Published to tie in with the brand new Jason Bourne film starring Matt Damon. Both THE BOURNE IDENTITY and THE BOURNE SUPREMACY were major Hollywood movies, also starring Matt Damon. During his thirty-year career Ludlum sold 220 million copies in 40 countries in 32 different languages His recent books have been SUNDAY TIMES bestsellers and GUARDIAN fastsellers in paperback Ludlum always receives first-rate reviews: 'A writer who bests the bestsellers' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'A page-turner of non-stop action that should leave his fans begging for more' NEW YORK POST 'Huge in scope ... Ludlum spins it all together with lots of suspense' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'Superb ... the pace and tension are stupendous, the solution devastating ... compulsive entertainment' SUNDAY EXPRESS 'Ludlum stuffs more surprises into his novels than any other six-pack of thriller writers combined' NEW YORK TIMES 'A fast-paced thriller from a reliable master' DAILY MAIL 'A killer of a thriller' USA TODAY
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.
The literary faults and stylistic excesses that characterized The Icarus Agenda , The Gemini Contenders and other of Ludlum's works are present in his latest mammoth thriller, but fans will nonetheless cheer the return of his most popular character, David Webb, aka Jason Bourne, the assassin who never was. When the international terrorist known as Carlos the Jackal penetrates his civilian identity, Webb must again assume the Bourne persona to protect his wife and small children. In their renewed struggle, the two master assassins uncover the revived existence of Medusa, the sinister alliance that originally led to the establishment of the Bourne identity. In action that moves from the U.S. to Montserrat to Paris before concluding in Moscow, Bourne and his allies prove incredibly inept, barely escaping the Jackal's traps and failing in their repeated attempts to ambush him. The Ludlum trademarks are present: improbable bloodbaths, repetitive action, stilted and off-the-point conversations and--most annoying--the use of italicized words or entire paragraphs to simulate passion. This is formula writing that delivers even less than its meager promise. (Mar.)