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Robert Ludlum's The Bourne imperative
Other title(s):
Bourne imperative


Large print.
New York, NY : Grand Central Publishing, 2012.
Physical Description:
640 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
Series title(s):
After retrieving a nearly-dead gunshot victim from beneath a frozen lake, Jason Bourne must help the injured man regain his memory and find out who did this to him.
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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 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.

Author Notes

Eric Van Lustbader was born in Greenwich Village, New York City in 1946. He received a bachelor's degree in sociology from Columbia College in 1968. While still in college, he began work in the entertainment industry by creating his own music production company that included work with such bands as Cheap Trick, Mountain, and Blue Oyster Cult. He is a writer of both thriller and fantasy novels. He has written several series including The Pearl Saga Series, The Sunset Warrior Cycle, The China Maroc Series and The Nicholas Linnear/Ninja Cycle Series. He is also the co-author of the Jason Bourne series, starting with book 4, with Robert Ludlum.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 4

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this audio edition of the latest installment in the Jason Bourne series, narrator Holter Graham provides distinctive, appropriately accented voices-not only for the book's self-reliant and indestructible hero-but also for a mysterious amnesiac he rescues from an icy death; a beautiful Mossad agent who has gone rogue; the super-assassin who's tracking her; assorted Israeli, Chinese, and Mexican villains; officials at a CIA training facility, Treadstone; and even the president of the United States. As the Treadstone crew attempts to identify and nullify a legendary assassin known as Nicodemo, Bourne must contend with the leaders of Core Energy, a group intent on controlling the world through the use of rare metals. If the ensuing subplots, surprises, and treacheries strain credibility, Graham reads them with the stirring conviction of a true believer. And this impassioned narration will make it difficult for listeners not to get caught up in the fate of Bourne and the free world. A Grand Central hardcover. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Review

Jason Bourne is alive and well, but this, the 10th installment of the franchise, is tired. The prolific Van Lustbader's (Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Dominion, 2011, etc.) latest Bourne is tedious. The prologue: A man is running, a woman pursuing, across a snowbound landscape in Sweden. They engage in hollow dialogue, punctuated by witless description, then proceed to the killing. While fishing and discussing conspiracies with his friend Christien Norn, Bourne snags a body, lifts it from the water. Flash to the Oval Office. The secretary of defense is briefing a dubious president, who is asking pointed questions about the health of Treadstone directors Peter Marks and Soraya Moore and checking on Dick Richards, his eyes in the spy shop. We glimpse Marks and Moore back in the office, then overhear a conversation at Mossad headquarters: Rebeka, a prized agent, has gone rogue; Ilan Halevy, "the Babylonian," is sent to kill her. It is not long before Bourne becomes reacquainted with Rebeka; the man fished from the icy waters regains his memory; and the mystery deepens about the Israeli research facility in Lebanon. We become acquainted with financier Don Fernando, "sometime partner" of Norn. He has suspicions about Core Energy's CEO, Tom Brick. A shadowy character identified as Nicodemo is doing Brick's dirty laundry--extorting, killing. Before long Bourne and Rebeka are chasing Nicodemo from one side of the Atlantic while Moore and Marks try to net him on the other. The Chinese have a stake in the Israeli research, Dick Richards is tricky, and a Mexican cartel boss, who, like almost everybody, wants Bourne dead, may have the funds, the smarts and the guts to outspend and outmaneuver--on and on it spins. A carousel of stereotypes, devoid of suspense.]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

This is Lustbader's seventh Bourne novel, meaning that he's now written more than twice as many books about the enigmatic superspy as Ludlum did. But trading on Ludlum's name will no doubt increase readership, so what the heck. The bigger issue here is whether the novel is any good. And it is. It might not make much sense if you haven't read the previous installments in the series Lustbader doesn't spend a lot of time backfilling or bringing us up to speed but readers familiar with the story of Jason Bourne (still searching for the truth about his own identity) and Treadstone (the top-secret intelligence and assassination program of the CIA) will be flipping pages as fast as they can. Unlike Ludlum, whose prose frequently tended toward the stodgy, Lustbader pulls readers through the story with gusto, as Bourne confronts a man in a situation very much like his own, and Treadstone agents Marks and Moore try to determine whether they can trust a new man on the team. For series fans, a solid continuation of Bourne's story. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: From beer to books, brand names sell, and the Ludlum-Bourne combo is thoroughly bankable, especially since the stand-in at the keyboard knows what he's doing.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Lustbader's seventh foray (after Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Dominion) into the world of rogue agent Jason Bourne is another terrific thriller. Out on an ice-fishing excursion, Bourne catches a human body on his line. The man is still alive but suffers from amnesia. As Bourne helps the man uncover his past, his own life is thrown into jeopardy and his past called up for review. VERDICT The questionable beginning that echoes Bourne's personal history is a bit hard to swallow. Once readers get past that, the novel turns into an action fest. There is a huge cast of other characters with their own storylines, so series newcomers should start with an earlier book. Fans will discover this to be the best Lustbader Bourne novel yet, even with the hokey start. The August release of Bourne Legacy with Jeremy Renner, the fourth entry in the film franchise, should only spark more interest. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.