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The Bourne Dominion (created by Robert Ludlum)

Eric Van Lustbader

Grand Central Publishing

Hardcover

978‑0446564441

*****

 

Robert Ludlum, who died in 2001, originally created Jason Bourne. Carrying on in the spy‑tingling tradition of fast‑paced action has been Eric Van Lustbader who has written so many books it is impossible to list them all and have space left over for a column. 

Continuing Jason Bourne adventures, The Bourne Dominion is in a league of its own when it comes to fast‑paced graphically described action. As you read this book, you often feel as though you can see, smell, and touch the scenes as they unfold.

Followers of Jason Bourne know his skills, methods, and how he has interacted with the bad guys.  He is rough and tough, trained to be the best of any spy characters, and has that intuition which has saved his life many times, as he ducked bullets, dodged fists, and demonstrated his extremely adroit driving skills. Continuing to use his traditional disguises, he cannot escape recognition as Jason Bourne.

His age‑old friend General Karpov of Russian Intelligence becomes Jason's nemesis with strict instructions to kill him. As the story progresses, we are treated to scenes depicting this seemingly old General as still having the skills necessary to challenge Bourne when he encounters him.

Van Lustbader has the ability to write compelling dialogue that thrusts the reader into action and descriptive passages that give a feeling of watching a movie. Matt Damon played Jason Bourne in past films, and we hope he will again.  Blood and guts are the norm, rather than the exception. Terse adult dialogue is throughout, but the words make the story believable.

One of the most outstanding features of Eric Van Lustbader's writing is how he blends so many players in each chapter without interfering with the plot. He has developed each individual in such detail that it was not difficult to follow them and their roles played out in various countries.  Colombia and its intrigue comes to life with explosions, helicopters, guerilla warfare, and an escape which leaves you turning pages to find out what happened. Going from continent to continent is a wonderful summer escape.

Clarity of expression makes this suspenseful novel a great spy mystery. A wonderful feature is the manner in which Van Lustbader kept all the characters active in every chapter. Reading about what one person has done is followed a few paragraphs later by others who are in different parts of the world doing their thing. All players are in play at the same time, but are following the trajectory to what will be their ultimate confrontation in the conclusion.

An adult book, which is highly recommended to those who love a mystery.

Clark Isaacs

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