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The Bourne Supremacy - Robert Ludlum
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The Bourne Supremacy - Robert Ludlum
Advantages: Intricate and fast paced action and dialogue
Disadvantages: Dragging descriptive passages
For those of you who have watched the Bourne trilogy on film, there is no need to be put off reading the books because you already know the plot. This is not the case. If anything, the sequence of events in the films cover those loosely only in the first book, The Bourne Identity. This second book in the trilogy, The Bourne Supremacy, bears no real resemblance to the second film in the trilogy.
A warning to start with - if you have not read the first book and are planning to, this review will contain details that will spoil it for you. There are plot details from the first book intrinsic to the plot of the second, and need to be mentioned, however loosely, so read on but be warned.
Robert Ludlum's reputation as a master thriller writer is only enhanced by this, the second book in his Bourne trilogy. In the first book, The Bourne Identity, the amnesiac Jason Bourne discovered his true identity of David Webb, and that he was recruited by Medusa in Saigon to oust a terrorist known as Carlos the Jackal, by a company known as Treadstone.
In The Bourne Supremacy, Bourne's allies, Alex Conklin and Mo Panov have ensured protection for Webb and his now wife, Marie, and they are living in peace and quiet when they are visited by a senior member of the US forces and informed that someone has been murdering high political figures in the Orient using the name of David's alias: Jason Bourne. Webb finds himself once again becoming Jason Bourne, cold and calculating, in order to protect himself and his family.
Ludlum takes us on a detailed sightseeing tour in this book. The Bourne Supremacy is set mainly in the Orient, quite handy with David Webb being a part-time lecturer in Oriental Studies. As Bourne, he travels around the Orient, particularly Phnom-Penh, as he hunts out the killer parading as himself, and seeks to unearth a larger conspiracy to launch the modern world into war.
Again, the author's description and research is of a very high standard. It is almost as if he is proving to the reader that he does know the areas he is setting the story in, and is not just writing out of fantasy. In Bourne, he has created a brilliant character, and the connection the 'assassin' has with the other characters is exploited to the full. The tale has the same intensity as the first book, but to this second is added the importance and very real feeling of personal involvement. Not only is someone using Bourne's name, his family and friends are now under threat.
Unfortunately, as the levels of intensity and clever plot increase from the first book, so do the dragging parts. Long, stuttering paragraphs that are hard to fathom are interwoven with beautifully flowing dialogue and action. It is very hard to follow in places and is not a book to read a couple of pages at a time. I felt I needed to sit down for long periods at a time to get through this.
Having said this, I was as engrossed in this book as I was in The Bourne Identity. It bears no resemblance to the film of the same name, and I believe this to be a good thing. I was not too impressed with the film, and was looking forward to a disappointing read. What I got was an intense 679 pages of master thriller writing, very descriptive and high in action and cleverly thought out plotlines, despite some hard to follow passages.
A brilliant sequel book to The Bourne Identity, this is a wonderfully crafted tale.
The book is available from amazon.co.uk for £5.99.
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Summary: The Bourne Supremacy - great sequel book