A frame of microfilm surgically implanted beneath the flesh of his hip. Evidence that plastic surgery has altered his face. Strange things that he says in his delirium - maybe code words. Initials: "J.B." And a number on the film negative that leads to a Swiss bank account, a fortune of four million dollars, and, at last, a name: Jason Bourne.
But now he is marked for death, caught in a maddening puzzle, racing for survival through the deep layers of his buried past into a bizarre world of murderous conspirators - led by Carlos, the world's most dangerous assassin. And no one can help Jason Bourne but the woman who once wanted to escape him.
©1984 Robert Ludlum; (P)2008 Random House Audio
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.
This book was nothing like the movie. If you expected to be don't get it. But if you do get it it's a riveting story much better than the movie. I saw the movie and it was great, but this book is 100 times better.
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