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  • Paperback: 438 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (27 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007342608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007342600
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sam Bourne is the pseudonym of Jonathan Freedland, an award-winning journalist and broadcaster. He has written a weekly column for the Guardian since 1997, having previously served as the paper's Washington correspondent.

In the annual What the Papers Say Awards of 2002 Jonathan Freedland was named Columnist of the Year. His first novel, 'The Righteous Men,' was a Richard and Judy Summer Read and a Number 1 bestseller. His next two novels, 'The Last Testament' and 'The Final Reckoning' were both top ten bestsellers. He lives in London with his wife and their two children.

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Praise for Sam Bourne: 'The biggest challenger to Dan Brown's crown a highly charged, theologically accurate tale' Mirror

'Compulsive reading, successfully blends ancient teachings with the highly charged ways of the 21st century bears all the hallmarks of a blockbuster' Daily Express

'The best thriller I've read in years' Piers Morgan

'More readable than The Da Vinci Code -- the sense of menace is darker and the characters more believable' Esquire

'Sharper and vastly more authoritative than Dan Brown' Telegraph

'A gripping read' Guardian

'Immensely diverting, a pacy read, constructed with a crisp control of tension and narrative drive' Observer

About the Author

Sam Bourne is the pseudonym of Jonathan Freedland, an award-winning journalist and broadcaster. He has written a weekly column for the Guardian since 1997, having previously served as the paper's Washington correspondent. He has covered five US presidential elections, including Barack Obama’s campaign in 2008.

In the annual What the Papers Say Awards of 2002 Jonathan Freedland was named Columnist of the Year, and in 2008 he won the David Watt Prize for Journalism. His first novel, The Righteous Men, was a Richard and Judy Summer Read and a Number 1 bestseller. His next two novels, The Last Testament and The Final Reckoning were both top five bestsellers. He lives in London with his wife and their two children.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By EllyBlue TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Jun. 2010
Format: Paperback
I've read Sam Bourne's previous three novels, and looked forward to reading this one. Like The Last Testament, it features feisty negotiator and peace broker Maggie Costello, now ensconced in the White House, working for newly elected democratic president Stephen Baker. A damaging allegation about Baker emerges, with the promise of more to come, and Baker asks Maggie (suddenly removed from her desk job for an indiscrete email) to find out what is going on. Maggie embarks on a frantic few days, travelling around the USA, and brushing with death to find out what the big underlying conspiracy which threatens Baker's political future actually is.
The problem with this book though is that it just isn't all that exciting and the big conspiracy isn't actually that shocking or surprising. Bourne's earlier works have had more of an historical/religious basis for their stories which has given them a bit more depth, but this is lacking here. Maggie Costello is an engaging enough heroine, and there is a bit of moderately interesting stuff about the dark side of the internet, but ultimately I found this rather disappointing. Based on Bourne's previous books, I had been expecting rather more.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chris on 30 Jun. 2010
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To anyone thinking of buying this book don't be put off by some of the more negative reviews. I think they're being unfairly harsh. It's the first Sam Bourne book I've read since The Righteous Men and think it's even better than the first. The story is more involved, the characters are more developed - especially Maggie Costello, who is strong and believable, qualities that other authors forget to get right, and it's really exciting! As a reader you completely buy in to the difficult situations she finds herself in, and I was turning pages to find out what happens next. He portrays a very convincing world full of secret agencies and powerful conspiracies. You have to wonder how close it is to the truth!

This is a really fast-paced and exciting thriller that sweeps you along, thanks to short chapters that tease you into the next. Like someone else said it's a real read it one go type of book. I took it on holiday and found it to be a perfect way of losing hours on the beach. For anyone looking to satisfy their Dan Brown fix, but with a better told story, I could not recommend this highly enough!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Cornell on 4 Jun. 2010
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I bought this book to read on a lengthy train journey and it certainly helped me alleviate the boredom

I have read all of Sam Bourne's other books and thoroughly enjoyed them. This is slightly different as it does not have the religious elements to the plots that the others did. This is a political/murder mystery book.

The books starts with the murder of a man and then it jumps back 36 hours or so to tell you what happened before he died. The main character is a White House staffer who knew the President from the start of his campaign in the middle of nowhere. She spends the boom racing around the USA trying to find out who the man was and why he was blackmailing the President.

My main problem with the plot is that the White House staffer seems to investigate the man's death much more than the police did and there is no mention of the FBI. She discovers a huge clue to the reason for his death which if the police did a half decent job they would have found as well. That said the characters are well created and you get caught up in what's going on.

If you can overlook this the book is a fantastic page turner. As soon as you finish one chapter you want to start the next. This will never win any literary prizes but if you are just looking for an exciting book, I am sure you will enjoy this
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I like Sam Bourne I think his books are very interesting. I love the righteous men his first book- the last testament is ok has an interesting story and lastly the final reckoning all 3 are great little thrillers with religion at the centre of the plot.
However the chosen one has got to be one of the worst so far. It has got elements their from the last 3 books but it is all very wordy and at 430 pages should not be but then again that may be down to my reading style. I did not get invested in the character's I found nearly all of them bland. Maggie Costello got on my nerves all the way though.......really she is a political advisor to the president. I am sorry but the storyline was too far fetich it makes 24 look like it set in the real world and it didn't grip me like homeland does.
And where is the FBI. I would of had Maggie team up with an FBI agent / love interest to help her track down the Vic Forbes problem, and maybe she wouldn't act like an idiot for 1/2 the novel. Also the bad guys were forgettable. Vic Forbes does not even last 2 pages before he is killed off and he is the main threat. The other villains just follow the main character trying to kill her and i did not find them very intresting.I think overall it had the potential to be a great little thiller if it had more action, a greater threat to the president than the one Maggie was trying to find. And way better villains.
But from overall reviews some people like it more than I. I hope Mr Bourne improves on his next book otherwise he as lost one of his fans.
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