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Robert Ludlum's the Bourne Sanction
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Jason 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 . . .
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Globe-trotting secret agent Jason Bourne returns in the third installment under the helm of Lustbader, who struggles to captivate as convincingly and effectively as Ludlum did in the original novels. Amid a cheesy prologue that features corny background music to set the mood, Jeremy Davidson speeds through the opening paragraphs at breakneck speed. Perhaps in an attempt to increase tension from the start, Davidson comes off sounding incredibly forced and somewhat uncomfortable. As the story progresses, he slows down but lacks any real authenticity. His characters are flat and uninspired, his performance monotonous and bland. A Grand Central hardcover. (Aug.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Lustbader's third continuation of Ludlum's popular espionage series (after The Bourne Legacy and The Bourne Betrayal) finds Jason Bourne trying to unravel the terrorist plot of a previously unknown Muslim group. Audie Award nominee Jeremy Davidson does an outstanding job creating distinctive voices for the multitude of American, British, and Eastern European characters, but their sheer number and the constant switching of settings will test listeners' attention spans, and the musical cues employed during the action sequences are cheesy. Nevertheless, recommended for public libraries owing to the series' continuing popularity.--Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. Lib. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

"Don't ever begin a Ludlum novel if you have to go to work the next day."--Chicago Sun Times

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