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Title: La Mort dans la peau
Author: Robert Ludlum
Publisher: Published January 29th 2013 by Le Livre de Poche (first published February 11th 1986)
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A killer with no face, no identity and a name the world wanted to forget: Jason Bourne Reenter the shadowy world of Jason Bourne, an expert assassin still plagued by the splintered nightmares of his former life. This time the stakes are higher than ever. For someone else has taken on the Bourne identity—a ruthless killer who must be stopped or the world will pay a devastatin A killer with no face, no identity and a name the world wanted to forget: Jason Bourne Reenter the shadowy world of Jason Bourne, an expert assassin still plagued by the splintered nightmares of his former life. This time the stakes are higher than ever. For someone else has taken on the Bourne identity—a ruthless killer who must be stopped or the world will pay a devastating price. To succeed, the real Jason Bourne must maneuver through the dangerous labyrinth of international espionage—an exotic world filled with CIA plots, turncoat agents, and ever-shifting alliances—all the while hoping to find the truth behind his haunted memories and the answers to his own fragmented past. This time there are two Bournes—and one must die.

30 review for La Mort dans la peau

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    #2 in the Bourne trilogy. This book didn't have some of the elements that made the first one so great, but it had a few things that weren't there in the first book that I liked, namely the distinct seperation of David Webb, the mild mannered husband and Jason Bourne, the highly trained killing machine who cares for nothing but himself. Ludlum actually creates three different characters in the same body: David Webb, Jason Bourne and "Delta", Webbs codename during his time as a heartless American #2 in the Bourne trilogy. This book didn't have some of the elements that made the first one so great, but it had a few things that weren't there in the first book that I liked, namely the distinct seperation of David Webb, the mild mannered husband and Jason Bourne, the highly trained killing machine who cares for nothing but himself. Ludlum actually creates three different characters in the same body: David Webb, Jason Bourne and "Delta", Webbs codename during his time as a heartless American guerrilla fighter in early-70's Vietnam. The story sarts with , who has Webb had 5 years of peace (and therapy) and has mostly put his past as the psuedo-assassin Jason Bourne and his chaotic years in Vietnam behind him. Suddenly he is plunged back into the covert ops world that he has been trying to forget. This time, allied with his once enemy and long time friend Alex Conklin (no, he doesn't die in the first book like in the movies), he must fly to Asia and kill a new assassin who is using the name of Jason Bourne. What I liked most about this book was the inner struggle between Webb and Bourne. Webb is weak and slow, but he is capable of emotions like love and empathy. Bourne on the other hand is a void of emotions, with the exception of hate and anger, and is highly effective for it. As the story goes on you see less and less of Webb and more of Bourne. By the end, Webb is virtually gone, and Bournes anger and hate gives way to "Delta", who was the origianl killer, a persona so filled with rage at losing his first family during Vietnam that he joined an American guerrilla force just to be able to kill. This part of the story kept me enthralled through the entire book. Also, in this book you see Bourne as a hunter, and not running for his life. He appears more clever and deft in this book than in the first. The cons in this book were about the same as the first. The characters talked way too much and it felt like they kept going on tangents that weren't really important to the story. And Webb and Marie reached whole new levels of romantic barf-ness during this book. But overall , I still loved this one. It wasn't quite as complex as the first book, but there was more action in it. It was more of an in-your-face kinda action suspense book, but it came off great. I recommend it to anyone

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ali

    Well, this was the worst book I've read in a long time. Where to start? It's bloated, racist and dull. The scenery is a bit interesting and the plot from the first hundred pages or so appeared just convoluted enough that I wanted to see what happened in the end, or I would have been done with this book by the end of half an hour. But I soldiered on... In the end, the book was far less interesting than the Bourne Identity, perhaps because there was less for Bourne to do as the man being manipulate Well, this was the worst book I've read in a long time. Where to start? It's bloated, racist and dull. The scenery is a bit interesting and the plot from the first hundred pages or so appeared just convoluted enough that I wanted to see what happened in the end, or I would have been done with this book by the end of half an hour. But I soldiered on... In the end, the book was far less interesting than the Bourne Identity, perhaps because there was less for Bourne to do as the man being manipulated rather than manipulating everyone else. Characters also really suffered here: Bourne's internal conflict was just a throwback to the previous novel, and we waste approximately 300 pages on his split personality ramblings. Marie was far less formidable than in Identity. Really, only one character emerged in this book who was genuinely interesting: Echo, Philippe d'Anjou, returns from the previous novel, seemingly a different character, this time around more of a magnificent old commando bastard and mentor figure. Alexander Conklin also gets some magnificent old CIA bastard screentime. This was worthwhile. As for Ludlum's take on Asia, Asians and Asian politics... the term "facepalm" seems most appropriate. Nearly every Asian character is a stock stereotype. "Bribe the avaricious Chinese" is basically the main way the plot moves forward. "Oriental" is a frequent noun, there's racist language, and all the characters involved in political plotting on the Chinese side are fanatics inspired by the Cultural Revolution. Oh, and there's a kung fu sidekick, who teams up with Bourne after he is defeated, obviously. Finally, as a Canadian I was annoyed by Ludlum's basic failure of continuity from the first book and massive factual errors. Calgary is not in Ontario! Calgary is really not in Ontario. If I owned this book as a physical object rather than a digital file, I could have chucked it against a wall. But that would break my Kindle. What a pity.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rupali Rotti

