The Testament

The Testament

by Eric Van Lustbader
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Overview

The Testament by Eric Van Lustbader

The new international thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Bourne Legacy

Braverman Shaw—"Bravo" to his friends—always knew his father had secrets. But not until Dexter Shaw dies in a mysterious explosion does Bravo discover the enormity of his father's hidden life as a high-ranking member of the Order of Gnostic Observatines, a sect founded by followers of St. Francis of Assisi and believed to have been wiped out centuries ago. For more than eight hundred years, the Order has preserved an ancient cache of documents, including a long-lost Testament attributed to Christ that could shake Christianity to its foundations. Dexter Shaw was the latest Keeper of the Testament—and Bravo is his chosen successor.

Before Dexter died, he hid the cache where only Bravo could find it. Now Bravo, an accomplished medieval scholar and cryptanalyst, must follow the esoteric clues his father left behind. His companion in this quest is Jenny Logan, a driven young woman with secrets of her own. Jenny is a Guardian, assigned by the Order to protect Bravo, or so she claims. Bravo soon learns that he can trust no one where the Testament is concerned, perhaps not even Jenny . . .

Another secret society, the Knights of St. Clement, originally founded and sponsored by the Papacy, has been after the Order's precious cache since the time of the Crusades. The Knights, agents and assassins, will stop at nothing to obtain the treasure. Bravo has become both a target and a pawn in an ongoing war far larger and more deadly than any he could have imagined.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429913393
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 04/01/2007
Series: Testament Series , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 9,485
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

ERIC VAN LUSTBADER is the author of many New York Times bestselling thrillers, including First Daughter, Last Snow, and Blood Trust. Lustbader was chosen by Robert Ludlum's estate to continue the Jason Bourne series, and his Bourne novels include The Bourne Legacy (also a 2012 film) and The Bourne Betrayal. He and his wife live on the South Fork of Long Island.
Eric Van Lustbader is the author of numerous bestselling thrillers, including Last Snow, First Daughter, Blood Trust, The Bourne Legacy, The Bourne Dominion and The Ninja and The Pearl series. His books have been translated into over twenty languages. Born and raised in Greenwich Village in New York City, Lustbader worked in the New York public school system and in the music business before turning to writing full-time. He lives in Manhattan and on the South Fork of Long Island with his wife, Victoria, who is also an accomplished author.

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The Testament 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the entire book but didn't want to. Many times I wanted to close the book and sent it to the trash heap, but did want to see what the ending held in store. Poorly researched, such as the mention that the Arc de Triomphe celebrates DeGualle's achievements. The female character, Jenny, is so badly beaten up countless times that it is impossible to believe that she lasted til the end. I didn't like any of the characters. The constant written depiction of the slashing of throats was enough to make me want to vomit! Overall, I do not recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read several of Eric's books years ago and thought they were pretty good. Not sure if my taste has changed or his writing skills diminished, but this one was not very good. There's plenty of action and the descriptions of the exotic locations are great, but dialogue was dismal and pretty much ruined what could have been a good read.
Fighterjock More than 1 year ago
This effort was tedious and plodding at best. Beyond that, it was a theme tackled by other authors, and its mind-numbing detail and endless history lessons made this a very slow read. I think the author should leave this genre to Raymond Khoury, Steve Berry, and Dan Brown as he apparently was just jumping on the religious conspiracy bandwagon. In my opinion, he should stick to writing about Nicholas Linnear and Jason Bourne.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Dexter Shaw dies in an explosion that injures his son Bravo and his daughter Emma. When Bravo awakens and recovers somewhat, Jenny visits him to inform him she is his Guardian assigned by his father to watch over him as he seeks a secret cache of documents. Bravo is shocked to learn that his dad lived a double life as a member of the ruling cabal, the Order of Gnostic Observatines, an organization that has influenced world events for centuries.------------------ The group¿s enemy The Knights of St. Clement want that cache too because it contains something that will heal the dying Pope, enhancing their secret behind the scenes power in the shadows of the Vatican. Another item the group wants in the cache is the Testament of Jesus Christ that contains explosive information that could destroy Christianity if revealed. Bravo realizes a traitor amidst the order is providing information to the Knights. He trusts no one especially friends, family, or his guardian.--------------- Readers who enjoyed the Da Vinci Code and the Brethren will defiantly want to read THE TESTAMENT, a highly sophisticated fresh religious conspiracy thriller whose fast-paced storyline will leave the audience breathless. The protagonist is an interesting person who does not quite grasp how or why his father was involved like he was or why he puts his life on the line to keep the cache out of the hands of the wrong people. Still like a true hero he does what he believes is right and if nothing else has the audience rooting for him.-------------- Harriet Klausner
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avidreaderdz More than 1 year ago
As long as Eric is writing, I will be reading.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The Testament is Eric Van Lustbader strongest book yet which clearly indicates he¿s truly growing as a writer. I recommend this book not for its characters names, historical facts, brut slashings, but for its connected story and constant plot twits. Well done Eric.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I fell in love with EVL's earlier work before he took off on some unrelated projects. His Ninja series hooked me and turned me onto David Morrell and others in the thriller genre, with a religious slant theme. I love his authenticity and his innovation in the field. This man has the ability to write at many levels, only a few of which I am a fan of, but when he writes in those areas, I will happily buy the work. Well done Master Writer! Well done. Paul Swanson empoweredvolunteer.com
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unlike an earlier reviewer, I did not waste my time reading this awful book. I could not even get through the first 100 pages! Unbelievable characters in unbelievable scenes. As to the main character Braverman, or 'Bravo', what an awful name!
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