Robert Ludlum's the Bourne Objective by Eric Van Lustbader

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Lustbader's cookie-cutter fifth Jason Bourne novel in the Ludlum franchise...downgrades the title character to a mere co-star...
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Facing down mercenaries in Africa, Jason Bourne witnesses the death of an art dealer named Tracy Atherton. Her killing dredges up snatches of Bourne's impaired memory, in particular the murder of a young woman on Bali who entrusted him with a strangely engraved ring­­-an artifact of such powerful significance that people have killed to obtain it. Now he's determined to find the ring's owner and purpose. But Bourne never knows what terrible acts he'll discover he committed when he digs into the past.

The trail will lead him through layers of conspiracy to a vicious Russian mercenary, Leonid Arkadin, who was also a graduate of the Central Intelligence training program Treadstone. A covert course designed to create ruthless assassins for C.I., it was shuttered by Congress for corruption. Yet before it was dismantled, it produced Bourne and Arkadin, giving them equal skills, equal force, and equal cunning.

As Bourne's destiny circles closer to Arkadin's, it becomes clear that the eventual collision of these men is not of their own making. Someone else has been watching and manipulating them. Someone who wants to know, Who is the more deadly agent?
 

About Eric Van Lustbader

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Eric Van Lustbader is the author of more than 25 international bestsellers, including The Testament and the three most recent Jason Bourne novels: The Bourne Legacy, The Bourne Betrayal and The Bourne Sanction.  His books have been translated into over 20 languages.  He and his wife, author Victoria Lustbader, live in New York City and Long Island. Follow him online at ericvanlustbader.com, Facebook.com/eric.v.lustbader, and on Twitter at @EVanLustbader.
 
Published May 14, 2010 by Grand Central Publishing. 422 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Apr 05 2010

Lustbader's cookie-cutter fifth Jason Bourne novel in the Ludlum franchise...downgrades the title character to a mere co-star...

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Excellent
Reviewed by Ray Palen on Dec 22 2010

...in the able hands of Eric Van Lustbader, Jason Bourne is alive and well and continuing to search for the truth to his own existence and overall purpose.

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Above average
Reviewed by Philip Marchand on Jun 26 2010

Bourne fans should be reassured that there’s still plenty of non-mystical hardware in the novel. The array of handguns, in particular, is dazzling.

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