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No seu luxuoso gabinete no último andar de um edifício, e na presença dos vários filhos e ex-mulheres, Troy Phelan, um velho bilionário rancoroso, assina o seu testamento pouco antes de morrer.
Todos esperam herdar uma parte substancial da colossal fortuna de onze mil milhões de dólares, mas o velho Troy preparou-lhes uma enorme surpresa: um novo testamento no qual nomeia
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Capa mole, 456 pages
Published 2000 by Rocco - Temas e Debates (first published 1999)
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Donna
Aug 29, 2007 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I learned from this book:

1) Everyone should have a fully executed will.
2) A poorly written Will is bad estate planning.
3) If you have lots of money and hate your family, make them think you are giving them $11 billion and then swap the Will that gives them nothing, and then jump off a building plunging to your death so that they can't do anything but settle with the estate.

This is my first Grisham book. And many more to come, I am sure!
sarafem
Jun 30, 2007 sarafem rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
An overly preachy and hastily written Grisham novel with his typical battle of big money versus the good of heart. I am always drawn to Grisham for a good rainy day read and the premise sounded pretty good, but from page one this one is a waste of time. Too many characters bogged the story down and it dragged on and on, especially when Grisham started getting preachy. By the end of the book, it felt like Grisham had tired of the story himself, and just threw something together to be done with it ...more
Natalie Vellacott
Dec 21, 2016 Natalie Vellacott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I used to be an avid reader of the likes of Grisham, Patterson etc but found myself moving away from secular fiction after I became a Christian. I remembered that a few of Grisham's novels had moral or Christian principles--The Testament is one of these.

The story centers around the suicide of billionaire Troy Phelan. He has effectively lived a careless life of self indulgence treating those around him with contempt. He married three times and was believed to have had six grandchildren whose liv
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Quentin
Nov 09, 2013 Quentin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
SPOILER WARNING!
One of the best books I have ever read. Grisham does a great job of blending the law genre and the adventure genre. Nate O' Reilly, the main character is a lawyer fresh out of rehab, for the fourth time. Nate travels to South America to find out more about Rachel Lane, mysterious illegitimate heir to Troy Phelan's 11 billion dollar will. Out of Troy's 3 marriages, dozen's of children, Rachel Lane gets it all. Nate travels to Corùmba, Brazil in hopes to find Rachel Lane, a missio
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Testament, John Grisham
عنوان: وصیتنامه؛ نویسنده: جان گریشام؛ مترجم: بهرام افراسیابی ؛ تهران، مجتمع انتشاراتی ایران، 1378، در 437 ص؛ شاب: 9646273165؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی قرن 20 م
شروع داستان: من مالک این بنای بلند شیشه ای هستم که اینک در آن نشستهام؛ نود و هفت درصد از شرکت خانه سازی که در زیر پایم است؛ به همراه زمینهای پیرامون آن به وسعت نیم مایل در نیم مایل و کارکنانی که در آن جا مشغول کارند؛ همه در حیطه اختیار من هستند. دو سال پیش وصیت نامه ای نوشتم و همه دارایی خود را به آخری
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Elizabeth
I'm going to write a review. I'm going to do it. Why? Personal reasons.
*ahem*
first of all, I feel like John Grisham tries too hard to make this book seem action packed and suspenseful, when really, it's very predictable, cliche and slow moving. You always know what's coming. I found myself only reading one chapter, then putting it down. Then coming back hours later, reading another chapter maybe two, then putting it down again, etc. It didn't hold much interest. The only reason I read it so fa
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Charissa
Apr 27, 2007 Charissa added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
I learned it's more important to forget the materialism of this world and be self-less for Christ like the heroine of this book was, than to get caught up in making a name for myself in my short time on earth. I forget the amount of family fortune she'd inherited, but she was so lost in her love for Christ that she was oblivious to the inheritance itself until a lawyer tracked her down from U.S to the Amazon to tell her/award her the inheritance. Her other-worldness was in stark contrast to the ...more
Mahlon
Mar 14, 2016 Mahlon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
The Testament is an above average effort, but I wouldn't put it among Grisham's best. The subject is probate, which Grisham seems to enjoy and always does well. This time an eccentric billionaire Troy Phelan(One of my favorite Grisham characters ever) jumps out of a window to his death, after writing a new will, leaving his $11 Billion estate in limbo.

