The Chancellor Manuscript

The Chancellor Manuscript Did J Edgar Hoover die a natural death or was he murdered A top notch thriller from the No bestselling author

  • Title: The Chancellor Manuscript
  • Author: Robert Ludlum
  • ISBN: 9780752858586
  • Page: 123
  • Format: Paperback
  • Did J Edgar Hoover die a natural death or was he murdered A top notch thriller from the No.1 bestselling author
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    • Rory Pratt says:

      My grandmother gave me a bag of Ludlum books when I was in the hospital after a motorcycle accident when I was 19. I read this book first and was completely blown away. I didn't know reading could be like that. It started me reading. After I read all of Ludlum's books I looked for other authors to read. I will always be grateful to my grandmother.

    • Sailen Dutta says:

      One of my favourites. The real attraction isn't the question if J.Edgar died a natural death or he was murdered, although that is the premise of the book. No, for me that real attraction was the revelation in the last page. Who's to say that similar kinds of events didn't happen with Ludlum himself? A writer used as a 'blind' by a shadowy organisation to fulfil its own purposes, not caring whether the writer lives or dies at the end. Ludlum definitely models Peter Chancellor on himself. The ques [...]

    • Efka says:

      Ludlum'as yra žinomas kaip vienas geriausių, nuosekliausių spy-fiction ir konspiracijos teorijos stiliaus žanro autorių, kurio daugelis knygų tapo superhitais ir/ar buvo ekranizuotos, neiškiriant ir populiariosios Borno trilogijos. Šita knyga, nors ir ne itin panaši į Borną (į kino versiją, kuri nuo knygos skiriasi ohoho kaip) išlaiko tuos pačius bruožus - nedidelį tempą, gan lakoniškus dialogus, mažai sąmonės srauto bei aplinkos aprašymų, keletas įtemptų veiksmo scenų [...]

    • Laure says:

      Ludlum's books are always a great ride and this one is not an exception. I love how the plot tightens up as you reach the finale: incredibly tight!It makes me want to read the bourne series again.

    • Jamie says:

      For the most part, this novel was a slow read and not one of Ludlum's best. The end does pick up. There are a couple of twists and surprises, but maybe there are just too many layers of deception in this story. I feel this novel is proof that Ludlum had an inside source in the intelligence world. I have thought this before concerning some of his other works. Robert Ludlum, like Peter Chancellor, is being fed information from those in the know. That much is obvious and Ludlum has made that clear. [...]

    • Paul Lyons says:

      Excellent thriller by Robert Ludlum, a page-turner no-doubt. Ludlum may not be the easiest author to read, as too often the contents of his prose is ten steps ahead of the reader. Plus the author tends to sacrifice clarity over complex intrigue. That said, what Ludlum delivers in "The Chancellor Manuscript" is both engaging and entertaining, leaving the reader on the edge through each and every chapter.There is a part of me that STILL does not understand what happened in "The Chancellor Manuscri [...]

    • KOMET says:

      Having just read this book, I feel as if I've just been let off a maddening, yet thrilling merry-go-round. Ludlum has written a thriller with the premise that J. Edgar Hoover, the infamous Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), did not die a natural death in 1972, but had been murdered. One of the principal characters is Peter Chancellor, a man in his 30s, who had failed in his defense of a Ph.D thesis into which he had devoted 2 years of his life. (It was a highly controversial [...]

    • Dipanjan says:

      This was my 2nd reading of this book. I had first read it when I was in school, somewhere in the 90s. All I remembered was I smuggle-read this book in school to race through it. The Chancellor Manuscript is a typical Robert Ludlum signature book. Unlike his other books, this one is set COMPLETELY in the USA and the pandemonium of crisis eats away at the heart of the US administration. This book is unique because there is a constant conflict AND merger of fiction and reality. It's like a plot wit [...]

    • Joe says:

      This is the first book by Ludlum that I've read. I enjoyed the Bourne Trilogy films so read a few of the books from later in the Bourne series. These were by van Lustbader and although entertaining seemed to lack depth with the characters. This book has more depth to it than Lustbader's did, with a far more satisfying sense of resolution (helped no doubt by the fact that it isn't part of a series). Ludlum writes well, mixing good pace of storyline with development of characters and intrigue - a [...]

    • John says:

      THE CHANCELLOR MANUSCRIPT is a top-notch thriller with perhaps the most convoluted story line I've ever seen. Only an incredibly masterful writer would even attempt something like this, let alone be able to pull it off. Which Ludlum does, for the most part. Definitely not recommended unless you want to give your brain a workout. This is one book I would suggest reading through as quickly as possible so as not to lose track of the plot.

    • Mary says:

      This is my favorite Ludlum book of all time. I devoured it. It has a bit of historical fiction in it but stays the espionage course as well. I would rate it "R" if it were a movie due to language and some scene description but it's a great read if you like spy novels. Ludlum is a master storyteller.

    • Julius Gewarges says:

      not better than the previous books I read which were total monsters, but nonetheless amazing. this is a Mystery Spy thriller that, with no surprise, contains many twists and turns. This book doesn't just contain one simple plot, but much much moreAlot more.

    • LoriRubin says:

      The best Ludlum novel ever, and very timely story line with what is going on in today's world. A must read for lovers of the thriller genre.

    • Elissa says:

      This was the first and last Ludlum book I read. I found it tedious. Too many details and not enough suspense for what is supposed to be a suspense/action novel.

