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The man Jason Bourne fishes out of the freezing sea is near death, half-drowned and bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound. He awakens with no memory of who he is or why he was shot - and Bourne is eerily reminded of his own amnesia. Then Bourne discovers that the Mossad agent named Rebeka is so determined to find this injured man that she has gone off the grid, cut her ties to her agency, and is now being stalked by Mossad's most feared killer. Do the answers to these mysteries lie back in southeast Lebanon, in a secret encampment to which Bourne and Rebeka escaped following a firefight weeks ago?

The complex trail links to the mission given to Treadstone directors Peter Marks and Soraya Moore: find the semi-mythic terrorist assassin known as Nicodemo.

In the course of Bourne's desperate, deadly search for a secret that will alter the future of the entire world, he will experience both triumph and loss, and his life will never be the same. Now everything turns on the amnesiac. Bourne must learn his identity and purpose before both he and Rebeka are killed. From Stockholm to Washington, D.C., from Mexico City to Beijing, the web of lies and betrayals extends into a worldwide conspiracy of monumental proportions.

©2012 Eric Van Lustbader (P)2012 Hachette

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Leave this "fish" in the water...

What disappointed you about Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative?

It's ridiculously and uncharacteristically (for inclusion in the Bourne series) melodramatic (absolutely intolerable at some points), implausible, and silly.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Until there is some compelling reason to believe that Van Lustbader has improved, not any of his books.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator carries the voice of the women in the story in a single tone of voice: They sound like victims, even if they are ostensibly strong characters.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Frustration. I enjoy Ludlum, and have even enjoyed some of Lustbader. My sense is that publishers thought they could make a quick buck off the Ludlum franchise, intelligence and plausibility be damned. They succeeded. <br/><br/>Bourne is typically not about affairs of the heart nor the body, though they do occur in the novels. It is about the mystery and the thrill: hence the term thriller. This bok has almost none of that and most certainly, the Soraya and Peter relationships are like watching Desperate Housewives.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Kim
  • Terre Haute, IN, United States
  • 06-15-12

TEDIOUS

This yarn was a slow start. I listened long enough to get into the plot although it was not easy. If I hadn't been driving I would have shut it down. The narrator was good enough, the plot was good enough, but Jason Bourne did not seem to be the main character with far too much attention to details unrelated to his character.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Christophe
  • Westminster, MD, United States
  • 07-02-12

Dreadful - save your credits.

What was most disappointing about Eric Van Lustbader’s story?

This book is so terrible, Robert Ludlum should be turning over in his grave. The story doesn't hang together at all and reads like a story that was hastily put together. It's not even close to the early Bourne books.<br/><br/>The narration is on par with the quality of the writing. Narrators Dick Hill or Scott Sowers would have been a better choice.<br/><br/>I couldn't force myself to finish it. I gave up after the first half of the book and switched over to a Lucas Davenport novel. If you can't resist the temptation, at least get it from library so you don't waste your money on it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Worst Bourne ever

What disappointed you about Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative?

I'm not sure where to begin - the reader, the story line, the writing - they have slowly been getting worse but this book is an absolute disaster. Bourne is a minor character at best - and his skills are not longer a factor - he's just a vanilla character

What was most disappointing about Eric Van Lustbader’s story?

The story isn't remotely believable - the bad guy is a comple joke

What didn’t you like about Holter Graham’s performance?

He's not an engaging reader - I've listened to him before and he was OK - I think part of my opinion of Holter is tied to the terrible story he was forced to read

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really - I love Bourne and even like Lustbader - but this book is just terrible

Any additional comments?

Dont waste your time - but if you're like me, you'll read it anyway because you love Bourne

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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I'm a little disappointed in this book.

this book was a little dull and slow compared to all other books in this series. It's still a decent book but I would give it a six out of ten just because of how slow it is.

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This was by far the most boring of the series

It was so slow moving. Had I not paid for it I would have stopped listening. Oh, and how come Jason isn't visibly black and blue from Head to toe because he goes from fight to fight to fight. He never has time to recover and yet walking around in public no one is wondering or commenting on bruising.

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oof

narrator turned treadstone characters into whiney whips
where's the toughness gone. Re: story how did Bourne forget about his kids and Marie. Miss the Bourne of Ludlums writing

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Another good story

I wasn't hooked at first but it didn't take long! Pretty good and enjoyed it.

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  • WBR
  • Salem, Oregon
  • 11-05-16

The narrator whispered through much of the story

The narrator whispered through much of the story but not all. is this force me to have to continually or at least too often, I just the volume. just as loud so I can hear while driving, it's just a softer so I didn't blow up the speakers. this is not a good driving book.

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good choice

o found this to be on parr with the series, intriguing and plenty of action. narrator always great.