    I guess whoever likes reading, or even knows how to read, should (or would surely already have) read the Bourne series. The first book that I'd read many many years ago, changed my life for the better. I have this habit of implementing the learnings of what I read in practical life. The second book, The Bourne Supremacy, though its learnings cannot be implemented in real life unless you are in danger, but I'm sure I could use those when I do get in trouble some time. Every paragraph of this book I guess whoever likes reading, or even knows how to read, should (or would surely already have) read the Bourne series. The first book that I'd read many many years ago, changed my life for the better. I have this habit of implementing the learnings of what I read in practical life. The second book, The Bourne Supremacy, though its learnings cannot be implemented in real life unless you are in danger, but I'm sure I could use those when I do get in trouble some time. Every paragraph of this book hits you with a surprise learning or twist. If you readers have a habit of putting yourself in the protagonist's shoes, I'm sure, you wouldn't know what YOU would do if such life-threatening situation (count days or months or lifetime) presents itself to you. This book shows the extent of dirty politics (and not just that of the politicians, but bureaucratic politics as well) and how to read it - I could related to the politics to my days as a working professional. Some details I couldn't understand because I'm not a finance person, more so, because I dont much understand international economics or international affairs. But the book makes it easy to understand how any changes in one country could affect the international affairs - especially after witnessing the tumbling of gold prices after one 'small' European country sold its complete gold stock. The only reason it took me to read this book so many days was because I was reading 3 books at a time, which I dont usually do.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    My first thought will give you an idea of how this book reads: I am so happy to be done with it! The plot is terribly complex and if you are clueless about the Far East/China and try to follow it, good luck to you! The book and the movie are not similar and this is one of the rare instances where I found the movie better than the book. In the movie, his wife is killed right away. Not so in the book. The wife annoyed me to no end. Here's what I thought of that: As for the economic "genius", Marie My first thought will give you an idea of how this book reads: I am so happy to be done with it! The plot is terribly complex and if you are clueless about the Far East/China and try to follow it, good luck to you! The book and the movie are not similar and this is one of the rare instances where I found the movie better than the book. In the movie, his wife is killed right away. Not so in the book. The wife annoyed me to no end. Here's what I thought of that: As for the economic "genius", Marie St Jacques, I find it astounding that to conceal her appearance, all she has to do is 1. push back her gorgeous red hair, 2. not wear makeup, 3. wear flats instead of heels, 4. not wear form fitting clothing. Wow - instantly unrecognizable! So I guess she normally has a red Afro, wears clown makeup, 9 inch heels, and a body suit. You know a man is writing this. If Marie is so smart then why do her stupid clues not work with Bourne but alert McAllister? And my God could she be more obvious? Maple tree? She's Canadian for Pete's sake! Finally, I liked Bourne and D'Anjou working together. It reminded me of Anakin and Obi Wan Kenobe.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Wesley

    First and foremost, this book has absolutely nothing to do with the movies that recently came out. Sure, they share the same title, but let me reassure you, they have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the movie. The only thing that is kept from the book and transferred into the movie is the fact that Bourne is killers killer (if you don't believe me, just watch the movie. He kills a man with a TOWEL). All that being said, I found this to be a quite enjoyable book. It takes place in China. Apparently First and foremost, this book has absolutely nothing to do with the movies that recently came out. Sure, they share the same title, but let me reassure you, they have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the movie. The only thing that is kept from the book and transferred into the movie is the fact that Bourne is killers killer (if you don't believe me, just watch the movie. He kills a man with a TOWEL). All that being said, I found this to be a quite enjoyable book. It takes place in China. Apparently, someone has taken up the Jason Bourne monniker and started assassinating Triad members. The real Jason Bourne (whose real name is David Webb) is, to say the least, furious and this fury is further fueled by the kidnapping of his wife, Marie. After that, David Webb goes back to being Bourne in order to find his wife and to kill the man who is impersonating him. I really enjoyed this book because it keeps the sense of action that movies have. It also is really suspenseful and keeps you glued to the page. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys espionage novels.

  6. 4 out of 5

    James

    That difficult middle book in a trilogy. This time, Bourne is tricked into heading to Hong Kong to track down his kidnapped wife. Except it's all a government plot to get him to assassinate a rogue Chinese leader who is threatening the stability of the region. A frantic chase across the US, China and Hong Kong. Involving the Chinese, American and British secret services. This book was pretty un-put-down-able - including several late nights where my arms were unable to support the book any more. S That difficult middle book in a trilogy. This time, Bourne is tricked into heading to Hong Kong to track down his kidnapped wife. Except it's all a government plot to get him to assassinate a rogue Chinese leader who is threatening the stability of the region. A frantic chase across the US, China and Hong Kong. Involving the Chinese, American and British secret services. This book was pretty un-put-down-able - including several late nights where my arms were unable to support the book any more. Sadly the ending felt a little rushed and a little too neat, but that hardly detracts from the book at all.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Andre

