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Cheating Death – Part 2

Cheating Death – Part 2

John Hutchinson, VJ Books
November 5, 2015

John Hutchinson VJ BooksThanks to Matt Damon, Jason Bourne has become an icon.

It was 1980 when Jason Bourne emerged from Treadstone in Robert Ludlum’s Bourne Identity.  While Ludlum wrote over 20 books, only three featured Jason Bourne.  The last, The Bourne Ultimatum, was released in 1990.  The last decade of Ludlum’s life, Jason Bourne was nowhere to be seen.  Was that to be the end of him?

It appears that Bourne returned to Georgetown and to the name David Webb.  That is where Eric Van Lustbader found him, and where The Bourne Legacy picks up.  Lustbader has written nine Bourne novels – the latest, The Bourne Ascendancy was released last year.  The Bourne Enigma is in the works, with more books sure to follow.

Four films feature the Bourne character, with the fifth scheduled for next year with Matt Damon reprising his role as Jason Bourne.

After many brushes with death, Jason Bourne remains active in the world of “black ops.” (more…)

Spy vs. Spy

Spy vs. Spy

John le CarreWhen the cold war ended and the last spy came in from the cold, it was predicted that the espionage novel would fade with the “duck and cover” films. No longer were we under the constant threat of annihilation – we were finally free from the fear of nuclear war, and our way of life seemed secure. So did the spies created by John le Carré, Frederick Forsyth, and the rest of those who so skillfully managed the genre disappear from the literary scene? The answer is a resounding no. The world, as it turns out, isn’t safe after all.

A new kind of threat emerged and the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich was where it was born. A Palestinian group calling themselves Black September took 11 members of the Israeli Olympic Team hostage and eventually killed them. Terrorism was born that dark day in Germany, and we have watched it spread throughout the world, eventually landing on our own shores.

Since that time our enemies have taken many names – PLO, Hezbollah, Al-Qaeda, Taliban, Hamas, and now Isis have grabbed the headlines, all state-sponsored terrorist groups with the expressed objective to destroy the West, its allies and its influence. In recent days Isis, a self-declared Islamic State that has seized over a third of Iraq, has boldly executed US trained Iraqi defense forces, destroyed religious sites including Jonah’s tomb, ordered the genital mutilation of all women between the ages of 11 and 46, and ordered all Christians to convert, leave or die.

In a world turned upside down a new breed of thriller writers emerged, establishing a new genre replete with 21st century characters shaped to meet the challenges of this new threat, a threat with a growing arsenal of weapons and tactics each intended to use violence against civilians. Ken Follett, Robert Littell, Robert Ludlum, and Tom Clancy took the lead in introducing us to this new era of thrillers, soon followed by Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, and of course, Daniel Silva.

Jason MatthewsJason Matthews, a 33-year veteran of the C.I.A. who “served in multiple overseas locations and engaged in clandestine collection of national-security intelligence” arrived with RED SPARROW, turning his considerable knowledge of espionage into a startling debut.

I AM PILGRIM is the best spy novel I have read in ten years – written by Terry Hayes. The first novel by Hayes, a filmmaker with a huge resume with Mad Max, the Road Warrior, and Beyond Thunderdome to his credit, is sure to follow with many more installments.

 

American Assassin Matthew PalmerMatthew Palmer is a twenty-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, currently serving as political counselor at the American Embassy in Belgrade. His recent debut, THE AMERICAN MISSION, is a top notch political thrill ride that delves into very complicated world of central African politics.

As a long time fan of the spy novel – Matt Damon was only ten years old when I first read The Bourne Identity – I have followed the genre’s transit to its current form with more than casual observation. The new breed of thriller writer has incredible style, an authentic voice, bringing to life characters that demonstrate reckless courage in the face of overwhelming odds. I can’t wait to see what comes next!

John

Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Dominion Now Here!

Eric Van Lustbader signed 1st editions of Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Dominion have just come in and are ready to ship to you.

The international scope of The Informationist— the action blasts from the USA to Europe to Africa — will more than satisfy fans of Robert Ludlum, John LeCarré and Frederick Forsyth.

The Informationist by Taylor StevensGreat review for The Informationist by Taylor Stevens!

http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/reviews/2011-03-05-informationist_N.htm

Signed copies available here!

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