ERIC VAN LUSTBADER, author of twenty international bestsellers, including the thrillers "The Ninja" and "Black Heart," lives in New York. Scott Brick has performed on film, television and radio. He appeared on stage throughout the United States in productions of "Cyrano," "Hamlet," "Macbeth" and other plays. In addition to his acting work, Scott choreographs fight sequences, and was a combatant in films including Romeo and Juliet, The Fantasticks and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. He has also been hired by Morgan Freeman to write the screenplay adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's "Rendezvous with Rama." Scott first began narrating audiobooks in 2000, and after recording almost 400 titles in five years, "AudioFile" magazine named Scott a Golden Voice and "one of the fastest-rising stars in the audiobook galaxy." He has read a number of titles in Frank Herbert's bestselling Dune series, and he won the 2003 Science Fiction Audie Award for "Dune: The Butlerian Jihad." He has also won over 40 "AudioFile" Earphones Awards. In 2007, Scott was named "Publishers Weekly"'s Narrator of the Year.
Veteran thriller maestro Lustbader (Black Heart, etc.) seizes the reins of Robert Ludlum's bestselling Jason Bourne series, proving that even Ludlum's death can't stop the ex-CIA operative. David Webb, a mild-mannered Georgetown professor, harbors his old Bourne identity deep within his psyche-except in moments of danger. A mysterious assassin, Khan, has targeted Webb. Seeking counsel from his old CIA handler, Alex Conklin, Webb arrives at Conklin's home to find him, along with Webb's psychiatrist and friend, Mo Panov, murdered. Unsurprisingly, it's a setup, and Webb is declared a rogue agent and the prime suspect. His only clue to the real killer is a pad of paper with a faint impression of the notation "NX 20." Meanwhile, in Reykjavik, preparations are underway for the upcoming summit on worldwide terrorism. Even the dimmest thriller reader will immediately intuit that Bourne, pursued by the world's leading intelligence agencies, will end up in Iceland confronting some evildoer out to wreak havoc on the international terror conference. And thus it comes to pass. Lustbader has wisely eschewed mimicking Ludlum's signature style-short punchy paragraphs with lots of exclamation points. His own prose, often cliche-ridden ("Khan felt as if his brain was about to explode. He was shaken to his very foundation"), is perfectly serviceable, effectively conveying the myriad cinematic hairsbreadth escapes, crosses, double crosses, explosions, furious fisticuffs and careening plot twists. It's a hearty serving of meat and potatoes action adventure, just the sort of fare that both Ludlum's and Lustbader's fans relish. Agent, Henry Morrison. (June 22) Forecast: The success of The Bourne Identity movie and buzz about its upcoming sequel, The Bourne Supremacy, have breathed new life into Ludlum's most famous hero. The combination of Ludlum's and Lustbader's fans plus the movie tie-in should result in big numbers. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
"It's a hearty serving of meat and potatoes action adventure, just the sort of fare that both Ludlum's and Lustbader's fans relish."--"Publishers Weekly" "Lustbader remains a fine choice to fill Ludlum's large shoes, and he has delivered a work worthy of the Bourne legacy."--"USA Today"