From the classic series of thrillers from Robert Ludlum, The Bourne Deception finds Jason Bourne engaged in a deadly game of cat and mouse with a dangerous assassin stalking his every move.
After Bourne is ambushed and nearly killed while in Indonesia, he fakes his death to take on a new identity and mission: to find out who is trying to assassinate him. The search leads Bourne to question who he really is and what he would become if he no longer carried the Bourne identity. Meanwhile across the globe, an American passenger airliner is shot down over Egypt--apparently by an Iranian missile--leaving the world wondering if it was an accident or an act of aggression. A massive global team lead by Soraya Moore is assembled to investigate the attack before the situation escalates.
When Bourne's search for his would-be assassin intersects with Soraya's search for the group behind the airplane bombing, Bourne is thrust into a race to prevent a new world war. But it may already be too late.
Shadowy master assassin Jason Bourne spends too much time offstage in bestseller Lustbader's clich -ridden fourth thriller in the Ludlum franchise (after The Bourne Sanction). Having pushed his latest archenemy, Russian Leonid Arkadin, off a tanker into the ocean, Bourne assumes his foe must be dead. Not long after, Arkadin ambushes Bourne, hitting him with a rifle shot that would've killed a normal man. Seriously but not mortally wounded, Bourne decides to keep his survival a secret. The duel between the pair gets submerged in a plot line about a corrupt U.S. defense secretary's efforts to use the downing of a civilian airliner in Egypt by an Iranian missile as a casus belli. The action sequences and inevitable betrayals are old hat. Clumsy prose doesn't help ("She was dead, but he could not forget her, or what she caused in him: the tiniest fissure in the speckled granite of his soul, through which her mysterious light had begun to trickle, like the first snowmelt of spring").