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Preview — The Bancroft Strategy by Robert Ludlum
The Bancroft Strategy
working to twist global politics toward an unsavory end….
Todd Belknap, a field agent for Consular Operations, is cut loose from the agency after a job gone wrong. But when his best friend and fellow agent is abducted abroad and the government refuses to step in, Belknap decides to take matters into his own hands.
Well what the hell...give the devil it's due. This is a pretty good "Ludlum" (irrespective of who really wrote each page). It has all the hallmark ...more
The writing itself, I did not find that ...more
I found this in a used book store and didn't recognize as having read before so I picked it up.
The book was published in 2006, 5 years after Robert Ludlum died. This book is written by Robert Ludlum TM (trademark), and is attributed as a "posthumously published novel". it's a long book (708 pages) due in most part to the complex plot with world-wide locations. The main characters are Todd Belknapp, a field agent for Consular Oper ...more
Pendant les 150 premières pages, je me suis demandée pourquoi je continuais à lire ce livre. On patauge. Les personnages me paraissaient plats ( Andrea qui venait de rompre avec son petit ami, bref, grand classique) et les dialogues...terribles ( l'engueulade entre le patron et Todd, ça m'a tuée. Personne ...more
Todd Belknap, experienced field agent for an undisclosed governmental agency, is incensed when his plans go awry and he is fired. On the same night that his own operation goes off course, his mentor and best friend is kidnapped on a similar assignment. Belknap refuses to abandon him and sets off to track him down.
Andrea Bancroft has long been separated from he ...more
Andrea Bancroft is offered a lucrative position on the family philanthropic foundation. She takes the position but the more she finds out about the foundation, the more endangered her life becomes. At one point she meet ...more
This time, however, I noticed that Ludlum's ghost writers must subscribe to the handbook ...more
I really wonder how and when does Robert Ludlum get the time to craft such details, research such intricacies, and write and envision such stories. They are a web of mystery upon thrillers! This is why I feel that the money I spent on this book, was worth it (especially since the book is 520 pages long!)
First of all, I finished reading th ...more
Story: Secret Agent man, meets Andrea Bancroft, while he is investigating a mystery. Webs of lies, deceit and betrayal run through the story. Who is Genesis?
Why has his government betrayed him and out to terminate him? Will good take over evil? Why is for the greater good, bad for all? And sadly it starts all over again.
Suspenseful, mysterious, murderous; romancing, spying, globe hopping; sometimes exotic; muscular handsome men, well appointed woman, genius philanthropic child; deceitful, lecherous, and cunning expose into the world of physical and digital espionage politics and more, more and more deceit, murder and lying.
Even though I'd figured out the ending ...more
Lots of mystery to keep you interested, but the character of Todd and everything he can do/has happen to him is just WAY too unbelievable.
Andrea on the other hand is much more interesting, but there isn't really much on just her or her life.
It had potential, but for me it just constantly shifted from over-the-top to underwhelming and back again.
The plot of this story eerily resembled the last book o ...more
A wealthy family with a philanthropic foundation that is serving many social justice needs. An excluded Bancroft suddenly reincluded in the fold. A ConOps agent excluded for perceived anger management problems. Brought together by a series of life threatening crises, they explore the nature of morality in light of the globalised forces of good a ...more
By Robert Ludlum, also the author of the Jason Bourne series, I really loved the descriptive writing and action packed chapters. The plot frequently had me guessing until the very end, and I was suprised by the outcome. I have to say, I really like this book. It moves at a fast pa ...more
This is an incredible story, who would have thought that we could be just puppets on a string, being played as pons in a game with high risk consequences. Makes you realize the possibilities of this actually happening. Robert Ludlum is by far, one of my favorite author ...more