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Das Bourne Ultimatum

Das Bourne Ultimatum
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  • Wenes
They are as different as night and day. The only thing the movies have in common with the book is the character of Jason Bourne. The stories are totally different. There is no car race through the streets of Paris in a mini; there is no escape from the American Embassy. But the action is fast and the story is real. The author had to have spent time in the places he writes about because that is the only way he could have known the subtle nuances that he describes. Of course the last Jason Bourne book was written in the early 90's when cell phones weren't as prevalent as they are now. But the talent of the man Jason Bourne is still the same. The speaker of a number of languages, he understands many cultures. Robert Ludlum does an excellent job in sucking you into the world of Jason Bourne and into his love for his women. But unlike in the movies, she doesn’t die. Her strength and love for this mercurial man is astounding. Her determination to keep him safe and is willing to go to any length to keep him in her life.
In the first book he appears out of nowhere and kidnaps her, forces her to help him escape from a hotel. She is furious for his intrusion and the sudden danger he thrusts her into. Then when they are captured and she is taken to the river to first be rapped, and then murdered, Jason goes to extraordinary lengths to save her. After saving her, he is badly wounded, he is ready to die, still not knowing why this is happening he commands her to get out while she can. Leave she does, but doesn’t get too far.
She realizes that he came back to save her, at great risk to his life, and if she leaves, he will most likely die. She returns, refuses to listen to his pleas for her to leave him, she takes him to a hotel where she nurses him back to health. Now she has thrust herself into a strange series of events that will not only test her resolve but his.
He teaches her to be a Chameleon, to play the spy game. As he suddenly learns who he is, how he got there, as the memories come back, a connection is formed between them. A bond that was not forged in a weekend love tryst, but melded from being placed into danger and depending upon the other for a rescue. As this woman and Jason experience more, and do more together, they suddenly find that their complimentary presence is needed by the other.
As the story line of each book is revealed, you realize the extraordinary talents of this man called Jason Bourne, and his alter ego David Webb. As David needs Jason to navigate the intricate plots and subplots they find themselves in, you learn of the awesome talent that Jason Bourne possess and why he can’t be left alone by those who would like to use him. But you also learn how David Webb, an academic nerd, also possesses power as well. Together they perform the impossible which must be done if they are to survive.
A very good book.
  • Adoraris
Sitting outside our home in Medellín, Colombia as I finish this long Robert Ludlum trilogy two thoughts 'just pop into my head'. This description of jocose randomness is the standard family dialect when I ask my wife after a particularly good recipe has made its mark on an evening around the table, 'How did you come up with *that*?

'It just popped into my head.'

So, safely distant from the kitchen, here goes:

First, the next Bourne book and/or movie needs to be set in Colombia. Our own northern Andean city—with its steep valley walls, its exotic potpourri of neighborhoods and its innovative deployment of cable cars and escalators as public transportation to and from the sprawling city sectors that cover both sides of the Valley of Aburrá—makes the perfect setting for, say, the first seven chapters of BOURNE FOUR. Then the action could move on to seaside Cartagena, with its walled jewel of a city left to us by the Spaniards in unintended payment for the gold they stole. From these promising beginnings, we have an abundant portfolio of other eye-catching sites for the location manager to scout. Since Robert Ludlum left us in 2001, this will require that some studied disciple become struck with Ludlum's conspiratorial madness and pick up the later imaginer's pen.

Second, an odd and complex relationship between Ludlum's BOURNE SERIES and the ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE left to us by olombia's Nobel-prizing-winning Gabriel García-Marquez suggests itself. Stick with me here, I can hear a reader grumbling to or about the sometimes incomprehensible Ludlum, 'I know García-Marquez, and you ain't no García-Marquez.

'Tis true. But I started with 'odd and complex', so don't get your knickers in a twist just yet. Both writers' set of characters is bafflingly complex, crying out for Cliff Notes at every third turn of the page. Both can become lost in their own way with a pen, though García-Marquez more often resurfaces to stun and amaze when Ludlum has merely wandered into the woods with too few breadcrumbs left behind for clues.

If these are formal *similarities* common to the two long-winded authors, the formal *contrast* is stark: García-Marquez' action takes place chiefly in the mind of his protagonists and in semi-private conversations among the certifiable oddballs who populate his pages. This is by definition a slow journey. His best-known story, after all, requires a hundred years.

Ludlum's Bourne on the other hand is all action. 'We've gotta' move! *Now!*'

Yet both leave this reader frequently confused, generally amused, and—in the end—ready to start the whole dang thing all over again, knowing I'll understand much more the second time, then more the third. And, so I fear, so on. From this reader's end-of-the-book perspective, neither Ludlum nor García-Marquez are going away soon.

Candidly, it'll take me another stroll or two through Bourne's reluctantly dramatic and violent life before I get any kind of respectable grip on the hair-turn-rich plot lines that kept Jason Bourne away from the people he loved most and out chasing the world's second-craftiest assassin for a handful of decades.

Oh, as other reviewers accurately and inevitably remark: those Jason Bourne *movies*? Great flicks, very little to do with the book.

If you want to meet the real-deal Chameleon, you gotta' take up and read.
  • Androrim
This is the classic assassin trilogy, with Jason/David switching identities over the course of decades in the quest to discover his memory and his skills as he seeks the evil organization called Medusa and he fights Carlos the assassin. It has its moments, but there are many confusing episodes in which it is unclear who is manipulating whom. I enjoyed it and if you have not read any of it novels, do not confuse them with the plots of the movies. These stories are for the most part only partially based on the novels. Ludlum is a master and give these books a try. Great escapist reading, but not literature in the example of LeCarre or even Ian Fleming.
  • Skunk Black
Very disappointing book-(first book-haven't started the 2nd book). The movies were so much better. The plot is very interesting but the author labors through the story with so much boring dialog that it is very hard to stay connected to the plot and the characters.
  • kolos
I struggle to declare this final installment of Ludlum's masterful trilogy the best of them, but I will not hesitate to conclude that it was the most hilarious! Yup, the comedy was a plus towards the intertwining journeys of Jason's many foes and friends. It made the entire adventure less agonizing and more welcoming to plow through. This final arc of the famous chameleon was definitely a ride to wait for. With powerful storytelling, despite the overdrawn formula of intense detail, fulfilling action, and a plethora of surprises to verify those, unfortunately, already verified gaps, this ultimatum, the gospel according to St. Bourne, was still a stellar finale.