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The Chancellor Manuscript

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  4,644 Ratings  ·  95 Reviews
Did J. Edgar die a natural death?...Or was he murdered?Inver Brass—a group of high-minded and high-placed intellectuals who see a monstrous threat to the country in Hoover's unethical use of his scandal-ridden private files. They decide to do away with him—quietly, efficiently, with no hint of impropriety. Until best-selling thriller writer Peter Chancellor stumbles onto i ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published September 1st 1984 by Bantam (first published 1977)
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Rory Pratt
Sep 03, 2010 Rory Pratt rated it it was amazing
My grandmother gave me a bag of Ludlum books when I was in the hospital after a motorcycle accident when I was 19. I read this book first and was completely blown away. I didn't know reading could be like that. It started me reading. After I read all of Ludlum's books I looked for other authors to read. I will always be grateful to my grandmother.
Efka
May 25, 2015 Efka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Ludlum'as yra žinomas kaip vienas geriausių, nuosekliausių spy-fiction ir konspiracijos teorijos stiliaus žanro autorių, kurio daugelis knygų tapo superhitais ir/ar buvo ekranizuotos, neiškiriant ir populiariosios Borno trilogijos. Šita knyga, nors ir ne itin panaši į Borną (į kino versiją, kuri nuo knygos skiriasi ohoho kaip) išlaiko tuos pačius bruožus - nedidelį tempą, gan lakoniškus dialogus, mažai sąmonės srauto bei aplinkos aprašymų, keletas įtemptų veiksmo scenų. Žodžiu, visai neblogas ko ...more
Sailen Dutta
Apr 23, 2013 Sailen Dutta rated it it was amazing
One of my favourites. The real attraction isn't the question if J.Edgar died a natural death or he was murdered, although that is the premise of the book. No, for me that real attraction was the revelation in the last page. Who's to say that similar kinds of events didn't happen with Ludlum himself? A writer used as a 'blind' by a shadowy organisation to fulfil its own purposes, not caring whether the writer lives or dies at the end. Ludlum definitely models Peter Chancellor on himself. The ques ...more
Jamie
For the most part, this novel was a slow read and not one of Ludlum's best. The end does pick up. There are a couple of twists and surprises, but maybe there are just too many layers of deception in this story. I feel this novel is proof that Ludlum had an inside source in the intelligence world. I have thought this before concerning some of his other works. Robert Ludlum, like Peter Chancellor, is being fed information from those in the know. That much is obvious and Ludlum has made that clear. ...more
Yates Laure
Sep 24, 2016 Yates Laure rated it really liked it
Ludlum's books are always a great ride and this one is not an exception. I love how the plot tightens up as you reach the finale: incredibly tight!
It makes me want to read the bourne series again.
Dipanjan
Apr 26, 2016 Dipanjan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: facebook-reviews
This was my 2nd reading of this book. I had first read it when I was in school, somewhere in the 90s. All I remembered was I smuggle-read this book in school to race through it. The Chancellor Manuscript is a typical Robert Ludlum signature book. Unlike his other books, this one is set COMPLETELY in the USA and the pandemonium of crisis eats away at the heart of the US administration. This book is unique because there is a constant conflict AND merger of fiction and reality. It's like a plot wit ...more
KOMET
Having just read this book, I feel as if I've just been let off a maddening, yet thrilling merry-go-round. Ludlum has written a thriller with the premise that J. Edgar Hoover, the infamous Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), did not die a natural death in 1972, but had been murdered.

One of the principal characters is Peter Chancellor, a man in his 30s, who had failed in his defense of a Ph.D thesis into which he had devoted 2 years of his life. (It was a highly controversial
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Joe
Nov 07, 2012 Joe rated it it was amazing
This is the first book by Ludlum that I've read. I enjoyed the Bourne Trilogy films so read a few of the books from later in the Bourne series. These were by van Lustbader and although entertaining seemed to lack depth with the characters. This book has more depth to it than Lustbader's did, with a far more satisfying sense of resolution (helped no doubt by the fact that it isn't part of a series). Ludlum writes well, mixing good pace of storyline with development of characters and intrigue - a ...more
Simon Taylor
Jun 11, 2015 Simon Taylor rated it it was amazing
The Chancellor Manuscript, author Ludlum writes a conspiracy about an author who writes a conspiracy who experiences the same conspiracy as he is. Yeah.
Based on the real-life founding director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, and his well-documented abuses of power, Manuscripts suggests Hoover was assassinated in order for a well-meaning group to gain access to his vast files which he used to blackmail judges, senators, reporters and anybody else that stood in his way. Except half of those files fel
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Ed
Feb 13, 2014 Ed rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, favorites
One of Ludlum's earliest, and still my favorite of his novels, it is based on the premise that J. Edgar Hoover, longtime Director of the FBI, was murdered, rather than having died of natural causes. Neal Holcroft, a graduate student, wants to write his doctoral thesis on the theory, which he has stumbled upon. His academic advisor, however, tells him the theory, as well as his evidence, is weak and flawed, and will never be accepted by college officials as a serious work. He recommends that Holc ...more
John
Dec 15, 2013 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
THE CHANCELLOR MANUSCRIPT is a top-notch thriller with perhaps the most convoluted story line I've ever seen. Only an incredibly masterful writer would even attempt something like this, let alone be able to pull it off. Which Ludlum does, for the most part. Definitely not recommended unless you want to give your brain a workout. This is one book I would suggest reading through as quickly as possible so as not to lose track of the plot.
Paul Lyons
Jul 25, 2015 Paul Lyons rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mary
Aug 07, 2009 Mary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-suspense
This is my favorite Ludlum book of all time. I devoured it. It has a bit of historical fiction in it but stays the espionage course as well. I would rate it "R" if it were a movie due to language and some scene description but it's a great read if you like spy novels. Ludlum is a master storyteller.
Julius Gewarges
Feb 21, 2011 Julius Gewarges rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
not better than the previous books I read which were total monsters, but nonetheless amazing. this is a Mystery Spy thriller that, with no surprise, contains many twists and turns. This book doesn't just contain one simple plot, but much much more...Alot more.
Becky
Sep 05, 2015 Becky rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookshelf, read-2015
A young man has a thesis that will turn the world upside down if it is true. The secret society protecting the world can't let that happen. They place, one of their own, to quietly suggest to the young man that make a few changes and share this with the world as a fiction novel. The young man's life is changed and saved. Four years later the young man is needed as a foil to find J Edgar Hoover's missing files.

