In 1980, American author Robert Ludlum published the novel, The Bourne Identity. The book followed the story of Jason Bourne – an incredibly skilled amnesiac, who becomes the unwitting target of the CIA.

The novel was a spy thriller, and because of its interesting story and unique angle it proved popular with readers. And due to the success of the book, Ludlum followed it up with two additional stories, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum.

In 2001, Ludlum passed away, but continued interest in his novels, as well as the success of the Bourne movies series, ensured that this wasn’t the end of the road for Jason Bourne. A decision was made to continue Bourne’s story in a new collection of novels, with new writers picking up from where Ludlum left off.

In this post I am taking a look at the Jason Bourne book series, to highlight all of the stories that have been published so far. So, if you are looking to get into the books, and you don’t know your Bourne Imperative from your Bourne Initiative, this post should help you out.

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The Jason Bourne books writer by writer

Below is a run-through of all the Jason Bourne books, beginning with the initial trilogy from Robert Ludlum.

Robert Ludlum

Robert Ludlum was the original author of the Jason Bourne books. Between 1980 and 1990, he published the following three Bourne novels:

  • The Bourne Identity (1980)
  • The Bourne Supremacy (1986)
  • The Bourne Ultimatum (1990)

Eric Van Lustbader

In 2004, Eric Van Lusbader took over as the author of the Bourne novels. He published the following 11 entries in the series:

  • The Bourne Legacy (2004)
  • The Bourne Betrayal (2007)
  • The Bourne Sanction (2008)
  • The Bourne Deception (2009)
  • The Bourne Objective (2010)
  • The Bourne Dominion (2011)
  • The Bourne Imperative (2012)
  • The Bourne Retribution (2013)
  • The Bourne Ascendancy (2014)
  • The Bourne Enigma (2016)
  • The Bourne Initiative (2017)

Brian Freeman

And in 2020, Brian Freeman became the new author of the Bourne stories. To date, he has published one novel:

  • The Bourne Evolution (2020)

OK, so those are all the books from their respective authors, now let’s look at a full list of all the books together…

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The Jason Bourne books in order

To date, there are 15 entries in the Jason Bourne books series. If you wish to read all of the Jason Boune books in order, follow this list:  

  • The Bourne Identity (1980)
  • The Bourne Supremacy (1986)
  • The Bourne Ultimatum (1990)
  • The Bourne Legacy (2004)
  • The Bourne Betrayal (2007)
  • The Bourne Sanction (2008)
  • The Bourne Deception (2009)
  • The Bourne Objective (2010)
  • The Bourne Dominion (2011)
  • The Bourne Imperative (2012)
  • The Bourne Retribution (2013)
  • The Bourne Ascendancy (2014)
  • The Bourne Enigma (2016)
  • The Bourne Initiative (2017)
  • The Bourne Evolution (2020)

As you can see from the list above, the Jason Bourne book series shows no signs of slowing down. It may take a little break here and there, but new stories continue to be published, much to the delight of readers.

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If you’re a fan of the Jason Bourne books, then you may wish to dip into the Jason Bourne movie series too. The movies have proved very popular with audiences, and are currently available to buy on home video.

The Bourne Ultimate Collection is a Blu-ray box set which includes five movies: The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Legacy and Jason Bourne.

The Bourne Ultimate Collection Blu-rayis available from all good entertainment stockists, including Amazon US and Amazon UK.

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