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The Righteous Men

The Righteous Men

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The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth. . . .

A teenage computer prodigy is mortally strangled in Mumbai. A far-right extremist is killed in a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest. A wealthy businessman is murdered in Thailand. A pimp in Brooklyn is found stabbed to death and mysteriously covered by a brown shroud. What connects the victims is an ancient prophecy that leads to the end of the world, and it's up to Will Monroe, a fledgling reporter at the New York Times, to stop it.

But Monroe's investigation quickly makes him some shadowy enemies, who kidnap his wife and hold her hostage in Crown Heights. Desperate to find the link between the killings and to save his wife, he enlists his college sweetheart, TC, an eccentric artist and Kabbalah expert. As the death toll rises, they follow a trail of clues that seems to lead inexorably to a set of ancient texts containing a prophecy that promises to save the world—or to destroy it.

What will happen when the one secret that has kept the world safe for thousands of years is revealed to all? In The Righteous Men, a blistering thriller filled with mystery, romance, and suspense, Sam Bourne takes readers deep into the hidden worlds of fundamentalist religion, mysticism, and biblical prophecies. This is a visionary tale that is as frightening as it is entertaining. Readers won't stop turning the pages until the very end.

The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth. . . .

A teenage computer prodigy is mortally strangled in Mumbai. A far-right extremist is killed in a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest. A wealthy businessman is murdered in Thailand. A pimp in Brooklyn is found stabbed to death and mysteriously covered by a brown shroud. What connects the victims is an ancient prophecy that leads to the end of the world, and it's up to Will Monroe, a fledgling reporter at the New York Times, to stop it.

But Monroe's investigation quickly makes him some shadowy enemies, who kidnap his wife and hold her hostage in Crown Heights. Desperate to find the link between the killings and to save his wife, he enlists his college sweetheart, TC, an eccentric artist and Kabbalah expert. As the death toll rises, they follow a trail of clues that seems to lead inexorably to a set of ancient texts containing a prophecy that promises to save the world—or to destroy it.

What will happen when the one secret that has kept the world safe for thousands of years is revealed to all? In The Righteous Men, a blistering thriller filled with mystery, romance, and suspense, Sam Bourne takes readers deep into the hidden worlds of fundamentalist religion, mysticism, and biblical prophecies. This is a visionary tale that is as frightening as it is entertaining. Readers won't stop turning the pages until the very end.

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Publish date: Oct 13, 2009
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Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reservedISBN:9780061859656
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joannagawn reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I'd have given this 4.5 stars if I'd had the option! A page-turner, with depth, interest, riddles, and unexpected twists. Highly recommended.
shannonkearns reviewed this
Rated 5/5
this was kind of an old testament based "the davinci code" but better written. it's a fun and fast read. a murder mystery with a lot of twists and turns. i really enjoyed it. granted, it's not going to win a pullitzer or something crazy like that, but it's an enjoyable book.
tomwheaton reviewed this
Rated 3/5
This was another new author for me. I didn't like this book much. In fact, I almost gave up on the book several times. However, I did finish it and it did get good in the last 75 pages. I don,t think I will read any other books by this author.
seldombites reviewed this
Rated 4/5
The jews believe that there are 36 righteous men on the Earth at any given time, and it is their presence that prevents God from destroying the world. Someone else believes the same, and they are using that knowledge. Not for good. They want to trigger armageddon. Can they be stopped in time?This is an intriguing and thrilling book about a journalist caught up in momentous events he doesn't understand or believe. Highly recommended.
harpua_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
This book wasn't too bad. Nice back story, fast enough pace for most of the book though there were a few slow places in the beginning. Based on ancient Jewish tradition mingled with a present day religious cult there were enough clues that I had it mostly figured out, but there was a twist that I hadn't counted on that made the ending quite enjoyable. Enjoyable.
dudara_2 reviewed this
So I've finally finished my Sam Bourne binge-read. For the finale, I read his first book last, following reading "The Last Testament" and "The Final Reckoning". Like his other novels, this tale draws heavily on historic and religious references. It features an amazing immersion into the world of the Hasidic Jews in New York. It's probably the strongest of his books, despite being the first.The general story - a newspaper reporter uncovers a series of seemingly unrelated murders. His wife is kidnapped and he is receiving cryptic text messages from an unknown individual. The journalist has unwittingly become the central character in an apocalyptic scenario of amazing scale and imagination.The Righteous Men is an entertaining and interesting read.
literarytiger reviewed this
Rated 3/5
This is an OK thriller along the lines of The Da Vinci Code (yes - another one). The cataclysm in this book is based on an ancient Jewish tradition regarding the Righteous men who support the world. Will Monroe - a journalist on the New York Times, gets caught up in the race toward the end of the world when his wife is kidnapped, and it suddenly falls to him to try and rescue her and ultimately everything. Using his knack of getting into trouble, his tendency to not listen to anyone, and his trusty and tolerant ex-girlfriend, he embarks on a two day roller coaster ride to save the world.I don't think I was quite convinced by it. It was exciting, but put-down-able, and I had figured out the 'twist' long before it happened. I do think this formula is getting to the point where it has run its course.
murraymint11 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Another book written on the back of the Da Vinci Code, but not as good in my opinion. There were some glaring 'Duh' moments (mostly from the main character) eg. he spent several hours spent trying to work out what a text message meant before his ex-girlfriend said 'Why don't you try replying to it?' Duh.
kconcannon_2 reviewed this
The tag-line for this book was something like "Someone is killing good men... Why?" It became a bit of a joke on the trip. If you didn't guess who was behind it all by about a third of the way through, I would check for your pulse. I enjoyed the Jewish aspect of the book, made a nice change, but the conspiracy and ancient secret facets weren't really there or as fully developed as I would have liked. It was more a lot of running around.It passed the time and it gave us something to crack up about.Originally posted August 5, 2006
wyvernfriend reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Will Monroe has an American Father and English mother. He grew up in England and now is working as a junior journalist in the New York Times. When he is assigned a murder there are questions about the reasoning. When he finds that another murder is somewhat linked, and his wife goes missing, kidnapped, he has a reason to investigate the murders. When he does he finds that the purpose is obscure and the motives of everyone around him has to be suspected. Starts with somewhat of a bang, then starts to lag and then picks up again. Interesting uses of Jewish legend and tradition. It kept me guessing and the twist at the end took me by surprise.

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