Review: The Bourne Ultimatum – Robert Ludlum

The Bourne Ultimatum Robert Ludlum3 of 5 stars

Jason Bourne 3

Fiction, thriller

Orion Books 1990


Carlos the Jackal is calling Jason Bourne’s cards. He has to show.

Two men are summoned by telegram to a small-town funfair. There they witness a bizarre killing. Carlos the Jackal, Jason Bourne’s long-time antagonist, is back.

Forced out of an idyllic retirement, Bourne must leave his wife and children to face his enemy – and confront the secret society of Medusa, a relic of war, now seeking ultimate power in peacetime.

Bourne’s plan is simple: to use himself as bait to lure the cunning Jackal into a deadly trap – a trap from which only one of them will escape.

It’s good, not great. It’s probably too long, all in all, and can’t keep up the tension at a consistent level. Possibly would have been better to have condensed a couple of the possible endings into one almighty, cataclysmic ending.

I’d still recommend it and I look forward to reading others in the series.

*UPDATE 17 January 2018.
I’m going to be reading the first three or four again at some point soon. This is because they’ve re-done the covers, as above, and I think they look spectacularly good.

You can buy this version at Amazon

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