The Holcroft Covenant Summary
Ludlum has said that he writes from a sense of outrage, often at the abuse of power by political extremists of right and left. The Holcroft Covenant evinces the theme of abuse of government power, where an arch-right terrorist organization makes free use of government services to the detriment of a good citizen, Noel Holcroft, who in this way represents the average citizenry. Almost a paranoid quality rises from this spy thriller, where for half the novel, at least, the forces of evil seem to have free, unlimited access to the computer banks, phone networks, surveillance police and other potentially coercive apparatus of the modern state, while the hero is comparatively isolated and must fend for himself.
A complementary theme arises from this unfair conflict, and it is the central theme of the novel: the ability of the individual to struggle, sometimes successfully, against the collective enemy...
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Robert Ludlum Biographies (3)
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Robert Ludlum (born 1927) is a prolific author of best-selling spy and thriller novels noted for their complicated plots and high-powered suspense. The diverse settings and time periods are embellishe...
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"Robert Ludlum," wrote Colin Harrison in the New York Times Magazine, "whose novels have sold 290 million copies (more or less the population of the United States), knew what makes a successful thrill...
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Suspense novelist Robert Ludlum "has his share of unkind critics who complain of implausible plots, leaden prose, and, as a caustic reviewer once sneered, an absence of 'redeeming literary values to b...
Essays & Analysis (1)
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Critical Essay by John Leonard
[With "The Holcroft Covenant"] Robert Ludlum is back among the Nazis for his new conspiracy. The Nazis stand, of course, for unambiguous evil. It is a reli...