Eric Van Lustbader
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Eric Van Lustbader

Eric Van Lustbader's first novel, The Sunset Warrior, was published in 1975. Since then, he has published more than twenty five best-selling novels, including The Ninja, in which he introduced Nicholas Linnear, one of modern fiction's most beloved and enduring heroes, continuing his exploits in five subsequent best-sellers. His novels have been translated into over twenty languages; his books are bestsellers worldwide and are so popular whole sections of bookstores from Bangkok to Dublin are devoted to them.

Mr. Lustbader was born and raised in Greenwich Village, where he developed an interest in art as well as in writing. He lived downstairs from the young Lauren Bacall and built orange-crate racers in Washington Square Park with Keith and David Carradine. He is a graduate of Columbia College, with a degree in Sociology, but his real education came much earlier at The City & Country School where, as Mr. Lustbader, is fond of saying, "I learned all the important lessons that would stay with me for life."

Before turning to writing full time, he enjoyed highly successful careers in the New York City public school system where he holds licenses in both elementary and early childhood education, and in the music business where he worked for Elektra Records and CBS Records among other companies. He was the first writer in the US to write about Elton John and to predict his success. As a consequence, he, Elton and Elton's lyricist Bernie Taupin became friends. Writing for Cash Box Magazine, he also predicted the successes of such bands as Santana, Roxy Music, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, David Bowie, and The Who, among others.

Mr. Lustbader is also the author of two successful and highly regarded major fantasy series, The Pearl, published by Tor Books in the US and HarperCollins/Voyager in the UK and The Sunset Warrior Cycle. He is the author of a number of short stories, screenplays and novellas. Three of the short stories appeared in 1999: "Hush," in Off The Beaten Path: Stories of Place for Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, "Slow Burn," in Murder And Obsession for Delacourt Press, and "An Exultation of Termagants" in the millennial supernatural mega-collection 1999 for Avon Books. A highly successful short novel, Art Kills, was published in 2000 by Carroll & Graf.

That same year he was asked by DC Comics to write a graphic novel. Mr. Lustbader chose to write about his favorite childhood comic character, Batman. The result was "Batman" The Dark Angel," which was the only graphic novel to be chosen as a Monthly Choice of the Quality Paperback Book Club.

In 2003, he was asked by Estate of the late Robert Ludlum to continue the series based on Jason Bourne. The Bourne Legacy, published in 2004 continues and updates the adventures of Robert Ludlum's famous international assassin. Mr. Lustbader has gone on to write five more Bourne novels, The Bourne Betrayal, The Bourne Sanction, The Bourne Deception, The Bourne Objective, The Bourne Dominion (July, 2011).

In 2008, Mr. Lustbader wrote First Daughter to wide acclaim. The novel features Jack McClure and Alli Carson, Mr. Lustbader's first continuing characters since Nicholas Linnear and Jake Maroc. The second novel in the series, Last Snow, was published in January, 2010. The third novel in the series, Blood Trust, is published in May, 2011.

Eric Van Lustbader serves on the Board of Trustees and is Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee of the City & Country School in Greenwich Village. He also tends his prized collection of Japanese maples and beech trees (which have been written up in The New York Times and Martha Stewart's Living). He is a Second-LevelReiki master. He listens to music constantly and is ever on the lookout for new bands and artists. To see his picks, please visit his Web site: ericvanlustbader.com. He and his wife, the author Victoria Lustbader, live in New York City and Long Island.

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Best Sellers

    • The Bourne Legacy

    • By: Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,490
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 767
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 768

    In Robert Ludlum's ground-breaking career, no other character so captured the world's imagination as Jason Bourne....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • It sure reads like a Ludlum book!

    • By Linda on 07-21-04

    Regular price: $39.93

    • The Bourne Deception

    • By: Robert Ludlum, Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Davidson
    • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 418
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 217
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 217

    The Bourne Deception picks up where The Bourne Sanction left off. Jason Bourne's nemesis Arkadin is still hot on his trail and the two continue their struggle, reversing roles of hunter and hunted....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • should have read the reviews

    • By Patrick on 07-02-09

    Regular price: $22.80

    • Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Betrayal

    • By: Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Davidson
    • Length: 17 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,070
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 444
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 445

    Jason Bourne takes a mission to rescue his only friend in the CIA, Martin Lindros, who disappeared in Africa. But the man he saves in Africa may not really be Martin Lindros....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing

    • By Yves on 06-19-07

    Regular price: $19.38

    • Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Sanction

    • By: Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Davidson
    • Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 775
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 322
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 325

    Jason Bourne needs to regain his life as David Webb, so he accepts an invitation to join the Linguistics department at Georgetown. But Jason soon finds himself in a life-or-death confrontation....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • He's no Ludlum!

    • By Regan on 08-24-08

    Regular price: $22.80

    • Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Objective

    • By: Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated by: Scott Sowers
    • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 420
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 218
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 214

    Facing down mercenaries in Africa, Jason Bourne witnesses the death of an art dealer named Tracy Atherton. Her killing dredges up snatches of Bourne's impaired memory....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Very hard to follow.

    • By Bob Larive on 06-12-10

    Regular price: $22.80

    • Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Dominion

    • By: Robert Ludlum, Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Davidson
    • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 420
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 329
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 330

    Jason Bourne is searching for an elusive cadre of terrorists planning to destroy America's most strategic natural resources....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • A Lesson Learned

    • By Slide01 on 08-08-11

    Regular price: $22.80

    • Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Ascendancy

    • By: Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated by: Holter Graham
    • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 273
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 244
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 240

    In this thrilling and absorbing new novel Jason Bourne is faced with an impossible mission....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • I can't believe how lame this book comes off.

    • By Jim on 06-22-14

    Regular price: $30.79

    • Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Retribution

    • By: Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated by: Holter Graham
    • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 203
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 173
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 170

    Bourne's friend Eli Yadin, head of Mossad, learns that Ouyang Jidan, a senior member of China's Politburo, and a major Mexican drug lord may have been trafficking drugs....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Great story, terrible choice for a narrator.

    • By Amazon Customer on 06-17-14

    Regular price: $30.79

    • Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Initiative

    • By: Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated by: Holter Graham
    • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 165
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 147
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 144

    General Boris Karpov, head of the feared Russian FSB, is dead. But Karpov has reached out from the grave with an unstoppable cyber operation he conceived before his murder....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Hard to listen to

    • By Brian M Erickson on 07-19-17

    Regular price: $30.79

    • Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Enigma

    • By: Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated by: Holter Graham
    • Length: 14 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 494
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 446
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 438

    On the eve of Russian general Boris Karpov's wedding, Jason Bourne receives an enigmatic message from his old friend and fellow spymaster....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • I Miss Robert Ludlum!

    • By Otto on 07-13-16

    Regular price: $30.79

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