Robert Ludlum was an American based writer of more than 27 thriller novels. He is best known as the creator of James Bourne, the protagonist in the Bourne Trilogy Series. Ludlum was born on May 25, 1927, in New York City. He is the son of George Ludlum and Margaret Ludlum. Ludlum attended The Rectory School before joining Cheshire Academy. He was later on admitted to Wesleyan University, which is located in Middletown, Connecticut. Ludlum graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama. While a student at Wesleyan University Ludlum became a member of the Ludlum Alpha fraternity. After becoming a writer, Ludlum set his very first novel in the fictitious Carlyle University, which was located in Connecticut.
Order of Jason Bourne Series
|1||The Bourne Identity||1980|
|2||The Bourne Supremacy||1986|
|3||The Bourne Ultimatum||1990|
|4||The Bourne Legacy||2003|
|5||The Bourne Betrayal||2007|
|6||The Bourne Sanction||2008|
|7||The Bourne Deception||2009|
|8||The Bourne Objective||2010|
|9||The Bourne Dominion||2011|
|10||The Bourne Imperative||2012|
|11||The Bourne Retribution||2013|
|12||The Bourne Ascendancy||2014|
|13||The Bourne Enigma||2016|
|14||The Bourne Initiative||2017|
Order of Paul Janson Series
|1||The Janson Directive||2002|
|2||The Janson Command||2012|
|3||The Janson Option||2014|
|4||The Janson Equation||2015|
Order of Matarese Dynasty Series
Order of Road to Series
|1||The Road to Gandolfo||1975|
|2||The Road to Gandolfo||1975|
|3||The Road To Omaha||1992|
|4||The Road To Gandolfo And The Road To Omaha||2007|
Order of Robert Ludlum Standalone Novels
|1||The Scarlatti Inheritance||1971|
|2||The Osterman Weekend||1972|
|4||The Matlock Paper||1973|
|5||The Rhinemann Exchange||1974|
|6||The Gemini Contenders||1976|
|7||The Chancellor Manuscript||1977|
|8||The Holcroft Covenant||1978|
|9||The Parsifal Mosaic||1982|
|10||The Aquitaine Progression||1984|
|11||The Icarus Agenda||1988|
|12||The Road To Omaha||1992|
|13||The Scorpio Illusion||1993|
|14||The Apocalypse Watch||1995|
|15||The Prometheus Deception||2000|
|16||The Sigma Protocol||2001|
|17||The Tristan Betrayal||2003|
|18||The Ambler Warning||2005|
|19||The Bancroft Strategy||2006|
Before becoming an author, Ludlum served in the Marines. He also worked as a theatrical producer and actor. In the year 1950, he produced several shows at the renowned Grant Lee Theatre, which is located in Fort Lee, New Jersey. From the year 1960 and 1970, he produced and managed shows within the Playhouse Mall, which was located at Bergen Mall. Due to the theatrical experience that he gained while working in theaters, Robert Ludlum understood the escapism, action, and energy that the general public which was required in a novel.
Robert Ludlum Awards
Robert Ludlum has not been awarded any literary awards.
Robert Ludlum Books into Movies
A majority of the author’s novel have been adapted into mini-series and films such as the Holcroft Covenant, The Bourne Identity, The Osterman Weekend, The Bourne Identity and Bourne Supremacy. The Bourne Identity movies feature the critically acclaimed author; Matt Damon has been critically and commercially successfully. His works are published under Treadstone Trademark.
Best Robert Ludlum Books
The Bourne Identity: This is the very first book by Robert Ludlum in the Jason Bourne trilogy. This novel begins as a half-deadman with a bloody body that is riddled with bullets is being dragged from the ocean and onto a trawler. A few hours ago, the man was not only shot but also thrown into the ocean by individuals who has the intent of killing him for reasons that he could not remember. Their only mistake was believing that the man was dead. The man finally finds his way to Zurich. He discovers that his name is Jason Bourne and he used to work for a covert company. An assassin that he does not know had been following him throughout. As all this happens, Jason Bourne begins to experience the flashback. These flashbacks begin to trigger memories as Jason Bourne tries to find out his real identity.
In an exceedingly amazing fashion, these flashbacks provide him with what he needs to avoid being killed. Nonetheless, the real beauty of this noel is that it is not the only action packed but it is also action packed. This is the story of a man who is exceedingly desperate enough to find out who he is regardless of the consequence. Full of intrigue and suspense, with an exceedingly unique twist on character development, this novel is without any reasonable doubt one of the best thrillers to be written.
Bourne Supremacy: This is the second book in the Jason Bourne Trilogy. Some of the things that made this book a great include the separation of David Webb and the protagonist, Jason Bourne, the highly-trained killing machine, who does not care for anything else apart from himself. Ludlum has managed to create different characters within the same body; Jason Bourne, David Webb, and Delta, David Webb’s codename during the period that he served as a cold-blooded American guerilla fighter during the 1970 Vietnam war. The story begins with Webb who has had more than five years of therapy and peace. He also managed to successfully put away his alter ego, Jason Bourne behind him together with his chaotic years in Vietnam.
However, his peace is short-lived as he is plunged back into the world of covert operations that he had been trying so hard to forget about. This time around, he is allied with his long time enemy, and friend Alex Conklin. This time around he must fly back to Asia, and kill an assassin who had been using his pseudo-name of Jason Bourne. What you are going to love about this installment is the inner struggles between Jason Bourne and Webb. Webb is not only slow but also exceedingly weak. However, he feels emotions such as love and empathy. As the story progresses, we get to see more of Webb and less of Jason Bourne.