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on 7 August 2017
Good book
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on 24 April 2017
Poorly written potboiler
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on 4 June 2017
Good read
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on 21 May 2017
arrived ontime did as promised.
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on 3 November 2015
I am enjoying these van Lustbader run on's from the original Ludlum books. I am sure if Ludlum was still alive and writing them they wouldn't be much different at all. High octane thriller as always.
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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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on 13 July 2017
The change of pen is evident, though, I have to give merit to Van Lustbader for trying to approach Ludlum in so many small details (for example, the use of swear words, though not so excessively). But the difference is there. Van Lustbader’s writing is much more tidy, but devoid of the madness that Ludlum gave to his characters and made them fragile, fallible, and hence human. This new Jason Bourne is much more clear headed and controlled. One can take as a pretext the passing of time and a greater maturity of the character, who seems to keep control of his psychosis, but there are aspects that a reader, accustomed to the protagonist of the old trilogy, does miss. Although Bourne mentions the existence of a dual personality within himself, I couldn’t see it. There is no trace in the book of the continuous struggle between Jason Bourne and David Webb in his mind, often full of bickering.
This new, indestructible Jason Bourne reminds me of that of the movies and has nothing to do with the man who continued to live on the brink of failure, both physically and mentally, seen in Ludlum’s books.
I must say that, especially at the beginning, this lack has diminished my involvement in the character’s vicissitudes, until an essential element of the plot was brought to light (the title comes from it). From that point on, Van Lustbader played his cards well in digging into the psychology of the character and in his interaction with his “heir”, pushing me to continue reading and stirring up the pleasure of waiting for the moment when I would read again.
I didn’t like the total absence of Marie, who was only mentioned, while in the old trilogy she was a crucial character in the evolution of the protagonist.
Compared to Ludlum’s books, where I never knew what would happen on the next page, Van Lustbader’s story is quite predictable for those who have a bit of experience in action stories. The fact of following a certain natural pattern of evolution of the story is not a demerit in itself, but, compared to Ludlum’s undisciplined prose, Van Lustbader’s one suffers badly.
Rather, I don’t understand the need in such a well-constructed book to use mean tricks like breaking a scene between two chapters. Every single scene is so well written and arouses such curiosity that there is no need to force the reader not to stop at the end of a chapter.
The last part of the book is perfect, to say the least, as it merges introspection (of all characters) and action in a balanced and engaging way. What a shame Bourne makes an inconsistent choice towards the end, that is, not telling anything to his wife. This is totally out of character. But on the other hand, the fact that he thinks so little about his wife in all the novel, while she was constantly the centre of his thoughts in the trilogy, pushes him away from Ludlum’s Bourne, making him once again less human.
And even the choice made by his “heir” is not sufficiently motivated: it is just a pretext to leave the situation pending.
The epilogue has an open ending, as you would expect, which gives hope for the following novels. This, together with the virtual perfection of the last chapters, especially on the emotional level, has pushed me to give the book five stars, despite its defects, proving once more that the ending of a book has a huge influence on the reader’s opinion.

Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli, author of Kindred Intentions
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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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on 7 April 2006
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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on 14 December 2005
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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