Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “El Pacto de Holcroft” as Want to Read:
Blank 133x176
El Pacto de Holcroft
 
by
Robert Ludlum
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

El Pacto de Holcroft

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,448 Ratings  ·  130 Reviews
The Fourth Reich is waiting to arise—and the only man who can stop it is about to sign its birth certificate. In 1945 the children of the Third Reich were secretly hidden all over the world, to be concealed until they came of age in the 1970s, at which point $780 million would be waiting in a Swiss bank. But all of these elaborate plans need an unsuspecting outsider to set ...more
Hardcover, 0 pages
Published November 1st 1991 by Vergara Editor S.A. (first published 1978)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about El Pacto de Holcroft, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Luke Smith Frederick Forsyth wrote a book called The Odessa File...

(here is the description of the book)

Code name: Werewolf. Setting: The New Germany. The action…more
Frederick Forsyth wrote a book called The Odessa File...

(here is the description of the book)

Code name: Werewolf. Setting: The New Germany. The action begins with the suicide of an elderly German Jew and explodes in revelation after revelation of a Mafia-like organization - O.D.E.S.S.A. - formed to protect and reestablish the powers of SS mass murderers throughout the world . . . of a real-life fugitive known as the "Butcher of Riga" . . . of a young German journalist turned obsessed avenger . . . of a brilliant, demented plot to carry out Hitler's "Final Solution" twenty years after the Fuhrer's death!
(less)
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Adam
Mar 15, 2012 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Robert Ludlum does it again. This is my first non Bourne novel by the author and I think I may have enjoyed this even more than that series. It is certainly a close call. Ludlum has a real talent for creating complex plots while keeping the story at page turner speed. Plus, I am a sucker for stories dealing with Nazis as the villains so I was sold from the beginning.
Matthew
Jun 13, 2014 Matthew rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There's a scene early in The Holcroft Covenant, where our hero, Noel Holcroft, returns home and finds every item in his apartment has been moved around. It provides a potent symbol of how his life is about to be totally transformed. However, the scene is an emblem of the book in that this good idea is soon lost amidst a muddle of counter-plots and clichéd suspense scenes, including characters getting killed just a few seconds before they can reveal something important to Noel.

The book has an int
...more
Ioana
Oct 13, 2014 Ioana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The writing is horrible! (ever other sentence ends with an exclamation point!) The story is preposterous! And the magnitude of the conspiracy is entirely unbelievable! The characters are detestable! (Noel, the protagonist, is so dumb, naive, and ridiculously gullible that it's impossible to root for him).

The short of it: Nazis steal a large amount of $$ from the Third Reich as it is about to fall in order to start the Fourth Reich 30 years later. The protagonist is brought in and told he is ins
...more
The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
My favorite Ludlum Book. Same old Ludlum formula, but I don't care. It was a fun read. Way better than the movie (Micheal Caine)
Jim
Stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid. No strike that, this book is beyond stupid. This is beyond a shadow of a doubt the stupidest book I have ever read.

In this book, set in the 1970s, Noel Holcroft is the son of one of the 3 Nazi officer who syphoned of $780 million dollars from the German Government in World War II. He and the children of the 2 other officers are instructed to "do good works" with the money 30 years after the end of the war.

The problem with the book is what do you do when th
...more
Velvetink
Mar 14, 2015 Velvetink rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, read-2007
Donated to Smith Family Charity March 2015

The Second World War is over. Three top Nazis have embezzled $780 million from Nazi funds - and then committed suicide. Their Covenant, to be inherited by their three eldest children, is to redistribute this vast wealth amongst the survivors of the Holocaust. Reparation must be made.

