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The Holcroft Covenant

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The Holcroft Covenant
Paperback, 608 pages
Published January 25th 1993 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1978)
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Jul 24, 2011 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.
May 11, 2014 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
Jay Scully
Sep 14, 2015 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
Jun 13, 2014 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
Matt Crumpton
Mar 10, 2010 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
Rupesh Goenka
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Holcroft Covenant is an electrifying, action packed & most entertaining thriller. In the final stages of WWII, three top Nazis officials who know the 3rd Reich have embezzled $780 million from Nazi funds. After thirty years this huge money is to be inherited by their three children & supposed to be distributed among the survivors of the Holocaust. But events happen differently & set the wheels in motion for resurrection of The Fourth Reich. Said to be Ludlum's finest work, the au ...more
Bill Meehan
Apr 27, 2015 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
Christian D.  Orr
May 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic, old-school Robert Ludlum thriller about a sinister plot to financially resurrect the Fourth Reich, and how the protagonist and title character, Noel Holcroft, is an unwitting dupe for most of the storyline, as the villains, through an elaborate ruse, trick Holcroft into thinking that the monies are intended to "make amends" to the victims of the Nazis' atrocities.

Action-packed and suspenseful, though it gets almost as confusing for the reader as it does for the protagonist trying figure
Jim Bowen
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
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nazis
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
Kraig Mueller
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great adventure with a twist of WW2 history.
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)
Rita Monticelli
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: azione, thriller
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Un’eredità maledetta

Sebbene si tratti dell’ennesima storia di un complotto nazista ambientato decenni dopo la fine del Nazismo, questo romanzo di Ludlum sa essere originale e intrigante. Il protagonista, Noel Holcroft, mi ha catturato da subito. È facile sentirsi legati a lui e preoccuparsi per lui nel rendersi conto di come si stia infilando nei guai. L’autore, infatti, mostra il dipanarsi della storia da vari punti di vista e il lettore è sempre un passo ava
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: espionage
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
Iwan Sutisna
Oct 15, 2010 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
Christian, Kelanth, Scala
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
Jul 04, 2012 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
Roderick Brooks
Dec 21, 2013 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
Oct 11, 2007 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
Sep 19, 2015 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
J.c. Shepard
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
History repeats itself...unless it doesn't. Unless we learn the lessons of history, and many times lessons are better learned in stories, mythology and tall tales. Robert Ludlum was a master of post-war mythology, spy stories and larger than life characterizations. After the 2016 election, I pulled an old copy of the Holcroft Covenant off my shelf, not for the first time but as an antidote. No spoilers, but let's just say recently truth has been stranger than fiction, and this fiction is even mo ...more
Johny Thomas Kariath
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
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 01, 2014 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.
Happy Canto
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Tod Hamilton
Dec 06, 2014 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.
Nov 23, 2014 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.
Jan Thong
story quite complicated but entertaining
Rahat Rafiq
May 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Stupid stupid book. God what was I thinking when I bought this? Muddled potpourris of cliched suspense. The number of plot twists and counter plots I think would even dwarf the number of exclamation points he tend to use, and trust me he LOVES to use them. I don't really get it. Why this over-over-over-complication? Why everyone he meets is some guy related to some organization? There's this organization here and this there, I mean, at some point you lose interest instead of getting into the who ...more
Lewis Smith
I normally very much like Robert Ludlum, but this book had too many twists and turns.
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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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