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Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"Bestseller Lustbader (The Bourne Legacy) jumps on the Da Vinci Code bandwagon with this high-octane but familiar tale of yet another lost gospel that would rock the Catholic world. This time, the secret for which the faithful are not prepared is that Jesus was restored to life by 'The Quintessence,' the mysterious fifth element, rather than by divine assistance. Competing secret factions, of course, pursue this substance, with its promise of eternal life, plus a fragment of the Testament of Jesus Christ, which confirms its existence. The cloak-and-dagger war draws in Bravo Shaw, a medieval scholar whose father was a secret member of the centuries-old Order of the Gnostic Observatines before the repressive Knights of St. Clement murdered him. With the help of Jenny Logan, another Gnostic Observatine agent, Bravo dodges death and betrayal every few pages. Dan Brown fans who like their thrillers dressed up with research and ingenious puzzles won't find much of that here, but the action-packed story will keep them turning the pages anyway. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Though the subject matter does not relate to Mary Magdalene or the Holy Grail, fans of Dan Brown's Code will enjoy this thrilling novel." Library Journal

Review:

"The good news is that Lustbader...can actually write. That alone distinguishes him from Dan Brown....A competent actioner: The Bourne Supremacy with a smattering of Froissart, and enough car chases and explosions to keep things interesting." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"One more shameless rip-off of The Da Vinci Code? Not quite. For hard-core fans of the religious-historical thriller, there is just (barely) enough originality here to make the story palatable." Booklist

Review:

"Lustbader is incapable of writing a dull word, and indeed The Testament reads as if the man was hooked up to a defibrillator stuck on 'high' from the first page to the last." BookReporter.com

Review:

"Eric Van Lustbader proves again that he is the master of the smart thriller....A terrific read, well written, well researched, and well worth your time." Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author of Wild Fire

Review:

"[A] riveting tale of secret sects, religious miracles, and medieval history that blends seamlessly with today's political issues. Paced liked the wind, intelligent, and engrossing — The Testament is Eric Van Lustbader at the very top of his game." Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Templar Legacy

Review:

"One of the great thriller authors...returns with a lightning-paced novel that reinvents the genre. His many fans will rejoice to see that Lustbader is back and at the top of his form." Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Paranoia and Company Man

Synopsis:

Braverman Shaw--RBravoS to his friends--always knew his father had secrets. But not until Dexter Shaw dies does Bravo discover that his father belonged to a hidden sect that has guarded a lost Testament that could shake Christianity to its foundations.

Synopsis:

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

Synopsis:

        Braverman Shaw--"Bravo" to his friends--always knew his father had secrets. But not until Dexter Shaw dies does Bravo discover that his father belonged to the Order of Gnostic Observatines, a hidden sect long believed to be extinct. For centuries, the Order has guarded a lost Testament that could shake Christianity to its foundations. Dexter Shaw was the latest Keeper of the Testament--and Bravo is his chosen successor.

        To find the Testament, Bravo, a medieval scholar and cryptanalyst, must follow the clues his father left behind. His companion in this quest is Jenny Logan, a woman he barely knows. 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....

Synopsis:

For centuries, a secret splinter sect of the Franciscans, the Gnostic Observatines, has guarded secrets that could transform the world.
 
Now the safety of those secrets depends on one man--and a woman he barely knows.
 
Braverman "Bravo" Shaw always knew his father had secrets. But not until Dexter Shaw dies mysteriously does Bravo discover the enormity of his father's hidden life as a high-ranking member of the Order of Gnostic Observatines. For more than eight hundred years, the Order has preserved an ancient cache of documents that could shake Christianity to its foundations.
 
Another secret society, the Knights of St. Clement, will stop at nothing to obtain the treasure, and now Bravo must follow his father's esoteric clues to find the hidden documents before the Knights. Bravo is now a target and a pawn in an ongoing war far larger and more deadly than any he could have imagined.
 
His companion in this quest is Jenny Logan, a Guardian assigned to Bravo by the Order. But Bravo soon learns that he can trust no one where the Testament is concerned, perhaps not even Jenny. . . .
 
From New York City to Washington, D.C., to Paris, to Venice, and beyond, the race is on for the quintessential prize . . . the Testament.

