The Bourne Ultimatum by Robert Ludlum

‘The Bourne Ultimatum’ is an extremely convoluted book with a reasonable plot.

After years of Bourne living as the mild mannered scholar David Webb, Carlos the Jackal has returned to challenge him. At the same time, a new (criminal) Medusa, with members in high places is being uncovered. There is a link between Medusa and the Jackal, but I never quite worked out what it was, and I was too bogged down in the wordy text to think about it.

David and Marie now have two children who spend most of the book with Marie’s brother on a Caribbean Island (which David and Marie mostly own). Jason Bourne really splashes around the money in this book. I can’t remember how much they stole but it seems to be a bottomless pit.

I mostly enjoyed Alex Conklin and Mo Panov in this book even though they suffered from the same problem as the other characters say everything twice, firstly in a way that no one can understand, then explain it in a way that could possibly occasionally be understood by some people.

Through the book it is stated and repeated several times (like most things) that Bourne is 50 years old. I guess Lustbader must have missed that information as he has now produced an additional 9 Bourne novels.

I have to admit that the fantasy world of Novgorad sounded like a lot of fun and a great place for a showdown between Jason Bourne and Carlos the Jackal.

The real question for me now is – Do I continue or not? I wasn’t too sure how I felt about the most recent Bourne novels, but maybe the early Lustbaders are OK. I’ll give it another chance with – ‘The Bourne Legacy’.


Book Published 1990


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