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The Holcroft Covenant

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  8,111 ratings  ·  124 reviews
Librarian Note - this is an alternate cover version of ISBN 10: 0586048162

Noel Holcroft, a young American architect, flies to Geneva where he sees an astonishing document. Drawn up more than 30 years ago by three ostensibly repentant Nazis, it is the key to a $780 million fund sequestered by the trio to aid survivors of the Holocaust. All that is required is Holcraft's sig
500 pages
Published September 1st 1978 by Bantam Books (first published 1978)
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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.
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
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)
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
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
Spannend als altijd. Het speelt zich af op Haïti. 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 syndic ...more
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
Jay Scully
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
"nothing is as it was for you" in case you didn't get that the 1st time ludlum repeats it 1000 more times for the duration of this book the holcroft covenant is a convoluted mess of a story featuring nazi incest and seceret scoietes only a german can pronounce and actually understand noel holcroft being the main character of this book is a complete total moron who realistically wouldn't last 5 seconds if professional hit men were after him he only lasts because ludlums the writer of this garbage ...more
Kelanth, numquam risit ubi dracones vivunt
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
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
Iwan Sutisna
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Bill Meehan
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
Roderick Brooks
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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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.
Nov 30, 2014 Victor rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Frans Karlsson
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.
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
Kevin K. Gillette
This one was fun! I'm sorry that the film adaptation took as many liberties with it as it did, notwithstanding the presence of such outstanding talent as Michael Caine and Victoria Tennant. This seems to have come from Ludlum's "golden age" when his imagination for thrillers was at its peak.
I am a long time Ludlam fan but this was not one of my favorites. We meet Noel Clausen a/k/a Noel Holcroft, the son of a high ranking Nazi member of the Third Reich, whose mother escaped to the United States before the beginning of WWII with her son. Noel meets with a Swiss banker who tells him that his biological father along with two other Nazi leaders had stolen $780 million from the Third Reich with the idea that their sons would make restitution to the families who suffered the Holocaust. T ...more
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