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The Righteous Men [Paperback]

Sam Bourne
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19 Jun 2006

The Number One bestseller. A religious conspiracy thriller like no other. The end of the world is coming – one body at a time…

Two murders at opposite ends of America, one in the backstreets of New York City, the other in the backwoods of Montana. A series of killings in every corner of the globe, from the crowded slums of India to the pristine beaches of Cape Town. There can't possibly be a connection.

That's the instinct of Will Monroe, a young, British-born reporter for The New York Times – until the morning his beautiful wife Beth is kidnapped. Holding her are men who seem ready to kill without hesitation.

Desperate, Will follows a trail that leads to a mysterious sect right on his own doorstep – fervent followers of one of mankind's oldest faiths. He will have to break through multiple layers of mysticism and ancient prophecy, unearthing riddles buried deep in the Bible – until he finds the secret that is said to have animated the world for thousands of years, a secret on which the fate of humanity may depend. But with more murders by the hour, and each clue wrapped in layers of code, time is running out…

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; 1st Paperback Edition edition (19 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007203306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007203307
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,050 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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‘The best thriller I’ve read in years.’ Piers Morgan

‘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

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

‘A turbocharged thriller’ In Style

‘Will be compared, inevitably, to The Da Vinci Code. The similarities are difficult to ignore, but it’s far better written … will thrill any conspiracy-theory fans … a highly enjoyable read’ Psychologies

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'The biggest challenger to Dan Brown's crown' Mirror

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The End of The World? 10 Sep 2006
By J. Chippindale TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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A series of murders are happening all over the world. The slums of India, New York and the beautiful city of Cape town in South Africa. They cannot possibly be linked can they?

New York Times reporter Will Monroe thinks not, that is until his stunning wife Beth is kidnapped. The men who have taken her seem ready to kill without any qualms whatsover. Is it already too late for Beth?

Desperate to fine the whereabouts of his wife Will follows a sinister trail that leads him to a mysterious cult, fanatical followers of an age old religion. Now he must unravel the puzzle of ancient prophecies and riddles that are buried deep in the bible to find the secret that people are not afraid to kill for again and again.

With more and more victims dying the clues that are wrapped in an ancient code need to be solved as time as running out . . . not only for Will, but for the whole of human kind.

I found this book far better than the Da Vinci Code (and I enjoyed that). The book is fast paced and it is difficult to find a lull in the plot where you can put it down to get some sleep. It really is an enjoyable book. Feeding off the Da Vinci Code bandwagon? Possibly, to a degree, but well worth reading (listening to) in it's own right. Like me, you may even think it is the better book.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, not brilliant 4 Aug 2006
By Call me Sparky VINE VOICE
This is a first attempt from 'Sam Bourne' and in truth the quality of the tale lies somewhere between previous reviews.

'Like' the Da Vinci Code but with bigger words and an obviously more talented writer. It doesn't rely on blatently ripping off another book and gives an insight into the Hassidic community across the world.

It moves along at an average pace - and this is the major problem. Bourne evidently CAN write, but is so focussed on making this book better than TDVC he is in serious danger of disappearing up his own backside. He repeatedly bludgeons the reader with the same questions - sometimes twice within the same page - all from the main characters perspective, which makes our hero seem like a whining idiot.

Bourne fails to make you care about the cast, which means there is a lack of involvement on the part of the reader, which in turn means that this is no more than words on paper.

This book could have been so much better if he had paced it better. It takes nearly 400 pages before there is any sort of reveal - which anyone with half a brain would have figured out 150 pages earlier.

It should have been editted by 200 pages, but that may not necessarily be Bourne's fault.

In all it isn't bad - I recommend it over any of Dan Browns' offerings - but as someone said earlier, it is beach reading and no more.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever, well written novel 22 April 2007
I have noticed a lot of negative reviews here so I am drawn to write my own impressions. This is a very good book. I wish people would stop comparing books/authors and see work for what it is. There was no Jewish thread in the Da Vinci Code so why compare it. Are we forever to be thinking that there is only one book ever for a given genre.

I see similar parallel's with Tolkien & others who have followed with their fantasy quest's only to be burdend with the label 'It's not Lord of the Rings'.

So we have here, in the 'Righteous Men', a gripping drama novel set in New York and centered around the Hasidic community of the Lower East Side. The author takes you into a world that few amongst us will have experienced a creates a vision that is both facinating and a little disturbing. There are not too many characters but then again it is difficult to relate to a string of characters in a solitary book.

The central character is an Oxford taught Journalist trying to make a name for himself in the big apple and he unwittingly becomes the central player in an apocalyptic tale which the writer later states is not all based on his imagination.

No more info. If you are the type of person who likes to be intrigued with the mysteries of culture and appreciates a read that is thoughtfully paced, you could do worse that get yourself a copy of this book.

Excellent Holiday novel, which is precisely when I read this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is NOT anything like the Da Vinci Code so people stop comparing it.... okay so it's a thriller, it's church related but it's a completely different story and puzzle to any of Dan Browns work. Sam Bourne is a great writer, he pulls you into the charecters so well and has you truly hooked immediately. The book is fast paced and doesn't slow down.. This was the first of his books I've read and i'll be reading his others for sure! Loved it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting subject matter 27 April 2008
I bought this book before I checked the reviews on Amazon and have to confess the "mixed" reactions did put me off a little.

Yes, I've read the Da Vinci Code (just like everyone else on the planet) and yes, I understand the comparisons to this novel but .....

This is a great read, an interesting subject and a well plotted book in it's own right. It is a mystery tied to ancient beliefs - hence the comparisons - but so what? It is possible to read (and enjoy) more than one book on a particular related topic and that does not make it a rip off of the original.

Buy the book, read it and make your own judgement. For me, this was worth keeping an open mind for and I'm glad the hype surrounding the Da Vinci code - which I agree is an excellent book - didn't put me off giving this book a try.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
This book has a great storyline with interesting characters and a good theme. It is different and I really enjoyed it.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. V. Thomson
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Reading Group Choice
This was the book chosen for our January "read". I belong to a Book Reading Group which meets every month at our local Library. Read more
Published 2 months ago by sheilamary3
1.0 out of 5 stars The Right Tedious & Long-Winded Men!
This appears to be an exercise in how long Sam Bourne can stretch out a really convoluted but ultimately thin plot. And it is infuriating! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Beacon97
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
Read on a whim got Totally absorbed brilliant became a bore could not put it down almost at a loss now what to do! must read the next book
Published 8 months ago by geoffrey parry
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I bought the book after enthusiastic opinions expressed on 'Richard and Judy.' It starts off very well, but is much too long. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gerald
5.0 out of 5 stars A really great thriller
Great read from start to finish. Particularly enjoyed the Hasidim background references, will look for other books by this author.
Published 9 months ago by pennyfarthings
3.0 out of 5 stars Good page turner. Ideal for a holiday read
First Sam Bourne book I have read, though I have read his non fiction political books.

The plot concerns a new reporter to the New York Times, he gets a break on a story... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Half Man, Half Book
5.0 out of 5 stars Present!
This was a present to my partner for christmas! It took him about a week to finish as he said he didn't want to put it down... and then he tried to make me read it too. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Samuel
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as The Chosen One
Well written and keeps you interested and coming back for more. Characters not quite as believable as The Chosen One and doesn't keep you hooked in as much. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Richard Dunkley
5.0 out of 5 stars The Righteous Men
The legend of a number of righteous men or women is found in Jewish religious writings. These righteous are said to protect the world from chaos and disaster. Read more
Published 12 months ago by P Austin
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