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The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth. . . . A teenage computer prodigy is mortally strangled in Mumbai. A far-right extremist is killed in a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest. A wealthy businessman is murdered in Thailand. A pimp in Brooklyn is found stabbed to death and mysteriously covered by a brown shroud. What connects th The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth. . . . A teenage computer prodigy is mortally strangled in Mumbai. A far-right extremist is killed in a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest. A wealthy businessman is murdered in Thailand. A pimp in Brooklyn is found stabbed to death and mysteriously covered by a brown shroud. What connects the victims is an ancient prophecy that leads to the end of the world, and it's up to Will Monroe, a fledgling reporter at the New York Times, to stop it. But Monroe's investigation quickly makes him some shadowy enemies, who kidnap his wife and hold her hostage in Crown Heights. Desperate to find the link between the killings and to save his wife, he enlists his college sweetheart, TC, an eccentric artist and Kabbalah expert. As the death toll rises, they follow a trail of clues that seems to lead inexorably to a set of ancient texts containing a prophecy that promises to save the world—or to destroy it. What will happen when the one secret that has kept the world safe for thousands of years is revealed to all? In The Righteous Men, a blistering thriller filled with mystery, romance, and suspense, Sam Bourne takes readers deep into the hidden worlds of fundamentalist religion, mysticism, and biblical prophecies. This is a visionary tale that is as frightening as it is entertaining. Readers won't stop turning the pages until the very end.


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The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth. . . . A teenage computer prodigy is mortally strangled in Mumbai. A far-right extremist is killed in a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest. A wealthy businessman is murdered in Thailand. A pimp in Brooklyn is found stabbed to death and mysteriously covered by a brown shroud. What connects th The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth. . . . A teenage computer prodigy is mortally strangled in Mumbai. A far-right extremist is killed in a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest. A wealthy businessman is murdered in Thailand. A pimp in Brooklyn is found stabbed to death and mysteriously covered by a brown shroud. What connects the victims is an ancient prophecy that leads to the end of the world, and it's up to Will Monroe, a fledgling reporter at the New York Times, to stop it. But Monroe's investigation quickly makes him some shadowy enemies, who kidnap his wife and hold her hostage in Crown Heights. Desperate to find the link between the killings and to save his wife, he enlists his college sweetheart, TC, an eccentric artist and Kabbalah expert. As the death toll rises, they follow a trail of clues that seems to lead inexorably to a set of ancient texts containing a prophecy that promises to save the world—or to destroy it. What will happen when the one secret that has kept the world safe for thousands of years is revealed to all? In The Righteous Men, a blistering thriller filled with mystery, romance, and suspense, Sam Bourne takes readers deep into the hidden worlds of fundamentalist religion, mysticism, and biblical prophecies. This is a visionary tale that is as frightening as it is entertaining. Readers won't stop turning the pages until the very end.

30 review for The Righteous Men

  1. 4 out of 5

    Pramod Nair

    ‘The Righteous Men’ was the first book from Sam Bourne that I have read and I have mixed feelings about the book. I bought ‘The Righteous Men’, ‘The Last Testament’ and ‘The Final Reckoning’ – all from the same author - together in 2008 while on a trip and read all three of them back-to-back as I had no other titles with me at the time. All these books are thrillers with political & religious angles and have a fair dose of ancient manuscripts, mysterious artifacts, historical enigma, secret ‘The Righteous Men’ was the first book from Sam Bourne that I have read and I have mixed feelings about the book. I bought ‘The Righteous Men’, ‘The Last Testament’ and ‘The Final Reckoning’ – all from the same author - together in 2008 while on a trip and read all three of them back-to-back as I had no other titles with me at the time. All these books are thrillers with political & religious angles and have a fair dose of ancient manuscripts, mysterious artifacts, historical enigma, secret societies and ancient brotherhoods sprinkled within them. The amount of research that has gone into each title is impressive; but when compared to some of the very best writers in the thriller business, Sam Bourne fails to connect much with the reader or captivate. In ‘The Righteous Men’ the plot revolves around the hero Will Monroe – a reporter for New York Times – who is probing about some unexplained killings spread across the globe soon gets threatened by followers of a menacing ancient cult and gets embroiled in a conspiracy of great magnitude with it’s mysteries buried deep into Jewish theology. The part where the author describes the history & practices of Hasidic Jewish community shows that the author has placed some effort into his research, but as a thriller the writer should have put in more efforts. My experiences with both ‘The Last Testament’ and ‘The Final Reckoning’ were also in the similar lines with the later being a bit more thrilling and captivating than his first two books. I have copies of the later novels from the author, ‘The Chosen One’ and ‘Pantheon’ shelved unopened in my library, but haven’t yet decided on whether to read them or not. I am not saying that his books are total duds, as his novels have all the ingredients necessary for a political/ religious/ historical thriller but his weak characterization and rather long winding narration doesn’t captivate the reader like a master thriller. The writing is not fluid and has its moments of failure and most of the characters including the lead protagonist are hollow and irritating at times. If you are looking for a passive read with a fair amount of action, mystery, adventure and glimpses of thrills, then you can go for Sam Bourne novels but as a true thriller you may find it a bit disappointing.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jonetta

