Book Review: The Bourne Ultimatum

The Jason Bourne books have been one of the best spy thriller books of the last 50 years. Not many authors can build a plot as intricate as Robert Ludlum. And we will be reviewing the last book in the series, The Bourne Ultimatum.

David Webb is 50 and enjoying life with his wife and two kids in Massachusetts. But when Carlos the Jackal is reportedly the person behind a shooting that targeted Webb’s two closest friends, all hell brakes loose. Webb has to relocate his family on an island and hide them. And Webb has to let his former self, Jason Bourne take over.

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Carlos the Jackal is much older and rumors are spreading that he is nearing the end of his life. That is why Bourne believes Carlos is trying to kill him before death catches up to him. And Webb has to get to Carlos before Carlos gets Bourne and his family. That means tapping into his subconscious and letting Bourne do whatever it takes even though Bourne is 50 and not as fast as he used to be.

Reading this novel was like a roller coaster ride. It was a thrilling experience and there was a lot to unpack. Ludlum wrote so many twists and turns that the book never loses its momentum. Ending the series on this novel made it the perfect swan song.

Part of what made this book interesting is the build up. We have seen Carlos the Jackal in book one and have seen his legend throughout the books. And we are finally given what we wanted; a showdown between Carlos the Jackal and Jason Bourne. The story was great but the buildup is what makes it as good as it is.

I definitely recommend the Jason Bourne novels because you will enjoy Ultimatum. This is great writing and one of the best spy trilogies of all time.

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