The Testament by Eric Van Lustbader

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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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About Eric Van Lustbader

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Eric Van Lustbader is the author of more than 25 international bestsellers, including The Testament and the three most recent Jason Bourne novels: The Bourne Legacy, The Bourne Betrayal and The Bourne Sanction.  His books have been translated into over 20 languages.  He and his wife, author Victoria Lustbader, live in New York City and Long Island. Follow him online at,, and on Twitter at @EVanLustbader.
Published April 1, 2007 by Forge Books. 481 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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Let's see: There's a secret Catholic cult that harbors a secret so faith-shaking that Christianity might collapse were it known. They're willing to kill for it. Hmmm . . .

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A confounding thriller in the spirit of The DaVinci Code.

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It's hard not to enjoy a book by Lustbader, but disappointing that The Testament was so conventional.

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A white-knuckled page-turner plunge through two-fisted adventure as the World's Greatest Mystery is About To be Revealed!

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Braverman "Bravo" Shaw always knew that his father had secrets, but it is not until Dexter Shaw's death that his son learns of their magnitude.

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And in a nice, personal touch, Bravo's father lives on in his memory, and throughout the story, with italicized comments that are relevant to the situation at hand.It's hard not to enjoy a book by Lustbader, and in the end, The Testament is no exception.

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I have no way to prove this, but either Lustbader had a ghost writer for much of this novel, or maybe his editor took the job a little too seriously and decided to rewrite parts of the book.

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