“The Bourne Legacy” Book Review

“The Bourne Legacy” by Eric Van Lustbader

Genre: Thriller

Rating: 1 Water Tower

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I really wanted “The Bourne Legacy” to be a good book. I miss Robert Ludlum, and was hoping beyond hope that Eric Van Lustbader could fill his shoes. He does not.

“The Bourne Legacy” starts off great. Two old friends are murdered and Jason Bourne is pulled out of the good life when he is accused of their murder. He is on the run and is being chased by a number of super bad guys (who truthfully should have, and easily could have, killed Bourne and ended this once and for all).

After the first few chapters, the action becomes predictable and melodramatic. And dull.

The book mark is stuck at page 200.

I was reading (i.e struggling through) this book before Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and I picked it up again after. Same opinion before and after…..dull.

I would whole heartedly recommend the original Bourne Trilogy by Robert Ludlum. I would also whole heartedly recommend that the adventures of Jason Bourne end after the third Ludlum book.

Of course, if Gayle Lynds were picked to write the continuation, that would have been great. Unfortunately, Eric Van Lustbader is neither Gayle Lynds nor Robert Ludlum, but, to be fair, following the Master is tough. And trying to write in someone else’s style and format is even tougher. Believe me, I know.


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