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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Another Success

John Grisham has done it again. He has created yet another exhilarating novel that will keep you on our feet from cover to cover. The Testament proves that Grisham is still among the best authors of legal thrillers, having a well-balanced plot that combines adventures a...
John Grisham has done it again. He has created yet another exhilarating novel that will keep you on our feet from cover to cover. The Testament proves that Grisham is still among the best authors of legal thrillers, having a well-balanced plot that combines adventures and politics. After the multibillionaire Troy Phelan commits suicide, everybody is aching to know who will become the heir of his great fortune. The old man lived by himself, and the tough world of business had taught him to love nobody. When his handwritten, improvised will is read out loud to the public, the mystery is revealed. Troy Phelan decided to leave the entirety of his assets to an illegitimate, completely unknown daughter living as a missionary with a barbaric tribe in Brazil. Now it is up to the lawyer Nathan O'Riley to travel into the wilderness of South America and find the woman that has just inherited eleven billon dollars. Nate must trudge through swamps, storms, rainforests, and even malaria so that the Phelan wealth ends up with its rightful owner, and not the hands of other greedy, malicious people pursuing it.
Truly, this piece is a literary work of art. IT is among the best thrillers out there, putting up a fair fight to best-selling novels like The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown, and The Husband, by Dean Koontz. It realistically depicts the world of law and finance, giving the reader tremendous insight of how the worlds of politics and business are so intricately intertwined, The novel is not only fast-paced and engaging, but also profound and critical, reflecting many flaws present in modern society. Very much like in Kane and Abel, by Jeffrey Archer, The Testament realistically depicts the extent to which money can influence an individual's character, as well as the mortal consequences of alcohol and drug addictions. Without a doubt, this New York Times Bestseller can quench the thirst of all those adrenaline addicts looking for a Grisham page-turner.
Like all novels, however, The Testament is most definitely not recommendable to all audiences. Those who have extensive background knowledge on other books by John Grisham can find this literary piece to be very similar to his other works, like The Pelican Brief. Even though The Testament takes place in an exotic environment, it still revolves around the topics of laws, judges, cases, lawyers, and all the same old conflicts in Grisham's books. Additionally, this novel has very limited emotional emphasis. Romanticists in search of love stories will therefore find it to be mercilessly dry, dull, and superficial.

posted by Okonkwo on January 18, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Boring, Boring, Boring!

I use to love reading John Grisham books however lately I have found his writing brings on nothing but a yawn fest from me. This is definitely one book that had caused me to produce a myriad of yawns; good for putting me to sleep so I guess it does have some value after...
I use to love reading John Grisham books however lately I have found his writing brings on nothing but a yawn fest from me. This is definitely one book that had caused me to produce a myriad of yawns; good for putting me to sleep so I guess it does have some value afterall. I have skipped several pages at a time while reading this book and have found that I never really missed anything in doing so. Especially during one characters long trip down a river; that whole scenario could have been wraped up in about three pages or less. At this point I do not beleive I will be reading any more of his books any time soon unless I hear rave reviews from some avid book reading friends of mine.

posted by sanshekai on May 11, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2000

    DISAPPOINTING

    At first I found this book rather interesting, It grips you, gets your expectations up and then its very disappointing. What a waste of time, I guess it would be good to read if you wanted to 'practice' reading, otherwise, dont waste your time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2000

    best yet

    I have read all of Grisham's books, and I think this is his best. At last we have an ending that's not only believeable but fits in with the plot of the book. His endings have always been weak but he obviously has overcome that weakness with this book. Can't wait to read the next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2000

    Grisham has run out of ideas

    Grisham has absolutely run out of ideas. This recipe of a story is completely predictable and I had to force myself to finish. Does he really need the money? Grisham's earlier novels were fun and exciting, but now he seem to take the same plot and thinly disguise it by using different character's names. Not worth the read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2000

    21y/o College Student

    This was a great book but very predictable. I just wish that Grisham added another twist or something to make it more exciting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2000

    Great Opening...then

    This was my first Grisham novel, opening grabbed me but I found most of the book bogs down in the jungle trip, I expected more suspense. Will try another.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 1999

    You've got to be kidding...

    Where is the suspense in this C.S. Forster wannabe? Clearly Grisham's worst endeavor so far. I found myself falling asleep turning pages of what I had come to expect as another page turner. Far too predictable and moralizing. Save yourself the lack of suspense and wait for his next one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 1999

    Grisham's best book so far

    A very enthralling story about doing the right thing, the consequences of greed, and human relationships. Excellent.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2014

    I read this three times...I love this book.

    I read this three times...I love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2014

    Best yet!

    I like Grisham and find it hard not to enjoy his books. That said this has got to be his best effort to date. Very enjoyable read, will be hard to top this!

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  • Posted August 23, 2014

    Read this

    I loved this book by John Grisham and read anything he writes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2014

    Good read

    Wow. ..Very interesting read. Enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    Anonymous

    Starts off interesting. It drags on and on
    Disappointing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    Great reading.

    Really enjoyed this book. It's one of his best that I've read in a long time. Could not put it down.

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  • Posted November 7, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    The first chapter was very exciting, but then the book slowed a little while Mr. Grisham was building the background. It didn't take long before it became hard to put the book down. He continually kept the reader aware of the nature of the different characters. The closer that I got to the end, the more anxious I was to read the next page. Not to give away the end of the book, I wish that Mr. Grisham had carried the story a chapter further.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    Boring.

    Too much talking, too much dwelling on addiction and recovery, and too much emphasis on religion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    Also!

    What Rachel was doing was horrible! Missionaries are selfish and condescending beings. What gives them the right to force their insane made up beliefs on others and ruin a culture? Get out of here with that noise!

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  • Posted June 14, 2013

    Riveting

    Suspence! Excellent writing, i couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2013

    Great Book

    Great Book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

    Better than expected.

    I got this book first as a paperback from a collection of books in an area with very little choice. Well, I rather liked this. I rarely read legal fiction but I was very pleased with this book. If nothing else, it'll keep you busy for a rainy weekend.

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  • Posted March 14, 2013

    This the first book I have read by John Grisham, I didn't know w

    This the first book I have read by John Grisham, I didn't know what to expect until I couldn't put it down. Takes you into another world where you forget you're not actually part of the book. a MUST read!

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