I finished The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum in 1-2 days, despite starting it on a weekday. It’s a fun spy suspense/thriller. I enjoyed the writing, the characters, and the plot development. The plot was outlandish, but the way it was written made it plausible. There’s a certain suspension of belief that the reader must have with most fiction, but the way the book is written affects whether or not this is an arduous task.
The basic plot of the story is that a man has been found to have gunshot wounds and amnesia. The only clues he has to go on are a bank account number that was embedded under his skin and survivor skills (martial arts, knowledge of guns, etc.). He makes his way to Europe to slowly piece together his life, not sure if he is a “good” guy or a “bad” guy.
I had seen the movies starring Matt Damon prior to reading the book, but it didn’t matter (by the way, only the first movie resembles the book, the others are vastly different). I still wanted to read the book because I enjoyed the journey with the characters.