Conventional Noel Holcroft is one of the inheritors and his mission is to find the other two 'children' and prove himself worthy of his task. But the Sonnenkinder, the Childr
...more
Victor
Nov 30, 2014 Victor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hard core Ludlum fans
I really can't say this was a good book. There are many characters and they are not well defined, names are similar and hard to keep organized, and there are many organizations with German names that are difficult to track. If you want to enjoy this book I would advise you to keep good notes of every person and organization mentioned.
Belinda
Oct 04, 2015 Belinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, avontuur
Spannend als altijd. Je merkt echt dat Ludlum op het eiland zelf onderzoek heeft gedaan. Geoloog Alex McAuliff krijgt opdracht een onderzoek te doen in de Cock Pit, een bijna ondoordringbare jungle op Jamaica. Er zijn geruchten van geheime stammen en fabelachtige rijkdommen. En ... eerdere expedities zijn niet teruggekeerd. Alex stelt een team samen, maar al in London wordt hij benaderd door iemand van MI-5 , die hem waarschuwt voor het internationale Dunstone syndicaat, dat probeert van Jamaica ...more
Lesley
Jun 09, 2015 Lesley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What would happen if in the final stages of WWII, high ranking Nazi officials who knew the 3rd Reich was about to collapse, made a bold move and set the wheels in motion to begin the 4th Reich...but not for a very long time... Sounds interesting, huh? It IS.
I read this book many years ago, and recently I began the joyful task of re-reading all of my favorite Ludlum novels, mostly because I was in a slump and couldn't find anything that grabbed my interest--but also because I remembered how much
...more
Jay Scully
Sep 15, 2015 Jay Scully rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: highly-recommend
This is classic Ludlum, the creator of Jason Bourne! I have no words to speak about this man other than he is my favorite author. He wrote over two dozen books, and the Holcroft Covenant is one of his best works. His plot structure derived from this novel, and he never wavered. And never lost the public's eye. Most of his books were made into movies (great ones too)! Holcroft is the consummate professional, the protagonist that leads this great book along. If you've never read the story, I highl ...more
Jan Thong
story quite complicated but entertaining
Kelanth
Mar 12, 2012 Kelanth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spionaggio
Robert Ludlum, Mr. Plot (Sig. Complotto), qui in grande spolvero in un libro di azione, intrigo, suspense che lascia letteralmente annichiliti di fronte alle trame ordite da questo grandissimo scrittore.

"Nulla è come è stato prima per te. Nulla potrà mai essere uguale...", insieme a queste parole arrivate per missiva, l'architetto Holcroft riceve, del tutto inaspettati, 780 milioni di dollari. Una lettera ricevuta che lo porta dentro un intrigo di portata mondiale che mira a far riemergere il so
...more
Kartikaya
Jul 04, 2012 Kartikaya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it is one of best thrillers i have read. The starting of the book is equally great as the ending.

The novel concerns Noel Holcroft, New York architect—and secretly the son of Heinrich Clausen, chief economic advisor to the Third Reich. At some point in the 1970s, Holcroft is contacted by the Grande Banque de Geneve, concerning his father's will and testament. The testament says that in the last half of the war, Clausen found out about the Holocaust. Horrified and desperate to make amends, he and
...more
Iwan Sutisna
Oct 15, 2010 Iwan Sutisna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. This one turns out to be the best book in many of (late) Robert Ludlum's masterpiece. The plot might be a bit confusing at first. Seeing how many clandestine organization go out to stop and kill Noel Holcroft, the hero of this book. The plot itself actually simple: an ordinary man, named Noel Holcroft, whose job as an architect never dreamed that someday he would be face to face with the ultimate choices, the one that will altered his life forever. Starting with him receiving a ...more
Matt Crumpton
Mar 22, 2010 Matt Crumpton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: spy novel junkies, mystery lovers
Shelves: spy-thriller
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a great book by Ludlum. This book for me rates right up there with Bourne Identity and Supremacy. Covenant is a fantastic read.

At first I wanted to stop reading this novel and start reading something else. The beginning was very confusing and hard to follow. I found my mind wandering and wondering about others things rather than focused on what I was reading. I am very glad I stuck with it because from about page 250 and on its hard to put down.

