"Those also who seek my life lay snares for me;
Those who seek my hurt speak of destruction,
And plan deception all the day long." -- Psalm 38:12 (NKJV)
In The Bourne Dominion, Jason Bourne, the world's best-loved, amnesia-plagued assassin once again shows himself to be a rarity in the secret world, someone who can be trusted to do the right thing. If you miss having Jason Bourne in the middle of the killing fields, The Bourne Dominion provides some entertaining action and plot twists revolving around the themes of identity and trust. Be warned that the main story starts slowly and is deceptive in its apparent predictability. The pace and your interest will pick up quite a bit around the middle and will be well sustained by the end.
Author Eric Van Lustbader does a fine job of allowing Jason Bourne to notice what everyone else misses . . . and to take appropriate action at the right time. It's the book's most appealing feature to me. Almost as good are the ways that combatants are able to escape seemingly impossible situations in ways that don't stretch credibility too far.
The book has several story lines with changing narrators, which helps to keep the overall plot picture balanced. It's also a nice way to add some thrills by leaving key characters in cliffhanging situations.
Mr. Lustbader's weakness is that he doesn't get inside of Bourne's psyche in the ways that would make the book come alive and be more intriguing. Perhaps that aspect of his writing will improve in future books.