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Classic vintage Ludlum!,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Bourne Identity: Jason Bourne Book #1 (Taschenbuch)
WOW! Even today, this novel is one you will not be able to put down, even though it was written in 1980 during the Cold War era. But this only reflects slightly on the narrative. The story concerns Jason Bourne, who is shot and thrown overboard in the Mediterranean Sea, only to be washed ashore and discovered by a Dr Washburn. And this is only the start - he is suffering amnesia and Washburn finds a microfilm detailing a Swiss bank account of four million dollars surgically implanted in his hip! Bourne travels to Zurich and discovers people out to kill him, and so let the chase begin! Marie St Jacques is an unwilling hostage who develops a bond with Bourne - she's a Canadian diplomat with a secret. What is the secret as well of Treadstone Seventy-One, and why are the authorities trying to use Bourne as a pawn against Carlos Sanchez, famous assassin extraordinaire? The action does not stop for over five hundred pages, it grabs you from the start and never lets go until the final pages. Very typically, there are numerous surprises and unexpected twists - what is Bourne's connection with clandestine activity during the Vietnam War which keeps haunting him, stirring up lost memories? The locations, particularly Paris and its environs and Zurich are well-described and easy to relate to having been there myself. I remember reading and loving this book at the age of fifteen, and it will always be an all-time favourite. Recommended!
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