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  • Paperback: 574 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (6 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752858548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752858548
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 4.2 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 516,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After a successful career in the theatre, Robert Ludlum launched his career as a bestselling writer with The Scarlatti Inheritance in 1971, the first of 22 consecutive international bestsellers. Robert sadly passed away in March 2001.


Here are the Bourne Novels in series order:

The Bourne Identity
The Bourne Supremacy
The Bourne Ultimatum
The Bourne Legacy (Eric Van Lustbader)
The Bourne Betrayal (Eric Van Lustbader)
The Bourne Sanction (Eric Van Lustbader)
The Bourne Deception (Eric Van Lustbader)
The Bourne Objective (Eric Van Lustbader)

Covert One series:

The Altman Code (with Gale Lynds)
The Lazarus Vendetta (Patrick Larkin)
The Moscow Vector (Patrick Larkin)

Other novels:

The Scarlatti Inheritance
The Osterman Weekend
The Matlock Paper
Trevayne
The Cry of the Halidon
The Rhinemann Exchange
The Road to Gandolfo
The Gemini Contenders
The Chancellor Manuscript
The Matarese Circle
The Holcroft Covenant
The Parsifal Mosaic
The Aquitaine Progression
The Icarus Agenda
The Road to Omaha
The Scorpio Illusion
The Apocalypse Watch
The Matarese Countdown
The Prometheus Deception
The Sigma Protocol
The Janson Directive
The Tristan Betrayal
The Ambler Warning
The Bancroft Strategy

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"Probably the best modern spy thriller I have ever read. I love Ludlum's stuff because he challenges you from the first page." -- Pete Waterman (DAILY EXPRESS)

Book Description

He has no past. And he may not have a future...The first in the Jason Bourne series from internationally bestselling author Robert Ludlum: 'the world's most read writer' GQ

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Paris, 10 July - France expelled three high-ranking Cuban diplomats today in connection with the world-wide search for a man called Carlos, who is believed to be an important link in an international terrorist network. Read the first page
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Lee on 8 Nov 2002
Format: Paperback
I bought this book after having watched the movie and having finished it in a matter of 3 days I can say the two bear little resemblance save for names and a title. Robert Ludlum is a master at his craft and this book is riveting. His attention to detail shows in every paragraph he writes. Jason Bourne is found, drifting at sea, shot 4 times and near death, with no memory of who or what he is. His voyage of discovery takes him to Zurich, via Paris and finally to the States, all the time discovering just a little bit more about the man he 'thinks' he is - or rather, the man everyone else thinks he is. This book is packed with action, some romance and enough close-calls to keep you on the edge of your seat.
If you've seen the movie, go out and get this book to see what the real thing is like - there's just no comparison between the two.
A highly-intelligent, spellbinding read that will have you back at the bookstore in no time buying everything else this man has ever written.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Curns VINE VOICE on 5 Jan 2003
Format: Paperback
There is a cliché that says a book is a real page turner and it certainly applies to this book. I picked it up because I loved the film and I imagined the book would be just as good. The novel, however, leaves the film standing. Don't expect a movie tie-in because this is certainly not that. Jason Bourne is found floating in the ocean and that's about where the similarity starts and finishes. Some great scenes in Zurich and Paris are the only other resemblances to the film.
I'd never read a Robert Ludlum book before but this has me searching for the next. It's written at a pace that keeps you hooked, the story is much more complex than the film and the characterisation and plot is a joy to read. I was hooked to the very last page.
On the downside, if you have seen the film one of the crucial story twists is known to you. If you haven't seen the movie - read the book first for this is how a thriller should read.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Aug 2005
Format: Paperback
I too, like many people have offered reviews, saw the film before i read the book. After being pleasantly satisfied with what hollywood had to offer i was sceptical as to what the book could offer that the film hadn't already...
It took only the first few chapters for that scepticism to wash away, much like Bourne's limp body in the opening of both book and film. This book offer's more depth, twists, morale dilemmas, teasing questions, and surprising answers than the film could ever have done, even if it were to run for abother 10 hours. I ask you, in dilluded confusion, where was Carlos in the film? The most gripping, intriguing and heartwarming elements of the story are elated from the film for absolutely no reason!
"Bourne's" history is, in itself an intruguin story of loss and dealing with it, and the knock on effect leading to the pier in Marsaille is just bewildering.
The depth and detail of which Ludlum presents for Carlos' army of old men, and the tedious encounters around the analyst's conference room in the 'mighty' USA CIA headquarters, lend a delightful and delicate intricacy to a world unknown to all that read. Every strategic decision Bourne makes, based on his training, lends a new dimension to the stereotpyically 'Muscle-bound' world, that we so readily associate (through hollywood, i presume) to a spy.
Now for my complaints, of which i only have one:
Ludlum hints at the identity of a 'certain character' to be significant and, at the very least, surprising... Why was this abandoned?
Ludlum is, without doubt, the most accomplished Spy thriller writer of this century, and The Bourne Identity is his finest work.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Feb 2006
Format: Unbound
Gripping and thought-provoking thriller, but only if you like to think! Mindless readers should not attempt this intricate story of an amnesiac who tracks down his own history from clues he doesn't even realise he's picked up, efficiently surviving asassination attempts without knowing why "they" are out to get him, or how he acquired these deadly skills. Those who found the film differing wildly from the plot of the book should track down the original film starring Richard Chamberlain and Jaclyn Smith, far superior to the latest Matt Damon scramble.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Van Der Made on 21 Nov 2002
Format: Paperback
I've read quite some spy novels but this novel is absolutly a leage on it's own. The story is one where every page keeps giving the reader new developments or a hint to keep you flipping pages until the end of the book.
Jason Bourne has no clue who he is as he drifted on a beach wounded almost fataly.A doctor works on his healing process and he slowly starts reagaining some small clues about who he was. Some clues he gets are a bank account, his ability to dis and reasemble weapons. After a few months he is ready to leave and goes to Marsielle. From this point in the book and onwards the story build and builds until the end. I won't give you more hints on the contents but the revalations and speed of the story are astonishing. An absolute must for the spy novel fan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. I. Garforth on 4 July 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Robert Ludlum sets, in this book, the tone and pace right off the bat. The story rips along, the plot is a cracking page-turner, the pace is almost eye-watering. And yet... And yet, what? In the analysis, in the end, you kind of get the feeling that that's EXACTLY where it's at for Robert Ludlum. He's an action man. He's falling over himself to carry you to the point where he can tell you about the next broken bone. Or gun shot. Or car chase.

And that's great, but there's something about his style where - and maybe it's just something from a bygone age - but it just hasn't aged that well. I enjoyed this book, I really did. I just think there were too many missed opportunities - too much missed about moral question marks, too much 'blind faith' and love in adversity. Too many, bizarrely, introspection in italics. The spooks are conveniently just slightly incompetent, and yet somehow worthily blameless. Really? They do some pretty dark stuff, and I want them to be held to account. Bourne does some pretty dark stuff, yet kind of waltzes through it. The bad guy doesn't seem to do THAT much dark, and yet it doesn't come across as satisfyingly complex as I'm making it sound.

Nice try. But not quite...
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