If you enjoy conspiracy theories of a grand scale and action this is a great read. Ther
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Elissa
Jan 06, 2008 Elissa rated it liked it
This was the first and last Ludlum book I read. I found it tedious. Too many details and not enough suspense for what is supposed to be a suspense/action novel.
lLori Rubin
Dec 31, 2015 lLori Rubin rated it it was amazing
The best Ludlum novel ever, and very timely story line with what is going on in today's world. A must read for lovers of the thriller genre.
Jeff Steward
Apr 03, 2016 Jeff Steward rated it liked it
I was a big reader of Robert Ludlum when I was in high school and college. This is the first one I have read in years. I wasn't disappointed, but nor was I fully satisfied either. It has the typical Ludlum style of twists and action. There is a unique approach to the protagonist's history and involvement that I suspect must have made Ludlum smile. My main issue with the book is the physical prowess of the main character. It doesn't fit. If you are a RL fan go ahead and read. If you're new to Lud ...more
Mark
This is a non-stop thriller by a master at the top of his form. Great story, characters and plot.
Kelanth
Mar 01, 2016 Kelanth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spionaggio
Il manoscritto, in originale "The Chancellor Manuscript" è un romanzo di spionaggio scritto da Robert Ludlum e pubblicato nel 1977. Si tratta di un romanzo sui presunti file segreti di J. Edgar Hoover e come sono scomparsi dopo la sua morte, e come, eventualmente, potrebbero essere utilizzati per ricattare persone di potere per eseguire gli ordini di coloro che possedevano tali segreti. E' anche ipotizzato che Hoover stesso potrebbe essere stato assassinato perché sapeva troppo di molte persone ...more
Pubudu Wariyapola
Jun 09, 2016 Pubudu Wariyapola rated it it was ok
Fast moving and somewhat entertaining - in the vein of Hardy Boys. Writer turns spy and takes on all of the secret organizations in the country (FBI, CIA, NSA, and other even more secret organizations) and bungles his way through to victory. Throw in a few sex scenes and a romance for good measure. Have all the bad guys spill the beans immediately upon confrontation. Add in some street fights and car chases... perfect made for film action thriller - except not very thrilling :-(
Greg Daly
May 15, 2014 Greg Daly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By the time you finish The Chancellor Manuscript one is definitely left wondering if it is based in reality. Like most of Ludlum’s work it is a real page-turner, and almost impossible to put down. The reader must distinguish between the fiction of the protagonist and the reality of the events encompassing him, leading to a fascinating thriller. "The Chancellor Manuscript" turns out to be a satisfying thriller within a thriller.
Shashank Pedamallu
Mar 30, 2013 Shashank Pedamallu rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NONE
STORY/PLOT - 1/5
The brief outline of the story and the author contains certain words like 'conspiracy' and 'sophisticated plotting' that made me read this book. But if some one calls assassination of a person who blackmails people by possessing a collection of files containing classified information for example a famous journalist being a lesbian as one, you've got to be kidding me.

NARRATION - 2/5
The first few pages involves description of a covert group with code names and personal names which
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Denise Dougherty
Apr 07, 2014 Denise Dougherty rated it really liked it
Shelves: recommended
In the 1970s, my dad and I were hot for Robert Ludlum and anxiously awaited each new book. Ludlum got me started on the international thriller genre and I've been hooked since then. The Chancellor Manuscript, however, was the first to offer (for me) a surprise twist at the ending chapters. I still recall my audible gasp when the culprit was uncovered ... Robbie - you fooled me I said to myself. He was never able to do that again, unfortunately and I gradually lost interest as the stories became ...more
Jim Barber
Jun 01, 2016 Jim Barber rated it did not like it
You would think a story based on the conspiracy theory that a secret gang of leaders murdered J. Edgar Hoover would make for a compelling story. And yet, this probably is one of the most boring books I've ever read. I lost count of all the gunfights. Ignore it.
Grayson Wolfe
Aug 27, 2016 Grayson Wolfe rated it did not like it
This is the book that put me off Ludlum for good. An interesting premise, but an absolute chore to get through. The writing style vacillates between histrionic and shoot-me-please-boring.
Signe
Apr 12, 2016 Signe rated it it was amazing
it was extremely exiting, every piece was written very well. they all added up in the end. i think it is a very good book.
Jim B
Feb 20, 2014 Jim B rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Read by Michael Moriarity.
The abridgement gives the basics of the plot but sucked the life out of a suspense thriller.
Sujith George
Nov 03, 2014 Sujith George rated it it was amazing
First Ludlum to read Finally! .It is a real page turner with full of twist and turns .The beginning was a little slow, but the last two-thirds of the book flew by.
Rejin Cherian
Apr 10, 2016 Rejin Cherian rated it it was amazing
A very good suspense action thriller. Worth the time.
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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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