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The Testament by John Grisham

The Testament (original 1999; edition 2005)

by John Grisham

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Title:The Testament
Authors:John Grisham
Info:Delta (2005), Paperback, 480 pages
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I had liked the other Grisham book, so I happily picked this up from the little free library.
It started off with a bang. A thoroughly unlikeable multibillionaire makes a new will that "screwed all his crazy children and made someone else rich." Then he jumps out the window to his death.
The someone else is an illegitimate daughter who has (to her good fortune) had virtually no contact with the billionaire, and who has gone off to be a missionary to some natives in the wilds of upland Brazil.

Then, for about 90 more pages I read about how his children are not only crazy, but just as unlikeable as their father. And their attorneys were no better. I really shouldn't have stuck it out so long. Eventually, I skipped to the middle of the book and learned that eventually the story shifts to the guy sent to look for the heiress. I checked a few more chapters, skipping until I found the one where Nate was dispatched to Brazil. I enjoyed the book a lot more from that point on.

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  CarolJMO | Dec 12, 2016 |
How have I never read Grisham? This book. Spiritually fulfilling, relaxing to read, like meditation, yet a pageturner, pardon that cliche. Good thing I have the next book in hand already. Absolutely fantastic, this book. ( )
  bookscentlover | Nov 5, 2016 |
I was not impressed. None of it really made any sense. The characters were predictable and cliched, and I just expected something a bit more dramatic to come of it all. It was an easy read but all just a bit silly really. ( )
  AlisonSakai | Aug 14, 2016 |
what can I say a spellbinder his books only get better - Joey Murphy death - finding god - missionary - Jessie in Micronesia - 18 years a miracle - Song - "I am here, Here I am - Do not be afraid. I'm waiting" - Tom Booth

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 eleven-billion-dollar fortune: a mysterious woman named Rachel Lane, a missionary living deep in the jungles of Brazil.
  christinejoseph | Jun 23, 2016 |
Review: The Testament by John Grisham. I enjoyed the book. It’s not one of his best because it did drag along in some places but I still read it in a day and half. It was about an elderly man about to die who was worth eleven billon dollars. The testament intended to be his last, he signed in front of witnesses. There was another one signed blindly minutes later in front of the same witnesses, and his family that had been watching by video. They were to busy calculating what they thought they were getting. Then Tony Phelan the billionaire stood up from his wheelchair and walked onto the balcony…..

Let the lawyer’s begin…. Before they knew what the last testament contained they were going with the contents of the will he read and signed in front of the witnesses and family members. They all over-looked the paper he signed moments later. Uncaring what happened to Troy Phelan the family’s were stampeding to the lawyer’s and spending some high amounts of money even before the change of the signed testament was announced and read. So, the story goes on with lawyers and family members fighting to get their share and percentages no matter who got hurt or stabbed in the back….

Meanwhile, the story moves on to a more informal story of Mr. Phelan’s illegitimate daughter no one knew of up to the reading of the last will. She had become a missionary in the jungles of Brazil. I’ll admit that I kept turning the pages faster because this part of the story was where a lot of emotions curled up within me to find the happy ending for Rachel, the illicit daughter and Nate, the person who was sent to find Rachel in the wild infectious swamp and jungles of Brazil. I thought there might be the slight chance that Nate and Rachel would end up together as missionaries and get married.….

Then you have the background about Nate. He was my favorite character. What a rough life he had led and yes, it was because of his choices but it was still sad all that had happened. When he reconnected with his kids, I just felt so bad for him, to want to build those relationships but to see that too much damage has been done with the older kids would be hard. I loved the how Grisham really let me get inside Nate’s head and see the struggles and thoughts that he had.

Of course, the Phelan children were spoilt brats but I did feel for them slightly. Their dad had all the money in the world and all the women at his disposal so he had absolutely no need or desire for his families. I can’t imagine what that would be like, having money instead of a dad. No wonder they turned out the way that they did.

It was obvious that Rachel would have no interest in the money but she found her peace in the jungles of Brazil. I’m glad Nate got his act together and he turned his life around. Meanwhile, the spoiled brats got what they deserved, “each other“…... As far as all the lawyer’s go, I’m glad they got what they had coming to them, “empty pockets”……

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Na tento deň som sa pripravoval dlho. Každý cent svojho bohatstva som nadobudol vďaka vlastnému úsiliu, rozumu a šťastiu. Môžem ho teda míňať, ako sa mi páči. Mohol by som ho aj darovať podľa svojich predstáv, ale v tom mi chcú zabrániť.
Prečo by som sa mal starať, kto dostane moje peniaze? Použil som ich na všetko, čo si len človek vie predstaviť. Keď sedím sám v invalidnom vozíku a čakám, nenapadá ma jediná vec, ktorú by som si ešte chcel kúpiť alebo vidieť. 
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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. --Rebekah Warren

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A lawyer searches the Brazilian jungle for a missionary doctor working with Indians, the illegitimate daughter of an American tycoon who left her his fortune. But the tycoon's real children are determined to prevent the inheritance.

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