The Bourne Supremacy Book Summary and Study Guide

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   A man is dead in a Kowloon Cabaret. His corpse is surrounded by blood. And a black bandana lays beside the body with a name on it. The name is... Jason Bourne.
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   When the news makes its way all the way to the west, the fear already starts spreading. The assassin is back, and he is being paid by someone. Anyone could be on his list of contracts; Even the Vice-Premier of the People's Republic.
   Government officials of the highest rank however know this is untrue. Jason Bourne never existed. It was a myth set up by them to trap an assassin known as Carlos the Jackal. The myth played by David Webb was to be used so he can use himself as bait, in order to trap the Jackal. However, this attempt was unsuccessful, for David Webb lost his memory in the process after a bullet entered his brain. Although he survived, he had no knowledge of his past, or his existence. After a misunderstanding results in the American government thinking that Webb has turned, they send out another man named Alex Conklin to finish off Webb. But David is not alone. He survived by the help of a Canadian woman, who presently is his wife. Even though the American government is convinced of Webb's innocence, Webb doesn't trust them, for he believes he was betrayed. He no longer has anything to do with them.
   David now lives in a university town, and despite being under government protection, he hasn't forgiven them. He is regaining his memory day by day, thanks to the help of his psychiatrist, and his wife Marie. He is living a peaceful life until...
   A government official named McAllister requests David Webb to hunt down the impostor assassin, but after Webb refuses, Marie is kidnapped and flown to China, leaving clues behind for Webb to follow. Eventually he gets to China and finds out that he must become Jason Bourne. He must become the person he hates most, but also needs most. He must be... Jason Bourne.
   Jason has to use his dirty bag of tricks to trap the impostor assassin and deliver him alive to the kidnappers in order to get Marie back. This one objective takes him around Kowloon, Hong Kong, Macao and eventually Peking where he finds a man who is one a rampage that will result in the fall of China.
The review of this Book prepared by Walid Khalid

David Webb, formerly Jason Bourne, is pulled back into spy action by bureaucrats who kidnap his wife, Marie. Bourne is told by the captors to track down an impostor, a man who is killing in the name of Jason Bourne. While tracking him down, Bourne discovers a deadly conspiracy involving the control of Hong Kong, and must stop it before it is too late.
The review of this Book prepared by Ben Noonan

Jason Bourne, mystery assasin, is once again chasing someone, this time his wife, Marie St Jacques Webb, because she was kidnapped by an unknown force. He races across China and Taiwan searching for his wife. He is aided by some interesting people including an ex-member of a secret organization which Bourne was once part of. He comes to the climax of his story when he attacks the British consulate consumed by his rage against his government for not acknowledging his cries for help. He also travels to Macao to kill a Kuomintang antagonist who is planning to plunge the whole of East Asia into nuclear war.
The review of this Book prepared by nick dempsey

Jason Bourne is a top secret inteligence operation gone wrong. He is called back into action to stop someone from killing in China who is using his name.
The review of this Book prepared by ryan mellish

Jason Bourne is back, this time his life and recovery process from his memory loss in THE BOURNE IDENTITY is disrupted when the Chinese vice-premier is assassinated in Kowloon, and Bourne is indicted for his murder. Then his wife Marie is kidnapped and taken against her will to Hong Kong. Bourne travels out there, seeking help from Britain's MI6 and assorted Asian and American agents, and discovers a Triad plot to destabilise the Far East. In the process, he takes down several bad guys and in a chaotic plot twist Marie escapes of her own accord! Can they reunite and save the Far East in the process? This Ludlum potboiler is just as well-paced, entertaining and action packed as the first BOURNE book.
The review of this Book prepared by Nick Warren

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 22%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 28% Tone of story    -   very upbeat Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   preventing/finding assassin    -   kidnap/rescue Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   generic terrorists Amnesia story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   spy    -   killer Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American Unusual characteristics:    -   Cynical or arrogant


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Southeast Asia    -   China Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   perforation--bullets    -   perforation--swords/knives    -   exploded into bits Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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