    • Mark says:

      This is a non-stop thriller by a master at the top of his form. Great story, characters and plot.

    • Grey Wolf says:

      Enjoyed this! I found the initial premise intriguing because set in 1968 unmasking US businessmen who traded with Nazi Germany is something which was later done well in books such as 'IBM and the Holocaust'. But in 1968 it's a no-no that sets the main character, Peter Chancellor, off on fictionalising real history to be able to tell the stories he only has some, or only confidential, sources on. Chancellor has a good thing going until a tragedy intervenes. This is my first "Hmm" later on - the r [...]

    • Luke Allen says:

      This is very poorly written. Ludlum' prose is overly dramatic and downright cheesy, with an irritating need to punctuate the drama with excessive use of exclamation marks! Why such a high score then? Because it's astonishingly well plotted. The central conspiracy has some genuinely surprising revelations and in its latter third the level of escalation is really quite thrilling. Sure, it's silly, but I gladly ate it up.

    • Shreela Sen says:

      The villain group was so larger than life, it is truly difficult to digest. But the plot is superb. It has so many layers, the mystery gets solved in so many twists. & the central crime is so unspeakable. The characters are mainly very believable. Even the individual members of the unbelievable villain group. One thing is, I really felt SCARED reading this novel, I'm not sure why. I took 2 days to read this. Both nights, I couldn't sleep alone.

    • Frank says:

      Good Ludlum thriller.

    • Jeffrey Stevenson says:

      I have read this book several times, it's a great read and leaves you wondering is it really just a novel?

    • Christian, Kelanth, Scala says:

      Il manoscritto, in originale "The Chancellor Manuscript" è un romanzo di spionaggio scritto da Robert Ludlum e pubblicato nel 1977. Si tratta di un romanzo sui presunti file segreti di J. Edgar Hoover e come sono scomparsi dopo la sua morte, e come, eventualmente, potrebbero essere utilizzati per ricattare persone di potere per eseguire gli ordini di coloro che possedevano tali segreti. E' anche ipotizzato che Hoover stesso potrebbe essere stato assassinato perché sapeva troppo di molte person [...]

    • Michael Laflamme says:

      Ludlum has done better. I have struggled thrilling 50% and I have no desire to finish it.

    • Ivy Pittman says:

      My reading of this is quite ironic. It seems to parallel what is going on in the new US administration, Lies and secrets. The inventors and keepers of the lies and deception are being killed one by one. This was one hell of a story. Fiction, my foot. This is real time.

    • Simon Taylor says:

      The Chancellor Manuscript, author Ludlum writes a conspiracy about an author who writes a conspiracy who experiences the same conspiracy as he is. Yeah.Based on the real-life founding director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, and his well-documented abuses of power, Manuscripts suggests Hoover was assassinated in order for a well-meaning group to gain access to his vast files which he used to blackmail judges, senators, reporters and anybody else that stood in his way. Except half of those files fel [...]

    • Ed says:

      One of Ludlum's earliest, and still my favorite of his novels, it is based on the premise that J. Edgar Hoover, longtime Director of the FBI, was murdered, rather than having died of natural causes. Neal Holcroft, a graduate student, wants to write his doctoral thesis on the theory, which he has stumbled upon. His academic advisor, however, tells him the theory, as well as his evidence, is weak and flawed, and will never be accepted by college officials as a serious work. He recommends that Holc [...]

    • Sirbriang2 says:

      I generally like Ludlum's particular brand of action and intrigue, and The Chancellor Manuscript definitely worked when it played to those strengths. An outrageous conspiracy leads an amateur into real-life spy games; Ludlum has written it before and after this novel. Where this book felt a little flat to me was its metatexual theme. Books about writers writing are always tough for me to read, and this novel is supposedly the book that the main character wrote after the events in the story ended [...]

    • Tim Healy says:

      Sowhy the five stars, you ask? This book holds up remarkably well. I've re-read some of Ludlum's books and discovered that the feel very dated. The Bourne Identity is one such. This one, while very definitely rooted in the Nixon administration, although the occupant of the White House is never identified, holds up because the reader knows that historical context. But it also holds up because an understanding of 70's America is never necessary to the story. In the end, this is just a story about [...]

    • Denise Dougherty says:

      In the 1970s, my dad and I were hot for Robert Ludlum and anxiously awaited each new book. Ludlum got me started on the international thriller genre and I've been hooked since then. The Chancellor Manuscript, however, was the first to offer (for me) a surprise twist at the ending chapters. I still recall my audible gasp when the culprit was uncovered Robbie - you fooled me I said to myself. He was never able to do that again, unfortunately and I gradually lost interest as the stories became mor [...]

    • Shashank Pedamallu says:

      STORY/PLOT - 1/5The brief outline of the story and the author contains certain words like 'conspiracy' and 'sophisticated plotting' that made me read this book. But if some one calls assassination of a person who blackmails people by possessing a collection of files containing classified information for example a famous journalist being a lesbian as one, you've got to be kidding meRRATION - 2/5The first few pages involves description of a covert group with code names and personal names which I c [...]

    • Becky says:

      A young man has a thesis that will turn the world upside down if it is true. The secret society protecting the world can't let that happen. They place, one of their own, to quietly suggest to the young man that make a few changes and share this with the world as a fiction novel. The young man's life is changed and saved. Four years later the young man is needed as a foil to find J Edgar Hoover's missing files.If you enjoy conspiracy theories of a grand scale and action this is a great read. Ther [...]

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