The Official Synopsis:
In this thrilling and absorbing new novel, Jason Bourne is faced with an impossible mission. He has been hired to impersonate a high-level government minister at a political summit meeting in Qatar, shielding the minister from any assassination attempts. Suddenly, armed gunmen storm the room, killing everyone but Bourne. Their target, however, isn’t the minister Bourne impersonates….it is Bourne himself.
Kidnapped and transported to an underground bunker, Bourne finds himself face-to-face with an infamous terrorist named El Ghadan (“Tomorrow”). El Ghadan holds as his captive Soraya Moore, former co-director of Treadstone, and a close friend to Bourne, along with her two year old daughter.
Meanwhile, the President of the United States is in the midst of brokering a historic peace treaty between the Israelis and the Palestinians-an event that El Ghadan is desperate to prevent. He demands that Bourne carry out a special mission: kill the President. If Bourne refuses, Soraya and her daughter will die.
Bourne must make a monstrous choice: save Soraya and her daughter, or save the President.
My Two Cents:
This edition of the Bourne series has the infallible main character surviving another round of dangerous missions with death defying stunts. The book smells and looks like an ideal Hollywood movie with all the relevant drama that can be associated with any blockbuster movie production.
It does lack a bit in the plot as its adopted the safe formula of US President being under attack by a rogue terrorist group. A formula that we have observed countless times over the previous few years.
Although the pace of the book is really smooth and quick the punch just isnt there. Its almost as if one could predict the next move.
EVL seems to have written this book in haste as a filler before he could concoct up a more powerful story in Book Thirteen.
Still for all Jason Bourne fans I would recommend this book as it does add somewhat to the background story and helps continue the saga further.
Link to Goodreads: Bourne Ascendancy