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The Bourne Supremacy

By Robert Ludlum
Bantam Books, 646 pp, 1987

Robert Ludlum knows how to craft an action-packed, devious, political thriller. I think I like his work better than Clancyís, mainly because Ludlum has fewer characters and doesnít bore us with a load of technical jargon.

The Bourne Supremacy is the sequel to The Bourne Identity, the first Bourne novel. The series ends with The Bourne Ultimatum, and Iíll read that soon!

I canít tell you too much about this book because it would give away too much from the first one. For those who havenít read any of these, read them in order. Youíll follow the characters and action much easier that way.

I will say this. It is interesting to read these books set in the ďancient historyĒ of the 1970s and 1980s. How amusing as these poor characters rush to reach a pay phone, when a cell phone would be so much easier! And no e-mail and computers! How did they get by?

But thatís not a big deal. This book is packed with action and intrigue, as well as wonderfully complex yet simple characters. Itís also quite difficult to put down. You should enjoy it.

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