have been murdered - and he is the prime suspect. The CIA puts out a contract on Bourne and also on an assassin, Khan, who wants Bourne dead as well. Khan is Bourne's son who supposedly died - or did he? Khan appears to be a younger version of Bourne with the same skills and intelligence - and an intense hatred for the father who he believes abandoned him, his mother, and sister in Vietnam.

    The characters in Eric Van Lustbader's The Bourne Legacy are richly drawn, sophisticated humanitarians by day, terrorists by night; beautiful woman who are even more deadly than the men who are drawn to them. Friends who become foes, and foes that are really friends. Just when you think you've figured something out, a twist changes everything. One thing is certain, this is a page turner that Ludlum and Van Lustbader fans will want to pick up and then won't put down.

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  • OK read but a pale imitation of the original
    Eric van Lustbader's plot moves along like a house on fire. It doesn't miss a beat and there are no skips in the story. But when you compare this story to the original trilogy by the late Robert Ludlum, it's like looking at a piece of paper instead of a block of wood - there's just no "there" there.

    I had no problem with the character of Khan and who he turned out to be - Ludlum's plots always required you to suspend your belief in the logical and the ordinary, so that didn't matter one bit. But van Lustbader doesn't flesh Khan out at all, and makes too big a deal out of his reason for pursuing Jason Bourne. And unlike in Ludlum's books, there are no characters in this story with any redeemable values whatsoever.

    If I want to visit Jason Bourne's world again I think I'll open one of Ludlum's books....more info
  • St. Martin's Paperbacks must have been smoking crack!
    Don't bother buying this book. The author's use of grammar and mediocre storytelling make this book an absolute waste of money. Although it may say Robert Ludlum on the front cover, there is no way he would have approved such a piece of junk. Robert Ludlum has got to be turning over in his grave! I would give -0- stars if it were possible....more info
  • I loved it.
    I didn't have any problems reading it, I'm not sure what's wrong with the others who commented. There are some blanks that could be filled, but I'm hoping that will happen in "The Bourne Betrayal". Over all, it was very entertaining....more info
  • A Bourne Reveiw
    The Buorne Legacy is great book in which Jason Buorne, who is the world's number one [...], has to solve the crime of his best friends' murder. He is also reunited with his son, Joshua, who wants to kill him. Joshua wants to kill his father because he thinks Buorne abondoned him in the jungle. My favorite part is when Buorne fights with Khan, the second-ranking [...]. Almost anyone will love this action filled book because of the great story line full of surprises about every key character....more info
  • Sadly my last Jason Bourne book
    It took me a while to get up the nerve to pick up the first installment of Van LustBADers Bourne books for fear of having my heart ripped out. I finally picked it up and now that I have, I truly wish that I had not. The experience is similar to the feeling of savoring the taste of your favorite dessert all the the way through only to find, oh, let just say a roach at the end. Crass? Yes, but that's how it feels. Somewhere between the comic book style of writing and the random, lengthy history lesson on Crete in chapter 16 (WTF) where I found myself skipping forward, Jason Bourne died for me.

    I absolutely loved this series. It is hard to see it go down like this. More important than a good story, is a great story teller. The voice behind a story is what makes that book live. I don't know Van Lustbader but he should stop feeding off of carrion, have a little integrity, and find his own kill. Yes, I am calling him a vulture. Let Bourne rest in peace.

    I miss Ludlum's voice. ...more info