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on 5 September 2017
very good
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on 8 April 2017
despite story being different to film. gripping storytelling by Robert Ludlum
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VINE VOICEon 16 December 2004
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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on 12 June 2013
Exciting and fast paced well worth a read! So many twists and turns it always keeps you guessing! Excellent book
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VINE VOICEon 30 July 2004
I found the first two books in the Jason Bourne series quite entertaining. They were well written and clearly well researched. Ulysses they're not, but the stories kept you reading, plots intertwining with sub-plots in an imaginative and engaging manner.
Unfortunately the Bourne Ultimatum is more than a little disappointing. It starts out quite well, however one cannot shake the feeling that Robert Ludlum was either compelled by contract to produce a third book, or simply decided to cash-in by milking the idea one more time. By the time you get to the closing chapters the book has descended into surrealism, with inane twists to keep flogging the long deceased horse. By the time I finished it, I could not stop thinking that this was hacked together from rejected scripts for Hart To Hart, or some other banal tv nonsense.
If you've read the first two books in the series, its probably worth a glance, but don't expect too much.
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on 27 February 2000
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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on 30 October 2011
bought this for my husband loves these books cant put them down when starting to read likes them very much has got the whole set good reading
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on 7 September 2013
If you've read the first two, and seen the drop off in quality, follow your instincts and don't bother with this. It's amazing that they managed to rescue the third film - but they did so by the simple method of changing it more or less in its entirety.

If you haven't watched the film, do that instead of reading this (I think this is the only book about which I've ever said that).
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on 31 March 2013
This arrived in excellent condition. Would recommend seller to anyone. What can I say about this book? One and two were great but this was even better. Made a wizard film as well. Rock on Matt Damon.
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on 18 February 2013
I bought this book, as part of the first 4 of the series, as a birthday present. They are traveling around Europe with him to keep him entertained during his journeys. Good price and in perfect condition.
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