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1.0 out of 5 starsImagine a comic book without pictures.
Reviewed in the United States on October 15, 2020
Lustbader seemed to be trying to continue in the style of Ludlum early on. But this thing is a joke. I bought this book and Bourne Imperative to fill the gap before the next book that I had picked up at the yearly charity sale in town. But if the next two are as lame as this one, I may just pitch them all in the recycle bin instead of giving them back to the library for next year's charity event. Bourne has always been something of a level above James Bond. But this is more like the Batman TV show of the 60's. Believability is out the window and it's bordering on silly. I'll finish it, but may not waste my time on the following installments.
I have read the series up through "Dominion." This will be the last. As I read "Legacy," "Betrayal," "Sanction," "Deception," and "Objective," I kept hoping Van Lustbader would begin to demonstrate a natural aptitude for the kind of writing skill so well revealed by Ludlum. He didn't. I have a feeling he never will. The final two or three books won't enter into my reading pastime.
As a purveyor of series, it has been a disappointment. Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes, Edgar Allan Poe and Dupin, William F. Buckley and Blackford Oakes--these I have consumed with great enjoyment, and did so with a passion for following through to the end. Not so here.
I think possibly the greatest letdown was the failure to follow through in some fashion with Kahn, who emerged as the son who survived the jungle slaughter. And then there was Marie, who rose then fell into the mist.
All in all, the series became a veritable hodge podge of new characters, broadening situations, loose ends.
I will return to the Clancy series. After Tom Clancy's death I was hesitant, for fear that Mark Greaney would do to Clancy, as it turns out, Van Lustbader did to Ludlum. I am now well into Greaney's "Full Force and Effect," without disappointment. So far he is moving forward from Clancy in a seamless style, thus giving homage to his predecessor.
I gather that other reviews have gone over the plot details. I have read all of Lustbader's follow-ups to Ludlum's Bourne series, and have generally been impressed. In most ways I feel he is Ludlum's equal regarding intricate plot creation, surprises, knowledge of foreign cities, dialogue. In certain ways he outshines Ludlum in his knowledge of weaponry. He has less ongoing character interaction than Ludlum, which I found neither adding or detracting- just somewhat different. Some of his metaphors I found overly crude and took me out of the story, and I feel there is an overuse of metaphors. But it's wasn't preventative once I got used to it. I think Ludlum paints a setting more elegantly.
The particular reason I give this book less than 5 Stars is that the end is a pseudo-end and not a complete novel within itself, at least not satisfactorily to me. I discovered you have to read the next book to find out what happens. (This is not true of the previous Lustbader Bourne books, which are complete within themselves.) There's a simple solution to it: Make is Dominion- Part 1 and the next book Part 2. Additionally, however, and again, I didn't find this with the previous Lustbader series, there are several loose ends regarding minor characters that, having not been tied up, leaves you never finding out what happens to them. This could have been easily remedied with very little time and effort- Publishers, just give Lustbader an extra week to tie up the ends!
All in all, still worth reading if you have enjoyed Lustbader's previous Bourne books.
Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2019
I'm so glad that you are writing books that are as interesting and clever as those previously written by Ludlum. I think you surpassed him in this one. The plot is excellent and the characters are ones you feel like you know. This was a hard book to put down. Thanks for the ride. Maxmontgomery
5.0 out of 5 starsAnother Amazon Jason Bourne Novel
Reviewed in the United States on March 2, 2018
Another amazing Jason Bourne novel. This book is filled with edge-of-your-seat suspense and it will keep you reading from start to finish. It's a great story of an imminent attack on US soil that Jason Bourne is going to prevent. However, they don't know who he's working for and, as a result, he ends up being hunted by both sides. Nothing new for Jason Bourne. He still fights the bad guys and saves the day.
3.0 out of 5 starsLong-time Ludlum fan struggling with this series
Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2011
As a huge fan of Ludlum and his Bourne trilogy, I am still not sure if I am at home with the continuation of the character under Mr. van Lustbader. To his credit, with the Bourne Dominion, Lustbader does keep the reader tuning the pages with frequent action sequences, although the author's mix of so many concurrent storylines made the overall effect somewhat distracting and cumbersome to follow. While I have not read all of Lusbader's Bourne works, I find myself yearning for pure Ludlum and the Bourne Dominion has done nothing to change that feeling. All-in-all, your view of this book will likely depend on your history with the Bourne character. Bourne lovers from the Ludlum era may find this to be disappointing. Readers who are new to the character may very well be happy with Lustbader's entries in the spy-thriller genre.