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The Testament: A Novel

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In a plush Virginia office, a rich, angry old man is furiously rewriting his will. With his death just hours away, Troy Phelan wants to send a message to his children, his ex-wives, and his minions—a message that will touch off a vicious legal battle and transform dozens of lives. Because Troy Phelan’s new will names a sole surprise heir to his
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Paperback, 560 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by Dell (first published February 2nd 1999)
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Donna
Aug 29, 2007 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!
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Testament, John Grisham
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: دوم ماه اکتبر سال 2000 میلادی
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 نشسته ام؛ 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 ی اختیار من هستند. دو سا
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sarafem
Jun 30, 2007 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
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 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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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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Corey
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Another solid tale by Grisham! It wasn't a typical Courtroom Drama either like most of his books are.

The Testament opens us with the ruthless self-made Billionaire Troy Phelan, who is in his 90's who is dying, has written out his last will with the help of his Lawyer Josh Stafford, and being observed by 3 psychiatrists to see if he is of sound-mind. Phelan commits suicide by jumping out a window just seconds after writing his Testament, which says the rest of his estate will instead of to his mo
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Bibliophile Rose
It was a quite enjoyable read.

The Plot:
So, this story is about, An American billionaire named Troy Phelan. He's an 80years old man with three divorced wives and six heirs. Troy suffered from his illness so he decided to commit a suicide ( he's kinda crazy man). After his death, all his heirs and his wives wanted to read his will, his testament, (I know you're thinking about all his money and his lucky heirs but you have to read till the end!!) And all his money was left to his Illegitimate Dau
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Mahlon
Mar 14, 2016 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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Charissa
Apr 27, 2007 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
Venkatesh
Feb 15, 2016 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 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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Una Tiers
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It wasn't until the window scene that I remembered reading this book before. It contained two parallel story lines about parenting. It is a terrific example of the imagination of Grisham. Some parts were a little tedious. The ending was something the reader anticipates.
Todd Russell
Aug 26, 2013 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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Gary
Mar 05, 2014 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.
Shana
Sep 11, 2008 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
Carie
Oct 02, 2010 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 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.
~☆~Autumn♥♥
I was very surprised to cry over this book as I sure did not expect it. Its amazing how he writes about what wicked liars lawyers can be. Everyone knows it but some of them reach new depths of lying in this book. I could hardly put it down for a minute. It kept me up until five am!! I am rapidly becoming a John Grisham fan.
Christy Wheeler
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book based in Brazil? Yes please! This was our book club book this time and I'm glad I read it, even if it didn't end up being my typical kind of book. I enjoyed learning about the Pantanal, and loved the Brazilian characters. The downfall for me was the massive amount of greedy people in the book. I was wondering how this book could possibly end well, and I'm happy to say that it did.
Constantina
Nov 02, 2016 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 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
Endah
Oct 25, 2008 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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JBradford
Jun 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Testament, by John Grisham
Grisham is always good, and he has a marvelous way of weaving an intricate plot. This one begins when an aging, irascible multibillionaire, Troy Phelan, decides to bedevil his three ex-wives and six children one last time; he sets up a situation whereby he will be examined by psychiatrists selected by them to establish that he is of sound mind, after which he publically and on camera signs the attorney-created will that gives them each a billion or so … and then, as
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Tracy Darity
Feb 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ever watch a game show like Who Wants to be a Millionaire and the contestant gets to the last question and a big smile covers their face because the answer is something they have just read or heard? Well, while in the process of reading The Testament I dreamed I was that contestant and the question centered around the Pantanol, situated in Corumba, Brazil…but I digress.

The Testament was typical John Grisham. It was enjoyable, informative, and entertaining. Troy Phelan is an aging billionaire wit
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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 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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Gary Martin
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An angry, bitter, extremely rich, old man is examined by psychiatrists and is found to be of sound mind. Only minutes after signing his last will and testament he jumps to his death out the window of his high rise.

According to his last will all of his billions of dollars are to go to a heir which no one has heard of. The woman is a missionary who is serving deep in the jungles of Brazil.

Nate O'riley, a disgraced corporate attorney who is in and out of rehab for alcohol, is sent to find her. Mean
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Michael Gerald
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best and most touching of Grisham's novels, it captures with dramatic narrative how a Catholic nun who stood to earn millions decided to use the inheritance she was entrusted for the good.

In this age of attachment to material things, let us remember that what counts in the end is not how many iPhones we tote, how many iPads we tinker with, how much money we burn in trivial things, but what difference did we make for the necessary values in life and how we helped our fellow human being
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