Hired to impersonate a high-ranking government official at a summit in Qatar, Jason Bourne survives a massive attack by armed men before being taken prisoner by an infamous terrorist who is also holding a close friend and her toddler daughter. 250,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)
Hired to impersonate a high-ranking government official at a summit in Qatar, Jason Bourne survives an attack by armed men before being taken prisoner by an infamous terrorist who is also holding a friend and her daughter. - (Baker & Taylor)
Jason Bourne is one of the most popular and compelling characters in contemporary fiction. Originally created by bestselling author Robert Ludlum, the Jason Bourne series was later adapted into films that have become modern classics. Now, New York Times bestselling writer Eric Van Lustbader carries on Jason Bourne's story with a new novel about the rogue secret agent who has lost his memory . . .
THE BOURNE ASCENDANCY
In this thrilling and absorbing new novel Jason Bourne is faced with an impossible mission. He has been hired to impersonate a high-level government minister at a political summit meeting in Qatar, shielding the minister from any assassination attempts. Suddenly, armed gunmen storm the room, killing everyone but Bourne. Their target, however, isn't the minister Bourne impersonates....it is Bourne himself.
Kidnapped and transported to an underground bunker, Bourne finds himself face-to-face with an infamous terrorist named El Ghadan ("Tomorrow"). El Ghadan holds as his captive Soraya Moore, former co-director of Treadstone, and a close friend to Bourne, along with her two year old daughter.
Meanwhile, the President of the United States is in the midst of brokering a historic peace treaty between the Israelis and the Palestinians-an event that El Ghadan is desperate to prevent. He demands that Bourne carry out a special mission: kill the President. If Bourne refuses, Soraya and her daughter will die.
Bourne must make a monstrous choice: save Soraya and her daughter, or save the President. - (Grand Central Pub)
Van Lustbader continues his string of novels featuring Robert Ludlum's most famous character, Jason Bourne, and once again the action never stops. Though the thin characterizations almost derail the story this time, there is still enough juicy gunplay to keep action fans happy. A terrorist named El Ghadan kidnaps Bourne and proceeds to blackmail him. Soraya Moore, former director of Treadstone, is being held hostage, along with her husband and young daughter. El Ghadan will kill them unless Bourne assassinates the president of the U.S. at an upcoming summit. Bourne tries to figure out a third alternative. Sleaze and treachery run rampant. Bourne's dilemma gives this one some drama, but the Bourne novels written after Ludlum's death still pale in comparison to the originals. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.