Author Bourne Series: The Bourne series is a collection of three books written by Robert Ludlum that is based on the fictitious agent Jason Bourne. After Robert Ludlum’s death, Eric Van Lustbader continued the series, which has subsequently been expanded by Van Lustbader. When Eric Van Lustbader decided to quit writing the Bourne books during the drafting of The Bourne Nemesis, the Ludlum estate contacted Brian Freeman about continuing the tales of Jason Bourne. Brian Freeman accepted the offer.
Although The Bourne Nemesis was never completed, the novel will never be released. It is based on two real-life newspaper stories from 1975 about the terrorist Ilich Ramrez Sánchez, often known as “Carlos the Jackal,” that serves as the prologue to the book.
At the beginning of the tale, gunshots can be heard aboard a yacht in the Mediterranean Sea. One guy is thrown into the waters just before the boat explodes, and he is subsequently rescued by a fisherman who discovers him clinging to wreckage on the ocean floor. They also discover that he suffers from amnesia, which they believe is the consequence of a severe brain injury.
He also has irregular intrusions or flashbacks to the past but is unable to make sense of what is happening. Only a tiny film negative discovered lodged in his hip, which included the information needed to access a bank account in Zurich, serves as conclusive proof of his previous existence.
After being nursed back to health by a local doctor, he travels to Zurich in order to get access to a bank, where he is greeted by a kind receptionist. Upon further investigation, the guy discovers that his identity is “Jason Charles Bourne,” that he has business dealings with a company named Treadstone Seventy-One Corporation, and that his bank account has 7.5 million Swiss francs (equal to $5 million in the book). The evidence leads Bourne to believe that he should go to Paris, and he transfers the majority of the funds to that location.
Men attempt to assassinate Bourne at his bank and hotel, prompting him to take hostage another hotel guest, Canadian government economist Marie St. Jacques, in order to flee. After fleeing from Bourne, St. Jacques informs a group of men she believes to be police officers about his location. However, they turn out to be Bourne’s pursuers and professional assassins who attempt to rape and kill her. The fact that Bourne saves her at the risk of his own life convinces St. Jacques that he should assist him.
They go to Paris in order to uncover information about Bourne’s background. Once in Paris, Bourne discovers that the commander of his assailants may be “Carlos,” who is regarded as the most deadly terrorist of his generation, having been responsible for many murders in various countries and having connections in the highest levels of the government. Bourne has a strong desire to track down Carlos for reasons that are only partially understandable to him.
Following clues that lead him closer to Carlos throughout the narrative, Bourne visits locations such as a fancy clothes shop that has been used as a relay for Carlos. Despite the fact that Bourne sees Carlos twice in passing, he is unable to capture or kill him. Additionally, Bourne discovers increasing proof that he himself is an assassin known as “Cain,” much to his displeasure. Meanwhile, he and St. Jacques become romantically involved. Marie attempts to persuade Bourne that he is not the serial murderer that he believes he is.