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The Testament

Eric Van Lustbader

Tor Books

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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On an exceptionally hot and humid July fourth, Dexter Shaw turned a corner and all at once found himself back in the tense days and edgy nights of his youth. Perhaps it was the sight of the nubile young woman in her sleeveless halter top or the drugged-out young man sitting in the hot shade of a white-brick building, a somnolent dog at his side, a cardboard sign between his knobby, scabbed knees, scrawled with the message, "Please Help. Lost Everything."
 
On the other hand, perhaps it was something else altogether. Confronting the crowds milling through Union Square Park,
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    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Eric Van Lustbader's thriller novel The Testament. 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.

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"Eric Van Lustbader proves again that he is the master of the smart thriller. In The Testament, Lustbader takes on the oldest, newest, and biggest issue the world faces today--religious extremism--and he does it with skill, insight, and energy. A terrific read, well written, well researched, and well worth your time."--Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author of Wild Fire
 
"Like Robert Ludlum, Lustbader is at his best when he is created a twisted web of intrigue, violence, double cross, and his own brand of oriental esotericism. . . . He proves himself a master storyteller."--Publishers Weekly on The Testament
 
"The Testament is a riveting tale of secret sects, religious miracles, and medieval history that blends seamlessly with today's political issues. Paced like 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
 
"One of the great thriller authors--the writer who gave us The Ninja--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 Killer Instinct on The Testament
 
"Sensational . . . ancient intrigue and modern action prove that the future of the thriller lies in the past."--Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author of The Hard Way on The Testament

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  • Eric Van Lustbader

  • Eric Van Lustbader is the author of numerous New York Times bestselling thrillers and fantasy novels, including Last Snow, First Daughter, Blood Trust, The Ninja and The Pearl series. Lustbader was chosen by Robert Ludlum’s estate to continue the Jason Bourne series, and his Jason Bourne novels include The Bourne Legacy and The Bourne Betrayal. Born and raised in Greenwich Village in New York City, Lustbader worked in the New York public school system and in the music business before turning to writing full-time. He lives in Manhattan and on the South Fork of Long Island with his wife, Victoria, who is also an accomplished author.
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