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'It just popped into my head.'
So, safely distant from the kitchen, here goes:
First, the next Bourne book and/or movie needs to be set in Colombia. Our own northern Andean city—with its steep valley walls, its exotic potpourri of neighborhoods and its innovative deployment of cable cars and escalators as public transportation to and from the sprawling city sectors that cover both sides of the Valley of Aburrá—makes the perfect setting for, say, the first seven chapters of BOURNE FOUR. Then the action could move on to seaside Cartagena, with its walled jewel of a city left to us by the Spaniards in unintended payment for the gold they stole. From these promising beginnings, we have an abundant portfolio of other eye-catching sites for the location manager to scout. Since Robert Ludlum left us in 2001, this will require that some studied disciple become struck with Ludlum's conspiratorial madness and pick up the later imaginer's pen.
Second, an odd and complex relationship between Ludlum's BOURNE SERIES and the ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE left to us by olombia's Nobel-prizing-winning Gabriel García-Marquez suggests itself. Stick with me here, I can hear a reader grumbling to or about the sometimes incomprehensible Ludlum, 'I know García-Marquez, and you ain't no García-Marquez.
'Tis true. But I started with 'odd and complex', so don't get your knickers in a twist just yet. Both writers' set of characters is bafflingly complex, crying out for Cliff Notes at every third turn of the page. Both can become lost in their own way with a pen, though García-Marquez more often resurfaces to stun and amaze when Ludlum has merely wandered into the woods with too few breadcrumbs left behind for clues.
If these are formal *similarities* common to the two long-winded authors, the formal *contrast* is stark: García-Marquez' action takes place chiefly in the mind of his protagonists and in semi-private conversations among the certifiable oddballs who populate his pages. This is by definition a slow journey. His best-known story, after all, requires a hundred years.
Ludlum's Bourne on the other hand is all action. 'We've gotta' move! *Now!*'
Yet both leave this reader frequently confused, generally amused, and—in the end—ready to start the whole dang thing all over again, knowing I'll understand much more the second time, then more the third. And, so I fear, so on. From this reader's end-of-the-book perspective, neither Ludlum nor García-Marquez are going away soon.
Candidly, it'll take me another stroll or two through Bourne's reluctantly dramatic and violent life before I get any kind of respectable grip on the hair-turn-rich plot lines that kept Jason Bourne away from the people he loved most and out chasing the world's second-craftiest assassin for a handful of decades.
Oh, as other reviewers accurately and inevitably remark: those Jason Bourne *movies*? Great flicks, very little to do with the book.
If you want to meet the real-deal Chameleon, you gotta' take up and read.
In the first book he appears out of nowhere and kidnaps her, forces her to help him escape from a hotel. She is furious for his intrusion and the sudden danger he thrusts her into. Then when they are captured and she is taken to the river to first be rapped, and then murdered, Jason goes to extraordinary lengths to save her. After saving her, he is badly wounded, he is ready to die, still not knowing why this is happening he commands her to get out while she can. Leave she does, but doesn’t get too far.
She realizes that he came back to save her, at great risk to his life, and if she leaves, he will most likely die. She returns, refuses to listen to his pleas for her to leave him, she takes him to a hotel where she nurses him back to health. Now she has thrust herself into a strange series of events that will not only test her resolve but his.
He teaches her to be a Chameleon, to play the spy game. As he suddenly learns who he is, how he got there, as the memories come back, a connection is formed between them. A bond that was not forged in a weekend love tryst, but melded from being placed into danger and depending upon the other for a rescue. As this woman and Jason experience more, and do more together, they suddenly find that their complimentary presence is needed by the other.
As the story line of each book is revealed, you realize the extraordinary talents of this man called Jason Bourne, and his alter ego David Webb. As David needs Jason to navigate the intricate plots and subplots they find themselves in, you learn of the awesome talent that Jason Bourne possess and why he can’t be left alone by those who would like to use him. But you also learn how David Webb, an academic nerd, also possesses power as well. Together they perform the impossible which must be done if they are to survive.
A very good book.
My eyesight became such that I could only continue reading for hours a day if I used a very large font on a Kindle, so I was thrilled to find this trilogy available on Kindle.