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Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Sanction | [Eric Van Lustbader]

Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Sanction

Jason Bourne needs to regain his life as David Webb, so he accepts an invitation from his beloved mentor, Dominic Specter, to join the Linguistics department at Georgetown. It's a relief to leave the Bourne identity behind, but Jason soon finds himself in a life-or-death confrontation in which every move might be his last.
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Publisher's Summary

Jason Bourne needs to regain his life as David Webb, so he accepts an invitation from his beloved mentor, Dominic Specter, to join the Linguistics department at Georgetown. It's a relief to leave the Bourne identity behind, but Jason soon finds himself in a life-or-death confrontation in which every move might be his last.

Specter tells him that a former student and son of his old friend was killed by Muslim extremists known as the Eastern Brotherhood. Their leader is a man named Semian Icoupov, and he must be stopped because his next terrorist target is believed to be right here in America.

While Jason is busy pursuing Icoupov in Russia, he's become a target himself.

Inside CI, a battle is brewing for control over the agency. In order to show the incompetence of its current director, two Pentagon operatives plan to accomplish what CI never could: hunt Bourne down and destroy him.

©2008 Myn Pyn, LLC; (P)2008 Hachette Audio

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"Don't ever begin a Ludlum novel if you have to go to work the next day." (Chicago Sun Times)

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    Regan Cedar City, UT, United States 08-24-08
    Regan Cedar City, UT, United States 08-24-08 Member Since 2007
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    "He's no Ludlum!"

    On top of the disjointed storyline and too many boring, stereotypical characters, the writing is just atrocious! The metaphors rival those of an aspiring junior high writer. I've enjoyed the Bourne stories because they are based on a sensational premise but are/were so well written and well thought out that they were believable. This book requires way too much suspension of disbelief...there's actually a part where the writer can't really explain how the handy cross bows got to the right place at the right time. And the twists and turns are just absurd!! Don't waste your time or money.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Lynda Tallahassee, FL, United States 08-25-08
    Lynda Tallahassee, FL, United States 08-25-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Couldn't wait till it ended"

    I didn't think this book would ever end. There was nothing to figure out, all the plot was revealed during conversations often with random people met totally by chance. Bourne was stupid and didn't out flank anyone in this one, just sailed along as people told him stuff. The Americans only worried about their careers fighting between agencies and didn't even know there was a terrorist attack planned. Bourne bounced around working for first one group then another, sometimes two at a time? People trying to kill him for no reason except thier own careers. One agency hires random people off the street with no training? Don't waste your money or time.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    D. Brooks 02-28-09
    D. Brooks 02-28-09 Member Since 2005

    DB

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    "Mr. Lustbader, you are not a Robert Ludlum"

    With over 100 audiobooks under my belt (not including many, many books on tape, this has to be the worst. It is awful, slow and tedious. I finished it (I must like pain) but deleted it from my iPod and library. The book started fine, died after 10 minutes, and ended with a climax-less close. Zzzzzzz

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert gilbert, AZ, USA 08-16-08
    Robert gilbert, AZ, USA 08-16-08
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    "the bourne saction"

    if i were ludlum, i would be ashamed to have my name associated with this imitation, cliche ridden story line. at times like this i wish i could get my money back.

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    03-02-09
    03-02-09 Member Since 2001
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    "Awful"

    I've been an Audible subscriber for almost 8 years and I swear this is the worst audio book I've ever listened to.

    Boring writing style, characters that are hard to care about, and a story line that's...well...a "long" stretch.

    Sorry, Robert Ludlum, but this is not the kind of tripe you would have lent your name to had you still been alive.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John Huber Heights, OH, United States 10-23-08
    John Huber Heights, OH, United States 10-23-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Disappointing"

    I have been a huge Robert Ludlum fan for many years. I found this book to be somewhat difficult to follow. The writer spent far to much time attempting to communicate his left of center views. I read fiction to be entertained not indoctrinated.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris new york, NY, United States 09-02-08
    Chris new york, NY, United States 09-02-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Wait for the movie"

    This was an introductory offer, 'one free download if you sign up for audible'. I still feel as though I paid too much for this, my first selection.

    The author has laced the text with self indulgent digressions and social commentary that are genre inappropriate and distracting. Someone should take the thesaurus away from the editor.

    On the bright side, I did realize that reading the other reviews posted on the site might have saved me from my mistake. I will always do so from now on.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rockville Springdale Fire 08-10-08 Member Since 2004

    I listen while I drive and I love to drive

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    "Von what's his name isn't Ludlum"

    This was a disappointing book. Too many times the real Jason Borne would have seen it coming. When he gets off a plain and finds three people killed less than 100 yard from the plane and he know they were killed by his nemesis I just can see him getting back on the plane and taking a nap with his new true love and his mentor with him on the plane. The borne I know would search the plane and confront his villain.

    35 of 49 people found this review helpful
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    Walter E. Randallstown, MD, USA 10-27-09
    Walter E. Randallstown, MD, USA 10-27-09 Member Since 2005
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    "I loved this book!"

    Like everyone else, I am a Jason Bourne fan. I received The Bourne Betrayal as a gift so I started with that book first. At first, the beginning seems long and boring. Once the action begins, it difficult to stop listening.

    I was sceptical about The Bourne Sanction. Surprising, it is as equally good as The Bourne Betrayal. Sanction starts immediately after Betrayal ends so be sure to read the books in order.

    Now, I am reading The Bourne Deception and will backtrack to The Bourne Legacy afterwards. I don't know what I will do afterwards. By the way, Deception begins mediocre. I am still in the beginning but so far, it doesn't seem as good as Betrayal or Sanction.

    Happy reading!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ross S. Cann 10-31-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Very disappointing"

    This book has a very silly plot and a considerable amount of technically preposterous content.
    I would say it is aimed at boys 13-14 years of age. I was only able to get through 3/4's of the book before I had to give up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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