Book Reviews of The Testament

The Testament
The Testament
Author: John Grisham
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ISBN-13: 9780385493802
ISBN-10: 0385493800
Publication Date: 2/2/1999
Pages: 448
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 343 ratings
Publisher: Doubleday
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 3
This is my favorite Grisham novel to date! Very similar to his other books, a story line of legalities, but it takes you where Grisham has never led you! Just when you think he is predictable, you'll find yourself on a journey you never thought you'd be on! I HIGHLY recommend this book to all Grisham fans!!!
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Helpful Score: 1
Grisham's The Testament follows ugly family battle over fortune
A billionaire leaves his fortune to an illegitimate daughter rather than to the assorted legit progeny by three wives.
The executor is sent to South America to find the new heiress, who is believed to be working as a missionary in Brazil. (aside: nice work if you can get it)
Meanwhile the late billionaire's adoring family is disputing the terms of the will, arguing that in spite of examination by three psychiatrists, he was not sane at the time he wrote it. They do not wish to actually go to court to contest it, however, which would force them to put questionable evidence and witnesses on the stand.
The relatives settle for a measly fifty million apiece. Meanwhile the self-sacrificing heiress wants nothing to do with the money. She does leave a will, though . . . .
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Helpful Score: 1
This is my favorite Grisham book to date. I rarely ever read a book twice, but with this one I did. Just a great story of different families, dynamics, struggles and at the end, what really is important in life, the legacy you leave behind.
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Helpful Score: 1
Grisham interweaves law, religion and hope into this text. It still has some legal stuff and suspense - it is unlike his other books where there is a 'bad guy.' It is a book that makes you look at money and what it does to families, and how it shapes the people it comes into contact with.

It's a great illustration of struggle, greed, hope, and the human spirit.
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Grisham does it again ...
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From Amazon.com:
Troy Phelan, a 78-year-old eccentric and the 10th-richest man in America, is about to read his last will and testament, divvying up an estate worth $11 billion. Phelan's three ex-wives, their grasping spawn, a legion of lawyers, several psychiatrists, and a plethora of sound technicians wait breathlessly, all eyes glued to digital monitors as they watch the old man read his verdict. But Phelan shocks everyone with a bizarre, last-gasp attempt to redistribute the spoils, setting in motion a legal morality tale of a contested will, sin, and redemption.

Our hero, Nate O'Riley--a washed-up, alcoholic litigator with two ruined marriages in his wake and the IRS on his tail--is dispatched to the Brazilian wetlands in search of a mysterious heir named in the will. After a harrowing trip upriver to a remote settlement in the Pantanal, he encounters Rachel Lane, a pure-hearted missionary living with an indigenous tribe and carrying out "God's work." Rachel's grave dedication and kindness impress the jaded lawyer, so much that a nasty bout of dengue fever leads him to a vision that could change his life.

Back in the States, the legal proceedings drag on and Grisham has a high time with Phelan's money-hungry descendents, a regrettable bunch who squandered millions, married strippers, got druggy, and befriended the Mob. The youngest son, Ramble, is a multi-pierced, tattoo-covered malcontent with big dreams for his rock band, the Demon Monkeys. Will Nate get straight with Rachel's aid? Do the greedy heirs get theirs? What's the real legacy of a lifetime's work? The Testament is classic Grisham: a down-and-out lawyer, a lot of money, an action-packed pursuit, and the highest issues at stake. It's not just about great characters; it's about the question of what character is.
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LOVED this book!
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This was my first Grisham book. I enjoyed it very much. It was complex and yet simple. It is a quick read that keeps you turning the pages. The characters are interesting and likeable. I will definitely read another Grisham book after this.
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John Grisham will keep you turning the page. Very good story about a high price lawyer who lived too hard, too fast and for too long.
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One twist after another...keeps you reading - couldn't wait to get to the ending.
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another great by Grisham...this book brings together a self-made billionaire, a Washington lawyer, and a young woman devoted to God...lots of adventure
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Real page turner.
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Great book.
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if you like grisham you will love it!
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Excellent book! Takes you into the dark life of an alcoholic and how it impacts so many parts of your life. It's so realistic, makes you wonder if Grisham knows about it first hand! I was also really impressed with the underlying Christian principles in some parts and how Grisham used that to show the power of trusting in God's grace and forgiveness. Most authors just lapse into the usual internal all-the-strength-you-need-is-inside-you approach that is parroted by modern humanist counselors (which is absolutely useless). Please forgive the rant, but read the book, you will love it.
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This was my first John Grisham book, and it was so much better than I expected! I didn't think I'd like it, but I ended up really enjoying it. Very well-written and suspensful.
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Very good, typical John Grisham, but I think this was one of his best. I couldn't put it down.
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This was a very interesting book by Grisham! I would recommend it.
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I enjoyed this book i read it twice
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I just read this one - I really liked it!! It made me want to know what was going to happen next - and the ending wasn't what I expected.
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Troy Phelan, a 78-year-old eccentric and the 10th-richest man in America, is about to read his last will and testament, divvying up an estate worth $11 billion. Phelan's three ex-wives, their grasping spawn, a legion of lawyers, several psychiatrists, and a plethora of sound technicians wait breathlessly, all eyes glued to digital monitors as they watch the old man read his verdict. But Phelan shocks everyone with a bizarre, last-gasp attempt to redistribute the spoils, setting in motion a legal morality tale of a contested will, sin, and redemption.

Our hero, Nate O'Riley--a washed-up, alcoholic litigator with two ruined marriages in his wake and the IRS on his tail--is dispatched to the Brazilian wetlands in search of a mysterious heir named in the will. After a harrowing trip upriver to a remote settlement in the Pantanal, he encounters Rachel Lane, a pure-hearted missionary living with an indigenous tribe and carrying out "God's work." Rachel's grave dedication and kindness impress the jaded lawyer, so much that a nasty bout of dengue fever leads him to a vision that could change his life.

Back in the States, the legal proceedings drag on and Grisham has a high time with Phelan's money-hungry descendents, a regrettable bunch who squandered millions, married strippers, got druggy, and befriended the Mob. The youngest son, Ramble, is a multi-pierced, tattoo-covered malcontent with big dreams for his rock band, the Demon Monkeys. Will Nate get straight with Rachel's aid? Do the greedy heirs get theirs? What's the real legacy of a lifetime's work? The Testament is classic Grisham: a down-and-out lawyer, a lot of money, an action-packed pursuit, and the highest issues at stake. It's not just about great characters; it's about the question of what character is.
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Another Grisham classic.
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a good read, recommend it! Some good twists and turns.
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I'm not quite sure if I liked this book or not. The storyline was pretty boring and the end is very disappointing. This is not even close to being one of Grisham's good books.
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good book