    Will Monroe, a NY Times Metro reporter trying to prove himself, writes two seemingly unrelated stories that get prominent attention on the newspaper's front page and suddenly finds his world turned upside down. The first part of the story moved painfully slow, not because of the pace but due to the overwhelming amount of information that couldn't be connected to anything. I struggled to keep focused so it took me longer to finish. Without revealing details you should discover for yourself, Will' Will Monroe, a NY Times Metro reporter trying to prove himself, writes two seemingly unrelated stories that get prominent attention on the newspaper's front page and suddenly finds his world turned upside down. The first part of the story moved painfully slow, not because of the pace but due to the overwhelming amount of information that couldn't be connected to anything. I struggled to keep focused so it took me longer to finish. Without revealing details you should discover for yourself, Will's main reason for continuing to investigate is what kept me in the story because I had to know. I'm glad I stuck with it because when that crucial moment came where things started to make more sense, I finished the book in a day. In addition to a really complex mystery was the fascinating world of the Hasidic community, including the customs, practices and history of the Jewish faith. The ending had some jaw-dropping twists, one I suspected, others not so much. My initial issues were worth it in the end.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anuradha

    Mother and I have a fair few bookies (that's what we call our second hand book sellers, because we like thinking we're cool), and one of them sold us a second hand copy of this book at dirt cheap rates. I was 15 or something, and really into thrillers back then, so I thought it was a pretty lucrative deal. But I'd never heard of Sam Bourne before, so I didn't jump into the book with utmost enthusiasm. Turns out, he's not half bad. The mystery was pretty fast paced, and it had a serial killer (ki Mother and I have a fair few bookies (that's what we call our second hand book sellers, because we like thinking we're cool), and one of them sold us a second hand copy of this book at dirt cheap rates. I was 15 or something, and really into thrillers back then, so I thought it was a pretty lucrative deal. But I'd never heard of Sam Bourne before, so I didn't jump into the book with utmost enthusiasm. Turns out, he's not half bad. The mystery was pretty fast paced, and it had a serial killer (kinda) in it. I wasn't the biggest fan of William, but I liked the women; both his wife and his ex-girlfriend. The ending was predictable, but yeah, it was pretty damn good.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Will Byrnes

    This was real page turner. Will Monroe, Jr. is a twenty-something reporter with the New York Times who has stumbled onto something odd. Someone is killing righteous men all across the planet. While investigating this, Monroe encounters troubling forces in Brooklyn’s Hassidic community, and ultimately uncovers a plot based in obscure religious belief, effected by a surprising cast of villains. Oh yeah, his wife is kidnapped by the Hassids and he is pursued by the evil-doers. It is Da-Vinci-Code-f This was real page turner. Will Monroe, Jr. is a twenty-something reporter with the New York Times who has stumbled onto something odd. Someone is killing righteous men all across the planet. While investigating this, Monroe encounters troubling forces in Brooklyn’s Hassidic community, and ultimately uncovers a plot based in obscure religious belief, effected by a surprising cast of villains. Oh yeah, his wife is kidnapped by the Hassids and he is pursued by the evil-doers. It is Da-Vinci-Code-fun to read, one I was loath to put down. This is a top notch summer read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    LJ

