Centuries-old secret religious orders clash in Eric Van Lustbader's Testament
-- an action-packed, pedal-to-the-metal thriller that revolves around
long-suppressed documents that could not only rock the very foundations
of Christianity but also irrevocably transform humanity forever.
After Braverman "Bravo" Shaw's father is tragically killed in an
accident, his uneventful life as a risk management consultant is
quickly turned upside down. Bravo's dad, it turns out, is a
high-ranking member of the Order of Gnostic Observatines, a secret sect
of monks believed to be long extinct. For centuries, the Order has
diligently guarded civilization-altering artifacts (including the
Secret Gospel According to Mark, which discredits Jesus' divinity, and
the Quintessence, the fabled fifth element that is rumored to have the
power to raise the dead and bestow immortality) from an opposing sect
bent on crushing the Order and exploiting its secrets. Bravo's father
has concealed the cache, and with its location hidden in numerous
cryptograms the race is on -- and so is the countdown to Armageddon…
The Testament will inevitably be compared to Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code -- there's just no escaping it -- but this novel is much more reminiscent of EVL's 2004 espionage masterwork The Bourne Legacy.
Sure, there are cryptographic riddles, labyrinthine quests, and
historical religious subject matter aplenty; but the real power of this
novel lies in its never-ending plot twists and breathtakingly fast
pacing. While certainly not one of Van Lustbader's defining works --
like The Bourne Legacy, The Ninja, or The Ring of Five Dragons -- this meaty thriller will have readers captivated until the very last page.
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