The Bourne Imperative by Eric Van Lustbader

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Intrigue within intrigue is how I would describe this book. No one trusts anyone, and with good reason.
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The man Jason Bourne fishes out of the freezing sea is near death, half-drowned and bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound. He awakens with no memory of who he is or why he was shot-and Bourne is eerily reminded of his own amnesia. Then Bourne discovers that the Mossad agent named Rebeka is so determined to find this injured man that she has gone off the grid, cut her ties to her agency, and is now being stalked by Mossad's most feared killer. Do the answers to these mysteries lie back in southeast Lebanon, in a secret encampment to which Bourne and Rebeka escaped following a firefight weeks ago?
The complex trail links to the mission given to Treadstone directors Peter Marks and Soraya Moore: find the semi-mythic terrorist assassin known as Nicodemo.
In the course of Bourne's desperate, deadly search for a secret that will alter the future of the entire world, he will experience both triumph and loss, and his life will never be the same.
Now everything turns on the amnesiac. Bourne must learn his identity and purpose before both he and Rebeka are killed. From Stockholm to Washington, D.C., from Mexico City to Beijing, the web of lies and betrayals extends into a worldwide conspiracy of monumental proportions.

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,, and on Twitter at @EVanLustbader.
Published June 5, 2012 by Grand Central Publishing. 449 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Below average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jul 01 2012

Jason Bourne is alive and well, but this, the 10th installment of the franchise, is tired.

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Reviewed by Ray Palen on Jun 08 2012

THE BOURNE IMPERATIVE runs at a breakneck pace with a lengthy list of characters, definitely meriting a scorecard to keep track of.

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Reviewed by John Harrington on Jun 03 2012

This offers more Bourne action with traitors, counterspies, subplots and daring escapes.

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Fresh Fiction

Reviewed by Viki Ferrell on May 28 2012

Fast-paced and action-packed, Eric Van Lusterbader brilliantly describes the final showdown in true Bourne style.

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The Picky Girl

Reviewed by Jenn on Jul 23 2012

The gadgets and double agents and international diplomacy make this another win in the Bourne oeuvre...

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Reviewed by Tzer Island on Jun 06 2012

Still, the plot seems like a patchwork, something cobbled together from bits and pieces torn from a dozen other thrillers. Regrettably, it is built upon the worst excesses of action-based thrillers.

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Reviewed by Mai on May 25 2012

This novel was a well-crafted piece, even though the thing that everyone was fighting over wasn't exactly something that interested me.

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Reviewed by Lizzie Hayes on Jul 12 2012

Intrigue within intrigue is how I would describe this book. No one trusts anyone, and with good reason.

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