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The Testament

The Testament

The Testament Series (Volume 1)

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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Praise for The Testament

“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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About the author

Eric Van Lustbader

ERIC VAN LUSTBADER is the author of many New York Times bestselling thrillers, including First Daughter, Last Snow, and Blood Trust. Lustbader was chosen by Robert Ludlum's estate to continue the Jason Bourne series, and his Bourne novels include The Bourne Legacy (also a 2012 film) and The Bourne Betrayal. He and his wife live on the South Fork of Long Island.

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