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Robert Ludlum
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The Bancroft Strategy

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  3,246 ratings  ·  196 reviews
Two Americans find themselves facing a shadowy organization
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.

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Published (first published October 2006)
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Ramakrishnan M
Interesting. The book is supposed to be written by Robert Ludlum; the cover merely mentions "Robert Ludlum"... no "and XYZ"...or "inspired by Robert Ludlum" etc. Yet, when I do a simple google search, I discover that Ludlum apparently started this work, but did not finish it. The Ludlum estate found a "qualified author and editor" to complete the work.

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
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Trilby
The 16 CDs in the audio version of this book kept me awake while driving all 1,200 miles from Pittsburgh to Grand Marais. For that, I thank Ludlum. However, I would never have finished this book in paper form. The muscle-bound, clever spy! the adolescent with the 150+ IQ! the slimy villains! the unspeakably beautiful and clever heiress! the romance! the treachery! the numerous international locales! Is there a cliche that Ludlum doesn't like? I enjoyed the Bourne series on film, but listening to ...more
Andrew
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Brendon
This was my first experience with an audio book and that may have tainted my thoughts and review of the book. First, I want to comment on the actual format of audio books. I don’t think I am completely engaged as I would be if I actually read the book. The narrator takes away some of my imagination due to voice inflection, pauses, and character voices. Plus I get distracted when I am driving and find myself not paying attention at some points in the story.

The writing itself, I did not find that
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Andrea
Don't know how I missed this when I was in my Robert Ludlum period.
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
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Éclat-de-lumière
Pour être claire, ce livre m'a pris trois mois à lire, parce que je n'arrivais vraiment pas à rentrer dedans. Le problème: une mauvaise répartition du savoir entre les personnages et le lecteur.
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
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Yvann S
“We have taken possession of the package, the note said. Enjoy your stay. Yet what truly made his blood freeze was the sign-off: GENESIS.”

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
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Carol
Todd Belknap, experienced field agent goes on a mission that goes awry at the same time his best friend, Jared Rhinehart, and fellow agent is kidnapped and will probably be tortured and killed. The State Dept decides not to rescue his friend and it is up to Belknap to rescue him.

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
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Renae Salisbury
Since I read AMBLER WARNING and enjoyed it, I decided to grab another Ludlum off the library shelf. Again the ghost writer(s) created a fancinating story that takes readers across the globe and into terrifying worlds peopled with very scary individuals. Scary because they could be the assassin next door or because they perform their evil deeds under the illusion that they are making the world a better place.

This time, however, I noticed that Ludlum's ghost writers must subscribe to the handbook
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Vardan Partamyan
In preparation for my next novel, I have read a variety of old and new school conspiracy thrillers and I have to say that I am very impressed with Robert Ludlum's mastery of the genre and his ability of smoothly navigating waters much threaded through before and after him. Ludlum is able to ratchet up the tension to a point where the reader himself is basically at a loss at what can be done to save the hopeless situation and then he comes up with a perfectly plausible (well, plausible in the con ...more
Bookworm Amir
Even though the cover and the title of t he book may sound boring, and sound like 'just another James Bond, or more likely, Jason Bourne rip-off', think again.

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
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David
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Jan
A Robert Ludlum book, how can one not like it!

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.

Excellent read.
Sanjana Argula
Amazing book.....SHEER brilliance as expected. The story revolves around two nicely scripted and well portrayed characters who take our breath away till the very end. Everything-from the subtle storytelling to the awesome characters, from the winding mazes of Uruguay to the wide streets of New York and LA, every pace manages to appeal to the thrill and suspense of the reader. To all those people reading this book out there, you're in for a joyride (wink)...
Jerome Statema
This was the fifth and final book which was outlined by Robert Ludlum before his death and then finished by another author. In keeping with my opinion from the other of those five books which I've read, it is among the weakest of his novels. This one was partly saved by some interesting twists and turns over the second 2/3 of the book, but even with those, I pieced together the major points about the ending with around 100 pages left. Still keeping it from being more than just an enjoyable way t ...more
Ambar Parashar
Gr8 book, Ludlum seldom gives readers a loose point in this novel.Basically an espionage story about a protagonist(spy from American secret agency) searching for his friend and colleague.It seems in manner in which writer describes scenario that he must have been spy himself.Novel takes you to the journey of countries around the world and his description of places and people is just enchanting.Each page gives out something new twists and turns although novel have many characters(as it should be ...more
Ben Campbell
Two months of off-on reading, mostly at bedtime yet The Bancroft Strategy didn't deprive me of sleep. Because the story was so lengthly I'll be concise.

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
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Abdulsamiu
Not a bad read.

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.
Seth
I find that my favorite books are the ones that are able to successfully blend an enjoyable story with a deep moral or philosophic idea as the main theme. The Bancroft Strategy does this with a story with action, suspense, intrigue, (and strangely enough, romance), while at the same time discussing the concepts of government intervention and the greater good. I loved the globe-trotting, the sudden twists and turns in the plot, but I especially liked the characters: humane villains, secret allies ...more
Rhod
Ludlum writes action packed stories that nearly tire you out. Liked this book and his characters, but thought he would spend a bit more time toward the end with the love interest. Since it was over 500 pages, maybe that was best. I plan to read more of his novels.
Lewis Alderton
I read better - I've read worse. Todd's character doesn't work very well and the author ( whoever ghost wrote it ) lacks imagination for getting him out of situations.
Barry
It appears the quality of Mr Ludlum's writing declined after his death. Whoever wrote this came close to Mr Ludlum's voice, but fell a little short, and several times the writing felt forced and awkward. Additionally, there were several typos in the version I read, including two in a three page span. Typos are pretty much inexcusable in this day and age, and it made the book come across as quickly thrown together in an attempt to make money.

The plot of this story eerily resembled the last book o
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Bonnie Tharp
I haven't read a Ludlum in a long time. This one I listened to on tape and it was quite good. If you're in for a thriller I'd say go for it.
Nathan
A well-told story exploring some difficult concepts (which could've been explored in a little more depth, but I appreciate the action being forefront :-)

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
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Roy Mears
Familiar with the Bourne series I was interested to read The Bancroft Strategy, a book "prepared and edited for publication" after Ludlum's death. A good read, even though it didn't quite reach the intensity that might have been expected by a Bourne fan. Interestingly, it has a descriptive prose embedded in the frenetic pace of the action thriller genre. We follow the intriguingly named operative Belknap (a chip off the old Liberty bell?), as he pursues successive secretive intrigues to manipula ...more
Robbie
Jun 10, 2010 Robbie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who have read other Ludlum books, or those who enjoy action/spy novels
Recommended to Robbie by: My dad
This book is probably what began my fascination with adult action-themed books. Recommended by my dad when I was home sick from school and had nothing to do, I picked up this book and was hooked all the way to the end.
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
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Shell
Very good book. It was hard to put the book down, wanting to know what would happen next.
Sarah Inwood
This book was very good although a bit predictable. I enjoyed it.
Murphy
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Weeser
Robert Ludlum is a master at creating a suspenseful story by the development of his characters throughout the book. Just when you think you know a character's reaction, something unknown rises to surface and catches you off guard.

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
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Robert Ludlum was the author of twenty-seven novels, each one a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 210 million of his books in print, and they have been translated into thirty-two languages. He is 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 others. Mr. Ludlum ...more
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