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Guest Post: Jason Bourne – The Ultimate Spy

October 21, 2009

I’ve made it to 100 posts! So, what does one do for one’s 100th post? One gets someone else to write it! My wonderful husband has agreed to take the task upon himself and will be joining the book blogosphere this evening. It seems quite fitting for him to take over my 100th post, because without him my very first post would have never happened.

Without further ado, please put your hands together for the Mr.!

The Bourne Identity Cover

The Bourne Identity is pretty much the ultimate spy novel you will ever read. If you haven’t read it yet, you will be convinced to read it by the end of this blog post.

Jason Bourne is the main character in a trilogy of books by Robert Ludlum. The first book in the series, The Bourne Identity, starts with Jason being shot multiple times and dumped overboard into the murky waters of the Mediterranean Sea. From there he miraculously survives but has complete amnesia and is soon attacked by people he does not know. He naturally uses his spy skills, his cunning and intelligence to try to figure out who he is and why he was almost murdered.

Soon after you start reading the book you will become emotionally attached to the well-being of Mr. Bourne and in figuring out why so many people are after him. The novel has multiple plot lines, a range of characters and so many questions that leave you wondering how any of it can be resolved.

Who is Carlos the Jackal, what is Jason’s history, and what was he doing on that boat?

A word about the film: The Bourne Identity; please, the film and the book share the same name but beyond that they are completely different stories. Don’t relate the two and if you’ve seen the movie but haven’t opened the book give it a try; it will open your eyes to the great storytelling of Robert Ludlum.

If you are even remotely interested in thriller, suspense, or spy novels, read this book. You will be pleasantly surprised.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 21, 2009 11:03 pm

    I loved the bourne series. I loved the movies too. I liked how the books had such an intricate plot and a reason for Jason to be what he was other than an assasin. Nice review and congratulations on 100 posts.

  2. October 22, 2009 9:32 am

    I loved the movies, but haven’t read any of the books.

    Good job to the hubby for the review!

    And special congratulations on the 100th post!

  3. Sig (aka Mom) permalink
    October 22, 2009 4:24 pm

    Congratulations on your 100th post Alita. It seems like just yesterday we were curled up and reading together in the house at Rabbit Hill.

    Now I have a fair pile of reading to in front of me – novels, inspirational, non fiction, stuff for my course and NOW I’m adding thriller/suspense.

    I long for the days of unending reading at Rabbit Hill.

  4. October 22, 2009 4:26 pm

    Thanks kaye, freda mans, and Mom :)

    I saw the Bourne movies first and really liked them, but after reading the books I thought that Matt Damon was an odd choice for the lead character. As I told the hubby yesterday when he was working on this review, not only is Bourne already middle-aged in the first book, he is a crazy nut-job who’s first instinct is to kill and needs to re-teach himself how to be normal. Unfortunately, people keep trying to kill him, messing up his normalization process.

    Matt Damon, on the other hand, is a nice boy who gets to do a bunch of fighting.

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