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The man Jason Bourne fishes out of the freezing sea is near death, half-drowned and bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound. He awakens with no memory of who he is or why he was shot-and Bourne is eerily reminded of his own amnesia. Then Bourne discovers that the Mossad agent named Rebeka is so determined to find this injured man that she has gone off the grid, cut her tieThe man Jason Bourne fishes out of the freezing sea is near death, half-drowned and bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound. He awakens with no memory of who he is or why he was shot-and Bourne is eerily reminded of his own amnesia. Then Bourne discovers that the Mossad agent named Rebeka is so determined to find this injured man that she has gone off the grid, cut her ties to her agency, and is now being stalked by Mossad's most feared killer. Do the answers to these mysteries lie back in southeast Lebanon, in a secret encampment to which Bourne and Rebeka escaped following a firefight weeks ago?The complex trail links to the mission given to Treadstone directors Peter Marks and Soraya Moore: find the semi-mythic terrorist assassin known as Nicodemo.In the course of Bourne's desperate, deadly search for a secret that will alter the future of the entire world, he will experience both triumph and loss, and his life will never be the same.Now everything turns on the amnesiac. Bourne must learn his identity and purpose before both he and Rebeka are killed. From Stockholm to Washington, D.C., from Mexico City to Beijing, the web of lies and betrayals extends into a worldwide conspiracy of monumental proportions....

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The Bourne Imperative Reviews

  • B.R. Stateham
    2019-05-02 05:37

    While I like the Bourne series I have to confess the character is beginning to wear thin on me. Wear thin in that he's becoming two deminsional. He travels all over the world. He speaks every language known to man. He wins all his fights. And he absorbs more punishment that a krypton-clad Superman---and still keeps on ticking like a Timex!!How about less mindless action and more story? More suspense. A real puzzler to win with sudden jabbing nightmarish flashes of searing action interspersed within the read? THAT would be refreshing!

  • Kathleen
    2019-04-30 07:39

    This action-packed thriller is the latest in the popular series starring Jason Bourne, a black ops agent whose identity as a spy has obliterated his recollection of who he really is. This is the tenth book in the series; the first three were written by Robert Ludlum himself before his death in 2001.Jason Bourne has enemies not just because of his position in world of spies, counter-spies and international crime, but personal ones. Throughout the years he has made enemies in every aspect of criminal and terrorist underworlds in a long list of nations around the world. The “myth” of Jason Bourne -- a ruthless agent who will kill anyone to accomplish his goals, is a creation of a top secret agency of US Special Forces. The Bourne Imperative begins when Jason Bourne fishes a man, half-frozen, out of a lake in Sweden. The man initially suffers from amnesia, but as he regains his memory, it is clear that he has been sent by his superiors against Bourne.The action moves from Sweden to the Middle East to Gibraltar and Paris and to the US and Mexico and back again, as the threads of action-packed narrative move toward a conclusion that can only result in someone’s death. The crux of the matter may be $30 million destined for a drug cartel in Mexico, or is that only part of the problem? An arm of the CIA called Treadstone, designed to carry out dangerous and top secret operations, maintains a network of agents who ostensibly work for the same goals as Bourne, but both loyalties and resentments that go back many years often obscure their motivations. Bourne’s world is one where anything can be done, if you are unscrupulous enough and know the right people. The unrelenting action in the novel clearly show how this series has become so popular both in print and on the screen. (Review published in Suspense Magazine)

  • Jackie
    2019-05-14 09:35

    Like lots of people, I've long been a fan of the Jason Bourne series. And when Mr. Ludlum died, I thought we had lost a fine novelist. His vocabulary was impressive.Van Lustbader has never been my favorite author. The previous Jason Bourne adventure he penned surprised me: I liked it. Then came this one. And I was again disappointed. Mr. Van Lustbader trades a decent vocabulary for the constant and completely unnecessary use of the famed "f" word. It isn't pleasant reading. Add to that a book that seemed never-ending with all the various plot complications and a huge cast of characters and I found myself just racing through the book just to get to the end. I kept hoping it would get better. Now I regret having spent so much time on such a mediocre read when I could have been reading something engrossing, or thrilling or just plain good. I guessing that next time I come across a Van Lustbader book - Jason Bourne or not - I will think twice before plucking it off the shelf. He's an over-rated writer.