    The second novel in the original Bourne Trilogy and Mr Ludlum is really getting the hang of this character. It is almost as if the fictional Jason Bourne is now living a life of his own and the author is just along for the ride. Mainly set in Hong Kong and China the almost supernatural spy is leaving a trail of destruction and we are never really sure who is actually in control of actions and consequences. Ludlum truly was a master of the genre. If you liked the Bourne Identity then pick this up The second novel in the original Bourne Trilogy and Mr Ludlum is really getting the hang of this character. It is almost as if the fictional Jason Bourne is now living a life of his own and the author is just along for the ride. Mainly set in Hong Kong and China the almost supernatural spy is leaving a trail of destruction and we are never really sure who is actually in control of actions and consequences. Ludlum truly was a master of the genre. If you liked the Bourne Identity then pick this up - no doubt worth your reading time.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Naples

    The first 100 and the last 100 pages were great. The 400 pages in the middle were kind of slow. The book is totally different from the movie. The book takes place in China in the late 70s and is premised on how the world will pretty much end if China tries to take over Hong Kong before 1998. Nothing like an out-dated international crisis to get the blood pumping. I'm just glad to have finished this book (I read it over the course of 2 years).

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Seasonal Reading Challenge Fall 2018 Task 15.9 - Get a Clue: Mystery MPG & Characteristic 3 (name in title) Request a Big Book ticket, as MMPB (I ‘read’ the audio) comes in at 688 pp.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bookworm Smith

    The second installment of the Bourne series is again full of action. However, the old proverb - about sequels never being as good as the original - is true. Wordy! This book just has too many words. It could be a quick two or three hundred page fast movin' action packed paperback, instead of the 600 page mammoth it turned into. Now, there were many scenes that put you on the edge of your seat and kept you turning those 600 pages. There were the expected car chases, the identity changes, the occas The second installment of the Bourne series is again full of action. However, the old proverb - about sequels never being as good as the original - is true. Wordy! This book just has too many words. It could be a quick two or three hundred page fast movin' action packed paperback, instead of the 600 page mammoth it turned into. Now, there were many scenes that put you on the edge of your seat and kept you turning those 600 pages. There were the expected car chases, the identity changes, the occasional explosions and gun battles that I was expecting (and hoping for). But, there was also so much more...pages to read that is. Pages and pages of dialogue that seemed to drag on and on and on...like one of those phone messages you might get, you know that ones that time out they are so long...a whole lot of blabbering, repeating, and droning on. At points while reading I wanted to yell at the book, "get to the point already! Or, at least move on to a car chase or something!" I also found the entire storyline a bit too unbelievable, even for an over the top spy thriller. In this novel an assassin has been murdering top Hong Kong business men and diplomats, all the while leaving the calling card of Jason Bourne. The copy cat had to be stopped. The FBI/CIA guys get together and form a plan to motivate the real Jason Bourne to come out of retirement (aka witness protection program) and take on this killer. He is the only person in the world with enough skill to do it. The plan is to kidnap his wife, whom you may remember as the tough as nails Canadian economist from the first novel? The plan goes a bit haywire after Marie escapes. Jason turns crazy thinking his wife is dead...all making great fodder for an explosive story. Unfortunately, the story gets bogged down with the long drawn out conversations between the government/FBI/CIA folks and the Hong Kong government guys. There conversations try to tell a bigger story about the Chinese wanting to cause a major crisis in Hong Kong so they can take it back over. However, there is a real chance this will turn into a something much bigger - WWIII!! A big far fetched you say? I was lost too. After reading the 300 or so pages outlining the collapse of the East I was really bored, annoyed, and had eye strain. This, consequently, left me with the feeling that this book was really slow and not that good overall. Another bone I have to pick with Ludlum is that error on Canadian geography! He writes that Marie is a tough ranch girl and their family has a ranch in Calgary. Makes sense, there are ranches out in Calgary. Calgary is in the province of Alberta which is wide open ranch country. Where the mistake comes up is that Ludlum keeps mentioning the ranch is in Ontario (not Alberta!) Every time he wrote something about Marie being a tough Ontario ranch girl I would cringe. I'm still left wondering how an editor did not catch something like this? http://bookwormsfeastofbooks.blogspot...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Anyone looking for a book that mirrors the adaptation that made Matt Damon the new spy fatale can move along and not read the rest of this review. Hollywood chose to keep the name of Ludlum’s second book in the series, but make it much more thrill-centred and nothing like what I remember of the movie. Alas, it goes to show that bombs and sex sells, while honest to goodness thriller books, set in a time before GPS technology and the like, seem to wither on the vine. I must say that while the book Anyone looking for a book that mirrors the adaptation that made Matt Damon the new spy fatale can move along and not read the rest of this review. Hollywood chose to keep the name of Ludlum’s second book in the series, but make it much more thrill-centred and nothing like what I remember of the movie. Alas, it goes to show that bombs and sex sells, while honest to goodness thriller books, set in a time before GPS technology and the like, seem to wither on the vine. I must say that while the book was a little dense and I found it too detailed in parts, it does reflect some of the keys of the world of espionage back in the mid- to late-1980s. Ludlum does an excellent job of encapsulating the hunt for truth and villains, against a very interesting backdrop (Communist China), while not flogging their ideology as the central theme of their villainous ways. I wish some of the newer thriller/crime writers could do that; divorce the incessant need to talk about Islam and Al-Qaeda in the same way. Ludlum’s premise is that someone posing as Jason Bourne is out in China and Hong Kong killing some high ranking officials in the PRC government (remember, this is a time when Hong Kong was still under British rule). Bourne’s new wife is also taken captive, which acts as the impetus to send Bourne (aka David Webb, aka Delta) into the Orient to find his wife and determine who is trying to smear his name. The book focuses on the two plots of finding the imposter Bourne and Mrs. Bourne/Webb piecing things together about her capture and those responsible. With a ton of detail and character introduction, the reader may find it hard to distinguish between the original Jason Bourne (actually David Webb, also called Delta while he was in Vietnam) and the imposter, as names appear interchangeable at the drop of a hat. Add to that the fact that I was listening to the book (gotta love Scott Brick) and it got all the more confusing and made me have to pay special attention. I must admit that Hollywood sure did kick the Ludlum estate in the gonads, trying to pass the movies off as parallels to the book. Not that I worry about the movie-going public, but anyone wanting to tackle the true and pure Bourne series will be sadly disappointed if their attention span is only that of shooting, killing, gore and sex. Kudos Mr. Ludlum on a job well done. One more of your ‘pure’ books before you pass the torch on to another.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Ionson

