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The Bancroft Strategy (2006)

by Robert Ludlum

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“We have taken possession of the package, the note said. Enjoy your stay. Yet what truly made his blood freeze was the sign-off: GENESIS.”

Todd Belknap, experienced field agent for an undisclosed governmental agency, is incensed when his plans go awry and he is fired. On the same night that his own operation goes off course, his mentor and best friend is kidnapped on a similar assignment. Belknap refuses to abandon him and sets off to track him down.

Andrea Bancroft has long been separated from her moneyed clan after her parents divorced and the clan shunned the wife and daughter. Now, however, she’s been offered a place on the board and is intrigued by the foundation’s charitable work and the enigmatic leader…

I read a lot of these multi-continental, ex-CIA agent saves the world, rich foundation is actually evil thrillers, but this was a particularly well-constructed one. There were two narrator perspectives, but we didn’t flick back and forth between them at motion-sickness-inducing frequency. Yes the ending is totally predictable but the baddie is not AT ALL. The writing was high quality without being difficult – Ludlum’s reputation as the thinking man’s thriller writer (along with Harris) appears entirely deserved on the basis of this book. ( )
  readingwithtea | Oct 30, 2011 |
Philanthropists as the bad guys – what could be a more charming plot supposition. If you work in philanthropy (or in a nonprofit) and like a good yarn you will enjoy. ( )
  BookWallah | Aug 12, 2009 |
Way too long. The book was finished posthumously by a writer who supposedly knew how Ludlum wrote. A lot of the excess verbiage was unnecssary. ( )
  dimajazz | Jul 9, 2009 |
Ludlum spy thriller written by his estate. The book was long and slow to read, don't recommend reading books by the estate or other ghost writers. This story can not be compared to his original books. ( )
  mantooth | Sep 21, 2008 |
I didn't finish this one, a bit too heavy as I was turning the pages. Too bad because the beginning was so entertaining... ( )
  labelleaurore | Mar 5, 2008 |
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Jaffeira: I've engage'd with men of souls, fit to reform the ills of all mankind. Thomas Otway, A Plot Discovered (1682)
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It was not yet raining, but the leaden skies would open before long. The air itself seemed expectant, apprehensive.
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Todd Belknap, a field agent for Consular Operations, is cut loose from the agency after a job gone wrong. But when his best friend and fellow agent is abducted abroad and the government refuses to step in, Belknap decides to take matters into his own hands.
 
Meanwhile, Andrea Bancroft learns she's about to inherit six million dollars from a cousin she never met--with one condition: She must sit on the board of the Bancroft family foundation. Having been estranged from her father's family for most of her life, Andrea is intrigued. But what exactly is the Bancroft's involvement with "Genesis," a mysterious person working to destabilize the geopolitical balance at the risk of millions of lives? In a series of devastating coincidences, Andrea and Belknap come together to form an uneasy alliance if they are to uncover the truth behind "Genesis"--before it is too late.

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Maverick U.S. intelligence agent Todd Belknap, known as the Hound for his superior ability to track his quarry, heads to Lebanon to try to find a fellow agent who has been kidnapped. Meanwhile, Andrea Bancroft, a brainy and beautiful hedge-fund analyst who has agreed to serve on the board of her family's mysterious foundation, begins to suspect that behind the Bancroft Foundation's benevolent facade lie sinister conspiracies.… (more)

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