Despite being fully engaged by the story, there are a few things I didn't like about the book. I found the main character Nate O'reilly completely
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Venkatesh
Feb 15, 2016 Venkatesh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a shining light of what is really important in life. We all struggle in some ways. You just need to stay focused on what is really important
Jane Stewart
Feb 01, 2012 Jane Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-fiction
Not much suspense, but a good story with unique and interesting characters.

STORY BRIEF:
Eccentric billionaire leaves all his money to an illegitimate child Rachel no one knew about. His six grandchildren are greedy idiots who hire attorneys to contest the will. Josh is executor of the will. He needs someone to go to the jungles of Brazil to find Rachel who is working with tribes as a Christian missionary. Josh asks Nate to go. Nate was a high-powered litigator who has been in rehab several times
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Carie
Oct 02, 2010 Carie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Had I not purchased this book I wouldn’t have finished it. The allure of reading about eleven billion-dollar estate was quickly tarnished by the slow, repetitive, boring adventures of a recovering alcoholic who while on a search for the missing illegitimate heir has a religious awakening. There were no twists and turns or unexpected events that I have I come to expect in John Grisham novels.
Jenny Maloney
Feb 14, 2008 Jenny Maloney rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-read
I'm impressed that I made it through to the end. At first it seemed like a cool idea...guy goes down to jungle and comes out a changed man. Instead it's more about finding God within a malaria-fevered haze. Grisham entering his 'very-preachy' stage.
Shana
Sep 11, 2008 Shana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 1st-quarter
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I am reading The Testament, by John Grisham.It's about a man named Nate who is put in charge of finding the illigitament daughter of a billionaire.She's a missionary to a remote jungle and is, as far as he knows, unreachable.So he sets out on a journey with vivid characters and challenging situations.Jevy the body guard and Milton the pilot befriend him and try to help him on his journey.I love this book.I can't stop reading because Grisham describes Nate's trials with such color and emoti
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Joan Colby
I prefer Grisham’s hero as a rascally conniver, rather than as a reformed drunk who has found Jesus. Nate, in The Testament, is the latter so the story lacks the edge that glosses many of Grisham’s novels with a saving caustic humor. The sections describing the interior of Brazil and Nate’s journey to find the missing heiress, missionary Rachel, moves like a slow and somewhat boring travelogue, despite the addition of storms, alligators and dengue fever. Grisham’s books often serve me as diversi ...more
Constantina
Nov 02, 2016 Constantina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa, romance, drama
Not sure if it was an okay book or a waste of time. Too long and boring sometimes, fewer times gossipy and intresting. Would not recommend.
James Korsmo
Aug 03, 2011 James Korsmo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though different from many of his other books, I think The Testament goes down as one of my Grisham favorites. Troy Phelan, a self-made billionaire, jumps to a spectacular death after signing a will leaving his fortune to an unknown daughter, Rachel Lane, and spurning his six other children by three failed marriages, all of whom are circling like vultures waiting for their lucky day to finally arrive. The wrinkle is that Rachel is a missionary in a remote part of Brazil, and is totally out of to ...more
Todd Russell
Aug 26, 2013 Todd Russell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, novel, legal
Tenth in publishing order, THE TESTAMENT, shows an author with no sign of wear and tear.

Some guys don't like admitting they cry, but I don't care if others think I'm a wimp for this book making my eyes water. My oh my, it was good! I think it's a tie for me with A Time to Kill, both are brilliantly executed stories. I'm getting ahead of myself. Stay with me, this one cooks.

It starts in first person narrative with crotchety rich old guy, Troy Phelan, describing it detail just how desperately he w
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Jr Bacdayan
The Testament's first five chapters is so full of impact. Those five chapters are dazzling pieces of story telling that may be Grisham's best start, even better than The Client's. Sadly, the rest of the book fades in comparison. Don't get the wrong idea, I'm not saying the rest of the book isn't good, it's just not that brilliant like those five are. To quote from USA Today's Larry King "The Testament has the best first 50 pages for pure storytelling impact that I have ever read." The rest of th ...more
Michael Shiu
Feb 24, 2014 Michael Shiu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was an enjoyable and entertaining read, but unsatisfying for me in the end...