    Once again, utterly forget all of the movies. While book 1 of this series is superior, this is still a top-notch book. Ludlum knows how to keep the tension brewing. Once again, the protagonist's psychology (inner-conflict) is a great element of the tale. I highly recommend this book; it's nothing like a "dumb action movie" book. ************************** SPOILER-ISH ISSUE BELOW- One peeve... A thing I really never got: The Ambassador who manipulated David never convinced me that David was truly n Once again, utterly forget all of the movies. While book 1 of this series is superior, this is still a top-notch book. Ludlum knows how to keep the tension brewing. Once again, the protagonist's psychology (inner-conflict) is a great element of the tale. I highly recommend this book; it's nothing like a "dumb action movie" book. ************************** SPOILER-ISH ISSUE BELOW- One peeve... A thing I really never got: The Ambassador who manipulated David never convinced me that David was truly necessary for this mission. Sure, David's the best. But he's not as good as 5 others combined. Why didn't they get 5-10 agents and put them into the field to accomplish this mission?

  13. 4 out of 5

    Hajarath Prasad Abburu

    It's a whodunit. It's a psychological thriller. It's a spy adventure. And more than everything, it's a beautiful love story. While the first 20-25% of the book is impressively straight forward, most part of the remaining book was thrillingly confusing, and at times agonising too. David Webb and Marie are thoroughly impressive as leads, but whenever Jason Bourne comes to the fore, he delivers the fireworks so rivetingly.. Having read the book at a stretch for a reason, the tension never really diff It's a whodunit. It's a psychological thriller. It's a spy adventure. And more than everything, it's a beautiful love story. While the first 20-25% of the book is impressively straight forward, most part of the remaining book was thrillingly confusing, and at times agonising too. David Webb and Marie are thoroughly impressive as leads, but whenever Jason Bourne comes to the fore, he delivers the fireworks so rivetingly.. Having read the book at a stretch for a reason, the tension never really diffused. Guess I read it at the right time.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Asghar Abbas

    It was fine.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    Far fetched but entertaining. Towards the end, it felt like the story had dragged on for too long. One glaring error - the citizens of Hong Kong speak Cantonese, not Mandarin; Mr. Ludlum's transliteration of the Chinese made them all sound like they were speak Mandarin. This is an important political distinction during this sensitive time for Hong Kong.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Elisa

    And the legend is back. In this Bourne instalment the chameleon Jason returns to the spy/assassin game when his wife, Canadian economist, Marie, is kidnapped by a Chinese taipan who means serious business. Jason moves heaven and earth to get her back, which means leaving his gentle alter-ego, David, behind and embracing the killer he tried so hard to forget, Delta, in the hunt for his successor. The new Jason Bourne is out there and only the original can catch him. Behind the scenes Havilland and And the legend is back. In this Bourne instalment the chameleon Jason returns to the spy/assassin game when his wife, Canadian economist, Marie, is kidnapped by a Chinese taipan who means serious business. Jason moves heaven and earth to get her back, which means leaving his gentle alter-ego, David, behind and embracing the killer he tried so hard to forget, Delta, in the hunt for his successor. The new Jason Bourne is out there and only the original can catch him. Behind the scenes Havilland and the US government work with MI-6 to move their chess pieces around China in their attempts to stop the Kuomintang from implementing a war between Taiwan (the True China) and the mainland. Meanwhile Alexander Conklin and Mo Panov do everything they can to help the wily Marie who escapes her captor’s clutches. The entire book is a race against the clock and a test of ultimate endurance. Although this Bourne instalment was a bit repetitive at first, echoing many of the ideas from The Bourne Identity, it was so action packed and intriguing by the end that I forgave it. I was biting my nails through the last half because I really didn't know what to expect. I was seriously worried about the outcome for all of the characters involved, mainly David and Marie. Ultimately this is another book that explores the ideas of ends justifying means and whether one life is fair to trade for the lives of millions. Havilland seems to think he knows the answer, but then again he's an evil, evil, manipulative monster. I have to say, the book was far better than the movie (nope, not shocking at all, and I love the movies) and it's completely different as well. The title actually makes sense here whereas the movie leaves me scratching my head in that regard. All in all this was a really great read full of great cultural references concerning the Orient.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Antonia

