#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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.
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Ultimatum.
Ludlum has never come up with a more head-spinning, spine-jolting, intricately mystifying, Armageddonish, in short Ludlumesque, thriller than this. A Peking leader of seemingly irreproachable reputation, secretly a Kuomintang fanatic, has masterminded a plot to take over Hong Kong via political assassination, the result of which would be civil war in China and possibly global disaster. His principal agent is an assassin-for-hire masquerading as the legendary "Jason Bourne,'' a one-time secret U.S. agent now, under his real name David Webb, struggling with the aid of a psychiatrist and his loving wife Marie to recover from amnesia. Only one man can destroy the conspiracy: Webb, who must be persuaded to re-assume his Bourne identity, track down the impostor and through him lay a trap for the vile Shengthe ``persuasion'' to be by way of his abducted wife. The action jolts from the back alleys of Hong Kong and Kowloon to a secret government complex in the Colorado mountains to the seats of power in Peking and even the interior of Mao's tomb. Every chapter ends with a cliff-hanger; the story brims with assassination, torture, hand-to-hand combat, sudden surprise and intrigue within intrigue. It's a sure-fire bestseller. 650,000 first printing; $150,000 ad/promo; BOMC selection; Franklin Library limited edition.
shady on top of shady
These books are so different from the movies. The storyline isn't the same. Also, the timeline is like 60's & 70's instead of current-ish. It kind of makes me think of how superhero comics have alternate reality universes for the same characters. Regardless of the small details, the overall is the same, lots of government and unknowns. He has to figure out who is doing what to him. He starts from nothing, not knowing who is against him or if anyone is on his side. Everyone is shady and a possible threat. Also, because of so much undercover, he has his own mind to compete with when trying to discern what's real. In this story he gets pulled into a battle between two opposing forces in China that could destroy other governments. Also, there is another Bourne, again. All of the scenarios would be dangerous of the best agent without having to sort out their own identity during the process.