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.


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