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The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

(Jason Bourne Series)

The Bourne Identity: A Novel (Jason Bourne)


His memory is a blank. His bullet-ridden body was fished from the Mediterranean Sea. His face has been altered by plastic surgery. A frame of microfilm has been surgically implanted in his hip. Even his name is a mystery. Marked for death, he is racing for survival through a bizarre world of murderous conspirators—led by Carlos, the world’s most dangerous assassin. Who is Jason Bourne? The answer may kill him.

Added Notes by Jean-Thomas Cullen. The publisher didn't give us a lot of info on this one. You can check out the info at Wikipedia (see next para) for detailed plot info on the novel, the movie(s), and the novel series. Robert Ludlum's novel starts at the Mediterranean and climaxes in or around Paris. My novel prefaces in Shanghai, actually, but starts on the same thriller-paced run in Paris and takes my hero and heroine to Luxembourg for a climax that actually leans more on John Buchan's 1915 The Thirty-Nine Steps and two Alfred Hitchcock movies built upon Buchan's plot framework. This is all relevant because we thriller authors learn from each other. John Buchan and Leslie Charteris (The Saint) as well as Eric Ambler, Helen MacInnes, Ian Fleming, and John LeCarré(among others) all attended the same virtuality classroom.

An Archetypal Classic of the Spy Genre. Not only have I been a great fan of Robert Ludlum's novels for many years, but the 2002 movie classic starring Matt Damon and Franka Potente is one of my favorite movies of all time. It's based on Ludlum's 1980 novel The Bourne Identity.

When I wrote my 2016 Luxembourg Thriller Valley of Seven Castles, this novel and movie provided my thriller pacing. My novel starts in Paris and climaxes in Luxembourg, centered on a race for survival and mission quest by a strong female and strong male lead, just like those in The Bourne Identity. Read the Thrillerology (dedicated website) for more info about my novel's background, including my discovery of what I call Alfred Hitchcock's Final Secret.