  • Mr. Gottshalk
    2019-04-23 11:50

    There were parts of this book that I really got into: some of the action sequences, Bourne, his allies, the villains, the robust settings from Sweden to Mexico City to Lebanon, and then there was the other 2/3 of the novel. It seems like the author felt the need to have so many characters double-cross each other because Robert Ludlum would've approved. But there comes a point when too much is just too much. I have been a sucker for the Bourne series going back to the original trilogy, but the continuation of him in these books needs to sharpen up or I'm out.

  • Christine
    2019-05-10 11:33

    Sadly...not impressed. Does anyone know of an author that can write a great spy novel/political thriller that knows how to write without using the F-word every few pages? Help me out here. I'm having a hard time finding them.

  • Matthew West
    2019-05-19 12:46

    Horribly convoluted, poorly written attempt at a spy novel. Utterly unreadable.I had never heard of Van Lustbader when I picked this up, I was mainly drawn by the Bourne product name which usually guarantees quality in my experience of the Ludlum works. Lustbader has vainly attempted to appeal to the short attention spans of a younger audience though lacks any real story-telling panache, consistently offering one and two (sometimes three) page scenes that cause the story to stop-and-start, not ebb and flow. Several characters and several strands of the plot are introduced simultaneously and subsequently abandoned in subsequent chapters, which can be confusing. Add to this mix the fact that Van Lustbader can't write much better than Matthew Reilly and the book starts to snowball into a massive failure. There is not one scene in the novel that will inspire or excite you. It feels drab and dull. The plain, dry writing style fails to grab you and combined with the convoluted plot I lost interest very quickly. The constantly changing perspectives don't give time for any exposition and scenes are rushed to the finish, causing characters to appear very one dimensional. I sure didn't see any of Robert Ludlum's Bourne in this novel. Just a cardboard-cutout hero who mentions elements of previous (better) Bourne novels to remind the reader who he is. His dialogue is sparse, uninvolving. His sidekicks are given no backstory or exposition. Poor writing and plotting aside, Van Lustbader is simply not cut out as an action writer. His perception of espionage operating procedures is childish and cliched, especially his depiction of women as little more than typical femme-fatale assassins. Set pieces fizzle and aren't exciting in the slightest, failing to effectively get the adrenaline going and feeling as if they go on for hours. He also has an over-reliance on extraordinary coincidences and "magic", assuming that nobody can hide from a spy killer anywhere in the world and never offering any explanation for why the bad guys show up and how they managed to follow Bourne and his lackeys halfway around the world with no trail to go on. I gave up at around page 100, see if you can do better.It's amateur hour at it's best. Pick your cliche. Re-read an old Ludlum novel instead.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-30 06:23

    I like the Bourne movies, but I've never been able to get past the first few chapters of the third book. I think it's probably because those first few books are awfully dated (and the movies stray so far from them that they're hardly similar any more), and I was hoping that even though I hadn't read the books between this one and those first few that I might like it better. I think I did, though there are definitely things I was missing because I didn't know the recent history of the characters. I think I like Lustbader's style better than Ludlum's, though I'd be hard pressed to mention the differences. This is an action book, through and through. You'll find political drama, a lot of whodunit (there's another character with amnesia, after all), some romance, and not a little cheesy dialogue. The settings range all over the world, and there are some gritty, ugly places that Bourne and his fellow spies have to deal with. Quite a few people betray others, and there are deaths and injuries that might take you by surprise. Sometimes the plot moves slowly, but it builds to an intense finish. One of these days I'll go back and try to read some of the other books in the series so I can figure out what the characters were talking about. The characters sometimes spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about what they're going to do and what they've done, but if you can make it through those parts, you'll be rewarded with detailed action.I received this as a digital ARC via Netgalley and the publisher.

