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Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Legacy (JASON BOURNE) Paperback – 3 Feb 2005

3.6 out of 5 stars 76 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (3 Feb. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752865706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752865706
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 266,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An intricate plot and cnning twists" (DAILY RECORD, 23 October) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The fourth gripping instalment in the bestselling Bourne series - 'a superspy to rival Bond' Independent

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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Oct. 2004
Format: Hardcover
If you expect a classic Robert Ludlum Jason Bourne book or a classic Eric Van Lustbader ninja delight, you will be very disappointed with this book. The Bourne Legacy doesn't fit well into either camp.
If you are willing to forget that you have ever read about Jason Bourne or anything else by Eric Van Lustbader, you will probably find this to be a relatively pleasing page-turner of an action novel.
The book shifts in a number of ways from the prior ones. First, this Jason Bourne is always reacting . . . and a little too late. Second, he's vulnerable both physically and emotionally. Third, he unrealistically recovers form serious injury time and time again to take even more abuse. He's sort of like a silly putty man in that sense. You toss him away and he bounces back quickly. Fourth, his long-time co-characters all but disappear. Fifth, an important new character is introduced, Khan, whom you will probably either like a lot of hate a lot. I leave it to you to decide.
Clearly, this book looks like it is intended to launch a whole series of novels based on the events in it. If you think you might like to see an action hero develop in a different way, give the book a try. If you want more of what you've had in the past, avoid this book.
Good hunting!
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This really is awful. I just can't understand how Eric Van Lustbader could've done this so badly, surely he must've read the other Bourne books before he wrote this...
In this book, Bourne (who should be about 60) is able to pull off amazing feats, such as jumping from a motorcycle to a truck going in opposite directions. The entire character of Bourne is different to the character in the original trilogy.
Read the others (which really are all fantastic books), and just forget this.
This isn't a continuation of the Bourne series, it's just tripe.
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A very entertaining read but it should not really be looked upon as a genuine sequel to the original Bourne books. Lustbader seems to have forgotten that Bourne will now be a sixty plus year old man. It is also a pity that the main characters of the original books have been completely ignored and new contacts for Bourne seem to have emerged from his previously forgotten past.
Having said this, the book, if read apart from the originals, is a very good plot twisting thriller and if you have only seen the films and not read the original books then it is highly recommended. If you have, however, read the books then please do not expect this to be a genuine follow on.
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I bought this book having hugely enjoyed the earlier Bourne novels. Whilst I finished this book I was several times tempted to bin it and give up. The plot was pathetic, unrealistic and predictable. Bourne has turned into an emotionally incontinent wimp and the story had none of the depth and imagination of the Ludlum books.
Avoid it like the plague if you are a fan of the original books.
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I was a bit worried that when I bought this it was gonna be bad and boy was I right. Its a shameless cash-in on the previous books and the the movies, and tarnished what was one of the best thrillers series ever written. Its hard to know where to begin - firstly Jason Bourne fans wont recognise Eric VL's Jason Bourne - everything he does seems to be down to luck. The combat scenes are terrible - doubly so coming from the man who wrote the Ninja books. The author never manages create a single moment of emotion, whether its tension or excitement.
Marie doesnt make a appearance neither do any of the other central characters that make up the bourne universerve. The prose is turgid and makes you glad to get to the end.
In short this is a terrible cash in from an author who should have known better and whose best writing is obviously years in the past. Avoid.
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In two words, don't bother. I picked this up having seen ROBERT LUDLUM on the front cover, a closer look spells out what it really is - LUDLUM'S! This peice of tripe does not deserve to be in the Bourne series. The first two are great and made me want to read all Ludlum had done, the third disappointed but is still worth reading for fans.
Lustbader's writing style is no comparison to Ludlum, was he trying to emulate the style of the previous three? was he trying to copy it or mix it with his own? I got a third of the way through the book and just couldn't be bothered with the rest. This is why it doesn't deserve the Ludlum name on the front.
Don't bother buying it, it is truly awful.
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Oct. 2004
Format: Paperback
If you expect a classic Robert Ludlum Jason Bourne book or a classic Eric Van Lustbader ninja delight, you will be very disappointed with this book. The Bourne Legacy doesn't fit well into either camp.
If you are willing to forget that you have ever read about Jason Bourne or anything else by Eric Van Lustbader, you will probably find this to be a relatively pleasing page-turner of an action novel.
The book shifts in a number of ways from the prior ones. First, this Jason Bourne is always reacting . . . and a little too late. Second, he's vulnerable both physically and emotionally. Third, he unrealistically recovers form serious injury time and time again to take even more abuse. He's sort of like a silly putty man in that sense. You toss him away and he bounces back quickly. Fourth, his long-time co-characters all but disappear. Fifth, an important new character is introduced, Khan, whom you will probably either like a lot of hate a lot. I leave it to you to decide.
Clearly, this book looks like it is intended to launch a whole series of novels based on the events in it. If you think you might like to see an action hero develop in a different way, give the book a try. If you want more of what you've had in the past, avoid this book.
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