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Book Review: The Bourne Betrayal


Robert Ludlum created Bourne in the classic 'Bourne Identity'. Then the movies came, featuring Matt Damon(Yes, I've seen the TV versions featuring Richard Chamberlain but those are forgettable.)

The movie Bourne was different from the orginal one Ludlum created. The latter was brought forth to flush out Carlos the Jackal, the real life legend in the 80s. The movies leave out the Carlos angle and add their own reason for Bourne's existence.

Now, once again Jason Bourne is back, but this time he's no longer Ludlum's Bourne who faces the conflicting ideals of David Web, his other personality with his own. This Bourne is neither like Damon's character nor Ludlum's legendary assasin. Revived by Eric Lustbader in the Bourne Betrayal, he closely resembles one of Lustbader's own creations, Nicholas Linear. Like Linear, he is a widower, and can focus his breath when he is injured thus prevent further damage.

However, Bourne is not free of mental trauma.In this installment he must face a new nemesis, Islamic fundamentalists(sign of the times?) who have managed to alter his memory, have men masquerading as government officials, who can hack into the defense system and have the potential to cause colossal damage to American cities.

The villain has kidnapped Bourne's best friend, an has a vendetta against Bourne and it is up to Bourne to save the day. Of course he has a beautiful sidekick to aid him. Then there is the enemy from within.(The title gave away that part, didn't it). To save the day, Bourne, using his chameleon-like talents must infiltrate the Islamic world.


Bourne Betrayal is faced paced and worth reading, but hardcore Jason Bourne fans may be disappointed by this rendition of their hero. Lusbader, unfortunately is no Ludlum.

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