A New Jason Bourne Novel!
On the eve of Russian general Boris Karpov's wedding, Jason Bourne receives an enigmatic message from his old friend and fellow spymaster. In Moscow, what should be a joyous occasion turns bloody and lethal. Now Bourne is the only one who can decipher Karpov's cryptogram. He discovers that Karpov has betrayed his sovereign to warn Bourne of a crippling disaster about to be visited on the world. Bourne has only four days to discover the nature of the disaster and stop it.
The trail Karpov has been following leads Bourne to Cairo and the doorstep of Ivan Borz, the elusive international arms dealer infamous for hiding behind a never-ending series of false identities, a man Bourne has been hunting ever since he abducted former Treadstone director Soraya Moore and her two-year-old daughter and brutally murdered Soraya's husband.
Bourne must travel to war-torn Syria and then Cyprus as he chases the astonishing truth. The clock is ticking, and Bourne has less than four days to solve Karpov's riddle - and hunt down Borz - if he hopes to prevent a cataclysmic international war.
©2016 Eric Van Lustbader (P)2016 Hachette Audio
Jason Bourne in this novel is not the character created in "The Bourne Identity." While that is not necessarily bad, I found this book frustrating to follow and the characters absurd. The narration was worse than I thought possible, with every character virtually indistinguishable from every other. The narrator chose a deliberately choppy style, inserting pauses between 2- or 3-word bursts, which quickly becomes irritating on a novel of this length. It may be that my irritation with the narration has colored my impression of the characters and plot in this book, but this is one with which I wish I had not wasted my time.
Jason Bourne is nowhere in this book. I can't even follow the way this story. I can't even finish it. The dialogue is terrible. I am so disappointed in this book. It doesn't have the right to be called a "sequel" to the Bourne series.
I have read and listened to many, many Ludlum books over the years. What idiot decided the stories would benefit from gratuitous scenes of masturbation, rape, incest, including between thirteen year old twins, and sexual torture? Ludlum's stories have always been able to stand on their own without a need for shock value or pornography that add nothing at all to the story.
It will be one of the Covert One books I have already downloaded.
I have not listened to any of his other performances.
If you leave out all the inappropriate scenes, the story is a good one, but there are so many other Robert Ludlum books and authors that I would skip this one in favor of any of the others. I will avoid this author in the future.
Written as if the author wanted to be a soft porn writer. Narrated in such a staccato way that it detracted immensely from the book. Bad enough that the producer should have killed it by end of first chapter. Could possibly be worst all around story, narration and production performance I have read.
I do not know if the story line got any better after the first chapter but the narrator is terrible. He is all wrong for the book.
Not so much.
I will get my money back and delete the book.
Yes if they continue with this narrator.
Probably not. He speaks as if he can only read three word groups.
Most interesting - the continuation of the Bourne story
Least interesting - pathetic character descriptions
Get a new narrator
I read Robert Ludlum, he was a favorite author or mine and Eric Van Lustbader is not Robert Ludlum. Lustbader does not transition well between character description and action. It is like he is almost writing according to a formula - a bad one. I am three quarters of the way through the book but it is tough slogging. With each chapter I hope that it will get better but I am continually disappointed, but determined to finish the book at least to get my money's worth.
Holter Graham is terrible as a reader and narrator. His short choppy almost out of breath reading style takes away from the enjoyment of this story. His pathetic efforts to do various Russian and Arabic accents are almost comical. They are very hard on your ears. This is the first Holter Graham narration I have listened to and I must say that now his name on audiobooks is a red flag for me - avoid the book no matter how good you might think the story will be.
It is disappointing to have to write a bad review like this but if we don't authors and narrators will not improve.
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