Thursday 13 July 2017

#BookReview The Bourne Initiative by Eric Van Lustbader @GrandCentralPub #Giveaway

The Bourne Initiative by Eric Van Lustbader
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

General Boris Karpov, head of the feared Russian FSB, is dead. But Karpov has reached out from the grave with an unstoppable cyber operation he conceived before his murder, aimed at the heart of the United States—a way to steal the president's nuclear launch codes. Who has taken over the operation? Karpov trusted only one man: Jason Bourne. But can Bourne be working against his own country? 

The U.S. Government is convinced of his treason, and is doing everything in its power to kill him. Flushed from cover and gravely wounded, Bourne's only hope is to join forces with his bitterest enemy: a powerful Somali terrorist named Keyre, and his protégée, the Angelmaker. If he hopes to survive, Bourne has no choice but unravel the mystery of Karpov's last legacy—a weaponized code that may bring about the unthinkable: a violent end to America.


I have seen a couple of the Bourne movies, but I have never read any of the books. So, I was curious to see how I would like this one, written Eric Van Lustbader who took over the series after Robert Ludlum died. To be perfectly honest was I never really that fond of the movies since I had a hard time accepting Matt Damon as a secret agent/spy role. But, while reading this book did I feel a yearning both to read the previous books and see the movies. So, perhaps this time will Damon suit the role better.

The Bourne Initiative is book 14 in the Jason Bourne series. I found the story to be easy to get into and I quite liked reading about Jason Bourne trying to survive attacks from left to right and "work" with a hated enemy, Keyre, a notorious Somali terrorist, and the man who "created" the Angelmaker. 

I quite liked Bourne working with Mala "The Angelmaker", and I got curious to learn more about Bourne, his past. So, I definitely want to read the previous books. My big problem was that, despite liking, Bourne's POV was I not always overly thrilled about the rest of the books POV. And, that meant that my interest in the book story went a bit up and down while I read this book. However, it got better towards the end, when everything came to a head.  

I quite enjoyed the book, despite my interest waning now and then when the shifted POV's away from Bourne and it will be interesting to read what will happen next! 

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!

The Bourne Initiative by Eric Van Lustbader


  1. If you pull my name out the hat just redraw - missed the US/Canada bit!

  2. Robert Ludlum's original book, The Bourne Identity was a favorite of mine and very ahead of its time. I never watched the movies as I just didn't think Matt Damon was a good fit for the part. Very good and honest review. I will look to see what you think when you continue the series.

  3. I have read the other books and I totally agree that Matt Damon was not right for the part. I did enjoy Richard Chamberlain in the role. I look forward to reading this new book. Thanks.