cover image The Fallen: A Testament Novel

The Fallen: A Testament Novel

Eric Van Lustbader. Forge, $27.99 (352p) ISBN 978-0-7653-8857-5

In bestseller Lustbader’s busy sequel to 2007’s religious conspiracy thriller The Testament, Aldus Reichmann, nauarchus of the Knights of Saint Clement of the Holy Land, sends freelance antiquities hunter Valentin Kite to Lebanon to find the cave containing King Solomon’s mine. While the king’s purported gold is a worthy objective, Val thinks the real goal is to locate the Testament of Lucifer (aka the Book of Deadly Things), the first of the three relics known as the Unholy Trinity. Opposing the Knights are the Gnostic Observatines led by Braverman Shaw, who’s the magister regens of the worldwide organization. Each of these groups employs minions whose goal is to kill each other, often with the help of demons who possess the bodies and souls of their victims. Dan Brown fans should have fun, but others may not possess the patience to unravel the many complications. An open ending points to more to come. Agent: Henry Morrison, Henry Morrison Inc. (May)