BOOK REVIEW: The Bourne Deception  

Posted by Scott Wilson

Title: The Bourne Deception

Author: Eric Van Lustbader

Publisher: Orion

RRP: $22.99

ISBN: 9781409103264

Release Date: March 2011

Pages: 560


Jason Bourne's nemesis Arkadin is still hot on his trail and the two continue their struggle, reversing roles of hunter and hunted. When Bourne is ambushed and badly wounded, he fakes his death and goes into hiding. In safety, he takes on a new identity and begins a mission to find out who tried to assassinate him.

Meanwhile, an American passenger airliner is shot down. Bourne's search for the man who shot him intersects with the search for the people that brought down the airliner, leading him into one of the most deadly and challenging situations he has ever encountered.

With the threat of a new world war brewing, Bourne finds himself in a race against time to uncover the truth and find the person behind his assault, all the while being stalked by his unknown nemesis...


Lustbader, who has been writing action thrillers since the beginning of the modern era of the genre, loads these pages with enough mayhem to keep even the most jaded video game addict turning the pages. Indeed, he possesses the ability to keep the reader engrossed even when Bourne, one of fiction’s more interesting characters, is off the page for extended periods. As Lustbader continues his process of incrementally reworking Bourne and his universe, “The Bourne Deception” demonstrates that the journey along the way will continue to be an exciting one.

The Bourne Deception picks up where Sanction left off. Arkadin is still on a mission to kill Bourne. Bourne and Moira are taking a well desrved holiday in Bali when Bourne is ambushed and badly wounded. He fakes his death and goes into hiding. Once safe, and recovering from the attack, Bourne takes on a new identity and goes on a mission to find out who tried to assassinate him. Bourne also begins to question who he really is, how much of him is tied up in the Bourne Identity and what would happen if it was suddenly taken away from him.

After Bourne is ambushed and nearly killed while in Indonesia, he fakes his death to take on a new identity and mission – to find out who is trying to assassinate him. In the process, Bourne begins to question who he really is and what he would become if he no longer carried the Bourne identity. Across the globe, an American passenger airliner is shot down over Egypt – apparently by an Iranian missile – leaving the world wondering if it was an accident or an act of aggression. A massive global team lead by Soraya Moore is assembled to investigate the attack before the situation escalates.

When Bourne’s search for his would-be assassin intersects with Soraya’s search for the group behind the airplane bombing, Bourne is thrust into a race to prevent a new world war. But it may already be too late.

I thought this book was better than Sanction simply because we learn more about Jason Bourne's life before he lost parts of his memory, and also because of the reboot of Treadstone.

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