August 2, 2009

Review: The Bourne Deception by Eric Van Lustbader

While resting from his latest adventure in Bali with his girlfriend Moira, Jason Bourne is shot near the heart by his arch-enemy and fellow TreadStone graduate, Arkadin. Convinced he hit his target Arkadin flees leaving Jason for dead.

Fast forward 6 months and Moira is back in the states getting her new private military contractor business off the ground. As far as anyone knows Jason was killed in Bali but for the last 6 months he’s been recovering from his near death and is diligently trying to find out who was behind the assassination attempt.

At the same time a plane is shot down over Egypt and Jason’s former girlfriend Soraya Moore is part of the team investigating the attack. All the clues seem to point to Iran as the source of the attack and a potential war between the US and Iran seems imminent but all is not quite what it seems when dealing with greedy masterminds.

I’m a big fan of thrillers but I don’t usually search out these military types. However on road trips with my husband I’ve listened to several of the Jason Bourne books and I’ve seen all three of the Matt Damon Bourne movies and liked them all so when this one was up for consideration I picked it up for review but was a little disappointed.

Instead of being a straight Bourne action story there were several different plot lines with different characters through the whole book. They all come together in the end nicely but throughout most of the book I would have to stop and think, “Who was this guy again?” and to me having to stop and put the jumbled up characters in contexts puts a damper on my read. Overall I would recommend it to Bourne fans but I’d say pass if you haven’t read the rest of the series.

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bermudaonion said...

I haven't read any of the Bourne books, but my husband doesn't think these are as good as the originals.