By Robert Ludlum
Bantam Books, 662 pp, 1990
Robert Ludlum returns with the third and
final Jason Bourne novel. It's just as good as the first two, with all the
violence, action, political intrigue, and betrayal you could want.
The main difference between this and the
previous two books is the lack of hand to hand combat. Bourne rarely
punches anyone. He mostly shoots and slips around on his creaky
fifty-year-old bones. In the first two books, Bourne was practically indestructible,
and beat up any and all foes with a variety of martial arts moves. In the
second book he even dodges a speeding bullet!
But Ludlum makes some allowances for
age, so now Bourne tires easily, gasps for breath after a short run, and
gets sore muscles. He's getting old.
Although Bourne slows down, the novel
doesn't. It's just as frenetically paced as the prior Bourne books, and a
fitting conclusion to the Bourne series.