  • Tony Nielsen
    2019-05-20 10:46

    I was disappointed in the latest Jason Bourne thriller. For me there were actually too many characters that it was hard to maintain focus on the action. Its not a vote against Eric Van Lustbader who was charged by the Ludlum estate to continue the legacy following Robert Ludlum's death. Some of his earlier effots have been OK but not thia time. The mix includes the usual Threadstone line-up, the Isaraeli Mossad, a Mexican drug lord, a Chinese politian and a cast of thousands which is the problem. No matter I did finish it but it didn't do much for me.

  • Maurice
    2019-05-05 06:28

    What a terrible read. The story was too convoluted and too many characters and things going on. Could not finish fast enough as I slowly got through the book. Won't be reading any more books with Ludlum's name on it that wasn't written by Ludlum. It was so bad I thought it might be me. So I picked up the latest Vince Flynn book and its as captivating as his preceding books. Do yourself a favor and take a pass on The Bourne Imperative.

  • jgyweniverel
    2019-05-17 08:51

    Jeremy Renner makes a great new Tread Stone Agent. Hope to see the movie, and maybe the next one will have both Jeremy Renner and Matt Damon!

  • Vera VB
    2019-05-22 06:37

    Wanneer Jason Bourne een man uit het ijskoude water redt die een schotwond heeft en zich nadien niets kan herinneren, krijgt hij een déja-vu. Zo is het hem immers ook vergaan. Er gebeurt veel op verschillende fronten en het is lang wachten hoe alles samen komt. Ik heb best al veel boeken met Jason Bourne gelezen, maar deze beviel me niet. Het leek wel een andere Bourne dan in de andere boeken. Ik vond hem wat stuntelig en amateuristisch en dat ben ik niet van hem gewoon.

  • Bill Buckley
    2019-05-16 08:49

    I bought this book because I like the Jason Bourne movies. They are exciting and interesting so I thought the book would be the same, and it did not disappoint. The books/movies are similar to James Bond.

  • Caroline
    2019-05-08 06:24

    Enjoyable, but not Robert Ludlam. If you read it as an action story by Van Lustbader it is not bad. He has taken a lot of it from NCIS, the characters are similar, especially the Mossad ones.

  • Barry Bridges
    2019-05-14 07:37

    I think this defines pulp fiction. Nothing to trouble the brain matter but plenty of action adventure stuff.

  • Donna
    2019-04-25 12:37

    Formulaic, violent. Pretty much like every other Bourne book, but this one lacks anything fresh. And shouldn't Bourne be getting a little long in the tooth by now?

  • Charles Dull
    2019-04-28 07:25

    Started well but as it came to the end it just would not end and the not endings became laborious rather than entertaining

  • Speesh
    2019-05-12 09:32

    High flying, high finance, high society, high jinx. Low down dirty double-crossing dirty tricks. That’s what you expect from a Bourne thriller - and that’s exactly what Eric Van Lustbader delivers. Time and time again.I like these 'Bourne’ thrillers so much, that I am able to forgive almost anything that does - or sometimes doesn’t - happen in them. I’m even prepared to (well, almost prepared, I suppose I should say) overlook the constant ‘punching in’ of telephone numbers. One just doesn’t punch a number in. No. Anyway...‘Imperative' begins (well, a little bit after the beginning really) with fishing a man with memory loss and no identification out of the water. This time though, in contrast to the first ever Bourne book, it's Jason B., doing the fishing. Story moves on and the shocks and thrills mount and it soon turns out that (even) the President of the USA wants Bourne dead. I suppose you know you’re really up against it when the good ol’ POTUS wants you dead, eh? The rest of the story? Well, there’s not much you need to know, except it delivers. We have Russians, the Israelis - in the form of Mossad (as friends and foes) - Mexican drug lords and more. You can pick it up, but don’t expect to be able to put it down again anytime soon. I seem to have read this one a little out of sequence, but it really doesn’t matter. Enough of the whys and wherefore’s are explained to make it all readable without having read the previous, and without getting in the way of the enjoyment of the present. Otherwise? You can tell the English character - he's the one calling people 'mate' in every other sentence. Mexico City is both a whirlpool and has a beating heart inside the same paragraph. Yeah, I guess I’m willing to overlook those as well.If you want a book that keeps you on your toes the whole time, where you should always expect the unexpected, then this is more how a good thriller should be than many you’ll read. Confusing yet intriguingly interesting at the start, as the pieces are assembled , then becoming clearer in the middle as the pieces fall into pace for Bourne - and you. As the problem becomes clearer, possible solutions pop up, on the page for 'Bourne and in your head. I like that in a book. And I’m pretty sure this is the kind of thriller the people quoted on the backs of Charles Cummings books think they’ve been reading.

