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The Final Reckoning

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Tom has come a long way since his days as an idealistic lawyer. Now he'll work for anyone - as long as the price is right.

A suspected suicide bomber shot by UN security staff, a hidden brotherhood that has caused hundreds of unexplained deaths. Tom must unlock a secret buried for more than sixty years.
Paperback, 545 pages
Published 2008 by Harper
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Daniel G.
The only reason I read this book was it was in a Reader's Digest condensed edition. It's books like this one that inspire me to read the Reader's Digest collections. It's one I would have passed over in the shops but I've found a new author to love.

When an elderly man is shot on the doorstep of the United Nations, lawyer Tom Byrne gets called in to placate the man's daughter. But as he digs deepr he discovers the man's history as an assassin in a Jewish group that targets former Nazis who escape...more
Darlene
The Final Reckoning is a fast paced thriller centered around a mysterious group of Holocaust survivors and their ultimate quest for justice. This page turner starts out with the 'accidental' killing of a man dressed completely in black and thought to be a suicide bomber, in front of the United Nations building . What was thought to be the killing of a possible terrorist subject turned into what appeared to be an international 'black eye' for the United Nations. It was quickly discovered that thi...more
Reda
An interesting novel, based on a true fact: a group of Holocaust survivors who seek revenge for the Nazi slaughter of the Jews in the years after WWII. Of course, there is a love aspect, but it doesn't detract from the main story line. I liked the philosophical dilemia presented, and the excellent way the author dealt with both sides of the issue. The characters also grew and evolved, essential to a good book.

"You may ask whether, when I did understand, I ever questioned it. But the thing no on...more
Jennifer Rayment
The Good Stuff

* Fascinating intense mystery inspired by a true story
* Intriguing smart thriller with tons of twists and turns
* Introduction grabs you and doesn't let go until the very last page
* Keeps you second guessing yourself about what is going on
* Really makes you think
* Powerfully intense and emotional and quite frankly uncomfortable at times
* Author has obviously done his research and his passionate interest in the subject matter is obvious
* I won't lie, there are many scenes tha...more
Matt
Sam Bourne does it again with an excellent stand-alone novel that gets to the heart of a controversial subject from an unorthodox pathway. Delving into the mustery behind an accidental shooting inside the UN, Bourne takes the reader on a journey around the world and through time, touching on the fallout of WWII and the reaction to the Nazi death camps.

What looks like a simple shooting by a UN Security official turns out to be something much more complex and surrounded by numerous secrets. Bourne...more
Dominika Miholová
Tato kniha je velmi zajímavá.... Dozvíte se tu hodně o holocaustu, OSN..... Je napsaná i podle pravdy, když čte o koncentračních táborech, o jednotce DIN a5d. je to vše pravda. Jinak kniha by dala přečíst i za den, kdybyste měli čas. Takže knihu moc doporučuji :)
Stephen Hayes
When I picked up this book from the shelf in the book shop I read on the cover the blurb, "The biggest challenger to Dan Brown's crown." Normally that would have been enough to make me put the book back on the shelf and look for something else, but I recalled that I had just read another book by Sam Bourne and it hadn't been nearly as bad as anything written by Dan Brown, so I thought I'd take a chance on it anyway. It was remaindered and going cheap so I wouldn't lose too much if it was a serio...more
Nell Rose
The Final Reckoning was a fascinating and horrifying look behind the history of World War Two and the Holocaust. The story centers around a mysterious older man who is shot dead outside the United Nations, and to their horror realise that he is actually 78 years old.

But things are not what they seem. Since World War 2 there have been mysterious deaths around the world, seemingly by a group of secret Jewish assassins.

This is a fast paced action story, that left me amazed, disgusted and horrifie...more
Leonard
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Henni
spændende, men ikke helt på højde med de to andre Bourne boger jeg har læst.

Måske skyldes det at jeg delvist havde gættet plottet fra starten, og blive irriteret over de åbenlyse (syntes jeg) spor vores heltepar overså.
Generelt set er det en velskrevet spændingsbog, krydret med masser at historiske facts, som øger følelsen af at det kunne være sket/ske i virkeligheden.

OG så er det dejligt befriende at Sam Bourne ikke er faldet i "serie-fælden" som så mange andre krimiforfattere, men vælger en he...more
Gail Cooke



Writing as Sam Bourne British author Jonathan Freedland has crafted a chilling suspense novel based in large part on recent history. It’s a conspiracy thriller that segues between past and present. The past includes terrifying descriptions of the horrors perpetrated by the Nazis, and the heroic efforts of the captured people simply to survive.

We are made aware of the subject matter in the Prologue: “So forgive me if what you read here is harsh, if it haunts you the way it haunts me. But there...more
Anbu
The Final reckoning, a Dan Brown Type mystery thriller, that deals with the journey of former UN lawyer Tom Byrne who found the hidden secrets about the Holocaust incidents when trying to close in what looked like a murder by mistaken identity by UN officials.

This thriller of Sam Bourne is the third book, I have read of him. I would say this is the best book in the content-wise. I liked the flashback story about Gershon Matzkin more than the thriller of Tom Byrne’s adventures.

With the historical...more
Kelly Hager
This is fiction but is based on true events. After the Holocaust (years later), a group of Jews began tracking down and killing Nazis. This is a novel about that.

That's all I want to tell you about the plot of this book, because it's so amazing and exciting that I don't want to cheat you out of anything.