    overall enjoyable. many pages but what with the action they quite flew by. weird though that there was a second mini-climax like an afterthought. not necessary in my opinion, the baddie could have been dealt with before the main climax. would have saved 50-100 pages. again my never-ending gripe with thrillers: i don't need a love story in it. no need for "oh david i love you so much, i hope i can have you back, i must have you back..." "oh marie, i love you so much, i can't bear the thought that overall enjoyable. many pages but what with the action they quite flew by. weird though that there was a second mini-climax like an afterthought. not necessary in my opinion, the baddie could have been dealt with before the main climax. would have saved 50-100 pages. again my never-ending gripe with thrillers: i don't need a love story in it. no need for "oh david i love you so much, i hope i can have you back, i must have you back..." "oh marie, i love you so much, i can't bear the thought that something might happen to you..." bleurgh. straightforward action for me please. what other issues... oh, at times i couldn't quite follow (how did they get to that assumption and solution??? and what was the main thing again? why where the americans involved?) better not ponder the questions. also not ponder the style too much either. the descriptive passages were a bit odd. his similes were at best weird and at worst seriously silly. and a lot of the dialogue kind of "off" as well. especially when it concerned relationships or revelations. that shouldn't really sound so negative... overall, i enjoyed it and will most likely at some point in the future read the next one as well. go for it for some more or less mindless action.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tushar Gargava

    Patient, brilliant and breath-stopping is this book! Robert Ludlum always hooks me so easily in his well-researched books that I curse myself for ever aspiring of writing one myself! Sometimes, the simplest of the sentences that he frames loop me in them for minutes, while I try to understand the various other meanings he might have intended for the said. Jason Bourne is finally shown as the man with more than 2 parts well at the end of the book, until when it was only hinted, and never explicitl Patient, brilliant and breath-stopping is this book! Robert Ludlum always hooks me so easily in his well-researched books that I curse myself for ever aspiring of writing one myself! Sometimes, the simplest of the sentences that he frames loop me in them for minutes, while I try to understand the various other meanings he might have intended for the said. Jason Bourne is finally shown as the man with more than 2 parts well at the end of the book, until when it was only hinted, and never explicitly displayed. I was fearing that this book might coincide with the movie, but thank goodness!, that never happened. The movie has a plot very much different than the book. I can literally go on for hours, brooding about the sides of humanity covered in the book. Or just the confusing story that evolved with every progressing chapter. The lengthened dialogues and description add so richly to the background of the plot that I sometimes crave for more description! Robert Ludlum seems to me the best of writers in the category he writes for. It can't get better than this, seriously!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    God, if this book could have been harder to get through, I'm not sure how. I read an older version, but they shouldn't even put Matt Damon's face on this thing. There is basically nothing in common with this book and the movie except the name of the main character and the title. Unbelievably, all the negatives of the first book were further exacerbated in this one by making the ranting 20 pages long instead of 10 and making the story into such a convoluted conspiracy that it's amazing the United God, if this book could have been harder to get through, I'm not sure how. I read an older version, but they shouldn't even put Matt Damon's face on this thing. There is basically nothing in common with this book and the movie except the name of the main character and the title. Unbelievably, all the negatives of the first book were further exacerbated in this one by making the ranting 20 pages long instead of 10 and making the story into such a convoluted conspiracy that it's amazing the United States has a single person that doesn't work in black ops what with all the manpower put behind trying to control every major political event that ever occurred. My dad gave me the 3rd one when he was visiting and said it was a little better, but I'm not sure I'm willing to risk it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Seth

    When I read the first book in the series, I was a bit disappointed. I had just seen the movie adaptation and my expectations for the book were rather high. But a strange thing happened with the second and third books in the series--while the movie adaptations got worse, the books in the series got better. I consider this the midpoint in the upswing of the Jason Bourne story arc; Ludlum has succeeded in introducing an interesting character, and he continually raises the bar in terms of action and When I read the first book in the series, I was a bit disappointed. I had just seen the movie adaptation and my expectations for the book were rather high. But a strange thing happened with the second and third books in the series--while the movie adaptations got worse, the books in the series got better. I consider this the midpoint in the upswing of the Jason Bourne story arc; Ludlum has succeeded in introducing an interesting character, and he continually raises the bar in terms of action and excitement. The third book in the series is the very best (in my opinion), but if you enjoy the character or story of Jason Bourne at all, this is worth the read. Also, those who like political or conspiracy thrillers might enjoy this book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Vikas

