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Book Review: The Testament by John Grisham

The Testament by John Grisham is an average kind of book. The only new aspect about this book is that it is a legal thriller with episodes of adventures in it. However, the biggest dilemma is to mark out the main protagonist of the book. At most times – it is nobody, except the dead Troy Phelan.

As the story opens, Troy Phelan, a renowned business tycoon, jumps off his penthouse to his death leaving his eleven billion fortune to an illegitimate daughter Rachal Lane. The book gains fighting theme when his other six bereaved children from different wives, being eligible for his fortune, contest the will. The book routes through the USA, Brazil and Pantanal throwing events half-filled with adventure and half-filled with the past lives of other characters. Through Nate and his subject Rachal, light on spirituality and love has subtly been thrown. Over all, many roads, however, no destination!

John Grisham is a good name in the book world; however, this book does not reach up to that level of expectations. The battle for, in this book, is big amount of money (11 billion). In the end, Nate – a lawyer by profession, who takes up a dangerous trip to find Rachal finds that she, the original heir, is long dead and gets hold over the fortune as a trustee. The money goes to the benefits of tribal people of Brazil for whom Rachel had been working for. The message in the book is clear, it is humanity over wealth.


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