Ludlum is turning over in his grave....Bourne is unrecognizable...Van Lustbader should give any profit to charity out of shame for writing such tripe that even the WORST would be "It was a dark and stormy night." writer could have done better! After reading this book you come away with several negative impressions (besides the nausea of having been conned out of good money for the book).
First, the book toggles back and forth between Bourne and "the rest of the world". "Events" happen in one of these modes and to create suspense, the author switches to the other mode to create an event and then switches back to resolve the first event then switch back to resolve the other. This happens so regularly that one imagines Van Lustbader writing two stories then shuffling them together like a deck of cards. The events themselves are unimaginatively CONTRIVED with descriptions as if they were directions to actors for a (bad) movie script.
Secondly, and MOST EGREGIOUSLY, Van Lustbader writes characters who go from venomously DRIVEN to cute and cuddly with the turn of a page. Their behavior begins with one "mode of being" and Bourne is their "magic talisman" to convert them.
Thirdly, just in case he's lost the reader as to the motivations of the characters, at around the 3/4 mark of the book, he has 3 of them engage in a conversation describing "how did this mess start?" At that point I knew that the answer was "Someone told Van Lustbader he was a writer" One expects to "suspend disbelief" but for THIS particular book, only a lobotomy would suffice.
Finally, Van Lustbader gives us a Deus ex machina ending that instead of creating joy (as intended by the author) produces another groan at his amateurish attempt at manipulating the reader.
If, like me, you want a "Bourne fix"...this book will not do it.
In my original review, I forgot to mention the author's GRATUITOUS use of Mexican and Chinese cultural references that are just "dropped" into the work as if, to pad the number of pages, Van Lustbader figured that plagiarizing a Fodor's Guide would help him convince his readers that he knew what he was talking about.