Book Review: The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

The Bourne Identity (Jason Bourne, #1)The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Original Rating- 2.5

The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum is the first book in the three-book Bourne series (original). It tells the story of the protagonist Jason Bourne who finds himself in an island near Marseilles, amnesiac, having been recovered from being almost dead. He comes to know, with the help of the island doctor, his skills which are combative in nature.

This story is a search for identity of Jason Bourne as he faces deadly situations in which people are trying to kill him. He is striving to find out about his past, which takes him on a journey to Zurich, Paris and New York. With the help of his ladylove Marie, he is struggling, he is fighting and he gradually comes to know of his persona and his identity. There are two organizations- one of an assassin, Carlos and another of the US secret agency, and he is trying to run from both of them, while trying to figure out what he has had to do with them.

It is a thriller ride involving mystery, adventure and conspiracy. I have conflicting views about the book as the protagonist was, throughout the story.

Positive points:-

1.The writing is quite good at certain stances of the novel and you remain engaged.

2.The reader can easily understand the protagonist’s confusion. Thus, the character development is strong. There is a diversity of characters, which keeps you interested.

3.The plot line is quite different and full of suspense.

Negative points:-

1.The book gets boring a lot many times. You get tired of the story and you want it to move ahead; meaning to say the story becomes stagnant at many places.

2.Some characters are useless. Many words could have been saved if they were not introduced.

3.The story has certain high points and certain as low as a deep valley with many theoretical paragraphs and statements; a reader won’t be interested in.

It is not a bad book and it has kept me interested enough that I want to read its sequel. I would recommend it to anyone who likes suspense/thriller series and those who are patient enough to get through the tedious parts of the story. Also, those who like reading about spies and detectives would certainly enjoy reading it.

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