If you like thrillers or World War II or books that are well-written and exciting, this is the novel for you. (And out in plenty of time for winter holiday presents! Except for Hanukkah, which b...more
Neil Frankland
bringing into holocaust images can be either dangerous or evocative depending on how the subject matter is approached. In this book, it is done so in a manner that is quite clearly pro jewish yet the story is realistic enough not to pass judgement on zionist attitudes which are prevalent and goes further to ask the question, were the jews denied revenge against the nazi's? Did they even get Justice? These questions and the sometimes uncomfortable situations they present are put into this book. S...more
Ashish
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Lewis Weinstein
This is an exciting read, although some suspension of belief is needed. I agree with previous reviewers that the NYPD sections are very stretched. The real story on which this novel is based may be even more powerful, and Bourne provides several references, including ...

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The central point of The Final Reckoning is of course infuriating ... that most of the Nazis and those who supported them in their efforts to murder Jews (including...more
Sophie Dusting
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Meghan Cooper
Mar 16, 2010 Meghan Cooper rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who want to read something eye opening
I got this book out of the library not expecting to enjoy it because I hadn't enjoyed his other novel. I found this one was completely different though to "The Last Testament", it was a lot better in so many ways.
This book looked at how Jews had been a part of the DIN, a group of people who wanted to fight back at the Nazi's who had shed the blood of their children and wifes and husbands. It tells the life story of a fictional character who has seen his whole family killed by the Nazi, he is fil...more
David Gee
A cop shoots an elderly man in the United Nations Plaza in New York, mistaking him for a terrorist. Lawyer Tom Byrne investigates the shooting and finds that the dead man, a naturalized Briton but originally a Jew from Lithuania, may not have been an innocent victim. Working alongside the Lithuanian's glamorous daughter (cue romance!), Byrne is soon on the trail of a 'cabal' that has been exacting revenge for the Holocaust since the late 1940s.

Sam Bourne is often trumpeted as one of Dan Brown's...more
Abe
Another well-written work by Sam Bourne filled with suspense and reads like an historical fiction novel. I got the impression that the story was designed to create empathy for holocaust survivors and justify acts of revenge. The book offers evidence of atrocities inflicted on the Jews and their efforts to inflict revenge. They partially succeeded in Plan B but were thwarted with Plan A that would have killed millions of Germans. Those who take revenge engage in similar despicable acts as the per...more
Peter
Sam Bourne writes fascinating thrillers deeply immeshed in vital and provocative aspects of Jewish Existence. The Final Reckoning is in some senses your classic thriller...the U.N., assassins, disgruntled lawyers, duplicitous individuals, hidden agendas and so on while at the same time a novel of ideas about the nature of vengenace and revenge, justice and forgiveness...this is a novel rooted in the Holocaust and today at the same time and with powerful imagery. That it is rooted in real life ev...more
Adarsh
The novel begins at New York, where the World leaders are gathering at the UN for a conference. A man suspected to be a suicide bomber is shot down by the UN Security Force, but it turns out that the dead man is 70 year old, and probably innocent. Tom Bryne, a lawyer whose idealism has been replaced with realism, is sent out to negotiate a settlement with the victim's family. What he discovers about the victim is the hidden secrets of holocaust, and the aftermath. Based on true events, the writi...more
Julie
I have read this in a couple of days after finishing The Racketeer by John Grisham and the Final Reckoning just emphasised how far Grisham has sunk. The plot, pacing and characters in The Final Reckoning are excellent and I found my previous belief that capital punishment is abhorrent, shaken to the core. Whilst the idea of someone wanting to take vengeance on the Nazi's for their war crimes is not new, there were enough twists and turns to draw you into the story and really care about the answe...more
James Law
This book was absolutely brilliant!! I hardly ever give 5 stars as i really believe that too many people use it as a default setting, but this book absolutely deserves it.

The plot follows two different themes - First is the memoirs of a holocaust survivor and the second is the survivors daughter and a UN 'helper' trying to assist her in understanding her father's death.

The memoirs are vivid and disturbingly brilliant - i was absolutely convinced (it actually forced me to read further about the h...more
Iona Libauer
I read this on the crossing from Calais to Dover - bought it on the boat actually, and I thought it had promise with "The biggest challenger to Dan Brown's crown" on the front cover. I think if it weren't for that claim on the front I might have given it one more star. This story is nowhere near as well written or gripping as Dan Brown's books. The story itself is fresh, and a good idea. But while the outcomes aren't predictable, the characters are, and they're all the flatter for it. Small thin...more
Maddy
PROTAGONIST: Tom Byrne
SETTING: New York, UK and WW2
RATING: 3.75
WHY: World leaders are gathering at the UN; security identifies a possible suicide bomber who is shot by a guard. It turns out the victim was a 70-plus year old man. Tom Byrne is hired by the UN General Secretary to run interference and offer the family a payment that will keep the death under the radar. While doing so, he lifts the victim's journals which document his activities during World War II. A Holocaust survivor, he serves a...more
Katheryn Thompson
The more pages I turned, the harder the book became to put down. Bourne expertly entwined fact with fiction - something that many books in this genre struggle to do.
João Fidalgo
História fabulosa, livro alucinante, pormenores fantásticos, estou a espera de mais do autor, uns furos abaixo do livro 36 homens justos
Tulsi
I have become a fan of Sam Bourne's writing- compulsive & gripping.Set against dark underlying- realistic & very believable characters.In this particular book i like how he sashays between the past & the present.
This book also compelled me to read about the Second World War - the Holocaust.
All in all a great book which also drives you find out more about the world history.
Zare
Group of people has vowed never to allow anybody to threaten their people in the way they have suffered during WW2. For that they went long way punishing those that have been at the forefront and have led execution parties. Their "punishing" missions continued long after the WW2. Suddenly last remaining member of the group moves on, to finish the task they set before themselves, almost forty years after group was disbanded. Also, dark secret emerges from the group� s history& .[return][retur...more
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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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