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Braverman Shaw, "Bravo" to his friends, always knew his father had secrets. But not until his mysterious death 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 800 years, the Order has preserved an ancient cache of documents, including a long-lost Testament attributed to Christ that could shake Christianity to its foundation. As its latest keeper, Bravo, an accomplished medieval scholar and cryptanalyst, must follow the esoteric clues his father left behind while outsmarting the Knights of St. Clement, a secret society sponsored by the Papacy that has been after the Testament since the Crusades. Bravo has become both a target and a pawn in an ongoing war far larger and more deadly than any he could have imagined. From New York City to Washington, D.C., Paris, Venice, and beyond, the race is on for the quintessential prize...the Testament.
©2006 Eric Van Lustbader (P)2006 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"Lustbader can leave the reader exhilarated." (Chicago Tribune) "Eric Van Lustbader is an author who gets better with every book." (Associated Press) "Like Robert Ludlum, Lustbader is at his best when he is creating a twisted web of intrigue, violence, double cross, and his own brand of oriental esotericism...a master storyteller." (Publishers Weekly) "Eric Van Lustbader proves again that he is the master of the smart thriller." (Nelson DeMille)
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By Peggy on 09-19-06

We need the unabridged version

Good book, excellent action.....however, this is one book that should not have been abridged...it makes the action a little hard to follow. I've requested the book from the library.

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By sjpratt3 on 12-17-07

Keep 'Em Coming

Eric Van Lustbader has done well in picking up Robert Ludlum's Bourne series--the only reason I purchased this book. He has been added to my list of favorites authors. I look forward to his next book.

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