    THE RIGHTEOUS MEN (Suspense-NYC-Cont) – Poor Bourne, Sam – 1st book HarperCollinsPublisher, 2006- UK Hardcover British born Will Monroe is a fledgling reporter with the New York Times. Murders are occurring around the world. The victims seem to be random until it is realized that each person performs deeds which define him as a righteous man. Will’s wife, Beth, is kidnapped and told not to call the police, they do not want money and that she will be released unharmed in a few days. Will’s search ta THE RIGHTEOUS MEN (Suspense-NYC-Cont) – Poor Bourne, Sam – 1st book HarperCollinsPublisher, 2006- UK Hardcover British born Will Monroe is a fledgling reporter with the New York Times. Murders are occurring around the world. The victims seem to be random until it is realized that each person performs deeds which define him as a righteous man. Will’s wife, Beth, is kidnapped and told not to call the police, they do not want money and that she will be released unharmed in a few days. Will’s search takes him to his father, two old friends, and into the Hassidic community of New York City. *** The legend behind this story is, apparently, real and I really wanted to like this book. The best thing I can say about this book is that it did keep me turning the pages, but I’m not certain why. Will was neither a particularly interesting or bright character. The strongest character in the book was his former girlfriend, TC. One major point in the book which prevented Will from being immediately murdered was painfully wrong; obviously the author did not know about medical procedures common for U.S. male babies as recent as the 1980s. Toward the end, I was really hoping the story was not taking the very predictable path it was; but it did. So I read it, I finished it, but don’t know that I’ll read another Mr. Bourne who is, in fact, England’s Guardian's political correspondent Jonathan Freedland. I’d have used a pseudonym, too, had I written this.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rik

    Having once had high hopes for this book after finding it for a bargain of £1 at a flea market, I finally finished the chore it had become. I don't like giving up on books so after a pretty slow start I convinced myself that Sam Bourne was just setting the scene and getting the wheels in motion - and then noticed I was halfway into the book and nothing had happened. While there's the hint of an interesting mystery or an intruiging twist always around the corner (just enough to make you keep goin Having once had high hopes for this book after finding it for a bargain of £1 at a flea market, I finally finished the chore it had become. I don't like giving up on books so after a pretty slow start I convinced myself that Sam Bourne was just setting the scene and getting the wheels in motion - and then noticed I was halfway into the book and nothing had happened. While there's the hint of an interesting mystery or an intruiging twist always around the corner (just enough to make you keep going in the hope it will be worth it), for the most part they felt forced and disappointing. The main character, Will, isn't likeable and the author seems to try to force Will's feelings and opinions onto the reader. Will has an unfounded hunch about a minor character you don't remember him meeting? no problem, just repeat it enough and the reader will accept it. None of characters seem to have any depth and they come and go without me noticing the difference. Perhaps worst of all, the book is patronising to the point of insulting, especially when there's a scene containing anything that seems like it could be technical, ethnic or specialist enough to confuse anyone. These parts of the book are so cliched that they made it a struggle to continue. I finally finished it and have packed it up ready to drop off at a charity shop. A promising idea, let down on so many levels.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    Pretty much like reading a Dan Brown book -- somehow the whole style could almost have been his. Mum said she thought Sam Bourne was better: I'm not sure, maybe a little. It's enjoyable enough as light reading, a page-turner, a pot-boiler, whatever. The sense of urgency was a bit difficult -- for some people in the story, it was the end of the world; for the sceptical reader, and for the main character, it was "just" one woman and her unborn child. A bit lacking, maybe, given that the focus on m Pretty much like reading a Dan Brown book -- somehow the whole style could almost have been his. Mum said she thought Sam Bourne was better: I'm not sure, maybe a little. It's enjoyable enough as light reading, a page-turner, a pot-boiler, whatever. The sense of urgency was a bit difficult -- for some people in the story, it was the end of the world; for the sceptical reader, and for the main character, it was "just" one woman and her unborn child. A bit lacking, maybe, given that the focus on mystery meant I wasn't very invested in the characters. The background is, of course, some kind of cult. They emerge quite late in the day, really, and I'm not sure I really kept up with all that was happening. Of course, you can partially blame the huge amounts of information for that. By about halfway through I was letting a lot of it breeze past me... The writing is okay, perhaps a bit better than Dan Brown's (I refer you, as I have done before, to this article: Dan Brown's writing is, in summary, shockingly bad), though some lines just made me wince. E.g. "Will turned his face into a question mark." I get what it means, but it's such a ridiculous image... Involving enough, anyway, but nothing really special.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    A mind-blowing debut novel by Bourne that had me very interested in the plot, theme, and characters The Righteous Men is surely worth the time and effort. While I am not one for religious themed books, this one left the traditional "love your neighbour as Jesus would" type and actually used the idea of orthodoxy amid both Jews and Christians to really open the reader's eyes to what is out there. I had no idea about replacement theology, nor was I familiar with the 35 righteous men, but now I can A mind-blowing debut novel by Bourne that had me very interested in the plot, theme, and characters The Righteous Men is surely worth the time and effort. While I am not one for religious themed books, this one left the traditional "love your neighbour as Jesus would" type and actually used the idea of orthodoxy amid both Jews and Christians to really open the reader's eyes to what is out there. I had no idea about replacement theology, nor was I familiar with the 35 righteous men, but now I can say my appetite is whetted for more. Bourne uses some interesting plot development to really draw the reader into the tale from the beginning. What seems like a murder on the surface ends up being part of a massive ball of yarn that unravels as the chapters move along. Bourne introduces not only the religious angle, but portrays the story as a murder mystery, thriller, code-breaker thriller, and religious iconographic themed book. He weaves development of the characters, a strong understanding of Orthodox Judaism, and the intricate details of biblical verse, both Old and New Testament. I could not get through it fast enough to find out what was going on. While he is not a series writing, I will certainly come back to see what Bourne offers. I am told DaVinci Code-ish books with biblical undertones are to be expected. I welcome the mysticism.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bettie☯

