Book Review: The Bourne Betrayal

This follow-up to The Bourne Legacy finds Jason Bourne suffering from nearly incapacitating flashbacks where a broke and bleeding woman dies in his arms. These visions become so bad that Bourne seeks out medical attention at the hands of psychiatrist Dr. Sunderland, little knowing the doctor is an imposter who is being paid a handsome sum to tamper with his mind. When Bourne is informed his best and only friend, Martin Lindros, Deputy Director of CI and head of Typhon, a special terrorist unit disappeared while carrying out a clandestine operation in Ethiopia’s Ras Dejen region, he immediately rides off to the rescue. Bourne rescues his friend easily enough but begins to question who that person really is. Working with Tyhpon agent, Soraya Moore is awkward given their mutual distrust yet the evidence Bourne and her uncover begins pointing to a massive terrorist attack about to be launched against the US, helped in large part to a high ranking traitor within the intelligence community. The clock is ticking as a globetrotting plot for revenge moves into an endgame between chameleons.

With the fast pace and plot twists this is a good read yet some large questions and improbabilities keep it from a great suspense thriller. The most glaring problem arises at the beginning when Bourne seeks out medical attention. Bourne has been drawn as an intensely private man so the decision to seek medical attention would not be a given, so how did the Islamic extremists know when and where to set up a fake doctor? Bourne and to a lesser extent, Lindros endure an amazing degree of physical and mental injuries yet continue to function with near superhuman strength which makes for an exciting though unlikely story. Still, if you are looking for a nice escapist thriller set in current events, Lustbader’s take on the Bourne character will do nicely.

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