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Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Objective (JASON BOURNE) Paperback – 3 Feb 2011
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High energy action is the name of the game here, bursting with the kind of narrative propulsion that made Ludlum's thrillers such fun thorughout his long career. (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)
Bourne fans will enjoy it immensely. Exciting reading throughout. (TELEGRAPH & ARGUS)
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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.
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.