In The Bourne Imperative the novel opens with perspectives of a myriad of characters. While I don’t usually like this method I didn’t like it here either by author Eric Van Lustbader. I find this style makes me tense as I try to follow all of the characters. That’s just me. The opening is interesting as we are introduced to a man, near death, wounded and floating in the water. This time it is a lake…parallels. Jason Bourne, though troubled, is now on the side of Treadstone. I think that I missed a few of the Lustbader novels where all this occurred. Bourne works with allies to stop evil from overtaking the planet.
“He’s motivated by neither religion nor ideology. Corner the market on the next century’s major fuel sources and you have the entire world at your feet. In one fell swoop you’ve choked off free trade, you’ve compromised nations’ economics and security. These days, no one can build a competent army without weapons that rely heavily on rare earths.”
It is interesting that many of the thriller/spy novels that I read these days feature enemies of a more Asian background versus the post-911 tendency to have Muslims as the heavy.
The novel was pretty good. I thought the end could have been more suspenseful and not wrapped up so well so fast. As I stated in the beginning of the review I was not overly fond of the opening third of the book.