The movie adaptations of THE BOURNE IDENTITY, THE BOURNE SUPREMACY and THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM have been massive critical and popular successes, bringing a whole new generation to Bourne and to Robert Ludlum During a career spanning 30 years, Ludlum sold 220 million copies in 40 countries and in 32 different languages Eric Van Lustbader is a bestselling thriller and fantasy writer in his own right
Eric Van Lustbader is the author of numerous novels in a variety of styles, but is most widely known as the author of twenty international bestselling thrillers including THE NINJA and BLACK HEART. Born in New York City, he currently lives in New York State. After a successful career in the theatre, Robert Ludlum launched his career as a best-selling writer with THE SCARLATTI INHERITANCE in 1971, the first of twenty-two consecutive international bestsellers. Robert sadly passed away in March 2001.
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.
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.
"Don't ever begin a Ludlum novel if you have to go to work the next day." -- Chicago Sun Times