    Scene setting: Manhattan - Cathedral - Handel's Messiah One of these religious thrillers which now and again can be good enough to get the popcorn out. Ubiquitous to the genre, there were many acrostics and codes; each individual one repeated ad nauseum. Overall though, a solid 2*. 2* The Righteous Men TR The Last Testament TR The Final Reckoning 2* The Overlook

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rajan

    Called next Dan Brown. Well not exactly. Average book. Not impressed.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Its amazing what you will do when waiting for trains that are delayed - (Had to travel for work and after numerous and annoying train delays I ended up picking up something to read) Well I have seen enough of Sam Bourne books about to recognise the title and author and thought why not. I must admit its a well written book with a fair share of grisley crime and mystery and suspense - its tricky to comment about a book that really is building towards a huge big reveal - (and forgive the comparisons Its amazing what you will do when waiting for trains that are delayed - (Had to travel for work and after numerous and annoying train delays I ended up picking up something to read) Well I have seen enough of Sam Bourne books about to recognise the title and author and thought why not. I must admit its a well written book with a fair share of grisley crime and mystery and suspense - its tricky to comment about a book that really is building towards a huge big reveal - (and forgive the comparisons but like Dan Brown books once you know what the punchline is - you never need to read it again) - but I will try. The book really has two stories in it - the one the character is trying to uncover and the other is a story the author wants to reveal to us. Now again without giving anything away what the author is posing - is an idea linked to Jewish Folklore, while the character is trying to understand these supposedly unconnected murders. The result is an interesting read and certainly one that helped pass the time and make me forget how cold train stations really are. I would not list this as one of my all time favourites but I certainly did enjoy it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Maria Carmo

    An enticing book. Loved the deep knowledge about Hebrew mysticism and the explanation about pekuah nefesh and the tzadikim... Is it ethical to do something wrong, if that is done to save the world? Does the world survival depend on the lives of 36 hidden just men? And, if not Brooklyn's Hasidim, then who is stalking these virtuous men all over the world to provoke the end of times? A thriller with a frantic pace and well depicted characters and backgrounds... Absolutely recommend! Maria Carmo, Lisb An enticing book. Loved the deep knowledge about Hebrew mysticism and the explanation about pekuah nefesh and the tzadikim... Is it ethical to do something wrong, if that is done to save the world? Does the world survival depend on the lives of 36 hidden just men? And, if not Brooklyn's Hasidim, then who is stalking these virtuous men all over the world to provoke the end of times? A thriller with a frantic pace and well depicted characters and backgrounds... Absolutely recommend! Maria Carmo, Lisbon, 29 April 2016.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    It's hard to me to say this about a book but I really really didn't like it. Predictable from start to end...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017: "Un libro por un autor que use un seudónimo." ¿Existe la opción de poner 0 estrellas? No sé si fue por el tema que aborda (la religión judía) o si de verdad fue un pésimo libro pero no me identifiqué en nada con él. Pensé que por lo menos iba a tener una trama interesante que lo hiciera pasable pero jamás encontré el misterio o la emoción que se buscaba transmitir. Lo terminé únicamente por la cuestión de que no me siento cómoda abandonado libros. De ahí en adelant Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017: "Un libro por un autor que use un seudónimo." ¿Existe la opción de poner 0 estrellas? No sé si fue por el tema que aborda (la religión judía) o si de verdad fue un pésimo libro pero no me identifiqué en nada con él. Pensé que por lo menos iba a tener una trama interesante que lo hiciera pasable pero jamás encontré el misterio o la emoción que se buscaba transmitir. Lo terminé únicamente por la cuestión de que no me siento cómoda abandonado libros. De ahí en adelante, fue una tortura leerlo.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tonya Lucas