Don't read further if you are concerned about spoilers...

The book started out with the multi-billionaire Troy Phelan (and written in the first person). I found the beginning of the book engaging... It was interesting to see what was going on in Troy's mind as he thought about his life, his money and his family... It was a bit jarring when he jumped to his death... Now what? The first person perspective of Troy
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Joana
Ainda estou com pena de já ter acabado de ler este livro. Gostei muito de toda a estória. A escrita é simples, mas aliciante e todos os planos da estória são interessantes. Em momento algum me aborreci com este livro, pelo contrário, deu-me vontade de ler sempre mais umas páginas, sempre na expetativa de saber o que ia acontecer a seguir. Apesar de todos os planos estarem bem concebidos gostei muito da primeira parte do livro, e também especialmente das cenas passadas nas salas de tribunal e ent ...more
Shane Mcparland
It was okay, a lot of the characters are cliches. No "whore with a heart of gold", but close enough. My first Grisham novel and I'm disappointed.

I felt it was a pedestal for Grisham to push his views out to people that largely already agree with him. I'm going to guess a largely conservative crowd. I found it annoying how he idealized christianity over the tribal religion. And how he idealized the missionary at all. She really was a cliche of the dedicated missionary, the matriarch and virtue o
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Amy
Jan 19, 2009 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A surprisingly entertaining novel from John Grisham - while still sticking to his legal routes, this novel takes place primarily in Africa, as a troubled partner from a DC firm tries to execute the last will and testament of a cruel yet brilliant business man who intentionally left out his extensive crazy family from his inheritance. A quick, enjoyable read that will leave you wondering what you would have done in the position of both the dying business man and the spiritual doctor living an imm ...more
Gary
Mar 05, 2014 Gary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another well written book by John Grisham that flows easily and keeps the reader wanting to read more.
The book is full of interesting if not nasty characters that are described perfectly by John Grisham. There are a number of sub plots that bring interest and intrigue into the novel. The first 100+ pages were very good but unfortunately the book did lose its way a little after that otherwise I would have rated it even higher.
Karen
Sep 03, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't imagine how I ever missed reading Grisham's The Testament. Like most of his stories, one is taken on a first rate journey. I was as always, swept away in the the fast moving adventure. If you've not experienced reading this one, do so. You won't be disappointed.
Alexis Polk
Oct 18, 2016 Alexis Polk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my second book by Grisham and I absolutely loved it!! It is a must read, it really gets to your heartstrings and shows you the reality of people in this world full of money. I most definitely recommend this to anyone and will be continuing reading his books!
Toba Beta
Sep 16, 2010 Toba Beta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual, John Grisham is really great in making prolog to the readers..a page turner.
Amanda McGill
Mar 02, 2017 Amanda McGill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I think going into this novel, the less details you know about the plot the better.

Troy is a very rich man who is also dying. He leaves behind a testament that shocks his remaining family and employees.

I felt like the novel was divided into 2 parts. The court case that goes after Troy's last will and testament. I really enjoyed reading about the court case and what happens with the ex wives and children. The other part of the novel was about a lawyer going into the jungle and finding Rachel (t
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Loleh
Oct 02, 2016 Loleh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Navendu Agarwal
Mar 31, 2017 Navendu Agarwal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best by John Grisham
Endah
Oct 25, 2008 Endah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Troy Phelan, orang nomor sepuluh paling kaya di Amerika Serikat, melompat dari lantai empat belas gedung kantornya di kawasan McLean Virginia. Ia bunuh diri. Tanpa ampun tubuh tuanya yang renta terhempas di lantai batu. Ia mati dalam genangan darahnya. sendiri Kematian yang tragis.

Sebelumnya, lima menit yang lalu, ia baru saja bertemu seluruh anggota keluarganya yang terdiri dari : tiga orang mantan istri dan enam orang putra putri beserta para pengacara mereka, membicarakan masalah warisan seb
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