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The Chancellor Manuscript

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  5,508 ratings  ·  121 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 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.
Sep 24, 2016 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.
Sailen Dutta
Mar 04, 2012 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
May 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Despite it is quite a big & heavy edition, I read this before going to sleep (and in the many sleepless hours I had this werk).

I liked the book. It's interesting, well written, fast paced and it contains quite a plausible story. I also happen to love (non-)fiction about espionage/intelligence and the agencies that are behind that, so the story about Hoover's personal archive rung a bell.

Too bad it's finished, this was a good one!
Paul Lyons
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Nov 07, 2012 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
Dec 12, 2013 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.
Aug 07, 2009 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 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.
Lori  Rubin
Dec 31, 2015 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.
Jan 05, 2008 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.
This is a non-stop thriller by a master at the top of his form. Great story, characters and plot.
Grey Wolf
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this! I found the initial premise intriguing because set in 1968 unmasking US businessmen who traded with Nazi Germany is something which was later done well in books such as 'IBM and the Holocaust'. But in 1968 it's a no-no that sets the main character, Peter Chancellor, off on fictionalising real history to be able to tell the stories he only has some, or only confidential, sources on.

Chancellor has a good thing going until a tragedy intervenes. This is my first "Hmm" later on - the r
Jeff Mayo
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
A little slow in the early going for a Ludlum novel. This one deals with the death of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. The book speculates, as many have over the years, that he did not die a natural death, but was assassinated. At stake are the supposed secret files Hoover had on everyone in power in the world. A secret organization and a writer race against one another and various other interested parties to find and recover the files. It's a good story, but if you believe Mark Felt, Hoover died a ...more
Luke Allen
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is very poorly written. Ludlum' prose is overly dramatic and downright cheesy, with an irritating need to punctuate the drama with excessive use of exclamation marks! Why such a high score then? Because it's astonishingly well plotted. The central conspiracy has some genuinely surprising revelations and in its latter third the level of escalation is really quite thrilling. Sure, it's silly, but I gladly ate it up.
Shreela Sen
The villain group was so larger than life, it is truly difficult to digest. But the plot is superb. It has so many layers, the mystery gets solved in so many twists. & the central crime is so unspeakable. The characters are mainly very believable. Even the individual members of the unbelievable villain group. One thing is, I really felt SCARED reading this novel, I'm not sure why. I took 2 days to read this. Both nights, I couldn't sleep alone.
Patricia A. Borden
Another great read, for the second time!

I read this book years ago and decided to re-read. I had forgotten most of the book. I enjoyed it as much as ever. It is so today, written as fiction, but could be so real life! I'm going to read some more of his books that I have previously read. Such a great story teller.
blanca perse
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read it right after finishing 'The Bourne identity'. I just loved it, not only because the plot is quite interesting, but also the structure, quite complex. Nevertheless, Ludlum solves it amazingly well.
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Good concept but lost me at times
Tom Mccutchan
Feb 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Ludlum thriller.
Jeffrey Stevenson
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have read this book several times, it's a great read and leaves you wondering is it really just a novel?
Louise Marshall
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
enjoyed the story, read a long time ago
Darlene Hollwager
Another Ludlum intense mystery

Confusing with such twisted plot but unable to stop reading. Makes one wonder how much is fiction and how much could possible be true.
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
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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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