The Bourne Ascendancy

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The Bourne Ascendancy
Author Robert Ludlum (Series creator)
Eric Van Lustbader
Country United States
Language English
Series Jason Bourne
Genre Spy, thriller novel
Publisher Grand Central Publishing (US)
Publication date
June 10, 2014
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 454 Pages pp (First edition)
ISBN 1455577537
Preceded by The Bourne Retribution
Followed by The Bourne Enigma

The Bourne Ascendancy is the twelfth novel in the Bourne series and ninth by Eric Van Lustbader. It was released on May 22, 2014, as a sequel to The Bourne Retribution and was followed up with The Bourne Enigma.

Plot Summary[edit]

In this thrilling and absorbing new novel Jason Bourne is faced with an impossible mission. He has been hired to impersonate a high-level government minister at a political summit meeting in Qatar, shielding the minister from any assassination attempts. Suddenly, armed gunmen storm the room, killing everyone but Bourne. Their target, however, isn’t the minister Bourne impersonates….it is Bourne himself.

Kidnapped and transported to an underground bunker, Bourne finds himself face-to-face with an infamous terrorist named El Ghadan (“Tomorrow”). El Ghadan holds as his captive Soraya Moore, former co-director of Treadstone, and a close friend to Bourne, along with her two year old daughter.

Meanwhile, the President of the United States is in the midst of brokering a historic peace treaty between the Israelis and the Palestinians-an event that El Ghadan is desperate to prevent. He demands that Bourne carry out a special mission: kill the President. If Bourne refuses, Soraya and her daughter will die.

Bourne must make a monstrous choice: save Soraya and her daughter, or save the President.


Sidney Williams of The Big Thrill commented, "Ascendancy adds an important layer to the Bourne canon, and I’m very proud of this. During the course of the story, we learn so much more about Bourne, the person, than we ever have before."[1]


  1. ^ Williams, Sidney (May 31, 2014). "Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Ascendancy by Eric Van Lustbader". The Big Thrill.