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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't come in yet, number 8
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...
Published on 7 Jun 2010 by Michael Watson

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3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy reading
This book took a lot of concentration to read. The identity of the characters was confusing as most had a Russian name with a lot
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't come in yet, number 8, 7 Jun 2010
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Michael Watson "skirrow22" (Halifax, England) - See all my reviews
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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. The author writes a great action thriller, very much in the vein of Robert Ludlum but certainly in his own inimitable style. Helped along the way by some marvellous films, there is no let up in Bourne's popularity and this book will do it no harm, either. With such a long list of characters, it can, at times, become a little confusing, especially when there are several global scene changes within the same chapter but don't let this put you off. There's a breath-taking finale which makes all the earlier roller-coaster pages so worthwhile; I'm sure you'll be impatient for book 9, to say the least.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bourne Objective, 1 Mar 2011
The latest in the Bourne series is another fantastic edition in the books of our new favourite Spy.Refering back to previous books occasionally,it keeps the story rolling out of the Jason Bourne verses the baddies,in this instance his old adversary Arkadin !
With some fellow friends to aide him,he gets enrolled into his usual antics,with brilliant twists and turns in the usual Bourne manner to make yet another MUST HAVE book.Quite simply,SUPERB !!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 9 July 2014
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Bourne should have been killed by now, 9 April 2014
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Bill Lismore "ken01lis" (welling kent) - See all my reviews
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Now come on nobody gets wounded so many times and is up and running again within days !!! Something has to give
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, 15 Mar 2014
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this book is very good but a bit complicated swiching from one area to another, you tend to wonder where you are in the storiat some point
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3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy reading, 3 Nov 2013
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This book took a lot of concentration to read. The identity of the characters was confusing as most had a Russian name with a lot
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5.0 out of 5 stars Action and great storyline, 25 Oct 2013
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I love these books and have got the whole series. Action, intrigue and just great story telling, what more could you want?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bourne to please, 21 Oct 2013
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The plots are much the same - only the names are changed to protect the innocent - but this is as good a read as the others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must for Bourne fans, 5 Sep 2013
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Complex with all the characters which requires reflection but it as good and enthralling as the 7 before it about to begin the next. Enjoy.
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