The Righteous Men

The Righteous Men

by Sam Bourne
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The Righteous Men by Sam Bourne

The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth. . . .

A teenage computer prodigy is mortally strangled in Mumbai. A far-right extremist is killed in a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest. A wealthy businessman is murdered in Thailand. A pimp in Brooklyn is found stabbed to death and mysteriously covered by a brown shroud. What connects the victims is an ancient prophecy that leads to the end of the world, and it's up to Will Monroe, a fledgling reporter at the New York Times, to stop it.

But Monroe's investigation quickly makes him some shadowy enemies, who kidnap his wife and hold her hostage in Crown Heights. Desperate to find the link between the killings and to save his wife, he enlists his college sweetheart, TC, an eccentric artist and Kabbalah expert. As the death toll rises, they follow a trail of clues that seems to lead inexorably to a set of ancient texts containing a prophecy that promises to save the world—or to destroy it.

What will happen when the one secret that has kept the world safe for thousands of years is revealed to all? In The Righteous Men, a blistering thriller filled with mystery, romance, and suspense, Sam Bourne takes readers deep into the hidden worlds of fundamentalist religion, mysticism, and biblical prophecies. This is a visionary tale that is as frightening as it is entertaining. Readers won't stop turning the pages until the very end.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061859656
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 90,978
File size: 713 KB

About 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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Righteous Men 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
rodman2735 More than 1 year ago
Very good book. Main Characters could have been stronger but all in all, very good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the moment that I picked up the 'Righteous Men' I was intrigued by the unique story line. I read it in a matter of days, and felt that every minute of my time was time well spent. Since I completed the book, I have passed it on to my entire immediate family and now it has moved on to my extended family. It is getting rave reviews from all age groups and lifestyles. Sam Bourne has done a great job as a fiction writer! I have to question whether the 'reviewer' read the book based on her review, and paltry one star.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not an avid reader. The last book I read was The Firm about 15 years ago, and needless to say I do not like to read much. I happened to pick this book up by chance and once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. It kept me interested the whole time and I didn't think there was any 'filler' information at all. I can't see how anyone would not like this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good book, no doubt in my mind. The 1 thing I didnot like is his 'Will' is so much like Preston&Child's William Simthback. Even the same news paper.I would like them to let their charters meet and work togeather on a story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book I admit is a little different than that of the Da Vinci Code which I loved. This book however does deal with a mystery that has has it's roots based in some facts. The story reads very well the characters are sympathetic and the story moves very fast. I read this in two days and was pleased with the ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book sounded really interesting, however it is just very disappointing. It is so boring, I can't even bring myself to finish it. Maybe the ending is great, but it's just not worth wasting the time trying to get there. This is an emotionless book. No humor, energy, fear...I mean nothing. There is absolutely NO suspense in this story at all. The only thing this book inspires is sleep.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I kept hoping the book would get better, tried to like the main character Will, but couldn't. Save yourself the time and money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good not great
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Kept on the edge of my seat although slightly repetitive. Amazing story, so muchbresearch and time was invested into it as you can tell. Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it for a book review in a british literature class. I picked it based on the requirement of the author being british... i couldnt put it down! It surely is not the davinci code, but it is a great book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want to know what the book is about, read it your self. I read it because it said it was comparable to the Da Vinci Code, which it was. The beginning was slow, but it set up for a great ending. After page 300, you will not, and can not put it down. I recommend it to everyone. PS Da Vinci Code is second to Angels & Demon¿s I rate this book in the Top 10
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this books sucks, and the only reason I bought it was because it was said to be comparable to the davinci code. This book shouldn't be on the same shelf as the davinci code.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Will Monroe, a rookie journalist for The New York Times, is trying his best to impress his superiors and his colleagues. His first assignment, ¿your garden variety gangland killing¿ will not make the front page unless he makes it into a bigger story. Will digs deeper in an effort to find something interesting, something newsworthy, and something that will get Will¿s name on the front page of The New York Times. Will Monroe gets his front page, but at what cost? Howard Macrae, the person who is now the corpse lying, covered in a blanket, on the dirty streets of Manhattan is not what he seems. To everyone who was acquainted with him, he was a pimp, an exploiter and a user of women. But to one woman, perhaps the one who knew him better than anyone else, he was a saviour, a righteous man. Will Monroe is intrigued by Howard Macrae¿s story, but does not think much more of it. Howard Macrae was only his means of getting that front-page slot. His next assignment, the death of Pat Baxter, considered by most to be a Unabomber, seems similar to the previous case Pat Baxter, a man who had a dangerous and militant reputation was not what most people perceived him to be. He was another righteous man. Will Monroe stumbles across more and more of these `Righteous Men¿ and becomes buried deeper into a world that is dangerous for him and all who care for him. The Righteous Men is a wonderfully fast-paced tale set, in a well-researched religious backdrop. Every character that emerges is pivotal to the plot and their own predicaments usually only add to what turns out to be, for Will Monroe, a race against time to solve the clues and save the person most dear to his heart. Of course, books of this type will inevitably be compared to The Da Vinci Code (I am sure The Righteous Men will do as much for the Hassidic religion as its counterpart has done for Opus Dei). But The Righteous Men stands on its own as a very enjoyable thriller that may not have you guessing to the very end, but will certainly let you to enjoy the ride.
harstan More than 1 year ago
British expatriate Will Monroe is a reporter for the New York Times who sees a nebulous link between two murders in which both victims were described as righteous by those who knew them even Will assumes the deaths are a weird coincidence, but digs a bit deeper. As more similar deaths occur that baffle police around the globe, Will follows the trail to Washington State.------------- However, while he is there, he receives an electronic message that his pregnant wife Beth has been kidnapped. He rushes home in a panic and realizes neither the police nor even his influential dad can help rescue his wife. Through a friend he learns the message came from an Internet café in Crown Heights Brooklyn, home of the Hasidic Jews. Will goes there to try to find Beth, but runs into trouble with the Rebbe who wonders who the outsider is working for. Soon the clues send Will searching for answers in the Torah, which begins to enable him to connect his spouse¿s abduction to the murders of THE RIGHTEOUS MEN once the thirty-six are dead life on this planet as we know it will end, but why Beth remains a mystery until Will completes the shocking circle that engulfs him.------------------- Dan Brown meets Hasidic Jews in this somewhat convoluted religious End of Days conspiracy thriller that uses the Jewish Kabala as the focus. The story line starts straight out straight forward with an interesting murder mystery in which no motives seem to surface and the only tie is that those killed were considered righteous. The tale soon spins into a wild all over the place religious thriller that is exciting, but also difficult to follow with too many religious themes taken from the apocalypse to the messiah to the kabala, etc. Still this kosher Da Vinci tale is refreshing and very enjoyable especially when the reporter crosses the Bay to Brooklyn.---------------- Harriet Klausner