  • Monique
    2019-05-18 07:23

    Pales in comparison to other books in the Bourne series. I can't blame Eric Van Lustbader for milking the success of the Bourne franchise. I guess I was hoping for the same thrills that got me addicted to everything Jason Bourne... it shouldn't be surprising, but I was disappointed to find this book flagrantly formulaic and dull.

  • Nabarun
    2019-05-09 11:38

    My first Bourne novel which I read, but have seen the movies over and over again! Always wanted to read this series, hence the leap of faith and I was not disappointed.The book starts when a man is shot by a Mossad agent, Rebeka, and he falls in the river and is flown down stream only to be picked up byJason Bourne. For Jason, it's deja vu and hence he wants to help him. He saves the guy and takes him back to the place where he saved him. And that's when the plot starts to unfold into a bigger plot, where the drowning man was actually sent to kill Jason. Plenty of sub plots have been ingrained in the novel by the author to build up the suspense of the book. Lots of characters were introduced in the first part of the book. And no geographical location was left out of this novel - Sweden, Mexico, China, Lebanon, Israel, US, UK! And Eric's writing style includes too much context switching between multiple subplots and characters, at times left me a bit frustrated. But then, all these subplots in the end are quite nicely linked to the main plot and final climax is quite a nice culmination of the book. All the loose ends tied up, Bourne takes care of the villains but loses someone he loves in the process - all in a days work for Jason and makes the readers happy. Well, yes, to some extent. The best thing about this book was time spent on grooming each character that was brought to life in the first part and subsequently taken out in the last part. It was really meticulously combed and felt great reading them. Perhaps Eric's too much context switching from one subplot to the other was justified to keep the readers riveted to the book. What felt nice was the action mentioned in the book is in perfect dose, not too much but not too less as well, enough to hold the readers imagination. Overall a good fast read. Would now read move in this series by Eric.

  • Lizzie Hayes
    2019-05-06 08:36

    ‘The Bourne Imperative’ by Eric Van LustbaderPublished by Orion, 24th May 2012. ISBN: 978-1-4091-1645-5I read the earlier books by Robert Ludlum in the 1970’s and by the time he wrote The Bourne Identity I was a huge fan. But following his death, although I was aware that Eric Van Lustbader was continuing the series featuring Jason Bourne, I never felt any compunction to read them. However, when The Bourne Imperative was sent to me for review I decided to give it a go.Jason Bourne pulls a man from drowning in a lake. When the man surfaces he knows not who he is, or from whence he came. In short he is a total mystery. But as when rescued he is bleeding from a gunshot wound, Bourne is suspicious. So keen to seek her quarry is Mossad agent Rebekah, and to ensure that she finds him Rebekah goes off the grid, resulting in her agency sending someone to find her, and not in a nice way.At Treadstone in the US, operatives, Peter Marks and Soraya Moore are still recovering from their last mission, in which both of them were injured. In their absence Dirk Richards has been assigned to their team. A computer expert, neither Peter or Soraya are drawn to him. But there are far more evil men at large than Dirk Richards, as is revealed as the story unfolds. Tom Brick who runs Politics as Usual. And just how where does Maceo Encarnacion fit in?Intrigue within intrigue is how I would describe this book. No one trusts anyone, and with good reason. What is scary is how far the betrayal goes. This is no bedtime story - it’s harsh, brutal and final. The real deal in spy stories.-----Lizzie Hayes