    Very difficult 1st 1/2 half to follow, however the 2nd 1/2 picked up. Very intense with many scriptural connotations, however this book left me knowing that there are no Righteous Men in this world who can change the coming of Christ. God has a plan and he will follow it through, we mortals on earth can’t alter that, even though some think they are apostles to God.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Boris Feldman

    4+. The Rebbe, lamed-vavniks, and a murder mystery, all rolled into one. Like combining the Book of Job and The Crying of Lot 49.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Antonio

    3.75

  18. 5 out of 5

    John

    The back cover of this book contains a review extract from Esquire claiming that The Righteous Men is even more readable than Dan Brown. This is not exactly the highest of hurdles and, even though Bourne -- in reality UK columnist Jonathan Freedland -- manages to clear it, his trailing foot sets the crossbar aquiver. Newbie New York Times journo Will Monroe seeks to impress his bosses, and does so as he unearths the stories behind two seemingly unrelated murders on opposite sides of the country, The back cover of this book contains a review extract from Esquire claiming that The Righteous Men is even more readable than Dan Brown. This is not exactly the highest of hurdles and, even though Bourne -- in reality UK columnist Jonathan Freedland -- manages to clear it, his trailing foot sets the crossbar aquiver. Newbie New York Times journo Will Monroe seeks to impress his bosses, and does so as he unearths the stories behind two seemingly unrelated murders on opposite sides of the country, discovering that both victims, one a pimp and the other a redneck survivalist, had secretly perpetrated acts of extraordinary kindness: they were "righteous men". Promptly Will's wife Beth is abducted. With the help of an old hacker friend and Beth's predecessor, the sexy TC, Will discovers Beth's been taken by a Brooklyn cult of Ultraorthodox Jews. But are they the bad guys? Or are they trying to save the world? -- because there's a tradition that at any one time there are 36 righteous men in the world, and if someone should knock 'em all off it'll be The End. And someone is indeed doing the requisite knocking off . . . There's lots of Kabbalistic thrashing around, successions of pointlessly puerile riddles in the Dan Brown vein for Will and TC to solve, plenty of items for Thog's Masterclass, wooden characterization, dire visualization (how do you tell, at a distance and in dim street lighting, that someone has blue eyes?) and much more. In a couple of instances there are silly little continuity errors, as if the printed text was assembled from several different drafts and no one troubled to check the joins. Every now and then there's a nice touch, as when Will, despite his anxiety over Beth, has guilty little flashbacks to some of the things he and TC used to get up to, back in the day; but most of this is pretty drab.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Had potential...blew it. The unraveling of the clues were rushed sometimes, leaving me feeling like I was missing something. Kind of uncomfortable during the christian bashing. But really all of that I could have just ignored but for Will's relationship with TC. His wife goes missing and his brilliant friend suggests to someone to help him find her...his nympho ex girlfriend. Totally logical. He didn't know she was from the Hasidic community. From what I could determine her only qualifications w Had potential...blew it. The unraveling of the clues were rushed sometimes, leaving me feeling like I was missing something. Kind of uncomfortable during the christian bashing. But really all of that I could have just ignored but for Will's relationship with TC. His wife goes missing and his brilliant friend suggests to someone to help him find her...his nympho ex girlfriend. Totally logical. He didn't know she was from the Hasidic community. From what I could determine her only qualifications were that she was 'hot'. So first his friend Tom is helping him. His MALE freind Tom who adores his missing wife and would die for her (and nearly did) was helping him at first. Then he inexplicably disappears and this FEMALE who hates his wife and is apparently still hung up on him is who he feels would be a better canidate to help? Only a conclusion a man would make. His wife Beth was missing for what, a couple days. During which time Will kisses TC a handful of times, regulary checks out her body, and fanatsizes about their past. He even admits that he's had lengthy day dreams about her throughout his marriage. How is this okay? It's only when he reunites with beth that he realizes- oh wow I really did miss her. And in the end...just a happy little group of friends? Maybe this book should be shelved as fanatasy because there is no way that Beth would not pick up on the sexual tension or be okay with hanging out with her if Will was honorable and told her about the kiss. Not sure how Will can raise a 'righteous man'.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michiyo 'jia' Fujiwara

