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The Lost Testament [Kindle Edition]

James Becker
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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FROM THE PUBLISHERS THAT BROUGHT YOU DAN BROWN

For thousands of years we guarded it. But now it has been found. This could be the end – for us; for our organisation; for the world. You must destroy it, and those who have taken it.

An ancient object is discovered in a Cairo souk. Hours later, the market trader who sold it is tortured to death. As the bodies begin to pile up, a request for help is sent to British Museum historian Angela Lewis.

Angela travels to Spain with her ex-husband, undercover police officer Chris Bronson. There they discover the key to the greatest secret in the history of Christianity.

Their only problem is deciphering it before they are brutally murdered like those before them...

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"[Becker's] intelligent mixture of fact with fiction really hits the spot and gets your adrenalin racing. Once you start it is impossible to stop!" (EUROCRIME)

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An ancient parchment. A devastating conspiracy. One chance to expose it.

A new, high-adrenalin adventure featuring Angela Lewis and Chris Bronson, for those who enjoy Dan Brown and Paul Sussman.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 960 KB
  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0857500910
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DVW8QXM
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,280 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely enjoyable mystery thriller! 12 Nov. 2013
By Kate TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
A piece of parchment is traded in the markets of Cairo. It appears no different from countless others that are sold and bought, often under the counter, in a country steeped in history and archaeological remains. But this fragment has been hunted for centuries, not least by the highest levels of the Vatican, and when a dealer buys it his research triggers a race to recover it. The race leaves in its wake a bloody trail but in pursuit are Angela Lewis, a British Museum expert on 1st century AD pottery, and her ex-husband Chris Bronson, a policeman from Kent. Quite apart from having to avoid violent injury and death from a host of baddies on a hunt across much of Europe and North Africa, Angela and Chris are determined to uncover the reason behind this madness - what does the parchment mean and why is the Vatican so intent on finding it that it would kill to do so?

I am a big fan of mystery thrillers. Escapism is no bad thing at all and, for me, they provide perfect pageturning relief as I move between reads of different genres. Finding writers of good quality mystery thrillers is another matter entirely and while there are some I can always rely on (for example: Simon Toyne, AM Dean, Scott Mariani, Andy McDermott, James Rollins, James Douglas, Dean Crawford, David Gibbins, Jeremy Robinson, Patrick Lee plus the much-missed Michael Crichton and Paul Sussman), it is always good to discover others. I am so glad I read The Lost Testament because now I can add James Becker to the list. As soon as I finished this thriller, I attacked Becker's backlist and read The Moses Stone and
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Vatican and yet another secret... 23 Feb. 2014
By Cheryl M-M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
I am really glad the author added extensive info in the Author's Note on some of the subject matters in the book. A lot of the scenarios are presented as fact and I actually made a few notes to myself to research quite a few of them, such as Propaganda Due/P2, Roberto Calvi and the death of Pope John Paul I.
I would also like to know where he got the statistics for the rise in atheism, falling numbers in Christian/Catholics ect. Just from a personal point of view it would be interesting to know whether there is a direct link to those numbers and events in the last few decades or to the actual lack of evidence.
The plot is good, although I did feel as if the actual revelation of the contents was drawn out longer than it should have been. There was far too much showing rather than telling. There is no need for each individual movement in a scene to be documented. Readers have enough imagination to fill in the obvious blanks. The writing needs to be more fluid and less staccato and report like.
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Testament 13 Dec. 2013
By Petal
Format:Paperback
When an ancient parchment (stolen in the 1960's from The Vatican) resurfaces in Cairo, Egypt, a sinister organisation is employed to retrieve and destroy the document before it's contents, which threaten the Catholic church, are revealed.

British Museum historian Angela Lewis is eventually contacted about the parchment by the current holder, who is consequently murdered, and is then targeted by the group. Along with her ex-husband Bronson, she must decipher and safeguard the parchment, and evade the murderous organisation.

Although very readable, I did find the story lacking in any real, or surprising, excitement. I also didn't feel a great deal of affinity with the main characters, although I know this is part of a series of books featuring them, so maybe reading others in the series would help to gain a better understanding of their relationship.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner 18 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The only shame about a James Becker novel like this one is that it's all over too quickly, once you start reading it you can't put it down. And then when you finish it you simply want more. It's a long preamble until we pick up Angela Lewis for the first time, but it paints a great picture. Throughout you just want to know 'what could be so damaging to the church?' and the fast paced action is superb. You do wonder sometimes how Chris Bronson always seems to make the right call but it doesn't diminish anything from what is another great read. And I love that, although it's a novel, there is a basis of fact which I then spend ages "checking out". Can't wait for the next one, hopefully later this year. Please.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cracker read, but not my favourite Becker novel 3 Jan. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The story has a similar tone and theme to all James Becker books.. i personally love the flow of his books.. I find them fun to read and they are a big adventure that you can run through the pages of the book on the big chase with Chris and Angela. Big fan. I have read them all and although this isn't my favourite... it's still worth reading. Can't wait till his next one :-)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great escapism novel 26 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The Lost Testament by James Becker is one of those edge of the seat thrillers that you can’t put down, a la Dan Brown. Perhaps not as detailed or intricate as some of this type of thriller, but certainly the pace is kept up. The story flows effortlessly between Cairo and London and you can feel the rising panic in the pages as the plot progresses. A great escapism novel.
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