  • Christopher Hernandez
    2019-05-09 04:27

    This book was an absolute mess. I picked up the book at the library to bide time till another book was returned. I also had hopes that this book would return the excitement that I once had for the series. I think I'm done hoping.The Bourne Imperative was a hodgepodge mix of overly used spy story plot and cliche. It was as if Lustbader was writing five different books, but under publisher deadlines, elected to stitch them all together with exposition occurring through overly talkative antagonists and oddly placed reminiscence and recollection. You literally have a supposed jihad terrorist, turned amnesiac ala Bourne, turned "Jinn that lights the way," turned assassin created by Mexican Cartel leadership. The story introduces antagonists to include corrupt Israeli Mossad, Columbian drug lords, corporate espionage, Mexican cartels with Aztec cult beliefs, and three quarters of the way in sneaks in Chinese governmental involvement. All of which know and hate Bourne, but lack relational foundation. It makes a mess of previous Bourne book characters, and leaves gaping plot holes with new characters introduced. Bourne remains a freakish un-aging zombie that no longer has any human qualities since the dissection of his David Webb personality. There were weird "F" bomb drops, and Lustbader has some fascination with nerve bundles in the neck (Bourne equivalent to a Vulcan neck pinch). There is no coming back from this pile.

  • Matt
    2019-05-15 09:33

    The saga is over! Fifty-four days long and many painful pages, storylines, plots, poorly written sequels, unrealistic character development, and a slew of painful hours of narration have finally come to an end. Eric Lustbader's taking over of the JASON BOURNE series torch was one of the most painful transitions I have seen and the books pushed deeper and deeper into a literary miasma. Thank God that is over. While Lustbader did open this book up to something interesting, Bourne finding an amnesiac that reminds him of his past encounter with a blank mental slate, the story soon latched onto the painful path the author has chosen to take since taking the pen from Robert Ludlum. Alas, I have to cheer as I hear THE END on this novel and this series.Should you want to see where I have found many of the book and series' issues, please see reviews from Books 5-9. This book continues with the geriatric Bourne who has super Bondian powers best used in Hollywood. Alas, I can only hope that the Ludlum estate sees how these books ruin the reputation of a great author. Then again, perhaps Lustbader has Patterson syndrome, where an author thinks he can sell books because of his name.Steer clear of this book, this series, and this author. If you want pure espionage, read Ludlum's contribution to the series and then move along. ANYTHING is better than this drivel.GOOD RIDDANCE Mr. Lustbader. Goodbye Jason Bourne! Good night Bourne series!

  • Nancy
    2019-05-23 04:52

    Still a great series. Exciting, fast paced.The man Jason Bourne fishes out of the freezing sea is near death, half-drowned and bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound. He awakens with no memory of who he is or why he was shot-and Bourne is eerily reminded of his own amnesia. Then Bourne discovers that the Mossad agent named Rebeka is so determined to find this injured man that she has gone off the grid, cut her ties to her agency, and is now being stalked by Mossad's most feared killer. Do the answers to these mysteries lie back in southeast Lebanon, in a secret encampment to which Bourne and Rebeka escaped following a firefight weeks ago? The complex trail links to the mission given to Treadstone directors Peter Marks and Soraya Moore: find the semi-mythic terrorist assassin known as Nicodemo. In the course of Bourne's desperate, deadly search for a secret that will alter the future of the entire world, he will experience both triumph and loss, and his life will never be the same. Now everything turns on the amnesiac. Bourne must learn his identity and purpose before both he and Rebeka are killed. From Stockholm to Washington, D.C., from Mexico City to Beijing, the web of lies and betrayals extends into a worldwide conspiracy of monumental proportions.

  • Gordon Wulff
    2019-05-10 05:45

    A classic added to the fact that I have been reading Eric VL since I was about 12 years old . Cannot go wrong with this for an entertaining read .A new Author that is doing some amazing works .WithoutSufferAbominationE.E. Borton

  • Max Madrasi
    2019-05-18 05:45

    Jason Bourne pulls out an amnesiac like himself and then caroms around Europe, Middle-East and Mexico to boot, always playing catch up. Almost every character coming into contact with Bourne, Treadstone team and allied characters, turn out to work for the other side. There is a middle eastern angle with Mossad angle to spice up the antagonism. The involvement of Chinese and Mexicans give it a distinct James Bond feel.Of late, I get the feeling that Jason Bourne novels are being written with the Hollywood studios in mind - with a lot of unbelievable action, cliff-hangers and hair breadth escapades. Not to mention the amount of knifing the main characters survive.In all, even if you are a Jason Bourne fan, like my nephews are, it is not imperative to read the Bourne Imperative. If at all you do want, keep it for boring day, when everything seems slow - that would make you perk up with the story.

