- The Bourne Ultimatum
Infobox Book |
name = The Bourne Ultimatum
image_caption = "The Bourne Ultimatum" first edition cover.
language = English
series = "
genre = Thriller,
pub_date = February 25, 1990
media_type = Print (
pages = 611 pp "(first edition)"
isbn = ISBN 0394584082
preceded_by = The Bourne Supremacy
The Bourne Legacy
"The Bourne Ultimatum" is the third
Jason Bourne novelwritten by Robert Ludlumand a sequelto "The Bourne Supremacy" ( 1986). First published in 1990, it was the last Bourne novel to be written by Ludlum himself. Eric Van Lustbaderwrote a sequel titled " The Bourne Legacy" fourteen years later and three after that he wrote " The Bourne Betrayal", the fifth novel in the series.
"The Bourne Ultimatum" was adapted into a film of the same name starring
Matt Damonand was released in the U.S. on August 3, 2007. As in the 2004film, "The Bourne Supremacy", "The Bourne Ultimatum" has a completely different plot from the novel.
The novel follows David Webb, alias
Jason Bourne, as he works to find his old enemy, Carlos the Jackal, who is trying to kill him. As the Jackal enters old age and his infamy fades, he decides that he will do two things before he dies: kill Webb/Bourne, and destroy the KGBfacility of Novgorod, where the Jackal was trained and later turned away. Carlos the Jackal uses a diverse collective of aged men devoted to his handiwork known as "The Old Men of Paris." Webb sends his wife and children to live with his wife's brother, John St. Jacques, in the Caribbeanfor protection while Webb himself works with old friend and CIAagent Alexander Conklin, and to a limited degree, the CIA, to hunt down and kill the Jackal first. Webb poses as an important member of Medusa (a newer version than the original he was associated with during the Vietnam era) (see Jason Bourne), now a nearly omnipotent economic force that controls the head of NATO, leading figures in the Defense Department, portions of the American and Sicilian mafia, and large NYSEfirms. The plan is to use Medusa's resources to contact the Jackal. Webb just misses the Jackal several times, including when the Jackal locates Webb's family in the Caribbean, before Webb stages his own death and convinces the Jackal that he has succeeded. In a final confrontation, the Jackal is finally killed and David Webb returns to his family.
After Ludlum's death,
Eric Van Lustbadercontinued the story of Jason Bourne in a sequel titled " The Bourne Legacy". He has also written the fifth and sixth novels in the series entitled " The Bourne Betrayal" and " The Bourne Sanction".
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