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on 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.