The Bourne Ultimatum


The Bourne Ultimatum

Infobox Book |
name = The Bourne Ultimatum
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image_caption = "The Bourne Ultimatum" first edition cover.
author = Robert Ludlum
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country = United States
language = English
series = "Jason Bourne"
"Bourne Trilogy"
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genre = Thriller, Spy novel
publisher = Random House
pub_date = February 25, 1990
english_pub_date =
media_type = Print (Hardback & Paperback)
pages = 611 pp "(first edition)"
isbn = ISBN 0394584082
oclc =
preceded_by = The Bourne Supremacy
followed_by = The Bourne Legacy

"The Bourne Ultimatum" is the third Jason Bourne novel written by Robert Ludlum and a sequel to "The Bourne Supremacy" (1986). First published in 1990, it was the last Bourne novel to be written by Ludlum himself. Eric Van Lustbader wrote 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 Damon and was released in the U.S. on August 3, 2007. As in the 2004 film, "The Bourne Supremacy", "The Bourne Ultimatum" has a completely different plot from the novel.

Plot summary

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 KGB facility 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 Caribbean for protection while Webb himself works with old friend and CIA agent 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 NYSE firms. 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.

equels

After Ludlum's death, Eric Van Lustbader continued 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".

Publication history


*1990, US, Random House ISBN 0394584082, Pub date February 25, 1990, Hardback
*1990, US, Bantam Books ISBN 0553173421, Pub date August 1990, Paperback
*1990, UK, Grafton ISBN 0246125756 Pub date March 8, 1990, Hardback
*1991, UK, HarperCollins ISBN 0586064567, Pub date March 28, 1991, Paperback

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