The Bourne Identity Review
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Matt Damon is bringing Robert Ludlum’s priemier thriller novel to the big screen this summer (2002). Twenty years after its first edition, the book has lost none of its edge or appeal. Full of contradictions and twists the plot barrels along at full speed from the first paragraph.

The Bourne Identity opens with a man being shot and tossed overboard in a raging storm. From there he’s dropped off at the feet of a drunken doctor that heals his body and discovers how much is missing from his mind. A case of amnesia keeps Bourne from knowing anything before he woke up in the doctor’s office. Strange facts about him begin to surface and send him to Zürich to find answers.

Falling down one rabbit hole after another, the book’s mystery man finds himself being chased over the European continent by the usual cast of deadly figures. Along the way, he develops a relationship with the woman he was forcing to cover his escape. The two of them try to unravel the meanings behind his nightmares, which leads to more questions and more danger. Pursing who Bourne really is and why he behaves like a trained assassin finally land him back at the place he was created. The whole time he is pursued by Carlos, the killer he is trying to trap.

A true page-turner that refuses to let you put it down, The Bourne Identity shows why Ludlum was one of the best spy/thriller authors ever published. He takes all the trademark clichés of the genre and puts them together in a way that makes them seem almost natural. His writing will never win critical acclaim, but it has won him fans in over forty countries. It’s a fun read and one I recommend.



  
 
Ed. Note: You can also read a review of the movie, starring Matt Damon, here

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