    So this time instead of Europe Bourne had to run through oriental environs of Hong Kong and China to grab a killer who is killing in his name in the name of Jason Bourne. And David Webb has to be Jason Bourne again in order to stop the fake assassin and to stop a terrible plan from succeeding. I don't remember the movie much and intend to watch them again but I don't think that the movie went on the similar storyline. Once I finish 'The Bourne Ultimatum' I would finish the trilogy again. I reall So this time instead of Europe Bourne had to run through oriental environs of Hong Kong and China to grab a killer who is killing in his name in the name of Jason Bourne. And David Webb has to be Jason Bourne again in order to stop the fake assassin and to stop a terrible plan from succeeding. I don't remember the movie much and intend to watch them again but I don't think that the movie went on the similar storyline. Once I finish 'The Bourne Ultimatum' I would finish the trilogy again. I really liked this long book which took me long time to finish.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dean Macholl

    I couldn't put down The Bourne Identity, but I couldn't seem to pick this one up. It took me a while to finish this because I kept setting it aside for better reads. There is way too much going on in this book that I just didn't care about and as far as I could tell tell had nothing to do with the main plot. I will say though it was interesting seeing the Bourne/Webb identities clash in a way that isn't brought up in the films.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mike (the Paladin)

    As before, please read the book and forget the movie. if you've seen the movies and think you got the story you haven't. Ludlum plotted and charactized a complex and well thought out story...and this may be the waekest of the series. it's still far better than the recent movie.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rishi Prakash

    I had read the first book which brought me here :-) An ideal sequel, it takes the original story forward and further develops themes and ideas from its predecessor while setting "Delta" loose in a whole new world and an entirely different sort of adventure. It succeeds on "almost" every level, combining fascinating characters (where new ones get added to the old ones), colorfully depicted exotic locales( which is definitely worth being a part of travelogue), and a fresh, original and compelling I had read the first book which brought me here :-) An ideal sequel, it takes the original story forward and further develops themes and ideas from its predecessor while setting "Delta" loose in a whole new world and an entirely different sort of adventure. It succeeds on "almost" every level, combining fascinating characters (where new ones get added to the old ones), colorfully depicted exotic locales( which is definitely worth being a part of travelogue), and a fresh, original and compelling story. This is like a high octane stuff but at times the details can start getting to you so it is for readers who love that kind of vivid details :) This must be one of the most memorable character created by the author/master story teller in his long writing career.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kossie

    Great book with a great story, but also a heavy story.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jonah Schumeister

    Great book but super violent. I would not recoment to a child under 12.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Adams

    I went into this book, once again, having long since seen the movie. This fortunately was an almost completely different story that in many ways would have made a compelling movie. Jason Bourne is a strong character with layer after layer, and his complex existence makes these very easy to read and difficult to put down. By this point, I was going out and buying all of the Bourne books out there, shocked to find out how many there were.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sridhar Babu