    Waahhh...seru banget..tegang terus..thriller..suspense..mistisisme dan bercampur melalui sisi gelap agama..seperti yang dibilang Jeffery Deaver. Setiap hari ada pembunuhan diseluruh penjuru dunia..pertanyaannya; apakah pembunuhan itu terjadi saling terkait satu sama lainnya?? jawabannya; bisa saja..ada dua pembunuhan di Amerika Serikat; satu di New York dan lainnya di pedalaman Montana..pembunuhan lainnya terjadi di India..trus ada lagi pembunuhan di Cape Town, Afrika Selatan.. Will Monroe, jurna Waahhh...seru banget..tegang terus..thriller..suspense..mistisisme dan bercampur melalui sisi gelap agama..seperti yang dibilang Jeffery Deaver. Setiap hari ada pembunuhan diseluruh penjuru dunia..pertanyaannya; apakah pembunuhan itu terjadi saling terkait satu sama lainnya?? jawabannya; bisa saja..ada dua pembunuhan di Amerika Serikat; satu di New York dan lainnya di pedalaman Montana..pembunuhan lainnya terjadi di India..trus ada lagi pembunuhan di Cape Town, Afrika Selatan.. Will Monroe, jurnalis The New York Times, awalnya pun tak menduga bahwa pembunuhan yang terjadi diatas ini..saling terkait satu sama lain..sampai penculikkan yang terjadi pada istrinya..akhirnya barulah ia percaya..satu-persatu petunjuk datang kepadanya melalui kode-kode yang harus ia pecahkan.. ini seperti gabungan petualangan ala novel Jeffrey Deaver dan Dan Brown.. Diakhir cerita terungkap sebuah sekte rahasia yang ada dibalik semua peristiwa ini.. #Kali kedua baca novel ini..

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gaz

    All those Dan Brown comparisons almost put me off reading this. Fortunately, this isn't another bad Da Vinci Code rip off, although there are similarities in the style of writing and some of the themes on display. This is a solid work of fiction with interesting and vivid characters. There are more than a few gripping moments and I admit to being sucked into the world of Will Monroe and Jewish folklore quite easily. The ending wasn't quite as satisfying as I'd hoped with some less than surprisin All those Dan Brown comparisons almost put me off reading this. Fortunately, this isn't another bad Da Vinci Code rip off, although there are similarities in the style of writing and some of the themes on display. This is a solid work of fiction with interesting and vivid characters. There are more than a few gripping moments and I admit to being sucked into the world of Will Monroe and Jewish folklore quite easily. The ending wasn't quite as satisfying as I'd hoped with some less than surprising revelations involving Will's immediate family. It's certainly not the greatest read of all time, but I enjoyed it a whole lot more than I expected! Give it a go. There's more enjoyment on offer here than disappointment.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chrissi

    This book is always going to be compared to Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. I actually found Bourne's book easier to read and rather gripping. There are similarities in the writing style and some of the themes but I feel this book has more moments that grip you. I got sucked into the character of Will Monroe and wanted to find out what had happened to Beth. The sections on Jewish folklore were also interesting and they were written in a way that was easy to read. I think people should ignore the This book is always going to be compared to Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. I actually found Bourne's book easier to read and rather gripping. There are similarities in the writing style and some of the themes but I feel this book has more moments that grip you. I got sucked into the character of Will Monroe and wanted to find out what had happened to Beth. The sections on Jewish folklore were also interesting and they were written in a way that was easy to read. I think people should ignore the comparisons to The Da Vinci Code and give Sam Bourne's book a chance. It's not the best read ever, but it's interesting, gripping in parts and an easy, addictive read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ella

