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Fortysomething, photographer slacker, working in IT, living in Greenwich; failed polymath; drinks and eats too much, reads too little...

The Bourne Identity  - Robert Ludlum I'd kinda ignored the original three Bourne novels as I'd already seen and enjoyed the movies, but it had always nagged at me that the later Lustbader novels sat at odds with the story I new from the films. Having finally gone back to read the originals I understand why - the movies and the novels are not the same, not even close. It's the same characters and the same premise of amnesia, but pretty much everything else is different - especially the plot. Suddenly, some of the things in the later novels that didn't make sense started to...

As we probably already know, an unidentified man is brought ashore having been shot in the head. As he recovers physically he also tries to piece together his memories. However, instead of being constantly on the run from the CIA, the novel takes him across Europe following clues to his identity and coming up against Carlos the Jackal instead of the CIA.

It's a big book, but an enjoyable one. I couldn't put it down and am already well into the second novel now...