    AUTHOR... ROBERT LUDLUM.... CHARACTERS... Jason Bourne ((aka)) David Webb ((aka) Delta, Marie, Edward Newington McAllister, Raymond Havilland, Morris Panov, Alex Conklin, Sheng Chou Yang, Lin Wenzu, D'Anju (Echo), and others... LOCATION... KAWLOON ,LOK MA CHAU (HONG KONG), MACAU (PEOPLE's REPUBLIC OF CHINA) GENRE... THRILLER // ADVENTURE...!!! PLOT...!!! #THIS IS MY NEW BLOG POST ABOUT THIS NOVEL...!!! JASON BOURNE aka DAVID WEBB.. David Webb was actually a scholar by profession, spoke several Orienta AUTHOR... ROBERT LUDLUM.... CHARACTERS... Jason Bourne ((aka)) David Webb ((aka) Delta, Marie, Edward Newington McAllister, Raymond Havilland, Morris Panov, Alex Conklin, Sheng Chou Yang, Lin Wenzu, D'Anju (Echo), and others... LOCATION... KAWLOON ,LOK MA CHAU (HONG KONG), MACAU (PEOPLE's REPUBLIC OF CHINA) GENRE... THRILLER // ADVENTURE...!!! PLOT...!!! #THIS IS MY NEW BLOG POST ABOUT THIS NOVEL...!!! JASON BOURNE aka DAVID WEBB.. David Webb was actually a scholar by profession, spoke several Oriental languages and was obviously well educated man.He was a young foreign service officer stationed in Phntom Penh at Vietnam. He was married to a Thai woman he had met at in graduate school. They had two children and lived peacefully at Vietnam. One morning while the wife and kids were swimming, a stray jet from Hanoi bombed the area killing the three of them. David Webb went crazy, he left everything and made his way to Saigon and into Medusa. MEDUSA, was the battalion from Vietnam the unlogged, unsanctioned, unacknowledged collection of killers and misfits who roamed the jungles of Southwest Asia directed by Command Saigon, the original death squads who brought Saigon more intelligence input than all the search and destroys put together. There was one original Jason Bourne in Medusa, a paranoid drifter from Tasmania who found his way into Vietnam war as a part of Medusa, no one wants to acknowledge even today. He fitted every rotten profile one could come up, including the betrayal of his own man. James Bourne , was executed on the spot while he was betraying his battalion by informing their position to the Viet Congs . His body was shoved into a swamp to rot in the jungles of Vietnam. David Webb, was actually the man who executed James Bourne took his name and agreed to be trained for an operation that was called Treadstone Seventy one, where he went through a brutal indoctrination program. David Webb after nearly three years of living the role of world's second most lethal assassin in the false name of James Bourne was moved to Europe to challenge another numero uno assassin Jackal in his own territory. This mission was failed and David Webb was wounded and lost his memory. He was found half dead, he had no idea who he was and the result of those injuries was amnesia. With the help of a British doctor, David Webb started to piece his life back together from fragments both mental and physical. The team headed by Alex Conklin who had mounted the operation were no help to him. Not knowing what had happened, the CIA team thought that David Webb had turned, had actually become the mythical assassin created to trap Carols, the Jackal. Finally David made his way back to CIA team because of the extraordinary talents of a Canadian women Marie, he met at Zurich who is now David's wife. Her instincts were accurate; she knew he was not a killer, but made to kill by the Government for unknown reasons. She purposefully forced him to examine his words, his abilities, ultimately to lead him to make contacts with the Government. ..But the CIA man Alex Conklin who mounted the secret operation tried to trap David Webb because of dangerous assassin he had become in the name of James Bourne. It was also rumored that James Bourne had killed three of his controls and disappeared with great deal of money over five million dollars. .... Government of United States not willing to open all the old wounds, had put David Webb and his wife Marie at a secret place in Maine, to recruit him for future secret missions. David Webb had come out of Medusa as James Bourne, sort of multiple split personality..also an extraordinary tactician, the supreme guerrilla and led the most aggressive teams in Medusa. He was uncontrollable; the only rules followed were his own...!! FAR EAST...(( CHINA n HONK KONG)) "SHENG CHOU YANG.." is the first son of a Shanghai industrialist who made his fortune in the corrupt world of old China, Chiang Kai-shek's Kuomintang. , also powerful minister and an influential member of Central committee of China. Sheng and his people intend to take over Hong Kong, as a Holy mission, to rescue her from British colonists . Targeting this, Sheng is mounting a hidden economic military campaign intended to bring a swift victory to him. Being the son of corrupt industrialist, Sheng's objective is to form a consortium of taipans , to take over Hong Kong and turning the colony into the conspirator's own financial empire. This was supported by Sheng's group of thugs and zealots in Peaking. If this happens, the conspiracy would fail, and People's Republic of China will ragingly strike out by marching into Hong Kong. If China takes over Hong Kong and its colonies,lead by a maniac and his handful of zealot,boardroom thugs, it will lead to bloodbath for the entire Far East, resulting in Third World War.. Basically Sheng Chou Yang is a madman with the face of a butcher. He comes from hell, a Chinese version of Savonarola, who tortures and kills-men,women,kids-with a smile on his face. He gives sermons like a prophet talking to children, but underneath he is a maniac who rules his gang of misfits by sheer terror. His troops aren't troops, but set of goons,sadistic thugs who have learned their craft from a terrible master. He is also a most powerful man in China. He has great influence in the Central Committee, making it his puppet. Sheng's way of punishing his traitors is unimaginable. He calls a conference at a bird sanctuary ,an hour out of Peking. He kills a man suspended by ropes,hacking his sward in to the screaming body. A woman who tried to argue her innocence had her head cut off in front of his goons...!!! During the past months, many of the powerful voices in Peking's Central Committee have been brutally murdered. Lastly, China's Vice Premier was murdered in Kowloon when no one in Peking knew he was there. Five men massacred in the Tsim Sha Tsui with killer leaving his calling card. To everybody's surprise all these murders are carried out in the name of JASON BOURNE, ...an impostor recruited by Sheng, to silence his oppositions. While original Jason Bourne was thousands of miles away, undergoing therapy treatment in USA, an impostor assassin was born in Far East,courtesy of Sheng. From all sides in all areas, the terrorist, the new Jason Bourne hired by Sheng, attacks ruthlessly. He kills people, blows shipments, threatens others who did not obey Sheng's master plan. THE MISSION... At the property leased by United States Consulate, at a colonial area in Hong Kong, named Victoria Peak, Ambassador Raymond Havilland, and Undersecretary Edward McAllister teams together for an important Mission. In an effort to put an end to the Far East crises, they finds David Webb as the right man for this mission. They want David Webb to transform as James Bourne, a mythical character crreated by CIA.They want to trap this new assassin, an impostor posing as the new Bourne, since he is a direct link to Sheng Chou Yang. The Jason Bourne created by USA, will replace this new killer using his name. Once in place Jason Boune will send an urgent message that will make Sheng respond. He can't refuse to keep his hands clean, if he comes out in response, the US government will take him. When McAllister visits David Webb's residence ,to convey the message Webb refuses to undertake the mission because of his previous bitter experience with the CIA . To recruit Webb who is in the unique position of hunting a killer, impersonating him as James Bourne Ambassador Havilland kidnaps Webb's wife Marie and takes her to Hong Kong. Webb follows to Kawloonn city as Jason Bourne. Posing as a grieving husband for his murdered young wife, by Sheng's assassin, British major from MI6, Lin Wenzu, meets Jason Bourne at the walled city of Kawloon. He manipulates Jason with a lie that he was responsible for Marie's abduction. Lin promises Jason, that if he brings his wife's assassin , Jason's wife Marie will be released. Lin also gives Jason some list of contact for reaching the impostor assassin through proper channel. At an dense wooded area at LOK MA CHAU, Jason meets a Frenchman ((Philippe d' Anjou)) nick named Echo, who happened to be his colleague right from Vietnam days. Shockingly Jason learns that impostor assassin is Frenchman's creation as a replica of real James Bourne. Echo tells Jason that everything went wrong and the assassin now works for Sheng. Jason's effort to trap the assassin collapses inside Mao's tomb at Tian An Men Square and also at Beijing Hotel. With the help of Echo , he finds the assassin at Jing Shan bird sanctuary near Peaking together with Sheng, both in the process of murdering their traitors. In the face to face encounter Jason traps the assassin and brings him back to his superiors to Victoria Peak. Marie escapes from the protection of American Ambassador Havilland and McAllister, hides at her friend Christina Staple's appartment.Learning the pathetic position of Marie, the CIA officer Alex Conklin and Webb's theropist Morris arrives Hong Kong and Marie joins then. While bringing the imposter assassin to victoria park, Jason Bourne discovers that his wife's kidnapping is a lie and purposefully done by American Government to recruit Jason in this mission.He also discovers that the Chinese Taipen posed as the grieving husband was actually British Intelligence officer to guide him towards the assassin. Since Marie was not in the custody of Havilland, he wrongly believes that she was dead. Jason Bourne, with rage and cinfusion starts blasting the Victoria Peak and tries to kill his superiors. The assassin brought with him dies in the process. At the right moment Alex conkling brings Jason's wife Marie to the spot thereby stopping Jason from violence. Alex, Haviland and McAllister explains importance of this mission, and Jason's importance role in stopping Sheng and saving the Far East. Edward McAllister asks Sheng to meet him at a secret place, otherwise Sheng's dossier containing his atrocities will be leaked to the world. Sheng arrives at a deserted place near Chinese boarder, while he is discussing this issue with McAllister starts threatening all of a sudden. Jason already hiding there kills Sheng and leaves the body. After this successful mission, the American :Givernment promises Jason,that there will be no further missions involving him and his wife. Jason starts building his life as sof tnatured David Webb at peaceful Hawaii island. MY COMMENT... BOURNE SUPREMACY....SUPREME...!!! This book is so huge with 650 + pages. Right from the word go, twists and turns, hide and seek begins at each and every page, leaving the reader guessing till the end. Climax is a big let down with an abrupt finish. David Webb's character living with Multiple split personality and the supreme guerrilla James Bourne is very well handled without confusing the readers. All throughout the novel, author narrates some places of interest both in Hong Kong and China, without diluting the plot. His interestng information regarding the walled city of Kawloon, Mao Zedung's memorial at Tian An Men Square adds spice to the novel and makes the readers travel with the characters. .!!! FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE NOVEL 1. Secrecy was worth ten thousand tigers, if not a kingdom (page 419) 2.Cain is for Delta and Carlos will be killed by Cain (page 288)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Jefferson