You see you feel like yo
...more
Bill Meehan
May 01, 2015 Bill Meehan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-fiction
Lives of covert agents and those trying to stop them are so much different now than it was in the 70's when this was written and I was toddling around. Amazing the things you could and couldn't do prior to cell phones, computers, digital cameras, etc...
I think that is an added element of intrigue in reading an older thriller.
I've greatly enjoyed all the Ludlum novels I've read and there is no exception here. This is an exciting page turner, action packed, and it keeps you guessing til the en
...more
Roderick Brooks
Dec 21, 2013 Roderick Brooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Holcroft Covenant was the first Ludlum book I ever read, that being on its first publication in 1978. In many ways it laid the foundation for my lifelong interest in thrillers based around contemporary history. In this case: the Nazi Holocaust, the looting of Europe's tragically doomed, the complicity of Swiss bankers, and the insidious presence of the postwar "intelligence community" at every turn. As well, I was drawn to the protagonist, Noel Holcroft, who in spite of his position and stat ...more
Ward
Apr 26, 2015 Ward rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The technology is dated but the plot pacing is sound. At times a bit gratuitous but that seems to be a trait of Mr. Ludlum's earlier work or simply bowing to conventions of the period or the pulp genre. There was nearly an excess of circles within circles of intrigue (for my experience) but it was sorted out well enough by the end. The ending felt a little hollow as it shifted to the observer's point of view with no more insight into the character's thoughts but it was still satisfying.
Tod Hamilton
Dec 06, 2014 Tod Hamilton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Story tellers of Robert's calibre do but come along once every few generations. I went through a period where what he was writing was perfectly suited to my liking. During this period these books were read a few times over until they were falling apart.
The only thing I can say is once you've read one of this era of books, if you like them, you'll read the entire collection.
Happy Lee DelCanto
This is Ludlum's finest work. A not-stop thriller, riddled with action sitting atop its interesting premise. I've read this book three times in my life. Once as a teenager (in class, blatantly ignoring the teacher while pretending to write with the book in my lap), then as a twenty-something and now in my 30's. It's never disappointed and is as fresh and crisp now as it was back then.
Tomerobber
My audio presentation of this book was narrated by Ron Shapiro who did a fantastic job. It's been many years since I've read Robert Ludlum . . . but this is one of his books I'd never seen. I enjoyed it for it's detail and complexity but it was LONG and sometimes got mired in details. Set in the present day (sometime in the 70's) it involves a group of people who were saved at the end of the Third Reich when they were infants and small children and dispersed into the world supposedly to grow up ...more
Johny Kariath
Nov 16, 2015 Johny Kariath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though it was kind of a stretch when I started it out, it redeemed itself to the Robert Ludlum expectations. This being my first Robert Ludlum, I thought the plot was being unnecessarily complicated and too much hype was being created for something simple. But then the antagonist came to the fore.

I really admire how Ludlum dealt the action sequences. It was really captivating and thrilling, that we could actually visualize the sequences with that brilliant description. The heat of the moment is
...more
Jen
May 12, 2010 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book by the author of the Borne series. The story is an adventuresome Fourth Reich tale. The most interesting aspect is the idea of Sonnenkinder, children of Nazis sent into the world at the end of the war to be raised by those loyal to the cause and well positioned in society so that these chosen ones can assume positions of power worldwide. The storyline is very similar to Ira Levin's Boys from Brazil. Both would make good movies.

As an aside, while reading this book, I happe
...more
Jamie
Sep 16, 2013 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Noel Holcroft is summoned to a mysterious meeting with a Swiss banker in a train car. He is told that his Nazi Father and two friends set up an account of $780 million, which they pilfered from various nations including their own. The part I find not plausible is where the high ranking Nazis claim they knew nothing of the Holocaust and have set up the account out of guilt to "make amends" with descendents of those who have suffered. Sure. In fact, it is to kick start the 4th Reich. Holcroft is a ...more
Ryan
Oct 12, 2014 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Homer
Dec 22, 2014 Homer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t expect to like this book so much. Ludlum tends to be fairly formulaic so there were several twists in the plot that I expected but also many that I did not expect. You can tell that this book set up some of the plot ideas that were carried out in the Bourne series. Also reading it over 30 years after it was written was interesting due to the changes in technology and geopolitics. If the main character had had a smart phone the book would have been much shorter.
Frans Karlsson
Oct 10, 2014 Frans Karlsson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers-spy
This book has everything that i like from Ludlums writings. Action filled writing with twist and turns that I never really know how it is going to end. The story centers around a grand conspiracy or legacy that Noel Holcrofts father left for him. I really liked this book, one of his best.
Connie
Jun 21, 2011 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Excellent Thriller!

I believe this was the first book by Robert Ludlum the I read. The story is about the son of high ranking Nazi officer, Noel Holcroft, who is given a document that after he reads it, his life will never be the same. Noel learns that his father was deeply involved with the Third Reich, and that he stole a lot of money from the holocaust victims. He also finds out the he must find other people in order for them to get access to the cash. Midway through the book Noel finds tha
...more
Sanjoy Ghosh
Nov 01, 2015 Sanjoy Ghosh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book. Must read for conspiracy theory lovers. It also helps us speculate about current syrian refugees. Almost perfect xept, holcrofts certain fighting and deduction skills.
Stuti
It takes a couple of chapters to pick up but once it does it really takes off at a fast pace that keeps you glued to the book. I enjoyed it immensely!
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Goodreads Librari...: separate edition listed as ACV 3 22 Dec 17, 2015 04:05AM  
  • Prelude to Terror
  • The Bourne Betrayal (Jason Bourne, #5)
  • The Ares Decision (Covert-One, #8)
  • San Andreas
  • The Devil's Alternative
  • The Stockholm Syndicate
  • The Loo Sanction (Jonathan Hemlock, #2)
  • Thunder Point (Sean Dillon #2)
  • Spy Hook (Bernard Samson, #4)
5293
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
More about Robert Ludlum...

Share This Book