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The Bourne Ultimatum [Unknown Binding]

Robert Ludlum
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: London: Grafton, 1990 (1990)
  • ASIN: B003ULZIYO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Up To The Usual Standards 16 Dec 2004
By J. E. Parry VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Following the successful Matt Damon films, based loosely on the first 2 novels, we have a reissue of the third. Do not expect the story that appeared in the films. They have been updated and reinvented and only loosely follow the books.
This third book finds Bourne again on the trail of the Jackal and follows him from the Caribbean to France and to Russia. It introduces the new Medusa organisation that has known mutated from a Vietnam assassination squad to a corporate octopus taking over companies across the world. The two strands are intertwined to add to the basic storyline.
The book does run out of steam. You get the idea that good editing could have removed about a third of the book. Carlos makes escapes that are clearly there to extend the story. You get the feeling that Ludlum was being paid by the page or word in some respects.
However this is still a good, if over long, thriller that does hit the right spots. However, compared to the other books, you do come away feeling unfulfilled. As his career progressed you felt that Ludlum sometimes revisited previous stories and wrote sequels to satisfy the fans. Sometimes this was not the wisest move and this is one on them.
Definitely one for the fans but new readers should read the first two.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Well, what can I say. I thought that perhaps after Identity and Supremacy, this might be taking the format of Bourne too far, but Ludlum has outdone himself with this one. The plot grabs you by the throat and drags you along at breakneck speed, and the twists and turns in the novel are enough to keep even the most experienced thriller readers guessing. One word of warning though; it would be advisable to read The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy first - if you don't you will still understand the book, and enjoy it, but to enhance your enjoyment I would recommend that you read these two books first.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This was not a great book and at times I found it to be fairly tedious. The plot is an ideal example of the term "half baked".

I hate skipping passages but this book encouraged the practice. I think it is unnecessarily long and could have been edited, to both benefit the book and the reader, by at least a one third reduction. And a little more effort into some original plot pieces wouldn't go amiss while the editor was at it.

I also felt the author was "going through the motions" by squeezing a bit more out of his Jason Bourne character. A final showdown with "The Jackal" that became more than a little preposterous. It was predictable, drudgery and I just wanted it to end in the way we all knew it would - just for it to come quicker!

I must say that there were some interesting and likeable characters - I was taken by the ex-Deuxieme Bureau character in Paris and the KGB character that helped our hero in Moscow. However, to counter this observation, I could have cheerfully strangled the brother-in-law and I do not think there would be a short queue for the honour. What an annoying waste of space. Talking of which there were a number of characters introduced that really didn't seem to help the story.

I have read better books by this author and believe me this one took some time to read - all in all - I cannot recommend it, sorry.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, final episode of Jason Bourne 27 Feb 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Bourne has settled down when he is dragged out of retirement by a seemingly random killing. As friend turns to foe he must put together the peices quickly, as the Jackal is still alive and wants revenge. From America to Cuba to Moscow the chase continues, and Medusa still exists, and has an agenda of its own. As the Jackal and the creation designed to kill him battle it out, there can only be one winner. If you have read either "the bourne identity" or "the bourne supremacy" then you must read this. If you haven't then read it anyway, the plot will still make sense.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bourne again... 10 Nov 2007
Format:Paperback
The first book of the trilogy (Identity) is by far the best, and the associated films a disappointment with little to do with the books. This book is good if you enjoyed the first two books, and is a better read than the second. Medusa comes back to life in a new form, and the plots and twists take us to Paris to meet the Jackal, the States and islands to fight off the Mafia, plus most of Europe finally to Russia to the KGB and the "birthplace" of the Jackal. Conklin, Panov are very much part of the Webb family. If anything the story is a bit far fetched, but quite fun and a bit of a send up in a James Bond type style of latter films. The first book was much more worrying and realistic in terms of what the USA intelligence service could get up compared to this book which is more obviously in a fantasy world. I did enjoy it but would find it difficult to understand the background without reading the first novel. Worth reading if you have read the first two, and interest maintained through out the 700+ pages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars long winded. 11 April 2011
Format:Paperback
Mr. Ludlum cannot use one word where several will do. Over 700 pages could easily be reduced to 300 - 400 to create a far better and more readable book. Not his best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Come back Matt Damon, all is forgiven 30 May 2011
Format:Paperback
What do you look for in a thriller? A plot with some slight pretensions of credibility? Forget it. This book can not summon the energy even to pretend that it is more than a puerile wish-fulfillment fantasy.

How about credible characters, speaking authentic dialogue? Forget that too. The characters are never more than plot devices, and their dialogue is literally unspeakable. A man wants to tell another man that someone has proved untrustworthy, and does so by saying this: "His august persona - as in Caesar Augustus - should be trashed. Slippery intellectuality aside, he's a whore. He had promise once, more than I let him know, but he let it all go by the boards in a flamboyant quest for his own personal grail." I repeat, that's supposed to be a character speaking in a conversation.

All right, what about basic writing? You know, beginner-level stuff, economy, elegance, precision, show me don't tell me, that kind of thing? All absent. The author's motto seems to be "More is Better". Adjectives are his favourite: "...her tanned, dark-haired, handsome younger brother...", long after we have been introduced to him and formed a mental picture of him, is typical. Characters never "say" when they can "explode", "announce", "whisper", "intone" and so on, always a giveaway for lazy writing.

Pace? My copy is 725 pages long. There is enough material here for about 300, which is coincidentally as far as I got before deciding that life is too short for trash like this. The Bourne franchise is one of those unusual cases where the films are better - much better - than the books. What a pity there is no zero-star rating. Sufficient warning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As described, would purchase again.
Published 1 day ago by fgp
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good read
Published 6 days ago by Mrs B S Brady
2.0 out of 5 stars The Bourne Disappointment
To be honest I was disappointed with this one. I felt like finishing it - and the original trilogy - was an obligation after only a few pages. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tony Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Great read couldn't put it down really enjoyed these first Bourne books, got to carry on the rest of the series
Published 3 months ago by jamie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Enjoyed this one of the Bourne sagas although a bit convoluted at times, so struggled to always follow plot. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and at edge of the seat, but long winded at times.
I did enjoy this book, but as one of the lines at the end say "why use multiple words when one will do" which does make certain sections long winded and slightly hard going, but... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Alison Daniels-Wright
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Not in the same league as the Bourne Identity or Supremacy. Too many twists and turns for my liking. Bourne sometimes comes across as a total walking disaster area.
Published 8 months ago by Doug
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This novel ,I found hard to put down,it was quite enthralling. The ending edge ot the seat gripping. Great read
Published 9 months ago by malcolm hayes
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the 2nd book
I enjoyed the first book, really disliked the 2nd and was not looking forward to the 3rd. But I got into this one quicker than the 2nd one and did find it gripping in parts. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Galning
3.0 out of 5 stars Bourne ultimatum
Not as good as first two. Bourne's actions and decisions not as calculated and plausable as in first two books. Still a good
Read though.
Published 11 months ago by A. Spiers
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