The Bourne Objective

Title:                  The Bourne Objective

Author:                Eric Van Lustbader

Van Lustbader, Eric (2010). The Bourne Objective. New York: Grand Central Publishing

LCCN:    2009051964

PS3562.U752R645 2010


Date Updated:  May 4, 2015

Readers were first introduced to Jason Bourne’s nemesis Leonid Arkadin, a brilliant Russian assassin and fearless international mercenary, in The Bourne Sanction. His girlfriend was killed during a fight for which an enraged Arkadin blames Bourne. In The Bourne Deception, Arkadin hunted Bourne to take revenge and kill him. Bourne, in a fight for his life, learned that Arkadin’s skills mirror Jason’s because he received the same original CIA Treadstone training. Now, in The Bourne Objective, Jason will turn the tables and target Arkadin. Hunter will become hunted. But revenge can cause great psychological devastation. Has this become too personal for Bourne? Will this hunt be Bourne’s downfall?

The name, Bourne, and of course Robert Ludlum, will automatically sell to readers. However, to me, Van Lustbader, the author continuing the series begun by Ludlum, is no Ludlum. The characters are there, the back story is there, but it rings like a lead bell as far as I am concerned. It’s that fourth dimension a really good mystery writer brings, that made Ludlum’s books so good. This one just isn’t up to my expectations.

Victory and Honor

Title:                  Victory and Honor

Author:                 W. E. B. Griffin

Griffin, W. E. B. (2011) and William E. Butterworth IV. Victory and Honor: An Honor Bound Novel. New York: Penguin.

ISBN: 978-0399157554

PS3557.R489137V52 2011

Acquired:                            2012

Finished Reading:            June 2, 2012

We pick up Cletus Frade’s story. World War II is almost at an end, and is over in Europe. Just weeks after Hitler’s suicide, Frade and his colleagues in the OSS find themselves up to their necks in battles every bit as fierce as the ones just ended. The first is political – the very survival of the OSS, with every department from Treasury to War to the FBI grabbing for its covert agents and assets. The second is on a much grander scale-the possible next world war, against Joe Stalin and his voracious ambitions. To get a jump on the latter, Frade has been conducting a secret operation, one of great daring-and great danger-but to conduct it and not be discovered, he and his men must walk a perilously dark line. One slip, and everyone becomes a casualty of war