Review: The Bourne Evolution by Brian Freeman

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The Bourne Evolution
Jason Bourne (Book #15) Spy thriller G.P. Putnam’s Sons All format (print, digital, audio) 410 pages Amazon

Publisher’s Description

After the death of his lover in a mass shooting, secret agent Jason Bourne is convinced that there is more to her murder than it seems. Worse, he believes that Treadstone–the agency that made him who he is, that trained him–is behind the killing. Bourne goes rogue, leaving Treadstone behind and taking on a new mission to infiltrate and expose an anarchist group, Medusa.

But when a congresswoman is assassinated in New York, Bourne is framed for the crime, and he finds himself alone and on the run, hunted by both Treadstone and the tech cabal that had hired him. In his quest to stay one step ahead of his enemies, Bourne teams up with a journalist, Abbey Laurent, to figure out who was behind the frame-up, and to learn as much as he can about the ever-growing threat of the mysterious Medusa group. 

As more and more enemies begin to hunt Bourne, it’s a race against the clock to discover who led him into a trap…and what their next move may be.

Thrilling Reads Review

I got to know Brian Freeman’s work through his great suspenseful psychological thrillers like THIEF RIVER FALLS, so I was curious to find that he has picked up the mantle for the iconic Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne series.

THE BOURNE EVOLUTION is Freeman’s first Jason Bourne book, and wow, he delivers a great thriller.

It was exciting to see Jason Bourne back in action. But first a warning, this isn’t the Jason Bourne from the 1980s. It’s not picking up after any of the previous novels. It’s basically a reboot. And this Jason Bourne more closely resembles the Jason Bourne from the movies (played by Matt Damon, not the one from television played by Richard Chamberlain).

Personally, I liked this component since the Bourne movies are outstanding and it’s what most people now associate with the character. But trust me, this book reads like a Robert Ludlum novel! Freeman has done a fantastic job bringing back Jason Bourne, and I would imagine the late great Robert Ludlum would enjoy this book.

In this book, Bourne is up against a terrorist group taking over a big tech social network company which now days is like a ripped from the headlines story. He finds himself framed for a mass shooting that kicks the non-stop action into gear.

The book is fast-paced with a lot of action and running around, which makes it a thrilling read that I highly recommend.

Interview with Brian Freeman

I interviewed Brian Freeman for my podcast, MEET THE THRILLER AUTHOR. That interview will air on September 29, 2020, so stay tuned! Make sure you’re subscribed to the podcast or check back here after the 29th of September for my interview with author Brian Freeman.

It's safe to say that Alan Petersen loves mystery and thriller books. He writes high-octane thrillers, hosts the MEET THE THRILLER AUTHOR podcast, and reviews thriller/mystery books.

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