  • Linda
    2019-05-12 08:25

    When I got the book, I thought it was written by Robert Ludlum, but I was mistaken. There are several "Bourne" books written by Eric Van Lustbader whom I now know was given permission by Ludlum's estate to continue writing "Bourne" novels. Ludlum died in 2001, and someone forgot to tell me. When I saw both names on the audible audiobook, I thought perhaps it was a collaborative effort, like James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. But no, the sole author is Lustbader and he just doesn't do it for me. Usually I stay involved with a well-written mystery, but listening to this I found my mind wandered off for 10, 20 minutes at a time after which I had to reverse my iPod to a point in the story I could remember. Yes, I'm getting old, and at times my mind wanders, but not to this degree! Sorry Eric Van L. (But I doubt Eric will be too depressed about my review -- his books are being made into movies. Currently on the big screen is The Bourne Legacy, (which I haven't seen).)

  • Chase
    2019-04-29 11:35

    Bourne Imperative is just what you want and expect from a good action, thriller book. I enjoyed how well the story lines worked together in this book in many unexpected ways. Another thing that impressed me about this book is how seemingly unimportant characters turn into something more something bigger. A great example of this is when they were being tailed by the Babylonian in the Mexico City airport and saw an old lady in a wheel chair and used her as an excuse to get through customs faster, but it turned out she was a drug lords widowed wife and her enemy was the same as Bourne’s. Overall I was impressed with this book but there were some things I didn’t like too much. One thing I didn’t like is how it started with Bourne fishing the other assassin out of the ocean I felt that it was just too close to how Borne Identity starts out it was about the exact same just with a different people.

  • Jeff
    2019-04-26 09:48

    SUMMARY: A Mossad camp outside of Israel. A Mossad operative/assassin off the grid. An unconscious man who barely escapes death thanks to Jason Bourne. A mythical assassin known by many aliases. The CEO of an energy company. The CEO of another company. Two drug lords. A senator. A supermodel. The Chinese Secret Service. This and other storylines are weaved seamlessly together in this book.CONS: Even while keeping track of characters and deaths, there are so many plot twists, double crosses, triple crosses, etc., that it's hard to keep track. Hence, this book didn't get 5 stars.PROS: The book kept me interested, but it's hard to keep track of the different characters as they become more interconnected and double and triple-crosses are revealed.TYPO ON PAGE 170, 3rd PARAGRAPH: "Rebecca" should be "Rebeka"

  • Sue
    2019-05-10 09:52

    I love the fast-paced action in this book and I appreciated the fact that this storyline wasn't about the Arabs. Instead the action centered around an American businessman trying to take over the energy business, a Mexican drug lord, and the Chinese government, along with a disgruntled American government hacker and a few other characters, actually a lot of characters. Sometimes it does get difficult to keep all of the characters straight but overall I enjoy this since they help the intricacies in the plot. I also like the fact that the entire book isn't about Bourne. He has quite a few friends and/or agents who are involved in other aspects of the story and we get to see what they're up to--not everything is from Bourne's point of view.I'm excited about reading the next book in the series!

  • Burt
    2019-05-17 06:37

    As I indicated after I finished reading and remarked on The Bourne Dominion, if Van Lustbader didn't find a way to get many of the "worn out" characters out of the stories (becoming boringly redundant), The Bourne Imperative would be my last Bourne read. Most are now gone and behind us and Van Lustbader seems to have left the door just slightly open to having Jason forge some new kind of relationship with Mossad and an all new cast of characters there. A lot could be done to show a very tenuous relationship between Mossad and the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies with Bourne being a catalyst of some sort to several different assignments or non-assignments so-to-speak. We'll see if anything more is to come for Jason Bourne.