The Bancroft Strategy

  • by Robert Ludlum
  • Narrated by Scott Sowers
  • 19 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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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.
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- Ross "Enjoys espionage, mystery, police procedurals, science, biographies."

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.
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- Dan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-09-2006
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio