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- SynopsisJason Bourne returns to Georgetown University and the mild world of his alter ego, David Webb, hoping for normalcy. But after so many adrenaline-soaked years of risking his life, Bourne finds himself chafing under the quiet life of a linguistics professor. Aware of his frustrations, his academic mentor, Professor Specter, asks for help investigating the murder of a former student by a previously unknown Muslim extremist sect. The young man died carrying information about the group's terrorist activities, including an immediate plan to attack the United States. The organization, the Black Legion, and its lethal plot have also popped up on the radar of Central Intelligence, where new director Veronica Hart is struggling to assert her authority. Sensing an opportunity to take control of CI by showing Hart's incompetence, National Security Agency operatives plan to accomplish what CI never could-hunt down and kill Bourne. In Europe, Bourne's investigation into the Black Legion turns into one of the deadliest and most tangled operations of his double life-the pursuit of the leader of a murderous terrorist group with roots in the darkest days of World War II-all while an assassin as brilliant and damaged as himself is getting closer by the minute . . .
- AuthorEric Van Lustbader
- Number Of Pages496 pages
- Publication Date2008-07-29
- PublisherGrand Central Publishing
- Copyright Date2008
- Weight25.2 Oz
- Height1.5 In.
- Width6.5 In.
- Length9.2 In.
- LC Classification NumberPS3562.U752R65 2008
- Dewey Decimal813.54
- Dewey Edition22
- Reviews"A hearty serving of meat and potatoes action adventure, just the sort of fare that both Ludlum's and Lustbader's fans relish.","Don't ever begin a Ludlum novel if you have to go to work the next day."
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- jodytcobMar 10, 2015by
Van Lustbader's Bourne Sanction well worth the read.
Eric Van Lustbader's writing style mimics that of his more
famous literary ancestor, Robert Ludlum. I knew from previous readings that my interest would be captured from page one, paragraph one and my expectations of twists and turns for a wild read would be met. I believe Ludlum would be proud of this novel. Those interested in going from a bumpy and thrilling ride would find this book the right medicine.
- rw06anSep 23, 2009by
The Bourne Sanction by Eric Van Lustbader
With the climactic events of The Bourne Ultimatum behind him, Jason Bourne is able to once again become David Webb, now professor of linguistics at Georgetown University. However, this serenity does not last for long and, when a silenced gunshot narrowly misses Webb's head, the Bourne Persona reawakens in him yet again.
Bourne's first objective is to get to his long time friend and handler at the CIA, Alex Conklin.
However, unbeknownst (as yet) to Bourne, a Hungarian by the name of Stepan Spalko has now drawn Jason into a web—one which he cannot escape as easily as his professorial façade.
Finding Alex dead along with Doctor Morris Panov, Bourne realizes the trap as soon as he hears the police arriving. With his car outside and his fingerprints in the house, he immediately understands that he has been framed.
So, with only Conklin's cell phone and a torn page from a notebook to go on, Jason Bourne sets off to find out who's trying to kill him and who killed his friends.
After warning Marie and his kids, Jamie and Alison, to proceed immediately towards their safe house, he slips through the CIA cordon and makes his way to an independent agent who was talking to Alex Conklin when he was killed. Having received travel plans to Hungary and a mission to meet Janos Vadas, Conklin's contact in Hungary, he proceeds to unravel the truth behind why Alex and Morris Panov were killed.
Meanwhile, a group of Chechen terrorists have been fighting a losing battle against Russian invaders when a man named Stephan Spalko appears to solve their problems. Spalko, we later discover, had Conklin and Panov killed and kidnaped a Doctor by the name of Felix Schiffer. Schiffer is an expert in bacteriological particulate behavior.
Spalko intends to release a bacteriological weapon during peace negotiations between many World Leaders to be held at the Oskjuhlid Hotel in Reykjavík, Iceland, using the terrorists he is cultivating as a diversion. The book charts Bourne's course from the United States, to France and then to Budapest in Hungary where he learns the final thing he needs to do—to stop Spalko's attack in Iceland.
This of course, has to be done with a CIA sanction out for him to be immediately terminated, as he is believed responsible for the deaths of Conklin and Panov.
There is also the matter of Spalko's hired assassin, Khan, who is preternaturally able to track Bourne where everyone else cannot. Khan is revealed In the Bourne Legacy; he is Joshua, David's son from his first marriage, who believes erroneously that he was left for dead by his father in Vietnam. Bourne, however, refuses to believe that Khan is Joshua, convinced that Joshua was killed decades ago, and continually tries to avoid him and the truth.
Though Khan is at first working for Spalko, he eventually realizes that he has been used as a pawn in Spalko's personal game. After revealing later on to Bourne that Annaka Vadas, the daughter of Janos Vadas, is a traitor, he begins to feel that Bourne is not the hateful father that he had imagined.
Unfortunately, Bourne is still unable to believe Khan is Joshua—until he hacks into the CIA database and discovers that Joshua's body had never been found. In a fit of rage, he attacks Khan, first believing that it is a conspiracy to hurt him, but is later captured by Spalko.
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- 162784098@delet...Nov 15, 2008by
The Bourne Sanction by Eric Van Lustbader
The Novel takes an interesting twist, to see Jason take on man every bit as talented as himself. However the entertainment factor losses its value as the arthur makes a political statement. While I agree with him the that torture isn't something I like to see in any government. In fact, torture of anyone, is a crime against humanity. It's just not something I want to read in a fictional sitting. If I want to read about politics, theres not a shortage of opinions, editorials, blogs, websites to present arguements. The book also had a disapointing ending. What I did like was the classic spy adventure of Lenoid roling up a counterspy network, and the counfrontation with Bourne and his appeal to Lenoid for a peaceful outcome. So not all is amiss in this novel. It still is a good read.
- mcdmom111Oct 28, 2008by
Bourne fans will like it, but maybe not love it.
I've read all the Bourne novels to date, and frankly, this is the least exciting. I find there are too many descriptions that I skipped over to try and get to "the good parts". While there's always those foreign names to keep track of in The Bourne novels, this book seems to have too many. The fight scenes also seemed a little repetitive.(Possibly due to my reading all the novels within a short time period?). I agree with the other reviewers, it has a good ending. Will I read a sequel? Of course, no matter what, these books are a great ride.
- vikingthesaintw...Jul 08, 2009by
The Bourne Sanction book
I just saw this book being offered at my local book store. I checked ebay to see if it sold by anyone. I haven't read the book, but the story line of the Bourne series I am very intrigued about. eric Van Lustbader has captured the tone, pace, and vitality of the Ludlum Bourne books with his subsequent editions. I know this book will keep the same excitement I read in the first three books.