    The story of an entirely self involved ambitious young journalist with daddy issues and a hot wife whose career he earnestly tries to support but mentally undermines. I got 150 pages into it looking for any sign of self-awareness by the author before it took a turn to the weirdly, wildly anti-Semitic. MC's hot wife gets kidnapped by someone using an Internet cafe in a Hasidic neighbourhood and the immediate conclusion is that they're all in on it, led by the big-brother-like rabbi. I quit after The story of an entirely self involved ambitious young journalist with daddy issues and a hot wife whose career he earnestly tries to support but mentally undermines. I got 150 pages into it looking for any sign of self-awareness by the author before it took a turn to the weirdly, wildly anti-Semitic. MC's hot wife gets kidnapped by someone using an Internet cafe in a Hasidic neighbourhood and the immediate conclusion is that they're all in on it, led by the big-brother-like rabbi. I quit after the 4th or 5th "these people" and condescending, othering description of kosher, or the Hasidic outfits, or the Hebrew script.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Kurzawski

    This went on way too long and had far too many twists and turns. When Will Monroe's wife goes missing he starts looking for her, but he quickly discovers who kidnapped her and ends up going on a wild goose chase, willingly I might add, for the very people who kidnapped his wife and still have her in captivity. Sound far fetched? Absolutely ridiculous plot and I found myself skimming a lot because I quickly figured out the ending simply by deducing that the cast of extras that kept being dragged This went on way too long and had far too many twists and turns. When Will Monroe's wife goes missing he starts looking for her, but he quickly discovers who kidnapped her and ends up going on a wild goose chase, willingly I might add, for the very people who kidnapped his wife and still have her in captivity. Sound far fetched? Absolutely ridiculous plot and I found myself skimming a lot because I quickly figured out the ending simply by deducing that the cast of extras that kept being dragged into the story, who all just happened to be Yale alumni, must be important. Skip this one.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Doug Matthews

    This story grabbed me enough to persevere through it. Like others, I found the beginning a little slow but I did like the short chapters and the way Bourne kept the pace going. The concept of the ancient Jewish writings and beliefs held me for the duration and the blending/meeting of Jewish and "looney" Christian beliefs in the end was a good twist. Unfortunately, I had figured out about 3/4 of the way through what the ending was going to be - or at least close to what it was. An excellent start This story grabbed me enough to persevere through it. Like others, I found the beginning a little slow but I did like the short chapters and the way Bourne kept the pace going. The concept of the ancient Jewish writings and beliefs held me for the duration and the blending/meeting of Jewish and "looney" Christian beliefs in the end was a good twist. Unfortunately, I had figured out about 3/4 of the way through what the ending was going to be - or at least close to what it was. An excellent start for the author.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jonny

    This book tries so hard to be the The Da Vinci Code, and fails at every step. About a man trying to find out why good people worldwide are dying, it's packed full of clichés and uninteresting quasi-facts, all whilst weaving through a dull and implausible plot focused on religion, in the same vain as The Da Vinci Code yet with considerably less style - not to mention that is has the most ridiculous ending you could possibly imagine. Not worth reading unless you really have nothing better.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Carlos

    Conspiracy theories have been done to exhaustion, I should know. My next novel is plotted around a secret society. Yet Bourne's choice of an Hassidim Jews society is genial, and difficult to write. Men, singled out as good men, are being assasinated all over the world, and there's a link. The atmosphere is breathtaking. Sam is a superb writer. Now I'll carry on reading.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Cheesy, unconvincing. One of the dozen or so books that jumped to Dan Brown bandwagon after Da Vinci Code proved that religiously themed thrillers can sell well. Decent enough to finish, but this would be one of those books that sounds absolutely horrible if you recount what happens in it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Raquel

    Tinha tudo para me agradar, mas ficou algo aquém. Isto de uma pessoa não concordar com as opções do autor tem muito que se lhe diga. Mas tem um final que não é esperado, e isso conta para alguma coisa num policial.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Beth (bibliobeth)

    Think this book will always get compared to Dan Brown because of the subject type but didn't think it was terrible like some of the other reviews! Interesting story and easy to read although a bit hard to believe in some points.

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