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    So I had The Bourne Ultimatum out of Interlibrary Loan from my universities library, but it was overdue before I finished so I had to return it before I could finish it. To anyone who hasn't read the Bourne Trilogy or saw the movies and thought they were good, READ THE BOOKS they are all amazing.

    Anyway, I decided to pick up a shorter book a friend recommended with a similar feel as the Bourne books: Ken Follett's, Eye of the Needle. Just like Bourne, it pulls you into the story quickly unlike lots of other books which don't keep you entertained. This is an excerpt just the first chapter:

    (London, England during WWII with a high British awareness for German spies: The Landlady has been debating going up to a tenant's room and seducing him(Faber), being a widower for some time, and still young.)

    "Silly old fool," she said to herself aloud. "You're just making excuses to go up there."

    And then she wondered why she needed excuses. She was a grownup, and it was her house, and in ten years she had not met another man who was just right for her, and what the hell, she needed to feel someone strong and hard and hairy on top of her, squeezing her breasts and panting in her ear and parting her thighs with his broad flat hands, for tomorrow the gas bombs might come over from Germany and they would all die choking and gasping and poisoned and she would have lost her last chance.

    So she drained her glass and got out of bed and put on her dressing gown, and just combed her hair a little and stepped into her slippers, and picked up her bunch of keys in case he had locked the door and couldn't hear her knock above the sound of the radio.

    There was nobody on the landing. She found the stairs in the darkness. She intended to step over the stair that creaked, but she stumbled on the loose carpet and trod on it heavily; but it seemed that nobody heard, so she went on up and tapped on the door at the top. She tried it gently. It was locked.

    The radio was turned down and Mr. Faber called our, "Yes?"

    He was well-spoken; not cockney or foreign--not anything, really, just a pleasantly neutral voice.

    She said, "Can I have a word with you?"

    He seemed to hesitate, then he said: "I'm undressed."

    "So am I," she giggled, and she opened the door with her duplicate key.

    He was standing in front of the radio with some kind of screw driver in his hand. He wore his trousers and no undershirt. His face was white and he looked scared to death.

    She stepped inside and closed the door behind her, not knowing what to say. Suddenly she remembered a line from an American film, and she said, "Would you but a lonely girl a drink?" It was silly, really, because she knew he had no drink in his room and she certaintly wasn't dressed to go out; but it sounded vampish.

    It seemed to have the desired effect. Without speaking, he came slowly toward her. He did have hair on his nipples. She took a step forward, and then his arms went around her and she closed her eyes and turned up her face, and he kissed her, and she moved slightly in his arms, and then there was a terrible, awful, unbearable sharp pain in her back and she opened her mouth to scream.

    He had heard her stumble on the stairs. If she'd waited another minute he would have had the radio transmitter back in its case and the code books in the drawer and there would have been no need for her to die. But before he could conceal the evidence he had heard her key in the lock, and when she opened the door the stiletto had been in his hand.

    Because she moved slightly in his arms, Faber missed her heart with the first jab of the weapon, and he had to thrust his fingers down her throat to stop her crying out. He jabbed again, but she moved again and the blade struck a rib and merely slashed her superficially. Then the blood was spurting and he knew it would not be a clean kill; it was never when you missed the first stroke.

    She was wriggling too much to be killed with a jab now. Keeping his fingers in her mouth, he gripped her jaw with his thumb and pushed her back against the door. Her head hit the woodwork with a loud bump, and he wished he had not turned the radio down, but how could he have expected this?

    He hesistated before killing her because it would be much better if she died on the bed--better for the cover-up that was already taking shape in his mind--but he could not be sure of getting her that far in silence. He tightended his hold on her jaw, kept her head still by jamming it against the door, and brought the stiletto around in a wide, slashing arc that ripped away most of her throat, for the stiletto was not a slashing knife and the throat was not Faber's favored target.

    He jumped back to avoid the first horrible gush of blood, then stepped forward again to catch her before she hit the floor. He dragged her to the bed, trying not to look at her neck, and laid her down.

    He had killed before, so he expected the reaction--it always came as soon as he felt safe. He went over to the sink in the corner of the room and waited for it. He could see his face in the little shaving mirror. He was white and his eyes were staring. He looked at himself and thought, killer. Then he threw up.

    When that was over he felt better. He could go to work now. He knew what he had to do, the details had come to him even while he was killing her.

    He washed his face, brushed his teeth and cleaned the washbasin. Then he sat down at the table beside his radio. He looked at his notebook, found his place and began tapping the key. It was a long message, about the mustering of an army for Finland, and he had been halfway through when he was interripted. It was written down in cipher on the pad. When he had completed it he signed off with "Regards to Willi."

    The transmitter packed away neatly into a specially designed suitcase. Faber put the rest of his possessions into a second case. He took off his trousers and sponged the bloodstains, then washed himself over.

    At last he looked at the corpse.

    He was able to be cold about her now. It was wartime; they were enemies; if he had not killed her she would have caused his death. She had been a thread, and all he felt now was relief that the threat had been nullified. She should not have frightened him.

    Nevertheless, his task was distasteful. He opened her robe and lifted her nightdress, pulling up around her waist. She was wearing knickers. He tore them, so that the hair of her pubis was visible...

    .....Well that's all I wanna type but you get the idea. I love these spy books damn. Has anyone else read any Ken Follett, and can recommend other stuff he's done? Also, has anyone read any other good spy books on the same lines as Ludlum's Bourne or Follett's Eye of the Needle?

    (783 Magus points to whoever correctly guesses what he does next.)[/u]

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    I read a book by the same auther as the Bourne series named The Moscow Vector. It was a quick read and it pulls you in from the start. It had it's slow points like many books but I def enjoyed reading it. If you're looking for a shorter read with the same kind of spy action as the Bourne series check it out.

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