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The Bancroft Strategy

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  4,429 Ratings  ·  220 Reviews
This is an alternate cover edition for ISBN: 9780312316730

In the tradition of such Ludlum classics as The Chancellor Manuscript and The Icarus Agenda, TheBancroft Strategy is a compelling novel of intrigue, where two figures find themselves facing a shadowy organization working to twist global politics to their own unsavory ends.
When Todd Belknap - a legendary field agent
Hardcover, 420 pages
Published October 17th 2006 by St. Martin's Press
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Ramakrishnan M
Apr 26, 2010 Ramakrishnan M rated it really liked it
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
Mar 21, 2013 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
May 28, 2008 Andrew rated it really liked it
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Aug 12, 2009 Trilby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, spy
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
Bev Taylor
Apr 27, 2015 Bev Taylor rated it really liked it
todd has been a cia operative for over 20 years and has a best friend, jared

andrea has just been given 12million $ to join the board of the bancroft foundation - her family. their aim is to improve lives all over the world,using money, intelligence and computer savvy

but at what cost and who is genesis.

nobody is whom they seem and r on different sides to how they appear

andrea and todd form an uneasy alliance to get to the truth of the matter - at great cost

couple of questions. surely todd, wi
Nov 15, 2016 Claudia rated it it was ok
It's always disappointing when you get to the end of the book and think, this story really could have been told in half the amount of pages. Never read anything by Ludlum before and apparently this book was written by ghost riders under his trademark. Bwomp Bwomp.
Sep 18, 2012 Carol rated it it was ok
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
Bookworm Amir
Jan 14, 2012 Bookworm Amir rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Carolyn Browne
Jan 23, 2016 Carolyn Browne rated it really liked it
In the tradition of such Ludlum classics as The Chancellor Manuscript and The Icarus Agenda , The Bancroft Strategy is a compelling novel of intrigue, where two figures find themselves facing a shadowy organization working to twist global politics to their own unsavory ends. When Todd Belknap - a legendary field agent for Consular Operations with a reputation as something of a cowboy - is cut loose from the agency after an operation goes wrong, his best friend and fellow agent is abducted in ...more
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
Yvann S
Oct 30, 2011 Yvann S rated it really liked it
“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
Renae Salisbury
Jun 26, 2008 Renae Salisbury rated it liked it
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
Vardan Partamyan
Aug 19, 2013 Vardan Partamyan rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Ipsita Debashree
Implausible at times but still a good and entertaining read.
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
May 11, 2012 Jerome rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense, thriller
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 ...more
Ben Campbell
Dec 16, 2011 Ben Campbell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 05, 2013 Seth rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Carl Alves
Feb 21, 2016 Carl Alves rated it liked it
In this novel, US Intelligence agent Todd Belknap is in Lebanon trying to find an agent who has been kidnapped. On a separate story line, Andrea Bancroft, a hedge fund analyst has been put on the board of her family’s foundation, which has some potentially nefarious dealings. The two story lines intersect in a mess of conspiracy.

One of Ludlum’s weakest points is that many of his novels just have no basis in reality, and this novel suffers from some of these same flaws. Naturally, the Bancroft fo
Roy Mears
Nov 02, 2013 Roy Mears rated it liked it
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 ...more
Sep 10, 2016 Nathan rated it really liked it
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
Sep 17, 2014 Barry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
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
Jun 23, 2009 Weeser rated it it was amazing
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
Tony Totev
May 21, 2012 Tony Totev rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ludlum-s
Very tangling plot which keeps the suspense to the very last few pages. A lot of action brought to us by a not so common of a fiction hero - the Hound. At some points the book goes a bit slow, but when it's action time you can't let it go. Also here Ludlum describes the way people manipulate and use each other. Really makes you question things you took for granted. Sometimes even those who have been closest to you your whole life are lying to you and making your very existence a deception. This ...more
Jul 29, 2009 Lynne rated it really liked it
I have always enjoyed Robert Ludlum. His detailed knowledge of so many topics adds rich content to the story. His books are always gripping. This book is about a man who works for Consular Operations. His best friend and fellow agent is abducted. A woman gets a surprising call and learns she is to receive an unexpected bequest of $12 million from a cousin she never met. What exactly is their involvement with the "Genesis", a mysterious individual working to destabilize the geopolitical balance ...more
Aug 08, 2010 Rod rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
I was listening this as an audiobook. Let me first say that the narrator was quite good. Often a narrator can make or break a book and he was doing his best to make this book.

The general story was OK but I must admit I could not finish it because of the dialog. It was at best cliché. I do not mind a bit of camp in my spy/thriller novels but I found that The Bancroft Strategy was over the top. I had to move onto another book.

It is a shame since the story was getting interesting but the dialog ha
Jun 10, 2010 Robbie rated it really liked it
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
Apr 14, 2009 Murphy rated it really liked it
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Greg Daly
Oct 30, 2013 Greg Daly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve liked all the Ludlum novels so far, and can say the same about The Bancroft Strategy. While it was a bit more linear than most Ludlum stories, the antagonist and ending were a nice surprise. It really doesn’t compare very well with the Bourne series, but the suspense and the interesting ethical dilemma posed are compelling enough. The book was published in 2006, but Ludlum passed away in ’01, so I’m not sure if this was just waiting to go out, or if it was an incomplete work and someone ...more
Mar 06, 2008 Ashton rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
For a thriller, this one starts out a bit slow and is fairly predictable. The main characters initially seem pretty life-like, but as the action picks up, their actions and personalities become less believable. Of course, amidst the action, the characters themselves become significantly less important, as the plot becomes the focus.

Every twist and turn can be seen from miles away, but that only seems to add to the enjoyment. It gives the reader a sense of accomplishment in understanding the situ
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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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