I don't normally go out of my way to read spy novels, but this series is fantastic. The movies deviate quite a bit from the novels, and (naturally!) the books are better.
I love the movies, but Ludlum is a bit of a tough read, to me. He can get a little repetitive and certain scenes just seem to hit a plateau for a while. But the things he comes up with for Bourne to do and the ways to get out of these things are just marvelous, and so we read it anyway. And so should you.
The movie is better than the book in this case. Ludlum tends to over-analyze the political situation, and the action loses focus due to it.
Good read. Great for plane trips, but I wouldn't read it multiple times, since the mystery & intrigue are the draw. This is actually the 2nd Bourne book. It is followed by the Bourne ultimatum. Once again- it is not like the movies since it was written during the Cold War era.
Every Ludlum book is engrossing and this is no exception. I had to read it in one sitting because I could not put it down.