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Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Objective: The Bourne Saga: Book Eight (Jason Bourne 8) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Ludlum , Eric Van Lustbader
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Facing down mercenaries in Africa, Bourne witnesses the death of an art dealer named Tracy Atherton. Her demise triggers flash-backs to the killing of another young woman in Bali. A woman who entrusted to Bourne a strangely engraved ring - an artifact of such powerful significance, people have been willing to kill for it. Bourne is determined to hunt for the ring's owner and discover its true purpose.

Bourne's trail leads him through layers of conspiracy to a vicious Russian mercenary, Leonid Arkadin, who, like Bourne, was a graduate of the Central Intelligence training program, Treadstone. A covert course designed to create ruthless assassins, it was shut by Congress for corruption. But before it was dismantled, it produced Bourne and Arkadin, giving them equal skill, equal force - and equal cunning.

As Bourne's destiny circles closer to Arkadin's, it becomes clear their eventual collision is not of their own making. Someone else has been watching and manipulating both men. Someone wants to know, who is the more deadly agent? They are about to find out.

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    High energy action is the name of the game here, bursting with the kind of narrative propulsion that made Ludlum's thrillers such fun thorughout his long career. (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)

    Bourne fans will enjoy it immensely. Exciting reading throughout. (TELEGRAPH & ARGUS)

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    A brand new JASON BOURNE novel - latest in the bestselling series.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1020 KB
    • Print Length: 448 pages
    • Publisher: Orion (27 May 2010)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B003NE5TVA
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,704 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Don't come in yet, number 8 7 Jun. 2010
    By Michael Watson TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    Like many readers of action thrillers, I was hooked on Jason Bourne with Robert Ludlum's first three books way back when. Thanks to Eric Van Lustbader, this `superhero' is kept alive and kicking in the original's great tradition. This book, is part of a trilogy, too - the last part so, unless you're in the groove, as it were, it's complicated. There is Arkadin, there's Soraya Moore showing Bourne and us, the face of moderate Islam, both from earlier episodes but, as always, some very heavy newcomers to the storyline.

    Bourne's loss of memory contines to plague him at crucial moments, as he hunts down the killer of an art-dealer friend. She entrusted to him a piece of jewellery which, surprise, surprise, means a great deal more than first thought. Others intent on obtaining the curiously engraved ring believe it will help their cause for world dominance, so, inevitably, Severus Domna will take any action to locate it and use it. That the ring is, in fact, a sort of USB for a missing laptop brings us up to date with technology but there is still the matter of the good old-fashioned Russian killer, Leonid Arkadin, to deal with. Arkadin was similarly trained by Treadstone, Bourne's original outfit before he morphed into a rogue element and is responsible for the killing of Bourne's friend, Tracy Atherton, so the scene is set for a thrilling chase, the hunter hunted, helped along the way by just about everybody else wishing to see Bourne (and, indeed Arkadin) summarily disposed of.

    This is number 8 in the long-running series and it won't spoil this book to suggest that number 9 will still fixate on Bourne's amnesia as he uses all his skills to stay alive and discover who he really is, whilst keeping one step ahead of so many enemies.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars fast-paced adventure 20 May 2014
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    #8 in the Jason Bourne series. Bourne is again up against his old adversary Arkadin, the Russian assassin.

    Some quibbles- p.13 "mass of skeletal humanity...the chat of Hindi and Urdu" and p.16 "I won't take the bike away from you... he said in Hindi" Arkadin is in Bangalore in southern India addressing the local underclass. Only 1 in 40 speak Hindi as their mother tongue and 1 in 8 Urdu though the later has a much higher use amongst down and outs.

    P.85 "hovered now like the ravens in the Tower of London" The ravens have their wings clipped to stop them escaping, which would doom the Kingdom, therefore no hovering.

    P.103 "Diego spread his hands. I am at your service Senor Stone. he said in true Catalan style*

    Diego's father comes from Colombia and lives in Seville.with houses in Cadiz,Paris and London. I think Castillian was meant.
    P.463 Arkadin "spoke formally as if he were Catalan, rather than a Mexican" same mistake.

    P.211 has Arkadin watching scornfully at multi-million dollar yachts on an Alpine lake. Would such vessels be seen there?

    The entire passage seems to be identical with one from another Bourne novel set in Mexico or Monte Carlo, I forget which.

    P.261 "Eyeing it (Willard's resume), the receptionist smiled and said Your name?
    Wouldn't that be the first thing on the top of the page?

    P.521 "on the other hand,there had been attraction.Arkadin's three men had been neutralized"
    I think the word attrition was meant.
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    2.0 out of 5 stars Poor research leads to a poor book 14 Sept. 2010
    By A. Cresswell TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    This was amazingly disappointing for me as I'm a huge fan of the Bourne films and was hoping to engross myself immediately in the book and lose myself in the action. Unfortunately for me I hit a problem immediately in the book. The Author sets the opening in Bangalore in Southern India. Unfortunately I think the name in an Atlas is as far as he's even got. I strongly suspect his imagery and comments about the city and the squalor were all taken from either visiting Mumbai (Bombay) or seeing pictures of the same. Having worked in India for 18 months I know Bangalore and Mumbai intimately and his description of Bangalore in the book could honestly not be further from the truth. His description is bang on for Mumbai though. So what happened? I suspect the author has been to Mumbai and assumed Bangalore is the same. He set the story in Bangalore because it was once the main hub of software development and outsourcing in India. Whatever the reason ... for me the book flopped. Bangalore is a beautiful and clean city and is/was untainted by western values. Once I realised he'd not done his research I found myself unable to immerse myself in the imagery as it just kept jarring; and so, I had to put the book down. I'm also not sure why Eric Van Lustbader is using Robert Ludlum's Bourne character in a book. Anyway, just a different perspective on what has always been for me a `real-life' character unlike 007. Shame.
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    "And he did evil, because he did not prepare his heart to seek the LORD." -- 2 Chronicles 12:14 (NKJV)

    Jason Bourne (aka David Webb) still can't remember very much as the book opens, but flashbacks help direct his steps anyway. More evil characters than you can shake a stick at are aiming at using or stopping Bourne to accomplish some power- or wealth-enhancing ploy. The more interesting parts of the character development show contrasts between highly trained operatives Bourne and Arkady as the two circle one another. How will the potential for violence between them be resolved?

    The book connects deeply into earlier plots. I would discourage anyone from starting their reading of the post-Ludlum Bourne books with this one.

    I thought that the book's ending was one of the more satisfying ones in the New Bournes.

    The best parts of the book for me were the action sequences. Mr. Lustbader does those well. I could easily imagine them occurring in front of me, and the fine action descriptions helped bring the book to life for me.

    The book's biggest weakness is that many of the villains don't seem to be real. They feel more like paper targets in a target range waiting for someone to score bulls-eyes on them. Arkady is the exception. His history and menace come across quite effectively.
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