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Reviewer Johhhn Grisham lover wrote:
I Love you Grisham.
Reviewer amazon.com wrote:
Troy Phelan, a 78-year-old eccentric and the 10th-richest man in America, is about to read his last will and testament, divvying up
an estate worth $11 billion. Phelan's three ex-wives, their grasping spawn, a legion of lawyers, several psychiatrists, and a plethora
of sound technicians wait breathlessly, all eyes glued to digital monitors as they watch the old man read his verdict. But Phelan
shocks everyone with a bizarre, last-gasp attempt to redistribute the spoils, setting in motion a legal morality tale of a contested will,
sin, and redemption.
Our hero, Nate O'Riley--a washed-up, alcoholic litigator with two ruined marriages in his wake and the IRS on his tail--is
dispatched to the Brazilian wetlands in search of a mysterious heir named in the will. After a harrowing trip upriver to a remote
settlement in the Pantanal, he encounters Rachel Lane, a pure-hearted missionary living with an indigenous tribe and carrying out
"God's work." Rachel's grave dedication and kindness impress the jaded lawyer, so much that a nasty bout of dengue fever leads
him to a vision that could change his life.
Back in the States, the legal proceedings drag on and Grisham has a high time with Phelan's money-hungry descendents, a
regrettable bunch who squandered millions, married strippers, got druggy, and befriended the Mob. The youngest son, Ramble, is a
multi-pierced, tattoo-covered malcontent with big dreams for his rock band, the Demon Monkeys. Will Nate get straight with
Rachel's aid? Do the greedy heirs get theirs? What's the real legacy of a lifetime's work? The Testament is classic Grisham: a
down-and-out lawyer, a lot of money, an action-packed pursuit, and the highest issues at stake. It's not just about great
characters; it's about the question of what character is.
Reviewer J. Haze wrote:
Not his greatest work, but enjoyable reading. This book is about a lawyer fresh out of rehab searching for a nun in the brazilian rain forest.
This book is not so much about law and courtrooms instead of John Grishams other work but more about people.
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