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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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read! 26 Nov 2002
By T. Richards VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Scenario...you are on holiday to California, from London Heathrow, and your literary resources are exhausted! What do you do?
Buy this of course! It's awesome!!! I'd never heard of Robert Ludlum before this, so I wrote it off as another boring novel produced by some obscure author, as soonas my dad handed over the money.
I think that two thankyous are in order - one to my dad for buying me the book in the first place, and two, to Robert Ludlum for writing this engrossing masterpeice!
If you're a fan of Tom Clancy, you won't be dissapointed! Being a teenager, who plays lots of PC games, you could probably imagine it. I'm one of those that loves stories to do with assassination, complicated political plots, and plenty of action! Robert Ludlum is so descriptive about what goes on when David Webb's wife, Marie, is kidnapped in Hong Kong. Being an assassin, he must fight to find out where his wife is, and who brutally murdered the Chinese Vice-Premier in a Kowloon restaurant!
The book is well written, and I wished that I had read its prequel, The Bourne Identity, which is now a very good film.
If action, politics and conspiracies are your thing, then this is a definite addition to your christmas wish list. I, for one, am adding the other two books, before and after, to mine, and the chances are, that i'll end up getiing a whole lot more of Robert Ludlum's books.
For all of the Tom Clancy fans out there, this is guaranteed to impress you, as well as many others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hands down the best spy thriller ever written 16 Aug 2012
Format:Paperback
Robert Ludlum's classic trilogy of novels about the legendary spy Jason Bourne and the Matt Damon films adapted from them stand slightly independent of each other. Ludlum started writing them in 1980 with Vietnam still fresh in the memory and the cold war still frostily raging. The films wisely updated the details to the twenty-first century, but retained Bourne's lethal nature and fractured memory, as well as the breathless intensity of the novels. The Bourne Identity novel and film still have relatively similar plot lines; by comparison, the novel and film of The Bourne Supremacy are totally different stories. This adds to the pleasure if you're a fan of the films trying out the books - you are in for no end of surprises, and a hell of a lot of thrills and entertainment.

It is the mid 1980s and after the events of The Bourne Identity, the man who was Jason Bourne is living under his real name of David Webb, in quiet anonymity with a job at a university. He is gradually healing from the mental and physical trauma of the past and married to Marie, the woman he met in the course of the first novel. We know that he was a highly dangerous covert operative during Vietnam, and later adopted the role of Jason Bourne to counter the lethal enemy assassin Carlos The Jackal (the real version of whom was still at large when this book was released). In the background, The People's Republic of China is making its first moves to secure control of the capitalist markets of Hong Kong, under the camouflage of its Communist regime. And a man posing as Jason Bourne is carrying out daring assassinations in Asia, where Bourne was first seen and is still feared.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A book of two halves 17 April 2009
Format:Paperback
I must admit that it's been a couple of years since I read the first of the Bourne series, and as such found it quite difficult to get into this one. There's not much of a synopsis of the first book, and I had to resort to Google-ing for a plot summary to remember what had happened and who the characters were. The first third of the book takes a great deal of patience to get through. It suffers from some Clancy-esque long-windedness, but I think the fundamental problem is that it has dated somewhat, making some of the plot seem somewhat foolish to a modern reader. It took me a lot longer to get through the first part of the book than normal as I couldn't read more than a chapter or two without getting bored. However, as the plot progresses it becomes an enjoyable and much easier read, building to an exciting climax. If you enjoyed the first book I would recommend it, but not sure if I will now progress to the third in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 17 July 2013
By James
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Bourne series was first seen as a film version but having now read the first two novels in the series I find that there is so much more to enjoy in reading the full story and using my own imagination.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great books 22 May 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a great book that carries on the brilliant story of Jason Bourne. I am a big fan of these books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 5 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A truly gripping read filled with action and intrigue. Robert Ludlum makes you feel as though you are actually there witnessing the story as it unfolds.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bourne to be riled 5 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
When I picked up my copy of 'The Bourne Supremacy' I was surprised to learn it was written back in the 80s. I suppose I assumed it was more contemporary based on the namesake films but if I was worried the story had dated, well I soon got over that. The action kicks off from the very start and scarcely lets up, but Ludlum doesn't skimp on detail where it supports the narrative. There's plenty of humour too, and the book fairly raced along. The plot is simple enough to be accessible without too much head scratching over who and why, and although the secondary characters being their lives thinly written, there's time as the story unfolds to flesh them out a tad. If you can suspend your disbelief and lose yourself in the action you will enjoy this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
Classic Saga and everything I would expect from a writer like Ludlum. Highly recommended.
Published 1 month ago by 247uk2014
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have
A must have if you are into the character. Having seen and thoroughly enjoyed the film(s), I thought I would try the books and excellent is the only way to describe these, they... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. PE Scrivens
3.0 out of 5 stars Going downhill
I've just read Bourne 1 and followed it up soon after with 2.....which I found quite tedious going from about halfway through. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Galning
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of intrigue to the end
This is the second book in the Bourne series. If you've watched the films, then forget them. The films are good in their own right but they are nothing like the books, and this... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Betseylee
5.0 out of 5 stars Bourne Supremacy
I have enjoyed the movies and felt that I should read the books. And while the movie is one of my favourites the book is better. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Greg B
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Bought this as a gift, husband loves the ongoing saga of Bourne and said that he was not disappointed with this read
Published 11 months ago by Julie Johnstone
2.0 out of 5 stars Going downhill rapidly
If you're thinking of reading this after watching the film, you'll be surprised how different it is - and the differences are all in favour of the film. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Bourne is not Superman
The films were much better. Bourne being classed as a man who no one can touch doesnt make it plausible
Published 13 months ago by Merewoodman
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I love all of the Bourne stories, they drag you in and you want to be there with them, well written and it is full of action where you are almost shouting at the characters in the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Christine Vanhorn-Payne
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the film
Not sure if anybody read the book before making the film, they were a million miles apart. This was better than the film and the film was great!!
Published 17 months ago by David F
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