The Bancroft Strategy

The Bancroft Strategy

by Robert Ludlum
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The Bancroft Strategy by Robert Ludlum

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 Lebanon by a militia group with a vicious reputation. When the government refuses to either rescue him or negotiate for his release, Belknap decides to take matters into his own hands.
Meanwhile, hedge fund analyst Andrea Bancroft gets a surprising call - she is to receive an unexpected bequest of six million dollars from a cousin she never met. With one condition -- she must agree to sit on the board of the Bancroft family foundation, a charitable organization that is run by the family patriarch, Paul Newton. Having never been involved with, or even met, the family - her mother was briefly married to an Bancroft and cut off all contact many years ago - Andrea is intrigued. But the foundation, which is dedicated to doing strategic good deeds, appears less and less benign the more deeply involved she gets. What exactly is their involvement with the "Genesis" - a mysterious group working to destabilize the geopolitical balance at the risk of millions of lives? As events escalate, Todd Belknap and Andrea Bancroft come together and must form an uneasy alliance if they are to uncover the truth behind "Genesis" -- before it is too late.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429957403
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 256,557
File size: 584 KB

About the Author

Robert Ludlum's novels have been published in thirty-two languages and forty countries. Read by hundreds of millions worldwide, his books include The Bourne Identity, The Prometheus Deception, The Scarlatti Inheritance, and The Chancellor Manuscript.

Robert Ludlum (1927-2001) was the author of 25 thriller novels, including The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum--the books on which the international hit movies were based--and The Sigma Protocol. He was also the creator of the Covert-One series. Born in New York City, Ludlum received a B.A. from Wesleyan University, and before becoming an author, he was a United States Marine, a theater actor and producer.

Date of Birth:

May 25, 1927

Date of Death:

March 12, 2001

Place of Death:

Naples, Florida


B.A., Wesleyan University, 1951

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The Bancroft Strategy 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Robert Ludlum books, those written before and after his death. This book is the only one that I can say is absolutely poorly written and is a permanent record of a ghost writer who does not understand the Ludlum style of telling a story or how to write a good/great novel. Why he felt the need to use so many words requing a dictionary to describe mundane scenes and events escaped me. It appears to me that this may be the first time the author ever wrote a real suspense novel, so many scenes were lacking in depth and construction. It just did not flow smoothly, too many disjointed scenes and events. The characters were not very believable and the scenes were poorly crafted. I hope they never allow him to write another book for the Ludlum estate!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a Ludlum Fan for years.This is probably not as good as the earlier books, but was enjoyable.
Poppadoc231 More than 1 year ago
I have been a Robert Ludlum reader and fan for decades. I had taken a break from Ludlum titles after he died but within the past few years missed the old spymaster's work. What I have sadly discovered is a number of works falsley presented under Mr. Ludlum's name but which in fact resemble only crudely his style and are lacking in his ability to use certain elements and style to craft a gripping novel. Unfortunately, I found the Bancroft Strategy to be one of these....much like the more recent "Bourne" travesties. Why the Ludlum family and estate would allow this to continue is beyond me. This is a disservice to the legacy of a great writer. It's a good story but in trying to be Robert Ludlum the "writer(s)/editor(s) of this work have committted a fraud.
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SuperReader13CB More than 1 year ago
The reviewers who say it has editorial problem are absolutely correct. There are also some very dull and boring parts.But the ending is really good, that I can say without a doubt was surprising and really good.Not the best(maybe even the worst)but it was a pretty good book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have often lost sleep because I couldn't put down a book by Robert Ludlum, the author. Now I can't sleep because I can't stop thinking about how bad this book by Robert Ludlum-TM is. I agree with the reviewer who says that this book is 'absolutely poorly written', however the poor writing is overshadowed by the complete lack of editing. Inconsistencies such as a phone call turning into a face to face conversation and then back to a phone call, and Belknap driving to a place that the Italian girl supposedly said she had been staying when the closest she came to giving a location was a 'warehouse on outskirts of Dubai' make me wonder if anyone at St. Martin's Press bothered to read this manuscript before they printed it. This might have made a decent story with a bit more work. Take the family out for a burger rather than buying this book. The kid at the fast food place will care more about the quality of your meal more than anyone involved in the production of this novel cared about it's quality.
Guest More than 1 year ago
He has done much better.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Because he is considered the best at locating the target, U.S. intelligence agent Todd ¿The Hound¿ Belknap is granted by his boss a much wider degree of discretion than his field associates to accomplish his mission. Currently the Hound is irate that his superiors refuse to try to retrieves captured agent ¿Pollux¿ from a Lebanese militia in Beirut. Refusing to leave a peer in enemy hands, the Hound comes out of the warmth to return to the cold. He heads to Lebanon to liberate Pollux or die trying. --- At the same time, the Hound begins stirring up local hostility in the Middle East, financial analyst Andrea Bancroft begins to realize that her family¿s philanthropic foundation is a cover for nefarious disturbing international plots. She digs deeper as she uncovers a connection to a missing American agent in Beirut. Going on site to see what is truly happening, Andrea fears that the Bancroft Foundation is at the core of global unrest even as she wonders if she is over dramatizing the conspiracy that is until she meets the Hound. --- Though Robert Ludlum of the Bourne fame died five years ago, new thrillers under his name have continued to appear. The latest THE BANCROFT STRATEGY is a fast-paced international thriller starring a lone espionage renegade, a courageous intelligent female, a conspiracy, and a secret cabal with the vortex between them being Pollux. The action never slows down, but lacks the freshness that Bourne contained (and still does). Still this is a fun tale filled with plenty of action that fans of the author will enjoy even if it is Ludlum-lite. --- Harriet Klausner