The Chancellor Manuscript Paperback – 18 Mar 2004
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Praise for Robert Ludlum and "The Chancellor Manuscript"
["The Chancellor Manuscript"] exerts a riveting appeal, as it seems to justify our worst nightmares of what really goes on in the so-called intelligence community in Washington. "The New York Times Book Review"
Ludlum stuffs more surprises into his novels than any other six-pack of thriller writers combined. "The New York Times"
Powerhouse momentum . . . as shrill as the siren on the prowl car. " Kirkus Reviews"
A complex scenario of inventive double-crossing. "Chicago Sun-Times"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Did J. Edgar Hoover die a natural death - or was he murdered? A top-notch thriller from the No. 1 bestselling author Robert Ludlum.See all Product description
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As the new owner of the files starts using them, Inver Brass decides to bring in thriller writer Peter Chancellor and have him investigate the whole affair by way of researching a book. Mr. Chancellor of course doesn't know that he is being used, but eventually figures this out. The story culminates in him finding the culprit who stole the files.
This is classic Robert Ludlum with plenty of plots and sub-plots. I picked up this book and read it in one go. I just couldn't put it down. It is a real joy to follow Peter Chancellor in his quest of unearthing the mystery surrounding the files.
Too many red herrings, too many names and pseudonyms. Of the five or so protagonists, as far as I was concerned, any of them could have been the culprit/mastermind, I just didn't care.
Nelson Demille or Lee Child could have delivered a more dynamic account of this story.
But, I am not put off Mr Ludlum, I shall give him another go.
There is more to his books than that though the pace is breakneck and the prose always addictive, this one particularly so, in fact I was forced to read this over the course of a week due to work and social commitments and I found myself getting withdrawal symptoms.
What singles this book out from his other tomes (check out the Bourne series its fantastic) is the plot twists, I love a good twist but I hate to be patronized, the twist has to be believable and plausible while at the same time a complete and utter shock. Not only does Ludlum manage this he manages to pack in twist after twist and they never lose their plausibility nor do they become contrived.
All in all if you want to spend a weekend totally blocking out the world or just need some random escapism, run the bath, light the candles, put on Miles Davis and read this book.
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