Thursday, July 7, 2011
The Bourne Sanction by Eric Van Lustbader
I read this book because I love the Jason Bourne character created by Robert Ludlum. Ludlum wrote twenty-six novels and I have thoroughly enjoyed twenty-five of them. The best of the lot were the Bourne trilogy.
After Ludlum died, his estate began having Eric Van Lustbader write stories using the Jason Bourne character. This is the third novel in that extension series.
I love Lustbader. I discovered him years ago when he was writing ninja stories. I have read nineteen of the twenty-two novels that he has written. The others are out of print and I haven't found them or I would have read them too.
The first two Lustbader Bourne novels Legacy and Betrayal were really good. This one not so much. This one is dying for some character arc. Something to change. Something new to care about. It's just too much of the same thing happening over and over again.
Then, on the last page some guy named Willard tells Bourne he's the ultimate warrior. And that doesn't bode well for the future Bourne novels Lustbader has written that I haven't read. I loved Bourne because I didn't know how good he was. He seemed like 'everyman'. Now he's going to be perfectly ultimate. Borrrrring.