The Testament: A Novel

Kobo ebook | March 16, 2010

byJohn Grisham

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In a plush Virginia office, a rich, angry old man is furiously rewriting his will. With his death just hours away, Troy Phelan wants to send a message to his children, his ex-wives, and his minions—a message that will touch off a vicious legal battle and transform dozens of lives. Because Troy Phelan’s new will names a sole surprise heir to his eleven-billion-dollar fortune: a mysterious woman named Rachel Lane, a missionary living deep in the jungles of Brazil.

Enter the lawyers. Nate O’Riley is fresh out of rehab, a disgraced corporate attorney handpicked for his last job: to find Rachel Lane at any cost. As Phelan’s family circles like vultures in D.C., Nate goes crashing through the Brazilian jungle, entering a world where money means nothing, where death is just one misstep away, and where a woman—pursued by enemies and friends alike—holds a stunning surprise of her own.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from John Grisham's Sycamore Row.

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIn a plush Virginia office, a rich, angry old man is furiously rewriting his will. With his death just hours away, Troy Phelan wants to send a message to his children, his ex-wives, and his minions—a message that will touch off a vicious legal battle and transform dozens of lives. Because Troy Phelan’s new w...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:March 16, 2010Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307576108

ISBN - 13:9780307576101

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Testament Ok read, took time to get into book and for some reason I coild not get fully into it. Although it was ok, it was not great,
Date published: 2015-02-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Testament John Grisham Excellent book! I enjoyed every minute of it and did not want it to end! Thank you John Grisham you are a Master at your craft!
Date published: 2014-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Testament Loved it. Couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2014-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Testament Excellent story as always by John Grisham
Date published: 2014-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a great book read this on a trip to asia-loved it-he had me going down the amazon river with him in this wonderful book.
Date published: 2012-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Summer Adventure! I am actually reading this book for a second time. This is one of my top 3 favourite Grisham books, along with The Partner , and The Broker. The international angle is terrific, and Grisham has developed a superb plot which jumps off to a flying start, literally. There is no shortage of great characters, which are often described with plenty of humour and contempt, where applicable. Part of the book seems to serve as a sort of public service announcement to describe the beautiful and fragile Pantanal region in South America, as well as its native tribes. This is a great adventure with interesting twists and turns. Very satisfying, perfect summer read on your deck with your favourite beverage, day or night.
Date published: 2010-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best So Far This is one of the most intriging books I have read. It took me all of two days to complete the spell binding story. I just couldn't put it down. There were several mini stories going on so it helped to keep it interesting. I would definitly tell all my friends about it. A great book.
Date published: 2000-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Excellent novel This is one of the best of John Grisham's novels. The story got off to an exciting start, there was a lot of interesting scheming going on between the family members and then taking sides that made the story dramatic. The end was a bit predictable, but it was still a good book. I would say that it rated on par with "The Partner".
Date published: 2000-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellant book ! This is the first novel I have read by Grisham and I was truly impressed. Usually court action does not thrill me, but this book provides easy reading, focusing both on the search for the heir in the remote swamps of Brazil and the actual 'discovery' procedings. I found I could not put the book down! The history of Brazil and the Indian culture was fasinating...a true peak into a world far apart from ours. A pleasure to read; kept my interest all the way though!
Date published: 2000-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hooked This was my first Grisham novel and I am hooked from the first chapter! Can't wait to start the next one.
Date published: 2000-05-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Is there a ranking with less than 1 star? Exceptionally poor effort by Grisham. A boring and unoriginal plot filled with repetition. It seemed like he had a page quota to fill but didn't have enough content. In some cases, he didn't even bother to change the wording of repeated sentences. I held out to the end in the hopes that it would redeem the book but alas it was an awful and unimaginative cop out. Given his latest releases, why should this even come as a surprise?
Date published: 2000-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Testament I was hooked after chapter one! This is one book I couldn't put down. I love the change of scenery from the other Grisham books. My imagination was piqued and now I find myself dreaming about travelling down the Pantanal with a guide like Jevy! Read this book! The comedic relief comes by way of the Phelan heirs and their greedy, gold-digging lawyers - all 22 of them! I don't know if Grisham can top this read, but I sure hope he tries!
Date published: 1999-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! A good Grisham. Finnaly his caracters have depth something I found lacking in his other novels. The jungle treck is wonderful and is a welcome change from the usual setting of Grisham's novels.
Date published: 1999-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Testament Eager to jump into a couple hundred pages of courtroom drama? Keep waiting. This time Grisham goes beyond the bench. Testament is more Heart Of Darkness than Rainmaker, and that makes it one of the best books he has written. Eccentric Troy Phelan takes a flying leap (literally), and his estranged children salivate over his fortune. Enter the illegitimate child, a missionary living in the swamp, and the recovering alcoholic lawyer sent to tell her that she is the sole heir. The half-naked natives, spoiled children and scheming lawyers that populate this story are a casting director's dream.
Date published: 1999-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Testament Grisham's latest effort is a wonderful recovery after the disappointing Street Lawyer. This time around, a wealthy business man dies leaving his billions to an illegitimate daughter his family knows nothing about. A legal battle for the money leads the man's lawyer deep into the jungles of South America in search of the mysterious heir - all the while battling his own demons. A few pages and you are hooked. Fans of his earlier work won't wait for the paperback.
Date published: 1999-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Testament An eccentric billionaire dies, and his greedy descendants are hoping to get their share of his $11-billion estate. But a strange twist in his last will and testament sends the typical down-and-out Grisham-style lawyer, Nate O'Riley, down to Brazil searching for the heiress. Although I've always loved Grisham's work, I find he is still having trouble writing the parts of female characters. A definite good read, nonetheless.
Date published: 1999-04-29