About the Author

Eric Van Lustbader is the author of many bestselling thrillers, including The Ninja and The Bourne Legacy. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages. He and his wife live in New York City and the South Fork of Long Island.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780765314635
Author:
Lustbader, Eric Van
Publisher:
Forge Books
Author:
Lustbader, Eric
Author:
Conger, Eric
Subject:
General
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Secret societies
Subject:
Christianity in literature
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
September 2006
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
6 CDs, 7 hours
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
6.67 x 4.22 x 1.27 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Bestseller Lustbader (The Bourne Legacy) jumps on the Da Vinci Code bandwagon with this high-octane but familiar tale of yet another lost gospel that would rock the Catholic world. This time, the secret for which the faithful are not prepared is that Jesus was restored to life by 'The Quintessence,' the mysterious fifth element, rather than by divine assistance. Competing secret factions, of course, pursue this substance, with its promise of eternal life, plus a fragment of the Testament of Jesus Christ, which confirms its existence. The cloak-and-dagger war draws in Bravo Shaw, a medieval scholar whose father was a secret member of the centuries-old Order of the Gnostic Observatines before the repressive Knights of St. Clement murdered him. With the help of Jenny Logan, another Gnostic Observatine agent, Bravo dodges death and betrayal every few pages. Dan Brown fans who like their thrillers dressed up with research and ingenious puzzles won't find much of that here, but the action-packed story will keep them turning the pages anyway. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Though the subject matter does not relate to Mary Magdalene or the Holy Grail, fans of Dan Brown's Code will enjoy this thrilling novel."
"Review" by , "The good news is that Lustbader...can actually write. That alone distinguishes him from Dan Brown....A competent actioner: The Bourne Supremacy with a smattering of Froissart, and enough car chases and explosions to keep things interesting."
"Review" by , "One more shameless rip-off of The Da Vinci Code? Not quite. For hard-core fans of the religious-historical thriller, there is just (barely) enough originality here to make the story palatable."
"Review" by , "Lustbader is incapable of writing a dull word, and indeed The Testament reads as if the man was hooked up to a defibrillator stuck on 'high' from the first page to the last."
"Review" by , "Eric Van Lustbader proves again that he is the master of the smart thriller....A terrific read, well written, well researched, and well worth your time."
"Review" by , "[A] riveting tale of secret sects, religious miracles, and medieval history that blends seamlessly with today's political issues. Paced liked the wind, intelligent, and engrossing — The Testament is Eric Van Lustbader at the very top of his game."
"Review" by , "One of the great thriller authors...returns with a lightning-paced novel that reinvents the genre. His many fans will rejoice to see that Lustbader is back and at the top of his form."
"Synopsis" by , Braverman Shaw--RBravoS to his friends--always knew his father had secrets. But not until Dexter Shaw dies does Bravo discover that his father belonged to a hidden sect that has guarded a lost Testament that could shake Christianity to its foundations.
"Synopsis" by ,
The new international thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Bourne Legacy

"Synopsis" by ,
        Braverman Shaw--"Bravo" to his friends--always knew his father had secrets. But not until Dexter Shaw dies does Bravo discover that his father belonged to the Order of Gnostic Observatines, a hidden sect long believed to be extinct. For centuries, the Order has guarded a lost Testament that could shake Christianity to its foundations. Dexter Shaw was the latest Keeper of the Testament--and Bravo is his chosen successor.

        To find the Testament, Bravo, a medieval scholar and cryptanalyst, must follow the clues his father left behind. His companion in this quest is Jenny Logan, a woman he barely knows. 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....

"Synopsis" by ,
For centuries, a secret splinter sect of the Franciscans, the Gnostic Observatines, has guarded secrets that could transform the world.
 
Now the safety of those secrets depends on one man--and a woman he barely knows.
 
Braverman "Bravo" Shaw always knew his father had secrets. But not until Dexter Shaw dies mysteriously does Bravo discover the enormity of his father's hidden life as a high-ranking member of the Order of Gnostic Observatines. For more than eight hundred years, the Order has preserved an ancient cache of documents that could shake Christianity to its foundations.
 
Another secret society, the Knights of St. Clement, will stop at nothing to obtain the treasure, and now Bravo must follow his father's esoteric clues to find the hidden documents before the Knights. Bravo is now a target and a pawn in an ongoing war far larger and more deadly than any he could have imagined.
 
His companion in this quest is Jenny Logan, a Guardian assigned to Bravo by the Order. But Bravo soon learns that he can trust no one where the Testament is concerned, perhaps not even Jenny. . . .
 
From New York City to Washington, D.C., to Paris, to Venice, and beyond, the race is on for the quintessential prize . . . the Testament.
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