    I liked this better than the first one, even thought I had seen the movie before reading it. I engaged with the characters more and felt that it was faster moving and with lots of thrills,. The fascination I had in the first volume with the international dimensions of this thriller were continued here and it was nice to travel to exotic faraway places in the company of such a hero. Nice writing, I thought.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    8/18/04 - 6/10 The Bourne Supremacy was similar to Bourne Identity. The storytelling was not all that great, making it hard to follow who knows what and where all the plot tangles are going. There were also quite a few repetitive and annoying focuses (like the Bourne vs Webb conflicts). The premise is pretty implausible and makes a pretty flimsy backbone for the plot. The plot does move along nicely though. It makes for a nice roller coaster ride, albeit a shallow one. The overal plot was a littl 8/18/04 - 6/10 The Bourne Supremacy was similar to Bourne Identity. The storytelling was not all that great, making it hard to follow who knows what and where all the plot tangles are going. There were also quite a few repetitive and annoying focuses (like the Bourne vs Webb conflicts). The premise is pretty implausible and makes a pretty flimsy backbone for the plot. The plot does move along nicely though. It makes for a nice roller coaster ride, albeit a shallow one. The overal plot was a little too straight forward. It would have been better with more twists and turns. The characterization is pretty weak again. There is still a bunch of schmaltzy lovey-dovey over the top doo-doo substituting for romance. For more info, check out: Author's site Carlos the Jackal Carlos site 2 Carlos on Wikipedia 8/18 - bourne supremacy - 6 - what's up with all the 'off the wire's? Hard to follow who knows what and where they are going with the plot tangles. bourne and webb as separate entities kind of dumb. based on a pretty implausible premise with a flimsy backbone for the plot. still schmaltzy lovey dovey over the top crap. conversations with/tips from 'bourne' are repetitive and annoying - separate entities again. plot does move along though - a nice roller coaster ride, albeit a shallow one - not many twists and turns to the plot, too straightforward interesting twist? mcallister work for sheng to implicate US and have china take HK? nope

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