Jason Bourne is back - top-notch thriller from Robert Ludlum's legendary series.
'Olympic style, all-out espionage' Daily Express
'Watch your back 007 - Bourne is out to get you' - Sunday Times
Jason Bourne is working as a 'blacksmith' - hired by high-level government ministers fearful of assassination attempts. He is paid to impersonate these men at meetings in places of uncertain security around the globe, but when armed gunmen storm one such meeting, they're target is not the minister he impersonates, but Bourne himself.
Kidnapped and transported to an underground bunker, Bourne finds himself face-to-face with a well-known terrorist who demands that Bourne carry out a special mission for him - one, that if completed, will have dire consequences for the entire world.
Lustbader's workmanlike ninth contribution to the Bourne franchise (after 2013's The Bourne Retribution) finds Jason Bourne on a routine assignment, posing as a high-level functionary at an international summit in the Middle East. The action picks up after the terrorist El Ghadan captures Bourne during an ambush of the summit that leaves the other diplomats dead. Our hero is then forced to make a sadistic choice: consign his friend Soraya Moore and her two-year-old daughter, Sonya, to a fate of death or worse, or, use his unparalleled skills to murder the American president. As he patiently searches for an escape from this dilemma, Bourne inadvertently plays directly into El Ghadan's real plan. An overly familiar plot (e.g., a vengeful enemy forces a top agent to choose between loved ones and patriotic duty) and tacky prose (e.g., "The long bulge of the Presidential phallus was all too visible") suggest Bourne is ready for retirement.