The Final Reckoning: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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From the number one international bestselling author of The Righteous Men and The Last Testament comes a chilling thriller about a clandestine brotherhood and a sixty-year-old secret—the last great mystery of World War II.

Tom Byrne has come a long way since his days as an idealistic young lawyer. Now he’ll work for anyone—as long as the money’s right. So when a UN official asks him to take on a dubious job, he accepts. A suspected suicide bomber shot by UN security staff has ...

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The Final Reckoning: A Novel

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Overview

From the number one international bestselling author of The Righteous Men and The Last Testament comes a chilling thriller about a clandestine brotherhood and a sixty-year-old secret—the last great mystery of World War II.

Tom Byrne has come a long way since his days as an idealistic young lawyer. Now he’ll work for anyone—as long as the money’s right. So when a UN official asks him to take on a dubious job, he accepts. A suspected suicide bomber shot by UN security staff has turned out to be a harmless old man, and Tom must placate the family. But it soon emerges that the victim was not quite the innocent man he seemed to be.

Alongside the dead man’s daughter, Rebecca, Tom discovers a hidden brotherhood united in a worldwide mission that has caused hundreds of unexplained deaths. Pursued by those ready to kill to stop him, Tom must unlock a secret buried for more than sixty years—the last great secret of the Second World War.

Based on the true story of a group of Holocaust survivors who sought revenge for Nazi crimes, The Final Reckoning is an atmospheric, emotionally engaging, and twisting thriller that moves at light speed from the first page to the last.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062008824
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/7/2010
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 272,124
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Sam Bourne is the literary pseudonym of Jonathan Freedland, an award-winning British journalist and broadcaster. He is a weekly columnist for the Guardian (UK), having served as that paper’s Washington correspondent. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Newsweek, and the New Republic. He is a regular contributor to the Jewish Chronicle (UK) and presents BBC Radio 4’s contemporary history series The Long View.

Bourne is the author of the New York Times and number one UK bestseller The Righteous Men, which has been translated into twenty-eight languages, and The Last Testament. He has also written two nonfiction works, Jacob’s Gift and Bring Home the Revolution. He lives in London with his wife and two children.

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

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    A POWERFUL THRILLER WITH MULTIPLE TWISTS

    Writing as Sam Bourne British author Jonathan Freedland has crafted a chilling suspense novel based in large part on recent history. It's a conspiracy thriller that segues between past and present. The past includes terrifying descriptions of the horrors perpetrated by the Nazis, and the heroic efforts of the captured people simply to survive.

    We are made aware of the subject matter in the Prologue: "So forgive me if what you read here is harsh, if it haunts you the way it haunts me. But there will be no exaggeration, no lies. I may not tell everything, but what I will tell will be the truth." It is, indeed, a difficult story to read at times; one that will surely not be forgotten.

    Our protagonist is Tom Byrne, a lawyer who has become disillusioned, and will now work for anyone, the mafia included. When an old friend at the U.N. asks him to take on a job he accepts - he's one of those guys who has nothing to lose.

    A man on the U.N. security staff has shot and killed a supposed suicide bomber - the man fit the description, dark overcoat, hat. However, the victim was only an elderly man. Byrne is dispatched to go to London and try to mollify the family. That in itself could be a difficult task, but it becomes even more difficult when the man turns out not to be quite so innocent after all.

    With the man's daughter, Rebecca, Tom discovers a secret group that is joined in one mission - to go throughout the world to find and kill the Nazis responsible for atrocities inflicted upon the Jews. This part of the story is based upon the actual actions of Holocaust survivors.

    THE FINAL RECKONING is a powerful thriller with multiple twists and turns. It is compulsive reading grounded in recent history.

    - Gail Cooke

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2012

    Amazing

    This book compelled me from the beginning page. I have always held a fascination about the unholy massacre of millions of Jews as well as others. How could this be? This story filled me the urge to read and read until I knew the whole story. Now, I want to go back and actually read these true accounts. I encourage you to read this book. It will change the way you thought of this genocide.

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  • Posted February 21, 2011

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    A Brave Tale

    Using the suffering of the Jewish people as the main reason for propelling your novel is a brave endeavor. One misstep and the whole thing can fall apart. The Final Reckoning is a good tale, one which does use this suffering in a way meant to help others learn from it, but it does at times have elements that cause the reader to suspend belief. Much of it is not plausible. But, when compared to other thrillers, it holds its own and becomes a relatively honest tale that keeps the reader involved, both to be entertained but also on another level to be informed.

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  • Posted October 8, 2010

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    a taut twisting thriller

    Following a terrorist alert, septuagenarian Lithuanian Gerald Merton is visiting the United Nations when a security guard shoots and kills him believing the elderly man was a suicide bomber. Henning Munchau asks former agency lawyer Tom Byrne to help with the expected media brouhaha. Tom agrees.

    Tom journeys to London to offer the UN's condolences and apologies to the victim's grieving daughter Rebecca. At the same time NYPD Detective Jay Sherrill leads the investigation. The cop soon uncovers some links dating back to the end of WWII that ties the deceased to a Holocaust survivor group that Merton belonged to. This aging unit wants secrets to remain concealed and killing a cop, a daughter and a lawyer is an acceptable practice.

    The Final Reckoning is a taut twisting thriller that grips the audience from the opening in New York, but especially hooks readers when the past hauntingly surfaces. The cast is strong as each in their way (either through investigation or firsthand and secondhand nightmarish memories) brings forth the dark vivid picture of Europe when the horrors of the Final Solution became internationally known. Sam Bourne provides a powerful "Never Forget" tale.

    Harriet Klausner

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