Really boring...RL just unable to make the action/story translate well. Some authors can pull off writing fight scenes but RL just couldnt make this one pay off.
Not sure I will even finish this. 8 hours to go and pretty disappointed in the story. I have to say I enjoyed the movie much better.
The oft repeated comparison"the book vs. the movie" does not apply to the Bourne Identity.
They are two different stories with a few overlapping threads,the major one being Bourne's memory loss.Having been warned by previous reviews I tried to mentally separate myself from the movie. For the most part I succeeded and the book is an excellent spy thriller taking place sometime after the Vietnam war. Bourne is a well trained operative minus his memory loss but with a tad less of the"super power" abilities in the movie.
If you can keep the movie out of your head [easier said than done] this is an excellent story by an excellent story teller....[Vintage Robert Ludlum] with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the epilogue.
still a great story. hard to imagine how we ever got things accomplished without cellphones
J. Jason Gale
The book only hints at the Bourne story. It raised my respect for the script doctors in Hollywood to see what they were able to make out of this rambling book.
Among the lapses in writing etiquette that stood out for me were the paragraphs burned showing the hero wrestling with decisions. A hero, right or wrong, should act boldly. It ramps up the excitement to see the hero trying to fix his mistakes on the fly. Ludlum, unfortunately, fixes Bourne's mistakes with lengthy dialog before he takes decisive action resulting in the readers' expectations being fulfilled. (How fun can a book be when you can figure out the ending in advance?)
The movies are better.
Having only seen the movie this was quite jarring at first. Unreal how different the movie is from the book yet I enjoyed both.
Normally when you've seen a movie and then read the book or vice versa you can see the things changed or left out of the movie. Some make sense some don't. In this case they have the name and a few things set up. After that. Wow. Just so different and yet I now like Bourne both ways. Book and movie.
I recommend this book highly. It's a whole new story after the beginning. If you like the movies you'll really enjoy the original.