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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; FIRST EDITIION 30th Printing edition (September 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553260944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553260946
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

From the Publisher

DID J. EDGAR DIE A NATURAL DEATH? . . . OR WAS HE MURDERED?

Inver Brass--a group of high-minded and high-placed intellectuals who see a monstrous threat to the country in Hoover's unethical use of his scandal-ridden private files. They decide to do away with him--quietly, efficiently, with no hint of impropriety. Until best-selling thriller writer Peter Chancellor stumbles onto information that makes his precious books like harmless fairy tales. Now Chancellor and Inver Brass are on a deadly collision course, spiraling across the globe in an ever-widening arc of violence and terror. Hurtling toward a showdown that will rip Washington's intelligence community apart--leaving only one damning document to survive . . .

"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


More About the Author

Robert Ludlum was the author of twenty-seven novels, each one a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 225 million of his books in print, and they have been translated into thirty-two languages. He is the author of The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Chancellor Manuscript, and the Jason Bourne series--The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum--among others. Mr. Ludlum passed away in March, 2001.

Customer Reviews

It seemed to lapse back into the confusing doldrums too often.
LoneUSAF
My only complaint about this book is in the number and frequency of the "typos".
Jeffs iPad
By the time you finish this book, you will definitely wonder if it is based in reality.
aquin

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
A terrific thriller, Ludlum in top form. This is back in the days when his intricate plots made sense and fit like a glove. He also kept the page count down in this one, never padding the book, and never veering into unnecessary sidetracks (like ICARUS AGENDA's 100+ page prologue!)
I can't see a thriller fan not loving this book, nor failing to appreciate the brilliant device Ludlum uses to get the action going. If you've never read Ludlum, this is a great place to start.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Melvin Hunt on May 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
In the years after Hoover's death the secret started coming forth. Many individuals had been covered by J. Edgar Hoover and his secret files. That notion made this book all the more believable Inver Brass in this very entertaining book decided to eliminate Hoover and the threat of his secret files. It became evident that not all of the files had been captured. People all over the country started getting blackmailed and some killed. Then members of Inver Brass started getting assasinated
The guilty party shocked me beyond belief. This book along with Holcroft Covenant are the best that Ludlum has done. Be sure to buy this book and read it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Larry Hunter on August 31, 2010
Format: Paperback
By Larry Hunter author of The Mission: A Redemption of the Past

The Chancellor Manuscript by Robert Ludlum is a first rate book by the number one Thriller writer in my opinion. Buy it, I believe you will enjoy it.
The plot is about a famous writer, Peter Chancellor, who has been given the task of writing a novel by a group called the Inver Brass, a sinister group with an ulterior motive of finding out who among them is a traitor. The topic of the novel must be the assassination of J. Edger Hoover. When the author comes too close to exposing the existence and identities of the group and its members they try to discredit him and his work. They try to drive him crazy by turning everything he writes as fiction into reality. Not only that but the villains that he has created are actually trying to kill him. Meanwhile the Inver Brass are trying to convince him he is delusional.
It is the reader in the end who must decide what is fiction and what is real as the novel works its way through twists and turns in the wonderful way only a Ludlum novel can produce. It the end all comes together rather nicely.
His characters are as usual, both realistic and developed. The writing is superb. The suspense nail biting. It is simply the best by the best.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By iqhope on January 29, 2002
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I am hooked on Robert Ludlum's books. I gave up romance after I turned 20, moved on to murder mysteries (Ellery Queen genre), but I never experienced an author that could keep me awake until 3:00 in the morning, not only with this book--but with all of them!
I have read The Chancellor Manuscripts, all three of the series of the Bourne books, and just finished the Holcroft Covenant, which teases and hints at a sequel in the last few pages, and I'm crossing my fingers there is one (have to still check out his list of books).
The twist, as expected in any Ludlum novel, occurs about half-way through the book, from a direction the reader would never guess, and involves a woman (the hero always has to get his gal in Ludlum's novels!), and this right after he experiences something that forces him to run for his life, hide from those he loves, and/or forces him to cut his communications from any normal life that the hero would normally use if this was real life.
While Ludlum's books smack of a 'formula,' I'm hooked--you know that something unusual is going to happen to the main character, he's going to be forced to give up his normal life to go out and 'save the world,' he'll use life-long aquaintances for help throughout the book (although about 85% end up in a morgue by the end of the story), there's lots of shooting of the bad guys, a damsel in distress who will initially hate or distrust the main character, then fall in love with him, and after which everybody shoots at each other and more bad and good guys die, then the hero either ends up being 'savior' of the world, or he ends up chopped to pieces (ouch), but survives to take on the bad guys again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MONTGOMERY on January 2, 2014
Format: Paperback
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 thesis, which called into question various historical events which had been played out on the world stage between 1926 and 1939.) Frustrated, Chancellor makes his case to an old authority figure (Munro St. Claire) who wielded considerable influence within Chancellor's school. St. Claire advises Chancellor to take up a new career, suggesting fiction. With nothing left to lose, Chancellor embarks upon a literary career, writing over the next 4 years 2 best-selling novels whose conspiratorial themes would lead to Chancellor's life being turned inside out.

Ludlum creates here a novel that has all the hallmarks of a classic action thriller: car chases across highways, horrific deaths in plain sight of passersby, secret codes, clashing of rival groups, and secret quasi-governmental/private organizations. Chancellor cheats death many times. One of the lessons hard learned from him was the following:

"When making a contact, position was everything. Protect yourself by being able to observe all approaching vehicles; keep rapid, undetectable escape available.

"Friends were enemies, and enemies taught one strategies with which to fight them. It was part of the insanity that was all too real."

Any reader in search of a high-octane action novel mixing fact and fiction will find much in "The Chancellor Manuscript" to keep him/her engaged and breathless.
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