The Bourne Identity
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The Bourne Identity
Robert Ludlum
Mystery & Suspense
Jul 29, 2018
Espionage is by definition a web of secrets, codes, nuances, duplicities. To set an amnesiac loose in such a nexus of determinedly shifting identities adds an extra shot to the conventional spy novel cocktail. This is what Robert Ludlum famously did in The Bourne Identity, the seed from which would grow not only two more volumes in his own trilogy—The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum—but also a posthumous extension of the brand in a shelf of novels by Eric Van Lustbader, to say nothing of the Bourne film franchise. Relying more on suspense than detonations, Ludlum’s original is highly charged storytelling nonetheless, the story of a man on the run who must decide the direction and purpose of his flight without the benefit of knowing his past.
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Good spy stuff
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Ahead of its time. I know a lot of people of gone the amnesia route since, but this is one of the best and first that I can remember from a spy novel.
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