Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative (Jason Bourne series)

by Eric Van Lustbader

Hardcover, 2012



After retrieving a nearly-dead gunshot victim from beneath a frozen lake, Jason Bourne must help the injured man regain his memory and find out who did this to him.


(40 ratings; 3.3)

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LibraryThing member Suzannie1
really liked this book, a bit hard to keep up with all the characters , but really enjoyed it .
LibraryThing member rufusraider
Another good book in the Bourne series by Eric Van Lustbader. The story line continues with several of the characters from the last book in the series playing leading roles along with Bourne. Though it seems that Van Lustbader is preparing the way for a change in the leadership of Treadstone with this book. Serious accidents happened to several of the characters as part of the plot.… (more)
LibraryThing member jsharpmd
I had looked forward to reading this. But I was disappointed. Having read Lustbader's books I thought this would be good, maybe if I had finished reading the book but made it only about half way through. Too many characters that were confusing as to whose team they were on. Lost interest. Maybe I will try again sometime in the future.… (more)
LibraryThing member bella55075
It seems that Jason Bourne is no closer to figuring out his past. Though he did have a memory resurface, this book is more about his friends that him. He is pulled into a plot with so many twists and turns. Unfortunately his loses are high this time.
LibraryThing member Speesh
High flying, high finance, high society, high jinx. Low down dirty double-crossing dirty tricks. That’s what you expect from a Bourne thriller - and that’s exactly what Eric Van Lustbader delivers. Time and time again.

I like these 'Bourne’ thrillers so much, that I am able to forgive almost anything that does - or sometimes doesn’t - happen in them. I’m even prepared to (well, almost prepared, I suppose I should say) overlook the constant ‘punching in’ of telephone numbers. One just doesn’t punch a number in. No. Anyway...

‘Imperative' begins (well, a little bit after the beginning really) with fishing a man with memory loss and no identification out of the water. This time though, in contrast to the first ever Bourne book, it's Jason B., doing the fishing. Story moves on and the shocks and thrills mount and it soon turns out that (even) the President of the USA wants Bourne dead. I suppose you know you’re really up against it when the good ol’ POTUS wants you dead, eh? The rest of the story? Well, there’s not much you need to know, except it delivers. We have Russians, the Israelis - in the form of Mossad (as friends and foes) - Mexican drug lords and more. You can pick it up, but don’t expect to be able to put it down again anytime soon. I seem to have read this one a little out of sequence, but it really doesn’t matter. Enough of the whys and wherefore’s are explained to make it all readable without having read the previous, and without getting in the way of the enjoyment of the present.

Otherwise? You can tell the English character - he's the one calling people 'mate' in every other sentence. Mexico City is both a whirlpool and has a beating heart inside the same paragraph. Yeah, I guess I’m willing to overlook those as well.

If you want a book that keeps you on your toes the whole time, where you should always expect the unexpected, then this is more how a good thriller should be than many you’ll read. Confusing yet intriguingly interesting at the start, as the pieces are assembled , then becoming clearer in the middle as the pieces fall into pace for Bourne - and you. As the problem becomes clearer, possible solutions pop up, on the page for 'Bourne and in your head. I like that in a book. And I’m pretty sure this is the kind of thriller the people quoted on the backs of Charles Cummings books think they’ve been reading.
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LibraryThing member Andy_DiMartino
Good stuff!! Thank you Eric for continuing the saga!!
LibraryThing member sdramsey
Hmmm...what to say about this book? A lot of unpleasant people get killed. Some unpleasant people do not get killed. Some slightly less unpleasant people also get killed. Pretty much everyone is double-crossing at least one other person, and everybody wants the money/power/validation. Some of the characters are pretty much incomprehensible, yet interesting in a watching-an-accident sort of way. It's all very exciting and convoluted and you don't know who can trust whom. (The best answer is, don't trust anyone.)

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed most of it and kept listening. But trying to write a more in-depth review is just too hard on my brain.
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LibraryThing member clsnyder
Utterly horrid
LibraryThing member JESGalway
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.
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Grand Central Publishing (2012), Edition: First Edition, 435 pages

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