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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: HARPER, LONDON (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007203330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007203338
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 3.7 x 17.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 481 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 25 2009
Format: Paperback
Sam Bourne brings to this story of incredibly high drama on the modern international stage years of experience as a journalist and foreign correspondent in the Middle East. Anyone wanting to read this story should be aware that it comes with a very sophisticated, multilayered plot that involves all kinds of international intrigue and historical mystery. Here are ten specific attributes that makes "The Last Testament" an unforgettably impressive read:
1. Bourne uses real events like the Geneva Accord and the American capture of Baghdad on which to anchor his story;
2. The development of personalities in the story is very plausible. Characters like Maggie Costello come with a well-explained background that helps the reader understand why they are where they are, taking risks and making decisions on behalf of humanity;
3. The story focuses on the pressing need to resolve a major issue standing in the way of world peace, namely, a Middle East peace accord. Though various parties are committed to overcoming the challenge of bringing the Israelis and Palenstinians together for a deal, it is going to take a lot of individual courage, skill and patience to work through this one;
4. To make this story even more involved, Bourne introduces a couple of new fields of inquiry in the form of artifacts from the past and technology from the future to liven up the plot. There is an elusive archaeological tablet recently stolen from Baghdad and making the rounds that contains a very cryptic message as to who really owns the Temple Mount. Then there is a captivating scene in the story where a possible scenario of the ongoing conflict is played out with the use of avatars or alter-egos as the main operators;
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Bourne writes in a somewhat clumsy but serviceable style (for a thriller of this ilk.) As you read, it becomes clear that the story is outrageous, clearly an attempt to satisfy the craze for whatever it is that people who read the Da Vinci Code and similar books crave.

There has been some amazing discovery related to Abraham that must be uncovered and in the meantime some mysterious evil villains are trying to keep it covered. At stake is nothing less than peace in the Middle East! In the end, the bad guy will be revealed and he will blab his secrets for the secret videotape. Yeah, this book is about that dumb. You may safely give it a pass. Unless you really enjoy that sort of thing.
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By elliot stamler - Published on
This is the third Bourne novel I've read and it does not measure up to The Righteous Men or Final Reckoning. Nonetheless Bourne is a talented writer who writes religious-themed thrillers that are infinitely better than the vastly overrated Dan Brown. Bourne has come up in THE LAST TESTAMENT with an absolutely fascinating idea-the discovery of Abraham's will which will maybe (or maybe not) bring peace (or war) to the Middle East. The problem is that he has gone overboard in the mystery department rather than dwell more on the political ramifications of this astounding find. The book is very well researched and you'll never complain about its pace-but it is overlong and easily could have been 1/3 shorter-and should have been. This is NOT a bad thriller by any means and if the subject matter intrigues you by all means read it, especially if the Arab-Israeli endless war is of great interest. But regrettably it has its deficiencies. The unnecessary length is due to Bourne spinning out "complications" of the mystery plot so frequently that the reader has a hard time keeping track. All in all I give it 3 stars--because I'm an easy grader.
Heart pounding April 1 2013
By ButterflySoul - Published on
Format: Paperback
Once I picked this book up and began to read the first couple of pages, I wasn't quite sure I was going to like it, but as it turns out, I couldn't put it down. I carried it with me everywhere I went so I could keep reading.

It's incredibly heart pounding, fast paced and grabs you with twists and turns in every chapter. The ending in particular was fantastic and took me by complete surprise.

Mr. Bourne did a wonderful job doing his research for this book as it is incredibly historically accurate. One of the things I got a kick out of, was the mentioning of SL (Second Life) as part of the hunt for the truth. I play this game so it was really cool to read.

Excellent read and I highly recommend for those who enjoy a good mystery that will have you at the edge of your seat. They should consider making this into a movie. :-)
A nail biter to the end! Aug. 9 2013
By Lou Bader - Published on
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This book had me spell bound from the very beginning. I had read it about 3 years ago and although I remembered how it ended, there was so much about the story that I had forgotten. I enjoyed it so much that I sent copies as gifts to friends. Sam Bourne is a master story teller. Since I have an interest in Hassidic Judaism only added to the intrigue and enjoyment. I highly recommend this book and 2 other book by Bourne. The Righteous Men & The Final Reckoning.
Amazing Feb. 23 2014
By Henno - Published on
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I say this every time, but again this was "testament" of this writer's ability to transport you to places you've never been before with such clarity that it feels like you've been there before.

I struggled to put this book down!

Great read for people who love Who-has-done-it stories

Highly recommend reading this book.

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