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The Bancroft Strategy | [Robert Ludlum]

The Bancroft Strategy

Todd Belknap, a legendary field agent for Consular Operations with a reputation as a cowboy, is cut loose from the agency after an operation goes wrong. At the same time, Jared Rinehart, 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 Rinehart or negotiate for his release, Belknap decides to take matters into his own hands.
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Todd Belknap, a legendary field agent for Consular Operations with a reputation as a cowboy, is cut loose from the agency after an operation goes wrong. At the same time, Jared Rinehart, 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 Rinehart 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 $12 million from a cousin she never met, but 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 Bancroft. Having never been involved with, or even having met, her family (her mother was briefly married to a Bancroft and cut off all contact 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 individual 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.

©2006 Myn Pyn LLC; (P)2006 Audio Renaissance, a divison of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

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    Dan Fayetteville, AR, United States 04-11-07
    Dan Fayetteville, AR, United States 04-11-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Beyond bad"

    I have read Ludlum over the years and this was not Ludlum. He would turn over in his grave if he read what someone signed his name to. The story seemed to be an opportunity to present a sophomoric schlock philosophy. Worse it was done using Tom Swiftie type lines such as "It was a boring book" he said sleepily. "If possible the narration was even worse" he said incredulously.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ross Newmarket, Ontario, Canada 11-26-06
    Ross Newmarket, Ontario, Canada 11-26-06 Member Since 2004
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    "When was this written?"

    Allegedly by Robert Ludlum. No way. It's an ok story but DEFINITELY not Ludlum. Mr. Ludlum died in Naples Florida in 2001. Some of the technology referred to by name in this book did not exist in 2001. Like many of the other posthumous "Ludlum" releases, this is at best a fair approximation of Mr. Ludlum's style with none of his verve or style. Todd Belknap is no Beowulf Agate or Vasili Talienikov. The Lustbader written Bourne book is far superior and much more true to Ludlum's style and pace. The Bancroft Strategy is choppy made for TV fiction with none of the Ludlum modality. You may enjoy the story, but Ludlum it is not.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Clayton Pelham, NY, USA 01-21-07
    Clayton Pelham, NY, USA 01-21-07
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    "Ludlum is Spinning in his grave"

    I wish I had read reviews for my first download at audible

    New member and wanted to start with a great book. Was always a Ludlum fan and a fan of spy novels in general. This is by far the worst book I have ever come across. It reads like a horrible romance novel.

    I thought that this was a book that he had written and published posthumously. I was wrong - this must have been a bunch of notes that someone has filled in many blank spots with bad - no VERY bad - fillers and random characters.

    Ludlum is Dead - please let him rest peacefully and stop diluting his body of work with this horrid trash.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Richmond, IN, United States 12-21-06
    Mike Richmond, IN, United States 12-21-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Goofy"

    This book could have been 1/3 of the length it was. The charachters just keep getting out of the same predicaments over and over! This book was pathetic and cheesy. I believe I have listened to my last Ludlum novel!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Lebanon, IN, United States 09-03-12
    Terry Lebanon, IN, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2010

    I'm a truck driver. So i listen to a lot of books. I mainly like sifi, but also like drama, spy, and of course vampire books.

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    "Another great book"

    As always a great R. L. Story. I am a great fan. And i'm in the process of getting all his books.

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    Rachelle Dundurn, SK, Canada 08-22-09
    Rachelle Dundurn, SK, Canada 08-22-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Worth the credit"

    I enjoyed this book a great deal; I'm kind of a Ludlum fan, and though this book was kind of formulaic, I'm okay with that. It wasn't stellar, but it didn't suck, either. How's that for fence sitting?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rodney St. Joseph, MI, USA 11-18-08
    Rodney St. Joseph, MI, USA 11-18-08
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    "Long and kind of boring"

    Too wordy and anticlimatic.

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    Robert Hicksville, NY, USA 05-14-08
    Robert Hicksville, NY, USA 05-14-08
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    "Dreadful"

    Ludlum wasn't that great himself but he was usually entertaining. His "ghost", on the other hand, is so bereft of talent that he (or she) is an embarrassment to the title "amateur".

    I'll withhold judgment on the reader until he reads something less silly but he didn't score any points with this piece of garbage.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Riverview, MI, United States 05-10-08
    Dave Riverview, MI, United States 05-10-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Fun Story"

    Good story, did not drag. Enjoyed it.

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    Don Evanston, IL, USA 01-13-07
    Don Evanston, IL, USA 01-13-07
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    "Good Book"

    This is a great book. It is a little slow for the first few pages but the end is amazing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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