EXCLUSIVE: See the Cover for the Next Jason Bourne Novel

On August 25, 2020, Jason Bourne finally returns to action in The Bourne Evolution, the all-new thriller from bestselling author Brian Freeman.

Back in December of 2018, we reported exclusively that Eric Van Lustbader, the longtime contributor to Robert Ludlum’s mega-popular franchise, was ready to step away from the series. Lustbader’s final book, The Bourne Initiative, came out in 2017, and until reports surfaced earlier this year that veteran writer Brian Freeman (Alter Ego, 2018, etc.) had been picked to take over the series moving forward, a cloud of mystery hung around Bourne for nearly two years. 

Now, almost eight months after the news of Freeman coming on board, we finally have our first look at the cover art for The Bourne Evolution, along with some new plot details, which until now had been kept mostly under wraps. 


Cover Image - THE BOURNE EVOLUTIONAfter the death of his wife in a mass shooting, secret agent Jason Bourne is convinced that there is more to her murder than it seems. Worse, he believes that the agency that trained him and made him who he is—Treadstone—is behind the killing. Bourne goes rogue, leaving Treadstone behind and taking on a new mission to infiltrate and expose an anarchist group, Medusa.  But when a congresswoman is assassinated in New York, Bourne is framed for the crime, and he finds himself alone and on the run, hunted by both Treadstone and the tech cabal who had hired him.

In his quest to stay one step ahead of his enemies, Bourne teams up with a journalist, Abbey Laurent, to figure out who was behind the frame-up, and to learn as much as he can about the ever-growing threat of the mysterious Medusa group. As more and more enemies begin to hunt Bourne, it’s a race against the clock to discover who led him into a trap . . . and what their next move may be.


Brian Freeman is a bestselling author of more than forty novels, including the Jonathan Stride and Frost Easton series. His Audible original, The Deep, Deep Snow, was #12 on the New York Times Audio bestseller list.  His debut novel, Immoral, won the Macavity Award and was a finalist for the Dagger, Edgar, Anthony, and Barry awards for Best First Novel.  He’s also been nominated twice for the Thriller Award for Best Hardcover, winning once. He is well-versed in the Ludlum universe.  Freeman lives in Minnesota with his wife.

Robert Ludlum was the author of twenty-seven novels, each one a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 225 million of his books in print, and they have been translated into thirty-two languages. He was the author of The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Chancellor Manuscript, and the Jason Bourne series–The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum–among other novels. Ludlum passed away in March 2001.

The Bourne Evolution is slated for release on August 25th, 2020, and should be available for pre-order at all major retailers soon, so make sure to check back for more updates in the coming weeks and months. Until then, make sure you’re following Brian Freeman on Facebook, Twitter, and his official website for more updates. 



Praised as “One of the hardest working, most thoughtful, and fairest reviewers out there” by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline, Ryan Steck has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). Steck also works full-time as a freelance editor and pens a monthly thriller column for CrimeReads. For more information, be sure to follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.

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