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The Righteous Men

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,862 Ratings  ·  296 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
Paperback, 568 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by HarperTorch (first published 2003)
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Pramod Nair
Jul 15, 2015 Pramod Nair rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
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
Mar 31, 2014 Jonetta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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'
Mother and I have a fair few bookies (that's what we call our second hand book sellers, because we like thinking we're cool), and one of them sold us a second hand copy of this book at dirt cheap rates. I was 15 or something, and really into thrillers back then, so I thought it was a pretty lucrative deal. But I'd never heard of Sam Bourne before, so I didn't jump into the book with utmost enthusiasm. Turns out, he's not half bad. The mystery was pretty fast paced, and it had a serial killer (ki ...more
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
Feb 02, 2012 Matt rated it it was amazing
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
May 11, 2012 Rik rated it it was ok
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
Feb 05, 2010 Nikki rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, crime
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
Jul 14, 2015 Rajan rated it liked it
Called next Dan Brown. Well not exactly. Average book. Not impressed.
Jan 21, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it
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
Maria Carmo
An enticing book. Loved the deep knowledge about Hebrew mysticism and the explanation about pekuah nefesh and the tzadikim... Is it ethical to do something wrong, if that is done to save the world? Does the world survival depend on the lives of 36 hidden just men? And, if not Brooklyn's Hasidim, then who is stalking these virtuous men all over the world to provoke the end of times?

A thriller with a frantic pace and well depicted characters and backgrounds...
Absolutely recommend!

Maria Carmo,

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
Aug 04, 2011 Gaz rated it liked it
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
Feb 12, 2015 Doug Matthews rated it really liked it
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
Jun 11, 2015 Raquel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 24, 2011 Chrissi rated it liked it
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
Oct 20, 2008 Will Byrnes rated it really liked it
Shelves: brain-candy, brooklyn
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
Nathy R.
Dec 29, 2015 Nathy R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Das coisas que menos gosto é de apostar em novos escritores, é um processo demorado para mim. Podendo optar, recorro quase sempre a escritores que já conheço. Há menos riscos. Sam Bourne era-me totalmente estranho. Querendo aproveitar um pack de 2 livros a 8.90, acabei por comprar os livros. Não me arrependo da compra, mas não gosto destas compras "sem pensar".

Dizem que este livro tem muitas parecenças com O Código Da Vinci de Dan Brown, concordo. Apesar de ter apenas lido 3 dos livros de DB pub
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.
Christy Zakarias
Aug 04, 2015 Christy Zakarias rated it really liked it
This book has an interesting mix of religious facts and plot. The plot is decent, but the suspense and thrill factor is limited when compared to other books of similar genre such as that of Dan Brown's. A few of the chapters describing the deaths of some of the righteous men lacks significance apart from serving as a death notification. Overall, the underlying religious concept is intriguing, but the lack of build up makes the book less exciting. Additionally, considering the complicated details ...more
Apr 07, 2014 Brian rated it it was ok
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
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.
Feb 08, 2009 Andy rated it it was ok
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
Feb 18, 2016 Eadie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A teenage computer prodigy is 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 the victims is an ancient prophecy that foretells the end of everything. Now it's up to fledgling New York Times reporter Will Monroe to prevent it. But his investigation could cost Monroe the woman he loves, as it leads him
Jan 09, 2016 Ella rated it did not like it
The story of an entirely self involved ambitious young journalist with daddy issues and a hot wife whose career he earnestly tries to support but mentally undermines. I got 150 pages into it looking for any sign of self-awareness by the author before it took a turn to the weirdly, wildly anti-Semitic. MC's hot wife gets kidnapped by someone using an Internet cafe in a Hasidic neighbourhood and the immediate conclusion is that they're all in on it, led by the big-brother-like rabbi. I quit after ...more
Dec 17, 2012 Daniel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paperback, free-time
It's hard to me to say this about a book but I really really didn't like it. Predictable from start to end...
Aug 24, 2008 Alicia added it
This book was awesome. I learned a lot....more about the Jewish society and their belief systems.
Nov 06, 2015 ~lucy~ rated it really liked it
This book is described as "more readable than the Da Vinci code"

I do disagree with this as the first part of the book was very hard going & I came close to giving up within the first 2 chapters, but I'm very glad I stuck with it as once the story got going it did grip me ...

You can tell that the author had researched well and the combination of a complex murder case, an ancient religious mystery/legend, some unexpected twists and well developed characters made it an enjoyable book in the e
Sep 09, 2015 Graham rated it it was ok
In all I would say it was an odd story; well researched and promising, I just don't think it really lived up to that promise. Maybe it had a lot to do with the late reveal of the 'twist' after finally revealing the whole point of the killings quite late on, by which point I had started to wonder if the threat of something somewhat abstract believed by either set of religious fanatics exerted enough pressure to stop the story from imploding - perhaps I just stopped caring about Beth? It wasn't an ...more
Richard Humphreys
Apr 28, 2015 Richard Humphreys rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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. :)
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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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