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Thursday, July 28, 2016


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Whom You Know Congratulates their new President, Elizabeth Ann Stribling-Kivlan:

It is often said that the book is nearly always better than the movie! We can't say for sure in this case since Peachy Deegan has not seen any of the Bourne movies (she watches what she reviews...!) but now we can absolutely verify that The Bourne Enigma book is a winner.

Though it can be a great beach read, you absolutely need to be detail-oriented particularly in regards to names to flawlessly sail towards the plot ending.  This is not at all a fluffy book we are pleased to say.  Since she's endlessly curious and must find out what happens, Peachy started this at dinner one night and finished it before she went to sleep-it's that great.  For everyone we know that once played on the Russian Red Army (hockey) team many years ago, you will enjoy this especially since there is a lot of Russia in it.  

Whom You Know as a site is named after Peachy's 10th grade English class taught by Mover and Shaker Rennie McQuilkin, whom we believe now is the Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut.  It goes without saying that we hold the English language in high regard and love it when we hear spoken and see written perfect this tale, we see that Jason Bourne is similarly committed, correcting the Russians in their English (high five from Peachy, Jason!  See page 31.) It is total horror when we don't see the proper honor given to word choice and grammar.

Not only do we like that about Jason, but we also like his high character and choice of associates, splendidly penned on page 50:
"...his own thoughts turned to the many times he and Boris had shared both danger and laughs, had gotten drunk on both good vodka and bad [we did not see Star-this is not by Mover and Shaker Charles Kipps], had hidden each other, lied to each other when they needed to, but mostly told each other the truth, backed each other up, saved each other."

We're not positive we like every character in the book.  Someone says: "You're an American.  That's three strikes against you in my book."  In this extremely unfortunate day and age of rampant terrorism, all the usual suspects show up to ruin the day of the good guys.  

With espionage tricks turning every page, The Bourne Enigma also includes riddles: "What do you get when you combine a meticulous homicidal mind with one psychopathically obsessed with ritual?"  You're bound to find out.  Another item we found out but did not know was something hugely negative about Louis perhaps don't read this along with The Mad Hatter or White Rabbit.

We would have liked to have seen women characters that were more balanced; some were entirely submissive while others were total animals...perhaps next time!  But to be a successful spy, sometimes you've got to do what you've got to do to survive.  We like proactive, not submissive, people of both sexes!

Descriptions were mostly to-the-point to keep with the telling of the story in this genre, but we really liked this description (p. 226):
"They were both on the deck, [she] staring into the Monet reflections on the water.  For her part, [she] was quartering the immediate environment, searching for glints of traveling lights off rifle barrels or binocular lenses."

Also, Eric Van Lustbader did not create this character but he does terrific work carrying on the tradition.  With similar genre authors, we can totally tell when it is not the original author because it almost never is of the same quality, even if that original author's name is on the book.

This is the first Bourne book we reviewed, but we surmise it will not be the last.

The Bourne Enigma is Recommended by Whom You Know.

Grand Central Publishing is proud to present Robert Ludlum's THE BOURNE ENIGMA by New York Times bestselling author Eric Van Lustbader (GCP; Hardcover; 978-1455597949). An action-packed return to classic Bourne, this thriller is sure to satisfy long-time fans and new readers of the series!

On the eve of Russian general Boris Karpov's wedding, Jason Bourne receives an enigmatic message from his old friend and fellow spymaster. In Moscow, what should be a joyous occasion turns bloody and lethal. Now Bourne is the only one who can decipher Karpov's cryptogram. He discovers that Karpov has betrayed his sovereign to warn Bourne of a crippling disaster about to be visited on the world. Bourne has only four days to discover the nature of the disaster and stop it.

The trail Karpov has been following leads Bourne to Cairo and the doorstep of Ivan Borz, the elusive international arms dealer infamous for hiding behind a never-ending series of false identities, a man Bourne has been hunting ever since he abducted former Treadstone director Soraya Moore and her two-year-old daughter and brutally murdered Soraya's husband.

Bourne must travel to war-torn Syria and then Cyprus as he chases the astonishing truth. The clock is ticking, and Bourne has less than four days to solve Karpov's riddle--and hunt down Borz--if he hopes to prevent a cataclysmic international war.

Timed to the nationwide big screen release of the next Bourne film that reunites the dynamic duo of Matt Damon starring as Bourne and Paul Greengrass taking the helm as director and screenwriter, the Bourne franchise is back in a big way this Summer. 

About the Authors:
ROBERT LUDLUM was the author of twenty-seven novels, each one a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 225 million of his books in print, and they have been translated into thirty-two languages. He is the author of The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Chancellor Manuscript, and the Jason Bourne series--The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum--among others. Mr. Ludlum passed away in March 2001. To learn more, visit

ERIC VAN LUSTBADER is most widely known as the New York Times bestselling author of twenty international bestselling thrillers including Ninja and Black Heart. He is also the author of two successful and highly regarded series of fantasy novels, The Sunset Warrior Cycle and The Pearl Saga. His novels have been translated into over twenty languages.


by Eric Van Lustbader

Grand Central Publishing ▪ Hardcover ▪

ISBN: 978-1455597949

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