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The Righteous Men

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  4,233 ratings  ·  273 reviews
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
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Paperback, 568 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by HarperTorch (first published 2003)
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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 ...more
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'
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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
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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 ...more
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 going
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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 ...more
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
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Nancy Oakes
This book is a fast-paced thriller that kept me turning pages after I started it, and is really good if you're looking for a few hours of reading entertainment time. Don't expect great literature here, because it is simply a suspense thriller, but it tops pretty much everything on the shelves currently. I liked it with one caveat. I thought it was a bit predictable, but there is a good twist at the end that I wasn't expecting so that made up for the predictability factor. And it is a bit far-fet ...more
Rajan
Called next Dan Brown. Well not exactly. Average book. Not impressed.
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
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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 ...more
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
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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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
Carlos
Jan 25, 2009 Carlos is currently reading it
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.
Brian
I'm not sure I finished this book so fast because I wanted to find out what happened or I wanted it to just end. Every once in awhile you just really wanted to shout at the writer and say "enough already". I love intrigue and twists and turns in my thrillers but this was a lot of promise with no execution. We kept getting led down one road to find it comes to a dead end. Not a new twist, or some clue to continue the story, but literally a dead end. So Will (the star of the book) and the reader f ...more
Choccygrl
DNF'D at page 54. Hated MC. Didn't like writing style. Storyline wasn't strong enough to override either of these things.
Elizabeth Moffat
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.
Andy
I found this book to be very hard work. It took ages to get into the story line and once I had I found that the main characters were rather uninteresting and I didn't find myself enjoying this book
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...
Alicia
Aug 24, 2008 Alicia added it
This book was awesome. I learned a lot....more about the Jewish society and their belief systems.
Richard Humphreys
https://rwh92.wordpress.com/2015/04/2...

3.75 / 5

An intriguing read that echoes Dan Brown's style of suspense fiction, blending historical and religious elements with modern day dilemmas. I found the first half was quite dense with data concerning the building of a web of a story, with each strand perfectly placed for the eventual unravelling of them in the closing chapters.

The ending is brilliant!

Please read my review on Wordpress for a more in depth review. :)
Stone
Este livro foi adquirido de impulso. Dois livros por 8 euros? Tinha mesmo de aproveitar, até porque ambas as sinopses me pareciam interessantes.

Will é um jornalista júnior num dos maiores jornais de New York. Como habitual, os jornalistas mais novos cobrem o turno da noite e os assassinatos. Quando acontece o primeiro assassinato no seu turno, Will não se deixa ficar pela notícia normal e resolve investigar quem era o proxeneta que tinha sido violentamente assassinado. Para sua surpresa, descob
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Tom Kenis
If you don’t wanna have the plot spoiled for you, don’t read on. The main character of the book is a rookie New York Times journalist whose wife gets kidnapped. The trail leads him first and foremost into Crown Hights, Hassidic Jewish turf. It is indeed they who are holding the hapless woman.

Meanwhile a number of people are being killed worldwide. They are the so-called 26 righteous men; saintly men that perform deeds of unprecedented goodness in all anonymity that according to Jewish tradition
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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,
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Erica Mukherjee
Ever since the stunning commercial success of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, writer after writer has tried to pull Brown’s sword of success from the stone of mediocrity. In order to convince themselves their efforts are working, their book jackets are decorated with quotes comparing them favourably to Mr. Brown and claiming ascendency to his throne. No matter how these upstarts toil, they will never receive the same acclaim or cash as Dan Brown for one simple reason: he was a trailblazer and the ...more
Karla Mendoza
La verdad el libro es interesante, aunque debo admitir que hubo momentos en que me senti perdida con lo que pasaba, pero es lo bonito del libro, te mantiene en suspenso y se siente como que cualquier cosa puede ocurrir en cualquier momento, no se puede confiar en ningun personaje porque cada uno guarda su secreto, que es dificil entender.

Will si que le toca duro todo el libro, averiguar lo que esta pasando en realidad y todo lo que le toca sufrir, pero lo que me gusto mas es que Will no es una p
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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 ...more
Simon
This book was one of our many op shop acquisitions: many of these may sit on the shelf for years before one of us finally gets round to selecting it for a read. I'm trying to get into the habit of reading for a few minutes each night before turning the light out and The Righteous Men was my most recent selection. Depending on how I feel I may read for only a few minutes or for an hour or more and the same if I wake during the night - I can only lie there so long before having to do something.

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Sam Bourne is the literary pseudonym of Jonathan Freedland, an award-winning British journalist and broadcaster. He has written a weekly column for The Guardian since 1997, having previously served as the paper's Washington correspondent. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, The New Republic, and The J ...more
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