The Testament is a story about finding yourself on a quest that does not start out as your own, but one you have been unwittingly trained for since childhood, and one that your father had been part of until his rather violent death. This quest is one you find the details out for as you go along, trying to keep one step ahead of other parties that want a cache of documents that you, and others on your side, have been guarding for centuries.
It is a story of friendship, betrayal, smoke and mirrors, enemies that look like friends, and friends that are made to look like enemies - all with the goal to reach the end. Who will win in the end? It is up to the reader to find out in the book.
I found The Testament to be a great, fast-paced read and is the first Lustbader book I have read in years. This book made me remember why it is I liked Mr. Lustbader's works when reading them (quite) a few years ago. I enjoyed not only the pace and storyline, but the lovely blend of history, geography, and the contemporary settings. While very different in style from them, I would recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed reading either Steve Berry or Dan Brown.
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 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.
To find the Testament, Bravo, a medieval scholar and cryptanalyst, must follow the clues his father left behind. His companion in this quest is Jenny Logan, a woman he barely knows. 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...
Eric Van Lustbader is the author of numerous bestselling thrillers, including The Ninja and The Bourne Legacy. His books have been translated into over twenty languages.